From cutting-edge conferences to local WordCamps, we had an exciting year full of WordPress-sponsored events. Let’s take a look at some of the exciting gatherings we participated in in 2013 — and some of those we look forward to in 2014.
WordPress.com: Proud Sponsor of an Event Near You
We kicked off 2013 with a mission to sponsor, attend, and speak at some of the world’s most exciting blogging and technology conferences. We wanted to connect with you — our users — by making our team available for live questions and support. And we’re always excited to hear more about all the innovative ways you are using WordPress. Today, we’re happy to report that we accomplished this goal.
Going global in 2013
Over the course of last year we sponsored thirty-four events in twenty-five cities across eight countries. At many of these events we programmed a hands-on workshop, led a session, or contributed to a panel. Throughout the year we met a diverse group of bloggers, designers, and developers who share our interest in making the web a better place. We had an amazing time.
Our 2013 events lineup started with the Modern Language Association Convention in Boston and wrapped up at dotJS in Paris. Our calendar filled up quickly: we got animated with folks at SXSW in Austin, delivered some Happiness at BlogHer in Chicago, and served up some high-definition treats at the International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle (just to name a few).
Exciting plans ahead
We’re gearing up for another big year in 2014. We kicked off the festivities in January with Happiness Bars at NMX and LA Uncubed, and in March we’ll be expanding our reach into conferences in Africa (CMS Africa in Nairobi, Kenya) and South America (JSConf in Montevideo, Uruguay). We look forward to engaging with users in more regions around the world!
Some of our upcoming 2014 events include:
February 10-14: Webstock in Wellington, NZ
March 7 & 8: CMS Africa in Nairobi, Kenya
March 7-16: SXSW in Austin, TX, USA
March 14 & 15: JSConf in Montevideo, Uruguay
March 14-16: Webcoast in Gothenburg, Sweden
March 18-19: Smashing Conference in Oxford, UK
March 31-April 1: Write the Docs in Budapest, Hungary
April 28-30: Ull Conference in Kilkenny, Ireland
May 5-6: Write the Docs in Portland, OR, USA
May 19-23: php[tek] in Chicago, IL, USA
Stay tuned, as there are more to come!
Beyond our sponsored conferences, you’re sure to find Automattic CEO and Founder Matt Mullenweg listed as a keynote or speaker on the schedules of other outstanding conferences and events around the globe.
Many Automatticians — the people who bring you WordPress.com — also plan and participate in WordCamps. These are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users. Everyone from casual bloggers to core developers are invited to show up, share ideas, and get to know each other. In 2013, there were no fewer than 71 WordCamps attended by over 19,000 people. We hope many new faces will join us this year.
We’ll keep you posted about our sponsored events in 2014 — it’s going to be a year to remember!
Feb 5th at 6:16 pm
Way to go!
Feb 5th at 6:55 pm
I attended Word Camp Miami last year and it literally changed my life. Highly recommended!
Feb 5th at 7:12 pm
Don’t forget US East Coast … DC would be nice!
Feb 5th at 9:20 pm
Great! Miami is a good place for the shindig. Keep that in mind.
Feb 5th at 9:33 pm
I’d like oit much better if it contained news of your intentions to come Downunder. And to learn you’re about to hit Kiwiland …!
Feb 5th at 10:42 pm
Oxford, UK, is already sold out!
Feb 5th at 11:55 pm
Reblogged this on loving life with alopecia and commented:
Love it hope to see you in Texas
Feb 6th at 1:09 am
I write about Chicagoland events and I know many would love to be sponsored by you …
Feb 6th at 1:58 am
Hope you guys can come to North Carolina.
Feb 6th at 3:59 am
WILL YOU EVER CONSIDER MEXICO?….WE NEED YOU….! not too many bloggers down here!
Feb 6th at 4:45 am
Is there a place I can purchase some wordpress buttons or pins? I really really would love some. I would love to have some wordpress stickers for my laptop or smart phone as well.
Feb 6th at 5:17 am
Are you likely to come to Australia this year?
Feb 6th at 11:55 am
HI the next wordcamp will be held where.
Feb 6th at 12:14 pm
Please come back to Boston! I’ve been blogging for a year and would love to convene with fellow bloggers to learn more.
Feb 6th at 1:27 pm
This is amazing, great job! Please come to New York!!
Feb 6th at 2:46 pm
Sure it’s difficult to be everywhere there is to be… LOL. so far, not too close to me.
Feb 6th at 2:48 pm
what about uae
Feb 6th at 3:32 pm
Remotely, is any country in Asia in your horizon?
Feb 6th at 3:43 pm
Any chance of coming to London? I know you said Oxford but it’s a bit far for me! Sounds like a awesome event to attend!
Feb 6th at 5:08 pm
Reblogged this on i want to go to there..
Feb 6th at 5:47 pm
Please plain to arrange similar event in Pune , India . Huge IT professional are working here , I am one of them
Feb 6th at 6:17 pm
Hi! I’m from Monterrey Mexico and we are pulling an event in October, is a university congress where we bring many different topics to make workshops, I was wondering if I could have a word with you it would be AWESOME to have you guys with us, please let me know any answer.
Feb 7th at 12:20 am
I would love to see an event here in Las Vegas, NV
Feb 10th at 5:00 pm
I hereby volunteer to go as a motivational speaker to any and all of those events, especially the ones in exotic locales. I am prepared to waive my usual humongous speaker’s fee and merely charge expenses – that’s how much I love WordPress.
Feb 10th at 5:45 pm
This is great to hear about the conferences. I only hope you’ll be having one in S.C or if you have some other support groups for bloggers (especially beginners-like myself)
Feb 11th at 12:48 am
Are you planning to hold an event in Indonesia? Many wordpress-er here…
Feb 18th at 1:16 pm
Please come to South Africa. We would be happy to host you.