WordCamp 2019 — The Highlights

Our team is back from WCEU 2019, it sure was an experience! The event took place in Berlin and was the biggest WordCamp to date. Here are our impressions.

WCEU 2019 Berlin — Matt Mullenweg

We’re back from WordCamp Europe 2019, and what a camp it was!

For most of us, this was actually the first WordCamp we attended, and we were stunned by the masses of WordPress community members that gathered from all around the world. 

According to WP Tavern, it was the largest WordCamp in history, with 3,260 sold tickets — 800 more than the previous year in Belgrade. We were even more excited to finally meet some of our colleagues from overseas — those we have been working with for a long time yet had not met in person, and new ones from the WordPress ecosystem. 

It was remarkable to see how Elementor helps not only in designing and building websites, but also in promoting businesses that are based on an Elementor — whether it is companies that sell themes, templates, and plugins, or digital agencies and freelance web creators who strive to increase their business.

Our activity actually began on the first day, when we held our first International Meetup featuring 100 Elementors: community leaders, plugin, theme and template developers, digital content creators, and the local community members of Berlin. You will find the coverage of the event here.

We dedicated the second day entirely to WordCamp, which was held at the Estrel Hotel & Convention center in the southern part of Berlin. The event was arranged in perfect order and entrance and registration only took a few minutes. 

We enjoyed a variety of lectures from different WordPress leading figures: 

  • Matt Mullenweg’s keynote speech and Q & A session, where he recounted Gutenberg’s progress over the past 9 months since its release, reviewed its newest updates and talked about the upcoming features.
  • Rob Hope’s short but sweet “Understanding what makes a website landing page convert”.
  • Simon Cooke’s “How fast-growing agencies win business”.
  • Michele Mizejewski’s “Gutenberg and page builder plugins: Two great tastes that taste great together”. We were thrilled to discover that Michele featured Elementor in her presentation. 

And obviously, like many others, we were super busy with networking. The majority of WCEU attendees were representatives of companies and agencies, providing the best opportunity to create new business relationships and collaborations face-to-face. 

WCEU also gave us the opportunity to meet up with the Torque team and receive our 2019 Plugin Madness Trophy, so thank you for that! Check out the short interview we did with Torque and the official Trophy handoff:

Without a moment to lose, WordPress has already announced the when and where of the WCEU 2020. See you in Porto Portugal, June 4-6 2020!

About the Author

Matan Naveh
Matan Naveh
Matan is Elementor's Magazine editor. Starting his career as a Radio Broadcaster, he worked as a content manager and Editor-in-Chief for over 10 years. Matan enjoys psychological horror movies and 80's Chinese restaurants.

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8 Responses

  1. It was as much useful as it was a lot of fun. Such great energy at Wordcamp and Berlin in general. Also great meeting you Matan, untill the next time!

  2. Only saw Ben from a distance and he is just the guy you see in the videos. BTW the Elementor meetup was it private? Somehow the announcement and venue about that … escaped my attention. It would be nice if Elementor gets a speaking slot at the next meetup. If that isn’t wanted by the organization then you could think about allowing regular attendees to book a separate precursor somewhere nearby. On the other hand if Elementor actually takes up the challenge set by Matt to work as a provider for decorators (as mentioned in the Keynote) to Gutenberg blocks and allow for the design aspect to the universal Gutenberg blocks … I’d guess that Elementor becoming a sponsor and getting some slots at the next official venue would become much more likely.

  3. Thanks so much for including my talk in the highlight list Matan – glad you liked it! Also great meeting you and the rest of the friendly Elementor gang in Berlin.

    Thanks for the good vibes! 🙂

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