WordCamp is an awesome 2 day conference organised by Jason Kemp and a team of hardworking people. This year it was held in the Auckland CBD on 21 & 22 April. The first day is for general WordPress or online users, the second day is focused on more development and technical topics.

I Storified a selection of the tweets and images from Day OneΒ – makes great reading (click on the image below to read the full Storify).

Ironically WordPress.com does not allow me to embed them here. Time to upgrade to WordPress.org!

I was honoured to be invited to join a panel on how online technology was transforming business, with Giapo (ice cream scientist), Vaughan Rowsell (CEO of Vend) and myself, moderated by Bill Bennett (freelance journalist). Wide ranging opinions and experiences from this diverse group on social media, mobile devices, location based marketing and a few other topics was masterfully moderated and even the audience laughed a few times – always a good sign.

Wordcamp is a great way to meet others in the online and tech community. Although the topics are based on WordPress, it is not just for WordPress users, and has a good mix of overseas and local speakers. Each year the organisers aim to get 100% new speakers to keep the lineup fresh and interesting. There is a mix of public speaking experience – but the ones talking from the heart were the highlight for me.

Other than the panel (of course), I really enjoyed Amanda Blum from HowlingZoeΒ (USA) talking about how to design your website (her presentation is here), Glenn Williams providing an insight into his innovative broadcasting talent on RadioWammo, and the team from Digital Maori who shared honest tales of web development at TangutaWhenua.Com

Overall a great event, well worth attending. Jason and the team do a fantastic job of organising the conference – very well run.

And I’ll leave the Storifying of Day 2 to someone much more qualified than me! And I’ll also look forward to the WordCamp DVD.

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