WordCamp Netherlands 2012 recap

WordCamp Netherlands 2012 was exactly one weekend ago. I have been writing posts on my talks earlier, but this post is a full recap on the entire event. To summarize the entire event in one single line: I had an absolute great time and am already looking forward to the next event!

First of all, I’d like to thank all the people who organized or somehow contributed to this fantastic event. The people capable of hosting an event which attracts close to 200 visitors, two days in a row, deserve an extra compliment (or two).

It’s all about the talks

At most WordCamps, the entire event is spread out over multiple tracks. In the Netherlands, we have had a different approach the last years. During the morning, we have one main stage, where the talks are keynote style for the full audience.

In the afternoon, our WordCamp switches to the more traditional format and all talks are spread out over three tracks. This year we had a general track, besides a track for beginners and experts. The talks were a bit hard to put in the right track, but based on the title and speaker, most people we’re able to see the right talks.

This year, I missed most of the afternoon tracks, mostly because I was still too busy fixing the slides for my own talks. The talks that I was able to attend, were absolutely great.

English, or local language?

The only thing that I hope we might change for next years WordCamp, is the language of all the talks. To have a more international event, we could try to have more English talks in the afternoon. That is the only remark I have on this years Dutch WordCamp.

I know there is a statement on the Plan WordCamps website on speakers, that includes the chapter “Locals or Rock Stars?”. But there is nothing mentioning language. Perhaps it is a good idea for the beginners track to be in the local language, but the other tracks can serve a larger audience if the talk is in English, I think.

Meeting great people

The one thing I like best about WordCamps is that you get to meet people you normally only ‘speak’ online, on Twitter for example. This years WordCamp Netherlands was very well visited by the WordPress core team; Andrew Nacin, Jon Cave and Cristi Burcă attended. But we had more international WordPress rockstars visiting, I also met Noel Tock, Paul Gibbs, Tammie Lister and Siobhan McKeown.

A bunch of great guys visited our WordCamp just like last year; Andrew Nacin, Isaac Keyet and Frederick Townes are our regular guests now. :)

And last but not least, WordCamps are a great way to get back in touch with people you haven’t seen for a while. I’m not able to list everyone who I had a great time with, but hanging out with people who work in the same field is great. Meeting offline is a great way to improve working together, just by drinking a beer and have a good time.

My three talks

In case you missed my previous posts covering my talks, here is a quick list.

At this years WordCamp Netherlands, I was scheduled for a total of three talks. The first day, I did one talk in the expert track. The second day, I did one talk in the expert track, as well as a talk in the beginner track. I’ve posted more information on all these talks before:

Core contributions

The main purpose of this talk was to get into Trac and show people what was happening there. That is also the moment when people started to see how active the community really is and how things roll on Trac.

Version control

In this talk, my main goal was introducing people to version control, quickly showing them how things work and how different SVN and Git really are.

Custom Post Types

For this talk, I expected a different audience, different questions and therefore prepared a talk showing the basic usage of Custom Post Types, Taxonomies and Meta Boxes. This approach proved to be a great idea, I think everyone walked out having learned something new.