WordCamp Halifax was a very enriching experience and the best conference I have attended so far. The sessions and networking were quite enlightening.
WordCamp Central 2018 conference by WordPress took place in the Student Union building of Dalhousie University on Saturday, the 16th of June. The registration for the conference started at 8 am, the first session was at 9 am and the last one ended at 4:45 pm. There was an hour long lunch break and scrumptious snacks and beverages were served in between sessions. An after-party started at 5:30 pm. The ticket price which covered lunch, snacks, afterparty, alcohol and all sessions was $25. Definitely value for money. I have attended a lot of conferences in my life in different parts of the world, but honestly I found this one the best.
There were 21 different sessions which were arranged in 3 rooms of the building. The sessions were divided into 3 types as follows:
Content Creators: Easiest sessions. Little prior WordPress experience is expected. Aimed at all user levels.
Site Creators: Some prior WordPress experience would be beneficial for these sessions, but is not required. Small amounts of HTML, CSS, and PHP might be presented in some talks. Aimed at all user levels.
The above definitions were from WordCamp website. This made it easier for the audience to decide which sessions to opt for. Three sessions took place simultaneously almost every hour. The topics were all so interesting that it made it difficult for me to decide which ones to choose. I would’ve loved to attend all of them.
The sessions covered different aspects of WordPress. The presenters were all fantastic. The presentations were for all levels of knowledge. Even though I am at an experienced level of WordPress, Each of the sessions offered something that I learned and took home with me. Following were the sessions that caught my interest:
Most of the speakers at the sessions were energetic, knowledgeable and made their points quite clear.
The Q&A sessions were very interactive.
Since I am new in Halifax, I had been looking forward to this conference as I really wanted to meet and network with people in similar fields here. I had gotten my new business cards ready and was eagerly waiting for it. The conference was more than my expectation. When I reached the conference in the morning, I didn’t know a single person and when I was leaving, I seemed to say goodbye to a lot of friends. I really enjoyed myself that day.
I am basically an introvert. I had to literally push myself to get out of my comfort zone and go and say Hi to random strangers. I don’t normally do that. But I knew unless I did that, I wouldn’t make full use of this enlightening conference. Everyone in Halifax is generally so friendly that you don’t feel that odd making an effort talking to strangers. They turn into friends very soon in the conversation.
I found so many interesting individuals. We all shared our experiences with each other and exchanged business cards. It’s amazing how networking helps us out with our work and makes life easier. I sent them all emails later and I have plans of coffee with some of them already.
I would have to say that the highlight of the conference for me was the networking side. This was one place where I got to meet so many different entrepreneurs, freelancers and business owners and that too in similar fields.
The best part of the conference was The Happiness Barwhich was a counter where anyone could come and get their WordPress issues resolved. This is literally a dream come true for bloggers like me.