Here is how I like to contribute to the amazing WordPress project.
I like to get involved in the WordPress community, as it’s a pleasant way to give back to WordPress what WordPress allows me to accomplish with Virtuaza and patriciabt.com, and, in the future, with GatheringWP and Interaction.Site.
I co-organise the WordPress meetups in Geneva since 2013. This group have been created in 2012 by Paolo Belcastro and Jenia Laszlo, and when they left Geneva, 2-3 of us took the group in charge. We organise monthly meetups from September to June, and talk about various topics for all kind of knowledge level. We like to be very inclusive and friendly, and always follow the meetups by a dinner out.
I have also been part of the WordCamps organisation teams in Geneva in 2016, Bern in 2017, Lausanne 2018, Zurich 2019, and now Genève 2020 and I have also been a speaker, a volunteer at WordCamp Europe in 2017 and 2019, among others or sponsor in other WordCamps. See a full list at the end of this page.
I love community and human relations centered projects, and I like everything open-source which allows everyone to have their voices heard (“Democratize publishing”). I have these values in common with WordPress and its code of conduct.
On WordCamp Lausanne site
You can read the full bio going with this video on the WordCamp Lausanne site.
The Code of Conduct
I love the Code of Conduct, that shows inclusivity and acceptance of everyone. Here below is an extract but you can read the full text here. When we organise WordPress events, or contribute as a speaker, volunteer or sponsor, we have to agree to this code and this enforce good behaviour, that should go without saying.
WordCamp XXX believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor.
Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory or harassing behavior and speech.
Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants. Alert conference organizers if you notice a dangerous situation or someone in distress.
Participate in an authentic and active way. In doing so, you help to create WordCamp XXX and make it your own.
I love those and that corresponds to my basic values. I gave a presentation at WordCamp Marseille 2017 about that. “Apply to Code of Conduct in our everyday life” (in French)….
Another benefit is that I absolutely love to make friends, and attending WordCamps allows to meet great people from many different countries.
Speaking Experience at WordCamps
I regularly speak at Geneva meetups, to introduce others or when we have no other speaker.
I spoke 4 times in WordCamps:
Zurich – Switzerland 2014
The first time was in Zurich for WordCamp Switzerland 2014. The video never made it to WordPress TV. I was presenting a site I made for local communities, with forums and membership.
Marseille – France 2017
The second talk was in WordCamp Marseille 2017. I mention it above. The title was “S’inspirer du code des WordCamps dans la vie de tous les jours”. You can see it on WordPress TV (or here below), the first 10 minutes of video are missing, but sound is there.
The slides are here.
Lausanne- Switzerland 2018 – talk
Then I spoke at WordCamp Lausanne. As I was a co-organiser, I was not scheduled to give a talk, beside the panel, but as 4 speakers didn’t make it to Lausanne, we had to find replacement. So I was not prepared, and had no slides but it was great. See the video from WordPress TV (here below).
I spoke about “fighting the fear of public speaking” and gave tips and tricks, such as the bottle of water, meditation, breathing, and training in meetups and with Toastmasters. I would like to speak about that topic again, in English, as an upgrade to that Lausanne talk = not the tips and tricks, but about the inspiration to give a talk in a WordCamp, and how to find that exciting. I’ll propose that.
Lausanne- Switzerland 2018 – panel
Then, in the same WordCamp, I was suggested by the organiser in charge of speakers to be the “local” participant to a panel talking about how women are percieved in the community, and in general. I spoke with great ladies: Deborah Donnier, Frédérique Game, Carole Olinger and Emilie Lebrun. See the video from WordPress TV here below:
List of WordCamps I participated in (or to come)
- WordCamp Europe in Porto – Portugal, June 4-6, I will apply as a volunteer
- WordCamp Genève – Switzerland, March 20-21, lead-organiser
- I will try to attend if there are WordCamps organised in Paris, Torino, and/or maybe the Soltau retreat
- WordCamp Milano – Italy, November 22-23, microsponsor with gatheringwp.com
- WordCamp Zurich – Switzerland, September 13-14, co-organiser in charge of sponsors
- WordCamp Europe in Berlin – Germany, June 20-23, volunteer
- Meetup-day (WordCamp style) Geneva, March 9, 2019, organiser
- WordCamp Milano – Italy, November 16-17, volunteer
- WordCamp Lausanne – Switzerland, September 28-29, co-organiser in charge of sponsors, replacement speaker (as 4 didn’t come!) and panel participant + bronze sponsor with Virtuaza
- WPTech in Lyon – France (out of official WordCamp program) April 28
- WordCamp Torino – Italy, April 6-7
- WordCamp Paris – France, March 9, backup speaker (everyone came, I didn’t talk 🙂 )
- WordCamp Milano – Italy, November 17-18, volunteer
- WordCamp Marseille – France, September 15, speaker
- WordCamp Bern – Switzerland, September 8-9, co-organiser in charge of sponsors
- WordCamp Europe in Paris – France, June 15-17, volunteer
- WordCamp Torino – Italy, April 7-8, microsponsor with interaction.site
- WordCamp Geneva – Switzerland, November 18-19, lead-organiser,
microsponsor with interaction.site
- WordCamp Milano – Italy, October 21-22, microsponsor with CollectifWP
- WordCamp Europe in Vienna – Austria, June 24-26
- WordCamp Zurich – Switzerland, September 19-20, volunteer
- WordCamp Lyon – France, June 5
- WordCamp Paris – France, January 23-24, microsponsor with CollectifWP
- WordCamp Zurich – Switzerland, May 3-4, speaker (but the talk never made it to WordPress TV)
- WordCamp Paris – France, January 17-18
- WordCamp Europe in Leiden – The Netherlands, October 5-7