Some say that a WordCamp isn’t really over until you blog about it.
So here I am, writing down a few thoughts about what has been an incredible event, WordCamp Torino 2016, the first official WordPress gathering in Italy in years.
First off, a big thank you to everyone involved in the organization of the event and the volunteers: you did an amazing job and everything went so great mainly because of your passion and commitment.
I’d also like to thank the speakers, who all delivered great presentations and I’m sure inspired not only me, but also the rest of the attendees.
Last but not least the sponsors, that made all of this possible.
For those of you who are unaware of the fact, the Italian WordPress community has been kind of lost and shattered for a good while. Even if the project was still maintained greatly and supported over the years by a very active and committed group of people, a complete sense of community was sort of missing.
Still, thanks to the wise choice of having a continent-wide WordCamp, many of us Italian WordPress enthusiasts managed to first met in Leiden, at WordCamp Europe 2014, then again in Sofia a year later, then again in Seville last June.
You know, the thing that strikes me the most about WordCamps is that by attending you not only receive invaluable new notions and tons of fresh inspiration and motivation, but you also get the opportunity of actively connecting with people all around the world.
That’s exactly what happened to us: over time, we didn’t only meet and discuss and contribute to the project, but we also became great friends, true friends and at the end of the day that’s one of the biggest reasons why everyone walked off with a big smile.
Give a group of friends the appropriate amount of time and an event like WordCamp Torino can happen and I’m sure that in the end it will be regarded of the first of many more.
I think two tweets sum it up way better that I’m equipped to do:
— Petya Raykovska (@petyeah) April 2, 2016
Oh my goodness I love WordCamps #wctrn
— John Blackbourn (@johnbillion) April 3, 2016
Oh yeah, I do too!