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WCBTN 2018 was a seaside conference we won’t forget

As far as a well organised WordPress event goes, WordCamp Brighton was up there with the best of them.

The organising team (which was made up of community volunteers and led by Laura Nelson) welcomed our team to contribute in a variety of ways, from Tess teaching a workshop to Rich announcing speakers as an MC, with Tim and Daniel representing Mind Map Pro on our sponsor stand and delivering live demos throughout the event.

With multiple streams of content, including talks and panel discussions on the main stage whilst hands-on workshops ran simultaneously, as well as tribe meetups for networking with like-minded folks, constant chatter in the exhibitor area with sponsors and even a games room upstairs, there was something for everyone over the two-day event.

Something for everyone really was the focus, as the event moved into its third year with continued efforts to deliver an inclusive event that is accessible in every way, even down to the food. To top things off, this year’s key theme was wellbeing, influencing the programme in a subtle but important (and inspiring) way.

But what was it that made WordCamp Brighton such a good experience? We asked our team members why the event was so special for them:

Rich Hill, CEO:

“Brighton is a cool city to visit, I’ve been there several times over the years. It has a reputation for being a bit alternative and friendly to all. This transcended to the WordCamp itself; what a wonderful bunch of people! Being an MC was fun, I was lucky enough to introduce some excellent speakers.”

Tim Atherton, Developer:

“It was my first attendance at a WordCamp and also my first time in the city of Brighton, and both definitely exceeded my expectations! The event was very well organised and there was a great sense of community feel with everyone happy to have a chat and share ideas. I attended two talks on different aspects of development, which were very informative. The retro gaming room was also great fun!”

Daniel Reading, Project Manager:

“My big takeaway from WordCamp Brighton was the fantastically enthusiastic and friendly people involved. Everyone, be they delegates, organisers, speakers or sponsors, approached the event positively and the result was to engender a fantastic atmosphere of shared expertise, passions and empowerment. The speakers were knowledgeable and inspirational (the talk Neil Gilmour, the director of Motional, gave on using WordPress to support adolescent mental health stood out in particular). I left having learned things, increased my understanding of the WordPress community and grown my connections.”

Tess Coughlan-Allen, Marketing Manager:

“The atmosphere that was achieved at WordCamp Brighton this year took the event to new heights. It was welcoming, inspiring and there was a buzz throughout. It’s one of the most thoughtfully organised events I’ve been to and seeing such a diverse and well-balanced speaker line up really blew my mind. Although many conferences are working hard to encourage and welcome speaker applications from diverse groups, and to improve the gender balance in tech, it’s so unusual for an event to get it this right. I was proud to stand on stage at the end of WCBTN with all of the other speakers and volunteers to take in what the organisers had achieved.”

As a team, we all agreed that WordCamp Brighton was a well-rounded conference that empowered attendees and we look forward to seeing how the event continues to progress in the future. Until then, we’re already planning our next WordCamps to attend. Let us know if you are heading to a WordCamp or WordPress event soon.

Want to know how we get involved with events in different industries? Read about our ideas workshop with the NHS.

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