WordCamp Whistler: Back Home

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

We just got back home and turned on the All Star game. A lot happened this weekend because a few weeks ago my friend Duane made a suggestion about an event while John and I told him to go for it — and we would help make it happen. As such, Whistler, BC hosted its first WordCamp.

Photo credit: Tyler Ingram on Flickr

WordPress is a blog tool, publishing platform, and content management system with millions of users worldwide. WordCamps are held across the globe to bring together WordPress users and developers to discuss the platform, network, and share stories.

We’ve decided to host the first Canadian WordCamp of 2009 in Whistler, BC – home of the 2010 Olympic Games as well as a host of world-class hotels, dining experiences and of course, skiing. This will be the first-ever WordCamp held in Whistler and we couldn’t be more excited.

We have been so pleased by the response and especially with the turnout, the venue, everyone who made the trip to attend and the amazing speakers who donated their time and energy:

Lorelle Van Fossen, Dale Mugford, John Biehler, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, Tris Hussey, Andy Peatling, Quentin Muhlert, Dave Olson.

At several points yesterday #wcw09 was a top trending topic on Twitter, and given that we had about 100 attendees at our modest conference, I think that says a lot about the reach of this platform and the fantastic people that use it.

WordCamp Whistler

All of my photos are available on Flickr, tagged with wcw09. My day-blog posts include the first evening, morning sessions and afternoon sessions.

I know Duane, John, Dale (who was a huge help this weekend) and I worried, stressed, and sent feverish emails (an made numerous calls) several times an hour to make sure that things would actually happen, and I have to say it was all worth it.

If you have your own WordCamp post or content available online, we would love to add a link to it on the WordCamp Whistler website.

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  1. BradleySunday, January 25th, 2009 — 6:57pm PST

    for the people who read the site who aren’t in the “community” can you please explain what exactly these “camps” are? I read it and have no clue what you’re talking about or what the deal is. Dont forget about us regular peeps please.

  2. Miss604Sunday, January 25th, 2009 — 7:05pm PST

    Hi Bradley,

    Certainly, WordCamp Whistler was a conference I had been organizing and talking about on my site over the last two months. It was one day of presentations from various speakers about WordPress.

    Please feel free to follow the link to the website as I made sure the first thing you read when you get to the site is “what is this all about” — I have also updated the post to include some info.

    You can read through my day blogs to get a feel for what the speakers were talking about — anything from site design, more information about the publishing platform, to content creation.

    Also, you can check out my post from last summer about BarCamp to find out more about how “Camps” came to be — or I’ll explain it better for you in person next time we see you :-P.

  3. BradleySunday, January 25th, 2009 — 8:25pm PST

    im sorry if i sounded rude

  4. MortenMonday, January 26th, 2009 — 12:11am PST

    Just wanted to say thanks for putting on such a great event and for letting me share my thoughts, ideas, methods and proverbs with the people. It was great fun and I am looking forward to future WordCamps with great anticipation.

  5. mayaMonday, January 26th, 2009 — 10:43am PST

    Congrats! I heard it was a great event!

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