WordCamp Brazil 2009

photo by Cláudia Regina

photo by Cláudia Regina

Brazil had it’s first WordCamp on the 21st of June and I had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the event (my talk was about BuddyPress, and the slides are available in portuguese here).

Thanks to the effort of many volunteers, and particularly Cátia Kitahara and Leo Germani, of the Brazilian WordPress Community, the event was a success in bringing together and connecting a whole crowd of brazilian WordPress developers and users, most of whom, up until that day had never met in person.

Funarte in São Paulo welcomed a series of speakers, who talked about and discussed subjects such as WordPress for Designers, Blog Promotion, Hacker Ethics, SEO for WordPress, and case studies of Education Portals, Social Media and the Ministry of Culture (a notable, government sanctioned, WordPress installation and plugin developer). The mood was great and everybody appreciated Matt’s keynote, a “tropical” version of State Of The Word, as presented on WordCamp San Francisco 2009.

Despite the fact that the organizers are developers or designers, not event producers, everything ran smoothly, from registration, the gorgeous t-shirts to the closing session, in which a giant mindmap was created with the collaboration of all participants. So much so, that mere days after the event, they are already planning WordCamp Brazil 2010.

Congratulations everyone. I really enjoyed the event, but what made it really special was the way we were welcomed.

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