Rich Hill, CEO of Mind Doodle, on train to WordCamp London for WordPress conferenceRich Hill, CEO of Mind Doodle, on train to WordCamp London for WordPress conference

London calling

4 APRIL 2019BLOG

We are heading to WordCamp London!

The UK’s capital is known for many modern tourist destinations, as well as older landmarks like Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. It’s a great place to live or to visit, and it’s actually the city that Mind Doodle’s CEO and founder, Rich Hill, spent his childhood!

But London is also the home of WordCamp London, a significant event for many WordCamp regulars, including Rich, and Mind Doodle’s Marketing Manager, Tess Coughlan-Allen.

For us, WordCamp London stands out because of its early initiatives for improving accessibility, which many other local and flagship WordCamps have been able to take guidance from.

The sixth annual WordCamp London takes place at London Metropolitan University on 6-7 April, with a Contributor Day on 5 April. This year, the organisers have focused on improving sustainability at the event. This includes:

  • More details about public transport options, including bus, rail and cycle info
  • Suggesting regular WordCamp attendees bring existing WordPress lanyards
  • Only producing what is needed, including t-shirts and swag
  • Being more efficient with minimal waste when printing items like signage
  • Creating more eco-friendly Wapuu sticker alternatives by working with Sticker Mule to create labels, with less plastic and decreasing wastage
  • A different take on tokens of thanks for speakers and volunteers

The categories in this year’s schedule cover business, community, content, design, development and hot topics. The talks at WordCamp London are always high quality, and we are proud to announce that Tess will be delivering a lightning talk on Saturday morning about using WordPress to do_action.

Read more about this topic in our blog post about Europe’s first do_action day.

The speaker application process was done through blind voting, with organisers aiming to include a wide range of topics in the schedule. Following the vote, the organisers have revealed that the top 40 highest scoring sessions had an exact 50/50 split of individuals identifying themselves as male/female, which meant organisers could ensure the final schedule was well balanced in terms of gender representation on stage.

Check out the full WordCamp London schedule.

With more than 500 people attendees at WordCamp London this year, we’re expecting a buzz of energy during the event.

If you spot Richard Hill or Tess Coughlan-Allen at #WCLDN, say hello! We’d love to chat.

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