WordCamp Europe 2018 to be Held in Belgrade, Serbia, June 14-16

Belgrade, Serbia will host the sixth edition of WordCamp Europe, June 14-16, 2018. Prior host cities include Leiden, Sofia, Seville, Vienna, and Paris. Attendees and the massive 221-person volunteer crew gave their enthusiastic approval when organizers announced the event would be returning to Eastern Europe next year.

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The Serbian WordPress community has grown exponentially since the first WordPress meetup was held in 2013 at ManageWP’s offices. Now, Serbia hosts meetups in several cities and many of them are averaging more than 100 attendees. Meetup.com is not very popular in Serbia so the WP Serbia Facebook group is used more frequently to organize community events. The group has grown from 600 members to more than 4,700 during over the past two and a half years.

At WordCamp Europe I had the opportunity to interview Jenny Beaumont, this year’s local lead for Paris, along with Milan Ivanović who will lead the local team next year in Serbia. Beaumont shares the challenges of wrangling busy volunteers on the local team and offers Ivanović some advice as he prepares to head up the team in Serbia. Ivanović is eager to acquaint WordPress’ global community with Serbia’s famous hospitality and sums up why prospective attendees should consider attending in 2018: “The food!”


2 responses to “WordCamp Europe 2018 to be Held in Belgrade, Serbia, June 14-16”

  1. It is amazing how such a small country can have so active WordPress community.

    I guess this is what a true love for WordPress and community is and we will all have the chance to experience it next year during WCEU in Belgrade.

    I am so looking forward to it!

  2. Belgrade is an excellent choice. It’s a bit out of the way but offers:

    1. a passionate WordPress community with many local high level experts
    2. affordable high quality accommodations and food

    Paris was a strange choice as Paris is very pricey and WordCamp had to be held in a rough area of town outside of the periphérique (ring road). Even the catered food was terrible (all wrapped in plastic, stale and tasteless: generated a huge amount of garbage). Probably due to the high price of having decent food. Fortunately good coffee and cakes were available all day long, preventing most of the WordPress community from fainting from lack of edible food (we were all too far from any other civilisation in the Docks de Paris to go elsewhere for lunch). Vienna’s lunches were excellent incidentally.

    In the end, the Paris WordCamp turned better than I anticipated thanks to some great on the ground organisation and the community. The final party was in a nineteenth century pavillion in the Bois de Bologne with great atmosphere. The food suffered yet again (hot dogs, hamburgers – thank heavens for the crepes). Sadly not enough of us turned up in the prescribed 1930’s costumes which was strange as in Vienna almost the entire WordPress core team came in proper evening wear. Many talks were very excellent and it was a great chance to meet the core team and some top vendors/suppliers to discuss deep WordPress issues (performance and security were high on our agenda).

    Many of us visitors lamented that tickets are not another €20 or €30 more expensive to allow WordCamp to feed us properly. By the time one factors in travel and accommodation, the price of the tickets is the least of our issues.

    Belgrade, like Vienna, is a city made for living and not just tourists or bankers so WordCamp 2018 should be fabulous! Book your tickets now.


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