My Experience at WordCamp Udaipur 2017

I love WordPress
I love WordPress

WordCamp Udaipur that happened on 28 January 2017, was my first WordCamp with my kids. @thecancerus decided to attained WordCamp Udaipur with our kiddo when it’s announced.

I was excited to visit the Udaipur and my kids were also very excited for Udaipur journey. #wcUdaipur tweets also made me excited to visit the place.

Reached Udaipur:
We reached Udaipur at 4 pm. Our Hotel was near to station so it took hardly 10mins to reach the Hotel. After freshening up we went out near ‘Lake Pichola’, where we met @Fitehal and @DezineNinja. We had chat with them after that moved forward to venue ‘Raas Leela’ Hotel for pre-event speakers & sponsors dinner party. That was an awesome place. There was firebox kept at various places to make yourself hot while enjoying the food. In comparing to Pune, Udaipur was cold. I wore a jacket, and even after that, I felt cool. I enjoyed the dinner and chatted with other speakers and organizer. We returned to hotel till 11.10pm.

WordCamp Udaipur: Pre-event meet up

WordCamp Day:
I and @savitas reached to the venue. The venue was awesome. After registration, we took the swag. Before his talk, @thecancerus was volunteering at swag counter and my elder kid Ishir was helping as well with the distribution. Ishir was happy to distribute the swag. My younger kid went at swag counter to help his elder brother. They enjoy WordCamp Udaipur event.

WordCamp Udaipur: Swag distribution team

I was so happy to see the “Wapuu Saa” selfi stage. That was so colourful, my kid also enjoyed with “Wapuu Saa”.

Wapuu Saa
Selfi stage: Wapuu-Saa

We enjoy the breakfast, desert ‘Jalebi, milk, upma. After breakfast, I attended the below-listed session and I was the part of panel discussion ‘Women in WordPress’.
1. How to make Hindi Blogs Visible – Vaidehi Singh
2. Supercharge your Career with Blogging
3. Being a WP Developer – Ajit & Jayman
4. Why Page Builders are the Future for WordPress – David Waumsley
5. How to Create a Video for your WordPress blog – Isabelle Garcia
6. Why we Indian Developers Fail… And what we can do About it – Nirav Mehta
7. Contributing to WordPress.tv – Nirmal Desai
8. The GPL: What It Means (and What It Doesn’t) – Nancy Thanki
9. WordPress Localization and Translation – Bigul Malayi
10. Diversity and inclusion in open source communities: An Indian perspective – Gaurav Pareek
11. Rapid Prototyping with WordPress – Amit Singh
12. Panel discussion- Women in WordPress

In ‘Panel discussion I along with @MonikaRao13, @NancyThanki, @MansiShah72 and Surbhi(@chavhansurbhi) were panelist that was hosted by @galakhyati. I was nervous and also excited, that was my first-panel experience and experience was good.

panel discussion 'Women in WordPress'
“Women in WordPress”

After an end of the sessions, @psahalot gave ‘thank you’ session and we enjoyed the photography with volunteer and organizer.
Next day we planned to visit ‘City Palace’ and market but were unlucky, the market was closed, as they close on every Sunday. Our Auto driver took us to ‘Hathipol bazar’. That was open and our shopping is done there.

Dal bati
Dal bati

We reached ‘Lake Pichola’ again for lunch with @aicragellebasi and rest of the plane/Mumbai WordCampers. We had awesome lunch ‘Dal bati’ in ‘Namaste Restaurant’.

After lunch, we went for the boat ride at ‘Lake Pichola’ then after we visit ‘City Palace’. where we again met to @vapvarun and @niravmehta.

City Palace
Udaipur: City Palace

We all felt tired after visiting the city palace, went for snakes in Govinda cafe Restaurant and we met @psahalot, @innerwebs, @SujayPawar again. After this, our Udaipur visit was done.

Thanks to WordCamp Udaipur organiser team to give an opportunity to meet and interact with the awesome WordPress community members and visit the awesome place. I enjoyed the whole event and after event with my kids and other WordPress community members. That was an amazing day.

WordCamp Udaipur team

My Experience at WordCamp Mumbai 2016

WordCamp Mumbai was my third WordCamp, but first one outside of Pune.

I enjoyed this WordCamp. You can see by my twit. I met my co-reviewer from WordPress Theme Review Team Sakin Shrestha, also Naoko Takano. I also got to meet other people with whom I had met previously.

Mewith Sakin Shrestha

MewithNaoko

Talkin-with-Raghavendra Peri

The first-day talk was by Silpa. I enjoyed and got inspired from her session because that is also true concept of life. I learned how to talk to someone when things are not in your hand.

Next was WP plugin marketing tips by Nirav Mehta, which was also good. Another was WP Plugin Development Best practices by Sam Hotchkiss where I learned new thing that we have to use at the time of plugin development.

After lunch was their was Panel Discussion, hosted by Karthikraj Magapu.

Panel Discussion

Next was WordPress Accessibility by Raghavendra Peri, his sessions are always great, important note form his session was that all website should be accessible because all types of user can access the site, especially e-commerce sites.

I missed out on ‘How to sell Web design Skills to average Indian Businesses’ by Kshitij Patil, but hear from others that it was good.

I came little late on day 2, and missed out the first talk. I attended Humour as a content writing tool by Fairy Dharawat that was great for me, learned to focus on what you want to write, and write around to your selected topic only.

Next was WordPress for Social Cause by Vijay Nallawala, In this session we learned how many people suffering from a bipolar disease in the world and how to support them, how WordPress enabled Vijay to reach other people with bipolar disease.

After Vijay Nallawala session next was Why WordPress became successful in Japan despite the language barrier by Naoko Takano, In this session I learned how WordPress grow in Japan and how many people are using WordPress. You can check her slide here http://www.slideshare.net/naokomc

In BuddyPress: WordPress on steroids by Michael Eisenwasser session, I learned what can done with BuddyPress. Elastic search is a good plugin for search in BuddyPress.

Next great talk was Approaches to WordPress Theme Development by Sakin Shrestha were I learned how to can create a theme is you are doing it first time and when you have no knowledge of theme development and what to take care at the time of developing a theme. Here is his slide http://www.slideshare.net/catchinternet

The last session was The Jugaad Way by Mahangu Weerasinghe. That was really great talk, he suggested that anyone can learn to develop in WordPress by searching for WordPress + < what you want to do >. Lots of code samples are available on codex (https://codex.wordpress.org/) go and copy paste the code and continue your code development. You can find his slide on https://mahangu.wordpress.com/talks/

Mahangu