Brighton, UK to Host Europe’s First BuddyCamp


BuddyPress fans, mark your calendars! BuddyCamp Brighton, Europe’s very first BuddyPress conference, is just two months away. The event will be held at Clearleft’s 68 Middle Street venue on August 8, 2015. This venue has a maximum capacity of 60 people, so tickets are likely to sell out fast.

BuddyPress lead developer Paul Gibbs and contributor Tammie Lister are teaming up to organize the event and put out the call for speakers and sponsors today.

“The really exciting thing is that this is going to be the first BuddyCamp outside North America/Canada – the first in Europe,” Gibbs said. “From my role in the BuddyPress project, I know we have many fans across the continent, and it’s those people we want to come to BuddyCamp, so we’re going to focus on making the event as accessible as possible for all those visitors.”

Brighton has a thriving local WordPress community and BuddyPress interest runs deep throughout the UK, making it a strategic location for hosting Europe’s first BuddyCamp.

“Brighton itself has a great tech community, as does London obviously (which is just over an hour away on train), so there’s a lot of potential,” Gibbs said.

Organizers are hoping to receive a wide range of presentation subjects from potential speakers, including both beginner and technical topics.

“We’re pretty keen on beginners content, mixed with a range of showcases and great examples of the potential of BuddyPress,” he said.

Gibbs confirmed that peripheral bbPress topics are also welcome among speaker submissions, even though the event will focus primarily on BuddyPress.

“I think there’s a lot of overlap, especially around community management and development,” he said. “We’d be happy to receive talk proposals in these areas.”

BuddyCamp Brighton is a historic event for the European BuddyPress community and will be formatted as an intimate gathering where attendees of all skill levels are welcome. BuddyPress enthusiasts will learn more about the varied uses of the plugin and will also have the opportunity to get connected to core contributors in the region.

“If people go home happy and inspired to use BuddyPress to help them grow a community, then I’ll be very happy,” Gibbs said.

Those interested to attend can subscribe to email updates or follow @BuddyCampUK on Twitter to be notified when tickets go on sale.


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