Between 17-19 May 2019, the Mind Doodle team was fortunate enough to attend WordCamp Bristol.
Our roles at the event were varied, with team members representing Mind Doodle as sponsors, speakers and organisers or simply enjoying the conference as attendees. No matter which roles we took on, we shared an unforgettable weekend at WordCamp Bristol.
One week on, how do we feel? Well, seeing as you asked.
After WordCamp Bristol, we feel…
Our local WordPress community is both open and connected, and there wasn’t a single person we spoke to who was not authentically themselves. Special shout-out to speakers, who freely shared their skills, stories and ideas, leaving us feeling inspired and energised.
As Platinum Sponsor, we had an exhibition stand at WCBRS and it was fantastic to meet and reconnect with so many attendees. We left feeling warm and refreshed by the WordPress community. What more could you want from a WordCamp?
We are grateful to the organisers, who truly rocked. Our CEO and founder, Rich Hill, was part of the organising team and we feel proud and thankful he and the other organisers volunteered their spare time to deliver such a high-quality conference.
The speaker line-up was impressive, and there was one voice we were particularly proud to hear! Our Marketing Manager, Tess Coughlan-Allen, took to the stage to talk about using WordPress to do good, encouraging the audience to use their skills for worthy causes.
Talks on sustainability, free reusable water bottles and coffee cups, vegetarian food, venues with good environmental credentials and carefully considered swag. With such care and compassion for the environment, this was an event with all the right values.
The WordPress community once again put on an event that was inclusive, not just in terms of the fantastically friendly and open nature of the event but also the inclusivity of a variety of topics covered in the talks where even technical subjects felt accessible.
An entire lecture theatre was kept as a dedicated quiet zone, for people to use as they saw fit. Whether that was to answer emails or take time away from the buzz, it was an area for reconnecting with yourself and there was only one rule: no talking.
The conference took place during Mental Health Awareness Week, a very fitting time for a fantastic talk by Dan Maby on WordPress, the Community and Mental Health, with WP & UP and #PressForward. It was an important reminder that we should listen to, care for and check in with one another.
At our exhibition stand, we launched our brand new plugin for WordPress: Mind Doodle Visual Sitemaps & Tasks. WordCamp Bristol took place at a pivotal time for us. We were soaking up the moment whilst looking towards the future… and excited is an understatement!
Until next time, WCBRS
Well, what a WordCamp. WCBRS, you gave us all the feels. Until next time!