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!

Learnings from Growing Local WordPress Communities #wceu

Today I gave a talk about WordPress communities in Japan at WordCamp Europe at Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden in Netherlands. Here’s my slides:


Learnings from Growing Local WordPress Communities

It was great to get feedbacks from community organizers all over Europe – Netherlands, German, Finland, Switzerland, France… This WordCamp has been one of a kind where I got to meet so many WordPress users who are passionate about i18n, translation, and helping local communities from so many different countries.

I thought it was cool that my conclusion on why WordPress community (in Japan and elsewehere) had grown so much coincided some of the comments by other speakers; the answer was enabling continuous small efforts by many contributors.

The video will be posted on WordPress.tv later, but please feel to contact me (or tweet to @naokomc) if you have more comments and/or questions about the slides.