My WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

Here are some of my highlights of WCEU 2019 in Germany.

Contributor Day & Contribution Area

I’ve already written about Contributor Day, but again I very much enjoyed that day! Contribution Area on other days was also a nice space to have.

Meeting WordCamp Asia Organizing Team

14 of 41 team members were at WCEU. I met seven of them for the first time in Berlin. Thanks to Abha from Marketing Team, we got a nice group photo.

Some of the members were volunteering and others had a busy schedule with appointments, but we got to hang out in between sessions and after hours.

Getting Involved Table

I only spent 2 hours at the table, but the experience there as well as at Contributor Day made me realize something: there are still some hurdles for getting involved for the first time.

I really like what Training Team is doing to make it easier for everyone to participate. It’s my homework to review the flow for new Polyglots Team contributors and make some improvements.

Thanks to Mayo’s call on Twitter, I had a good conversation with Anyssa & Allyson from São Paulo about growing community.

WPCafe & Sessions

WPCafe was like a mixture of lightning talk & casual meetup. For the one I attended, Afsana opened the session with about 20 minutes of talk, and then the mic was passed around to the participants.

I’m glad that there was a full session dedicated to the multiligualization feature in core.

Picnic

I didn’t have time to explore Berlin during this stay, but thanks to Ellen & Manuel I had a chance to experience a little bit of the life of Berliners. It was nice to stay outside on a long summer day with colleagues and friends.

See you next time… online & at WordCamps!

To all the people who made the event happen – thank you for a great time.

Now it’s my turn to help make WordCamp Tokyo a place attendees feel sad to leave. And of course, WordCamp Asia too!

WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day: Polyglots Team

As a polyglot, WordCamp Europe Contributor Day has always been one of the most exciting WordPress events to attend since I had experienced it for the first time.

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This year, I came back to WCEU (my last time was Vienna 2016) and the day was as great as I remembered, if not more.

At the Polyglots Team table, there were at least 60 volunteers. I was lucky to work with several experience translators and GTEs, as well as many brand-new contributors.

What we did:

  • Translation of core/plugins/themes/meta projects in Maltese, Serbian, German Informal & Formal, Portuguese, Arabic, Serbian, French, Japanese, Dutch, Persian, Hindi, Gujarati, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Catalan, and Afrikaans.
  • Translation review request documentation in English, Italian, Japanese, and Polish.
  • 12 translator interviews in collaboration with the Marketing Team.
  • Discussion on support & community documentation internationalization.

It was also great to catch up with WordPress Translation Day 4 organizers & local event hosts, and other polyglots contributors who are active in other teams.

Looking forward to continuing collaborating with polyglots on the Make Polyglots P2 and WordPress Slack #polyglots channel!

 

WordCamp Europe 2016 Slides & Photos

Last Friday, I presented a talk about the Japanese WordPress community at WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna.

The video will be published on WordPress.tv at some point. Meanwhile, here are some points for those who had missed it:

  • Japanese is the most widely used non-English WP locale (12.3% of non-English locales)
  • WordPress is by far the most popular CMS in Japan today (78.5% share – higher number compared to 59.5% for English sites)
  • Meetups are held almost every weekend somewhere in Japan. We make it easy to see events across Japan through the WordBench website and the event calendar. Many of the chapters create unique banners for each event.
  • The online community is also active, with many contributors on translation, documentation, support, bug fix & report, and Wapuu too!
  • Show others how to get involved, recognize their hard work, and help out.
  • Your own contribution can be multiplied if you help others to contribute. It’s necessary to grow the community for WordPress to succeed.

It was a pleasure to have had an opportunity to share what I’ve seen in the local community for the past 13 years. As I said in the talk, my goal is to help others contribute to WordPress so the “small steps” of more people can build up to form a long stride. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Day 0 (WCEU Picnic) Photos

Francesca and I hosted a picnic at Burggarten near the venue on Thursday.

Day 1 Photos

Day 2 Photos

The childcare support at WCEU this year was really great.

Photos: Contributor Day

Having discussion face-to-face was the best part of the Contributor Day.