WordCamp Belfast will be held on 1st-2nd October 2016 at the Peter Froggatt Centre, Queens University, Belfast. This is the very first WordCamp to be held within Northern Ireland. Another WordCamp is tentatively scheduled for mid-2017 in Dublin as well. Registration will begin at 8:00 am with the first day’s events concluding at 5:45 pm (after-party to follow). Day 2 will feature four sessions and conclude at 3:30 pm.
The 34SP.com team will attend this inaugural WordCamp event as the top level sponsor (Administrator level) and demonstrate our managed WordPress Hosting platform. We’ll be giving away various 34SP.com branded merchandise to all WordCamp Belfast attendees. Our whole group will be meeting and helping both current and future WordPress customers from our sponsor stand and throughout the venue.
WordCamp Belfast will also feature a Happiness Bar as well. This recurring aspect of WordCamps is a collaborative effort to match up WordPress experts with those needing help for any type of WordPress query.
Be sure to look for the Game of Thrones theme at WordCamp Belfast. Most of the filming for GOT originates from a studio in Belfast, with additional locations throughout Northern Ireland. There’s a ‘Wapuu of the North’ mascot for the event, replete with a sword reportedly crafted of authentic Valyrian steel.
There will also be an after-party associated with WordCamp Belfast held at Brewbot Belfast. Brewbot started its life as a 30-day campaign on Kickstarter to create a precision app for brewing beer. Originally backed by just 381 people, Brewbot has achieved success by making brewing beer truly easy for anyone.
The WordCamp Belfast team maintain their website at: 2016.belfast.wordcamp.org and also have an active Twitter account @WCBelfast. (https://twitter.com/WCBelfast) You can tag WordCamp Belfast-related tweets with #WCBelfast.
34SP.com caught up with Mark Smallman the owner of MacGraphic and Lead Organiser for WordPress Northern Ireland and WordCamp Belfast to learn a bit more about the origins of the event and what’s happening behind the scenes.
34SP.com: What made you decide to organise the very first WordCamp in Belfast?
”When I initially set up the WPNI (WordPress Northern Ireland) Meetup group, I contacted the organisers of the Dublin group, their immediate response was ‘When are we having a WordCamp?’. Since then it was very much a case of seeing how the two groups progressed, and measuring demand both in Northern and Southern Ireland. Since both groups had a big enough membership, we felt the time was right to arrange a WordCamp. We have a number of volunteers who are based in Dublin traveling up to help with WCBelfast, and it is hoped that in time, we will also be able to hold a WordCamp Dublin in the years to come. We think that while there is already a small but good community base in Ireland (North & South), the WordCamp will help to improve the awareness of the community on both sides of the border.”
34SP.com: Are there activities or aspects of WordCamp Belfast that are particularly unique to your event?
”While the majority of WordCamps have their happiness bar open during the day of the talks, we have opted to have ours on the second day. The second day at WordCamp Belfast will also see a range of events, these include two panel discussions and two workshops. As well as those, we also have the contributor area, and also a do_action charity hackathon, were we hope to help local charities with little budget by creating WordPress sites for them. Of course, we will be recommending they also make contact with 34SP.com to arrange hosting for their new sites.”
34SP.com: How has the response been from the WordPress community to the first ever WordCamp Belfast?
”On a whole, the response has been very good. A lot of people still don’t know it is taking place, so we are working hard to let everyone know via social media and outreach. Everyone that does know, and that are coming along is really excited to finally see a WordCamp in Northern Ireland. And quite a lot didn’t even know what a WordCamp was! So hopefully this will be the first of many WordCamp events on the island of Ireland.”
34SP.com: Are there any tickets left for the event? If so – what’s the best way to get them?
”A limited number of tickets are still available. We suggest that people go to the WordCamp site, see the range of talks and events that we have lined-up and then book their places. The schedule can be viewed here and tickets can be bought here. And since everyone likes a bargain, 34SP.com blog readers can also use the coupon code wcb779n2 to save on their ticket price. Just £22 for two days of awesome WordPress in Belfast for the very first time! We are really excited and appreciate 34SP.com are supporting and so generously sponsoring our WordCamp. We can’t wait to welcome you all from across the Narrow Sea!”