Field Notes from Sweden: WebCoast 2014
Reporting back from a unique WebCoast conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, Happiness Engineer Karim Osman shares the view from the North.
Every week, Automatticians — the people behind WordPress.com — participate in conferences, WordCamps, and other community events around the world. Today, let’s hear from Happiness Engineer Karim Osman, who just returned from WebCoast, in Gothenburg, Sweden. WebCoast is a WordPress.com-sponsored conference that focuses on online communication and web development.
After a three-hour train ride, I finally arrived in Sweden’s second-largest city: Gothenburg. This was my first time there, and my fellow Happiness Engineer Fabiana Simões showed me around town. It’s a lovely city with great sights, amazing architecture, and cozy cafes — the perfect place for a conference.
The nicest thing about WebCoast is that it’s a three-day, unconference-style event. “Unconference” means that the content is organized and created by the conference attendees: there was a gridded board where speakers booked a slot for their talk, workshop, or discussion session. Then others decided which sessions they’d like to attend.
Fabiana held a session where she explained more about Automattic, WordPress.com and WordPress.org, and the awesome features that WordPress.com has to offer. Isaac Keyet (Product Designer at Automattic) joined us to help answer questions the audience had.
I really liked the attendees’ diversity: they included developers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, and everything in between. We had lots of good chats with them about WordPress and other topics. I’ll definitely attend WebCoast again next year.
Of course, if Sweden isn’t really around the corner for you, you can still connect with the broader WordPress community. For example, you might consider attending one of the many WordCamps out there. Either way, we’ll be at your service!
Stay tuned for more news and updates about recent and upcoming events, including a report from this year’s incredibly successful SXSW (South by Southwest).