WordCamp Europe 2019-Mission accomplished

I had two main goals to achieve on this WordCamp, one was to meet more people from the Spanish community and the other was to meet all the awesome people from Codeable.

The former was pretty done. Although there’s a lot of them I’ve not yet get to know, I met a lot of nice, amazing new friends and I hope to see them across the year in the different events of the WordPress Spanish community.

The second purpose wasn’t achieved as much as the first one. In part because of my shyness and surely because of the comfort of talking my own language with the Spanish people. And I’m sorry about this because the few Codeable people I talked to were amazing and easy-going, and the Codeable staff had given the most exciting party I’ve gone in years. Truly thanks for all your efforts and for building by heart this amazing community paradise.

I attended several impressive talks and I want to remark some of them.

Francesca Marano talked about how to establish personal and professional relationships. She remarked some basic human interaction and how people use to be eager to meet other colleagues in this kind of events. Her talk was inspirational and nice, and she pointed out some really good tips for networking and how any interaction could bring you to an unknown (and better) place in your life.

Juliette Reinders gave a talk about modernizing our code, and how being up to date (with PHP) would result in a better performance for our themes and plugins. Although a bit technical the presentation was great.

Ana Cirujano talked about variable fonts and how they can impact the design and the resolution change between devices. The possibilities of variable fonts are amazing and Ana showed us a lot of good examples of their use and the imaginative results we can achieve with them, like animating icons or changing from sans to serif fonts depending on the situation, resolution or many other variables.

I couldn’t attend to Fernando Tellado talk because I was hearing Pascal Birchler speaking about the future (and some historic perspective) of multilingual WordPress. It seems that there is a big effort in bringing multilanguage to WordPress in the near future, he talked about 2022 but who knows. I’m sure Fernando’s presentation about conversion improvement tricks was great though. Because I’ve seen him talk several times before and he always surprises the audience.

Kevin Stover talk about the difference and change from being a developer to becoming a business owner was revealing. Being the CTO of Ninja Forms his perspective of this process is both encouraging and motivating at the same time. And it was kind of funny too.

And apart from the meeting, my wife and I visited the Pergamo museum where we saw the Ishtar door. I saw it several years before and my memory of it was as great as it was to see it again. I also was impressed by the reproduction of the Hammurabi code, probably the first human-written law.

It’s incredible what humankind could do 2500 years ago and it’s even more amazing what we have achieved in our journey until today.