Looking back: Two WordCamps, Many Connections

Jason McClintock | November 06, 2019

WordCamp US and WordCamp Tokyo have officially wrapped up. This year, both WordCamps took place at the same time. Since our team was attending both events, we adopted WordCamp Tokyo’s official theme “Connect” and took the opportunity to connect the WordPress communities in St. Louis and Tokyo. We called our project WordCamp Connect. 

In that same spirit, here are some of the highlights from both WordCamp US in St. Louis and WordCamp Tokyo. 

WordCamp Connect

WordCamp attendees could tweet messages to attendees at both WordCamps using the hashtags #WCUS #WordCampTokyo and #WordCampConnect which would be transformed into a virtual postcard. Attendees could also visit our booth to receive a physical postcard to help them make connections of their own. The response was wonderful, and we were excited to see the ways that attendees at both WordCamps took advantage of the opportunity to connect in different ways. 

You can view all the collected messages on the WordCamp Connect site

The Venues

St. Louis

The America’s Center Convention Center, an appropriately titled venue, played host to this year’s WordCamp US. Providing ample space with the added benefit of being located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, this venue was extremely easy to access and space was ample enough to accommodate every part of WordCamp without ever feeling too crowded. 

Tokyo

This year’s WordCamp Tokyo returns to the Shinjuku Grand Conference Center. Located in the bustling, neon-lit Shinjuku district, Shinjuku Grand Conference Center offers easy access to some of the best entertainment and night clubs in Tokyo.

The After Parties

St. Louis

The City Museum proved to be one of the most unique and enjoyable venues for a WordCamp after party (or in this case, WordFest) that we’ve seen yet. Wandering, climbing, and sliding through what amounts to one big work of art with some of our favorite people. What could be better?

Tokyo

WordCamp Tokyo’s After Party was held at NightClub WARP SHINJUKU. Attendees got to enjoy great music and conversation at one of the most famous clubs in Tokyo. 


The Community 

St. Louis

WordCamp provides the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, and this year’s WordCamp US was no exception. This year’s WordCamp US included one of the most broad intersections of WordPress users that we’ve seen yet, including several speakers under the age of 15. While that might make us feel a little old, it’s a good feeling to know that the future of WordPress will be in good hands. 

Tokyo

The 11th annual WordCamp Tokyo selected “Tsunageru” (“Connect” in English). as their theme. The aim was to connect: new encounters, discoveries, work, hobbies, and life. During her opening remarks, main organizer Mimi explained the GPL license and Four Freedoms in a way that attendees could easily understand. Her talk helped inform the Japanese community on how they could connect with other people in the WordPress and Open Source community in an appropriate way.

Until Next Time!

From the team at DigitalCube, we look forward to seeing you at future WordPress events, Our next WordCamp will be the first ever WordCamp Asia in Bangkok!

See you there!

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