WordCamp Zagreb, the largest WordPress community gathering in Croatia, is behind us and it was a complete grand slam! After two successful annual Croatian WordCamp events – WordCamp Rijeka 2015 and WordCamp Split 2016 – which in combination brought together more than 500 participants, Zagreb was the biggest single event related to WordPress in Croatia with over 400 participants. Most responsible for the large turnout are members of the WordPress community themselves – from bloggers across the media universe to professionals such as programmers and web designers. Let’s not forget all of the volunteers who selflessly devoted their time and efforts to help organize this event.
WCHR 2017 edition lasted for 3 days, from 1st to 3rd September and the organizers made sure that participants can absorb quality content, workshops, and lectures at any time of the conference. Friday was reserved for workshops designed for students with different levels of knowledge – from those who use WordPress to publish their own content and blogs, to other web development experts. It is important to note that they were completely free and open to all interested participants.
It’s very commendable that the organizers included kids in the conference program, so some of the workshops were intended especially for them. Also, parents could bring their children to all three days of the conference and freely enjoy the lectures, while their kids are safe in play room area with proper care.
Saturday was the main conference day, with 2 tracks (Track A: Inspiring, Track B: Advanced for WordPress professionals). Our crew was in charge (among other things) of the live stream production, so we witnessed every minute of every lecture. There were some gems like emotional speak of Dario Jazbev Hrvatin. Also, funny but smart tips&tricks for freelancers from Tomislav Kozačinski. But our pick of the day goes to Ivan Brezak Brkan who did a great spiel about the history of Netokracija – the ‘TechCrunch of Southeast Europe’. He talked from the heart and was in special orator form so we truly enjoyed what he had to say.
All the speakers on track B talked about the development of their own plugins for WordPress and concrete experiences in this process, as well as tips on how to best commercialize advanced WordPress plugins. This track included common developer topics like effectively finding and correcting errors and squishing bugs in the code. Our own developers, who attended all lectures here, single out Ivan Ružević from Infinum who talked vigorously about merging Webpack2 with WordPress themes, as the best one.
Now a little bit about the most important aspect of any conference – food 🙂 Catering was awesome and sufficient, also you could drink free coffee all day, grab your free Redbull, and mingle with delicious finger food throughout the grand MSU venue. At the end of the day, there was a cozy wine&dine after party, which is maybe the best opportunity to create long-lasting friendships. On that note, we talked to many visitors, and all of them were enthused with the museum as the location for WordCamp.
Sunday was a contributor day and it was devoted to learning how to contribute to WordPress and its community. The Contributors Day has gathered a large number of participants from all over the country and abroad. Visitors used that day for socializing, cooperation and exchange of specific experiences in person, and a walking tour of Zagreb – which was a huge hit!
In the end of the day it’s all about the community, and WordPress prides with its folks! We hope to see you all next year in a different town at an even bigger conference.