WordCamp Europe 2024: A Quick Look Back

Published on June 18, 2024: WordCamp Europe 2024 has concluded after three days packed with excitement. WordCamp Europe is the largest WordPress event in Europe and this was the 12th annual WordCamp Europe event. It took place at the Lingotto Conference and Exhibition Centre in Torino, Italy. 2,584 WordPress enthusiasts gathered from all around the globe to explore and celebrate WordPress.

Like last year, WPGIZ has been an official media partner for WordCamp Europe this year too. We enjoyed every bit of covering the event across our blog and social media pages.

The event was organized and produced by a group of 250 volunteers led by the WordCamp veterans Wendie Huis in ‘t Veld, Juan Hernando, and Takis Bouyouris. It took 8 months of preparation for this amazing event. There were various workshops and presentations from several resource persons.

In this post, we’re looking back at WordCamp Europe 2024. So if you’ve missed the event, don’t worry, at least you can read the summary of WordCamp Europe 2024. Also, we’ll provide its livestream link.

WordCamp Europe 2024: Contributor Day

WordCamp Europe 2024 opened up on June 13th with the Contributor Day. The purpose of Contributor Day is to bring WordPress enthusiasts together to discuss, plan, and conduct tasks related to the WordPress open-source project. This time, 600 contributors worked in 25 teams. They produced some amazing results such as:

  • Translating 31,500 strings across 27 different languages
  • Updating documentation for the upcoming WordPress version 6.6
  • New contributor onboarding for the testing team and support forum
  • Identifying ways to further improve WordPress plugin security

Originally, the WordCamp Europe event started its journey in 2006. Today, WordPress is the most popular and widely used CMS in the World. It wouldn’t have been possible to make this open-source platform so successful if it weren’t for the contributions of so many wonderful people. In WordCamp Europe 2024, like always we’ve seen the contributors’ hard work for improving WordPress.

WordCamp Europe 2024: Conference Days

The next two days after Contributor Day are the conference days. These took place on the 14th and 15th of June. The conference days were also packed with events and various engagements for the participants. Speaker presentations, workshops, etc. are the key attractions of the conference days.

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Attendees were free to join any session by the speakers. There were speeches focused on development, business and marketing, accessibility and community, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity, etc. On both conference days here are the total number of events that took place:

  • 52 speaker sessions
  • 8 workshops in three tracks

On June 14, the 1st day of the Conference, the first hour was spent on registration. This is where participants check-in for the conference and workshops. Then after a keynote speech from Joost de Valk and Juliette Reinders Folmer, there was a break. The day continued with several presentations and workshops from relevant domain experts.

The excitement continued to the 2nd day of the conference. Like the first day, the day started with registration followed by presentations and workshops. Finally, there was a mid-year update on the WordPress project by cofounder Matt Mullenweg himself (including a QnA) followed by a closing remark.

Mid-year WordPress project update

On the final day of WordCamp Europe 2024, the WordPress cofounder Matt Mullenweg shared a mid-year project update on WordPress. Matt highlighted the success of the contributor mentorship program and shared an update on the Data Liberation initiative.

Photo: WCEU

Matt also discussed “speed build challenges”, a new trend in the WordPress community where the spectators watch WordPress experts build websites in real-time, and showcase tips and shortcuts. Matt also discussed 11 things to ensure that WordPress remains sustainable for decades to come. Watch Matt Mullenweg’s keynote video to learn more on the topic.

Closing remarks

WordCamp Europe 2024 concluded with a closing remark. The tremendous support from the European Parliament, the city of Torino, and the regional tourism organization Turismo Torino was acknowledged and appreciated. The personnel from venue management and production support were thanked. The organizing team and all of the volunteers were applauded. You can watch the event videos on YouTube by visiting this link.

The next destination of the event was also announced. WordCamp Europe 2025 is scheduled to take place in Basel, Switzerland from 5 to 7 June 2025.

After the closing remark, an After Party was held which many attendees were excited for. This concluded the WordCamp Europe 2024. It was a wonderful experience!

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