Over the weekend, I had the privilege to visit India for the first time to attend WordCamp Mumbai. I had a great time and had yet another realization that going to a WordCamp is a great way to visit a new place.
I talked about how WordPress became popular in Japan over the years and shared some tips to grow community or business.
My talk was right before lunch on the second day, so I had an opportunity to chat with several people who were interested in translation and meetups. I felt that it was well worth the trip when I could talk to Hindi, Marathi, and Tibetan translators who wanted to get involved more.
— Mahangu Weerasinghe (@MahanguW) March 13, 2016
…and I got to introduce Wappu to more WordPress users in a different part of the world. We may soon see Mumbai dabbawala wapuu stickers and shirts?
— Sanat (@hSanat) March 13, 2016
I also helped staff Automattic’s sponsor table (Jetpack + WooCommerce) along with my 5 of my coworkers. It sounded like WooCommerce is super popular and lots of people were asking Sam technical questions on Jetpack.
Some of the things I noticed that were different from Japanese WordCamps:
- I saw a huge interest in business and marketing side of things around WordPress.
- Many of the attendees were super friendly and weren’t shy about coming to say hi.
- Code/programming-focused sessions outnumbered design/theme dev sessions.
- Curry and sweets for lunch, and chai for tea break 🍛
Thank you everyone for having me a part of this wonderful event. I can now say for sure that the WordPress community in Mumbai is really strong! Big shout out to the organizing team’s Alex, Aditya, Vachan, Thomson, Ajay, Sahil, Ratnesh, Meher, Amit, Niket, Raj, and Vishal!