— Luc Princen (@LucP) June 23, 2016
Last week Chef du Web went to Vienna to attend and speak at WordCamp Europe 2016. Since we’ve made plenty of new non-dutch friends, I’ll keep this post in english.
On thursday morning, 4am, a car stopped in front of my house. It was Mark, who was picking me up to drive to Vienna. We where going by car because Remy has a fear of flying and we figured the drive would be pretty do-able from The Netherlands and much more fun. When we arrived in Vienna some 12 hours later though, my brain was pretty fried. We got to the apartment and I immediately took a shower and changed clothes, because I had to get to the Speakers Dinner. The rest of Chef du Web would go and explore Vienna and eat some schnitzels.
The Speakers Dinner was very nicely arranged and I had a great time catching up with friends both at the Dinner and after. The next morning I woke up kind of hungover from the wine they served, luckily some black coffee took care of the headache. We started with a slow morning howerver; the first talk I attended was, i’m sorry to say, my own. I talked about Flexbox and how it could help theme developers, you can view the presentation online, on WordCamp TV and if you want to dig into the source material, you can find the slides, including the further reading back here. It was such a privilege to talk to everybody and I had a great time despite the small hangover 😉
— WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) June 24, 2016
We stayed in Halle G to watch Graham Armfield’s talk about accessibility and assistive technology, which was very interesting.
— Luc Princen (@LucP) June 24, 2016
The talks that really spoke to us during WordCamp Europe where:
Beyond SEO: copywriting for professionals – Marieke van de Rakt, Joost de Valk
A vibrant talk from our fellow dutchies about writing quality content, plus a very good refresher course in active writing and how to keep paragraphs simple.
— Luc Princen (@LucP) June 25, 2016
Making the Leap: Successful Products as a Web Agency – Matt Cheney
A great talk for us with great timing, as we are about to release a product ourselves. We came to the conclusion that there’s a whole lot more to learn about this business and I went and bought myself a whole new library of books I have to get to this summer.
Managing a remote WordPress team – Mario Peshev
I met Mario back in October for WordCamp Sofia, when we smoked a shisha where we basically discussed this very topic. The talk however featured so many great ideas and tips that we felt a refresher-course was definitely due!
You are too cheap – Tomaz Zaman
Tomaz is an amazing speaker. With boatloads of jokes he manages to convey a single idea; dare to charge more. As an agency who has stepped in that trap repeatedly it was good to be reminded of this lesson in such a funny way. We all fell in love with “Anna, from Stockphoto”.
Obviously a trip to Vienna needs to be a good mix of business and pleasure and I can assure you that Chef du Web had a lot of fun! From going to a shady karaoke bar with the guys and gals of Level Level, to smoking shisha with our friends Mario, Marko, Ines, Stanko, Alex, and George to the official WordCamp Europe Ball; we had a blast!
— Pascal van Gaal (@Passmeister) June 27, 2016
Thank you to the organizers, volunteers and fellow speakers for creating such a great event and see you next year in Paris!