WordCamp Europe 2019 recap & slides

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Celebrating WordPress in Berlin, Germany

This year’s WordCamp Europe took place on June 20-22 in Berlin, Germany. The schedule followed a typical WordCamp structure with multiple tracks, 40-minute sessions, 20 minute break times, hands-on workshops, and a lively afterparty.

Oh, and someone even walked 700km to the event to fundraise for charity.

If you weren’t able to make it out to Berlin for this year’s event, don’t worry — we pulled together this recap to cover all the important takeaways, including links to all the slides and recaps we could find from each presenter.

If we missed anything important, please give us a shout on Twitter (@GoDaddy).

Also: Shoutout to our colleagues at GoDaddy Deutschland for putting together a fantastic highlight reel from the event.

A brief history of WordCamp Europe

If you aren’t familiar with #WCEU, here’s the gist: WordCamp Europe is the largest WordCamp in the world. It’s an annual event bringing together thousands of WordPress users and developers from around the globe to learn, share, and connect with each other.

The first #WCEU, WordCamp Europe 2013, was held in The Netherlands. It’s moved to a different country each year since then: Bulgaria (2014); Spain (2015); Austria (2016); France (2017); and Serbia (2018).

The consistent change of location celebrates Europe and its diverse mix of language, people, and culture. Quoting from the inaugural WordCamp Europe 2013 site:

“WordCamp Europe is the first large-scale WordCamp to be held in Europe. By large-scale, we mean big. And by big, we mean awesome. This is a chance for the European WordPress community to gather together in the idyllic town of Leiden to geek-out, share experiences, do business, and most of all, talk WordPress. It’s an opportunity to welcome WordPress community members from all over the globe to our continent to experience the diversity and culture that makes us so unique.”

Open, inclusive, diverse, and community-driven. The event is a lot like WordPress itself.

WordCamp Europe 2019 sessions & workshops

This year’s WordCamp Europe packed the schedule with 46 regular sessions, 12 hands-on workshops, 12 WP Cafe breakout conversations (a first for WCEU), and 5 facilitated wellness sessions. There was also a WordPress Workshop for Kids and a Contributor Day on the Thursday before the main conference.

We’ve compiled a list of all the sessions and workshops, linking to the decks or posts from their respective presenters. If we’ve missed any links, please let us know.

Session recordings are posted to WordPress.tv as they become available. You can also view the livestream recordings in their entirety on YouTube. Shoutout to Mathieu Sarrasin of Iceable Media for creating a great list of links to the livestream timestamps of each session.

Business sessions

Content sessions

Design sessions

Development sessions

Community sessions


WP Cafe discussions

  • Advanced SEO thoughts with Robert Jacobi
  • Who are the deciders? A governance conversation with Morten Rand-Hendriksen
  • It is never too late to find the right career path with Afsana Multani
  • Linking together the WordPress Community with Norbert Mayer-Wittmann
  • Moving to WordPress: Evolving businesses into successful stories with Alessandro Kaounas
  • Investing in the WordPress Community with Mike Demo
  • Sell WordPress without talking WordPress with Robert Jacobi
  • Development tools, tips & tricks with Alex Bordei
  • Why you should go to a silent meditation retreat with Aslam Multani
  • Core-Privacy with Heather Burns
  • Representing WordPress in the political arena with Morten Rand-Hendriksen
  • Progressive WordPress with Pascal Birchler

Matt Mullenweg’s WordPress summer update

Officially titled “Matt on WordPress” in the WordCamp Europe 2019 schedule, Matt Mullenweg’s WCEU keynote served as a mid-year summer update on the status of WordPress and, most importantly, the progress of the Gutenberg block editor’s next phase.

There were demos of Gutenberg in the wild; upcoming Gutenberg features; new block types currently in development; mobile app support; plus Q&A about licensing, governance, and the future of themes in the age of Gutenberg.

See more: Matt Mullenweg’s Summer Update (WP Tavern)

Spotted on social

Some highlights from the social media backchannels of #WCEU:

Looking ahead to WordCamp Europe 2020

The next WordCamp Europe takes place in Porto, Portugal on 4-6 June 2020. The venue is the Super Bock Arena / Pavilhão Rosa Mota at Jardins do Palácio de Cristal.

If you’re interested in helping put on the event, the call for organizers is open until July 15, 2019. You can find all the details on the WordCamp Europe 2020 website.

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The GoDaddy booth at WordCamp Europe 2019

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