WordCamp Asia 2023 Tentatively Set For February 17-19 in Bangkok, Thailand

WordCamp Asia is tentatively back on the schedule of in-person WordPress events with new dates: February 17-19, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand. It will begin with a Contributor day, followed by two conference days.

Asia’s inaugural flagship WordCamp was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was the first international WordPress event to be cancelled due to the pandemic. It was cancelled just nine days before it was scheduled to happen, a difficult but necessary decision, despite all the hard work volunteers had invested. At that time, organizers hoped to push the event to the next year, but the pandemic forced it to be put on hold again.

The WordPress community in Asia is quite large and spans across a wide land area with many diverse cultures. Prior to the pandemic, Asia was home to 127 WordPress meetup chapters with 73,000 members across 23 countries. The region had hosted 137 WordCamps in 18 Asian countries and 52 cities.

WordCamp Asia organizers began preliminary planning in 2017, inspired by other successful regional camps. Five years later, they have once again opened the call for organizers. They are aiming to build a team of 15 local (Thai) organizers and 30-35 organizers from other parts of Asia. This group will be broken up into teams that will lead audio/visual tech, design, speakers, volunteers, and other practical aspects of event planning.

Prospective organizers must reside in Asia and have experience organizing meetups or WordCamps. They must also be willing to commit at least three hours per week for planning and meetings.

“Because the main venue will be the same place as originally planned, we will be able to reuse some work from 2020,” organizer Naoko Takano said.

“We will comply with any COVID-19 guidelines provided by the local government and WordPress Community Team (such as this one) to ensure the safety of the attendees.” If for some reason the event needs to be postponed again, organizers have a much more structured approach to managing this risk and making decisions.

After five years of planning and so many unavoidable delays, the persistence and resilience of WordCamp Asia’s organizers is admirable. The call to join their team is open until April 30, and selected organizers will be notified by mid-May. Follow @wordcampasia on Twitter for the latest updates or subscribe to the event’s website.


5 responses to “WordCamp Asia 2023 Tentatively Set For February 17-19 in Bangkok, Thailand”

  1. One small correction – we’d like the candidate to reside in Asia OR have an active involvement in the Asian WordPress community 🙂
    We also added an option to join the team remotely for those with any circumstances that prevent them from traveling to Bangkok.

    Thank you so much for covering the story!

  2. Out of curiosity…what language will WordCamp Asia be in?

    WordCamp US is easy to guess, right?

    With the diverse in the languages spoken. I just Googled…nearly 5 billion people in Asia. Google says 2,300 languages spoken. Many Asian countries have regional languages within each country.

    If there was a regional WordCamp in Latin America then most likely Spanish.

    Asia has more than half the population, 2,300 languages.

    We all have Google Translate or an equivalent on our browsers but for in-person…I wonder which one? multiple?

    I hope they do live-streaming option too.

    • Google translate fails dramatically on Thai language. We have seen what happened in 2020. Facebook turned off their translation for more then a year because of wrong translated text insulting the king of Thailand accidentally, try and communicate through google translate with a Thai person you will get many frowned eyebrows. And i know this from a daily experience as i have to do this very often due to a business relation ship. Its usefull to read what they are saying, but the otherway around be carefull.

      • I speak Spanish and Croatian (either than English) thus I can understand latin languages (portuguese, italian, french, etc…) Croatian…Slavic languages. Both group of languages to a point. Serbian and Bosnian easier than Ukrainian or Russian.

        French I failed miserably (I live in Canada, we are bilingual).

        I have zero knowledge, either than hello or goodby (basic “tourist” words) when it comes to Thai, Urdi, Tagalog and so forth.

        If I was to attend a meeting in Bangkok…I would hire someone locally that speaks both Thai and English to work as translator. This is cheaper than bringing someone from Canada.

        If I was going to Manila…Tagalog……….If I was going to India…depending on what part of India…Gujarati, Urdu and so forth.

        Obviously a WordCamp (not WCAsia) in Bangkok would be in Thai, WCManila would be in Tagalo and WC India….Gujarati, Urdu and so forth.

        Having a HUMAN translator does help and I would NEVER demand WCBankok/Manila/New Delhi/etc… to have the event in English or any WordCamp in a country where English is not one of the official languages.


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