WordCamp Manchester 2016

wordcamp manchester 2016

October gave rise to my first WordCamp Manchester 2016. I had tonnes of fun. If you have never been to a WordCamp there is something for everyone in the WordPress community. Whether that be as a designer, a developer or a website owner. It was great weekend put together by the WordPress Community. This was my first WordCamp after missing 2015 in Manchester.

What happened at WordCamp Manchester 2016?

There were a host of fantastic speakers full of knowledge and expertise and there was something to learn from everyone. With the exception of the lightning talks, all talks were recorded and will be on WordPress TV.

WordCamp 2016 Manchester kicked off to a flying start with a slap up meal at Sandanista, Royal Exchange. Seriously, thanks to Claire Worthington, organiser, I have never seen so much grub at a buffet!

It was great to catch up with some of the other organisers and speakers from the event and get ready for the next day of volunteering.

Early next morning I headed into the university of Manchester for my shift, where I spent all day helping on the information desk, swiping loads of WordPress #Swag and telling everyone about my Manchester Wapuu.

Factory were proud to be a micro sponsor of WordCamp Manchester this year, but amongst the bigger sponsors we met representatives from Automattic, 34SP, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bytemark and more.

I was manning the volunteer desk, so I missed many of the talks. However, organiser Claire Worthington convinced me to give a lightning talk.

The Lightning Round.

Every business including ours has faced difficult clients from time to time and had to part ways. So I did my talk around the top ten signs to look out for when qualifying for a new prospect.

Its sound business advice to qualify your customers, and can save any service based industry a lot of hassle down the line. Likewise its also important to ensure your agency is a match for you. So this is what I based my lightning talk on. Everyone applauded! I stepped down, palpitating wildly but I was proud of myself. A room full of people is daunting.

That evening we all got together at Black Dog Ballroom in the Northern Quarter. There were drinks, networking, pizza, chips, drinks, pizza with chips on, drinks and more drinks.

WordCamp was brill. I can’t wait for next year.

When I’m not at WordCamps, I work as a creative designer & web developer at Made By Factory. A Manchester Digital Marketing agency, I co-direct with my mate DannyYou can get in touch with me at hi@andiwilkinson.co.uk

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