Giant Wapuu Among the Attendees at WordCamp London 2016

This past weekend, hundreds of people gathered at WordCamp London 2016 to learn about WordPress. One of the attendees who made its presence known the day of the event was a giant Wapuu. From left to right is WordPress co-creator Mike Little, Wapuu, and Jenny Wong. Notice how Wapuu has its own name badge!

Giant Wapuu at WordCamp London
Giant Wapuu at WordCamp London

Tim Nash, Platform Lead for 34SP, a managed WordPress hosting company and sponsor of the event, says that the company wanted to do something unique to bring smiles to attendee’s faces.

“It turns out that a Wapuu is not easy to find, but once we told it how awesome an event it was going to be and how much effort the WordCamp London organizing team was putting in, it agreed to make an appearance,” Nash said.

According to reports on Twitter from attendees, Wapuu is great at giving hugs, posing for selfies, and spreading cheer.

Although it looks like a stuffed animal, it’s actually a suit with someone inside. When asked who the person was inside, Nash replied that it was a secret. So where is Wapuu headed next?

“Sadly with WordCamp London over, Wapuu has returned to roam the land near Manchester in the North of England until the next time it wants a holiday. Rumor has it, that it might be at WordCamp Brighton in July,” Nash said.

Considering the size of airline seats, don’t expect to see giant Wapuu at WordPress events in the US anytime soon.

15 Comments


  1. I wouldn’t say ‘giant’ – how do we know what size a real Wappu is? They could be similar to the Giant Sloths of a few thousand years ago.

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    1. Until a larger specimen is discovered, this will be giant Wapuu in my book.

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  2. hmmmm what about a GoFundMe campaign for first class seats?

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    1. I don’t want to comment on Wapuu’s posterior but are first class seats even large enough?

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      1. We can book him into the “suites” on some of the Gulf airlines…

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  3. I really missed out. This will make me think twice about not attending a WordCamp.

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  4. Just a small note I’m the Platform Lead for 34SP.com WordPress Platform and was Brought in to help build the platform 6 months ago which we just released.

    34SP.com was founded 16 years ago by Dan Foster and Stuart Melling.

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  5. Considering the size of airline seats, don’t expect to see giant Wapuu at WordPress events in the US anytime soon.

    Could it be possible to have a US version of Wapuu?

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  6. I think everyone enjoyed seeing Wapuu. But what was even better was the live captioning of every session… including the final session, where they managed to keep up with Jenny. I’ve no idea how many WPM Jenny reaches but they kept up admirably.

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  7. Spoiler alert next time please!

    Although it looks like a stuffed animal, it’s actually a suit with someone inside.

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    1. Rumour has it, Wapuu will be at WordCamp Translation Day on 24th April. Hope you can come!

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  8. To be honest, I’m a little terrified of the Giant Wapuu. :p

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