One of my favorite WordCamp events each year is always the one up in Portland. No, not just because they had kegs of beer just inside the front door. Although that certainly didn’t suck. Their local WordPress community is awesome and invited in us outsiders with open arms. By the end of the first weekend there, I was ready to move in.
More than just my annual pilgrimage back to Portland for beer and Voodoo Doughnuts, I’m really excited for this year’s WCPDX since they are switching things up and doing mainly an unconference style event. If you aren’t sure what that is, rather than having a predetermined list of speakers with set times, anybody and everybody is encouraged to suggest topics for sessions. Then a vote happens and the most popular topics get turned in to sessions.
I’ve been to 20+ WordCamp events, and 2 of my favorite sessions I’ve sat in on were both unconference sessions. I found that the audience was more engaged and both sessions turned in to more of a discussion than a simple presentation. I got a lot out of both of those sessions and I expect a lot more of the same next month in PDX!
If you are planning on going to the event, start thinking about discussions you’d like to take part in. Then, when you get there, write it down on the suggestion board! I have a couple ideas in mind already myself.
See you there!