If you waited to buy your ticket to WordCamp Europe 2016 in Vienna, you may be out of luck. The event sold out on December 31, 2015. All 1550 tickets, including 50 micro-sponsorship tickets are now gone.
“We’re currently at full capacity of our venue, but working towards expanding by hiring more halls in the MuzeumQuartier so we can meet the strong demand,” organizer Petya Raykovska told the Tavern.
“We will try and release 200 more tickets in the days to follow, depending on the availability of the halls around the MQ,” she said. A waiting list is now open for those hopeful to grab a ticket when more venue space opens up. According to Raykovska, the list already has nearly 100 signups.
Based on the attendees confirmed so far, WordCamp Europe 2016 will have 58 countries represented, which is six more than the event had in 2014 and 2015. Including micro-sponsor tickets, the countries with the highest number of attendees include Germany (8%), Netherlands (8%), UK (8%), Austria (7%), and the United States (6%).
Planning early has paid off for the organizing team with another year of successful ticket sales in the bag. Raykovska attributes this to the location and the quality of past WCEU events.
“Obviously, Vienna being central for Europe and a fabulous location, has helped us attract more people this year,” Raykovska said. “But I believe above all, the huge interest is a testament about the quality we’ve been able to provide in previous years, establishing WordCamp Europe as a can’t-miss event for anyone running or involved with a WordPress business.
“I also think people appreciate that we released tickets so early. More than 80% of WordCamp Europe attendees come from outside the host country so being able to plan early helped people make a decision,” she said.
The call for speakers will close on January 31st. Speakers will be notified by March 16th as to whether or not their session will be on the schedule.