WordCamp is a community-organized conference centered on the WordPress publishing platform. These events are organized, paid for, and attended by the local WordPress communities in accordance with guidelines published at WordCamp.org and the principles of the WordPress Foundation. The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006, and each subsequent year has brought growth in the number of cities in which it is organized. As of 2010, there have been WordCamps on every continent except Antarctica.
WordCamps should be attended by everyone who uses WordPress, and everyone who should use WordPress. This category includes bloggers, designers, developers, authors, marketers, SEOs, Businesses, Non-profits, photographers, realtors, consultants, entrepreneurs, etc.
The content of WordCamp presentations are highly focused on using or developing on WordPress. Issues around blogging, business, and social media that are related to WordPress use may be included. While WordCamps are not big, fancy, expensive conferences, the material shared is highly valuable. Don’t be surprised if you see a big name speaker at a low-key local gathering like WordCamp. Even though the purpose of WordCamps were to be low-key, major cities have large enough WordPress community to have an event attendance of 700+ people. You should be prepared to learn a new dimension of WordPress because there are a lot of unique ways people are using WordPress. You should be prepared to have fun with other people who are just as obsessed with WordPress as you are (or just as NEW to WordPress as you are). There is usually a casual afterparty for you to meet new friends, business partners, employees, employers, and life partner (who knows?)
We highly encourage you to attend a WordCamp that is in your area. If there is not, then you should consider making it happen. To find out more about WordCamps check out the official WordCamp website.