For many of us in the local WordPress community in Vienna, Luca Sartoni brought us together. I remember at one of the first WordPress Vienna meetups some years ago being surprised that Luca, who had recently moved to Vienna, almost immediately started working to create a WordPress community in Vienna. Now I know better than to underestimate Luca.
I was able to ask him a few questions in preparation for his keynote presentation at WordCamp Vienna about WordPress and the opportunities of the Open Web.
Luca Sartoni is a growth engineer at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. He actively contributes to the WordPress community and co-organises WordCamp Europe, the world’s largest event about WordPress. He has a background in computer science, technology, marketing, and media. He is a prolific photographer.
Why did you choose to come to Vienna?
In 2010 I was offered a job at a startup based in Vienna, a couple of years later I joined another startup, and after I joined Automattic in 2014 I decided to stay because Vienna is conveniently located.
Why did you get involved with building the WP Vienna community?
Back in 2013 I was already involved in the WordPress community, volunteering at WCEU and attending other WordCamps. I realized there was no WP meetup in Vienna and I decided to start one with Paolo, who was already employed at Automattic and co-organiser of WCEU.
What would you like to see for the future of the WP project?
I’m very excited by the evolution of the Editor and the Customizer, the current two focuses of the current development cycle.
How can WP communities better incorporate sponsors and partners?
Making sure that sponsors and partners are well aware of the expectations that the community has from them. It’s not trivial to incorporate commercial entities and their practices within a community that has its own culture as the primary value. Sponsors and partners should be involved and educated, before just taking their money.
At 7 pm today, the early-bird price of €20 for WordCamp tickets will increase to €25. Please get your tickets at as soon as possible. We want to make sure that everyone in our local Meetup community has a chance to attend.
Thanks to our sponsors and WordPress for making and keeping WordCamp affordable.
Contributor Day will be held at Stockwork Coworking Space (Pater-Schwartz-Gasse 11A, 1150 Vienna, near by U 6 Station „Gumpendorferstraße“). The day will not only be filled with opportunities to contribute to WordPress but after lunch, there will be 3 workshop sessions:
- SEO-friendly content
- An Introduction to Unit Testing for WordPress
- Developers Beginners Workshop
In every contributor day session, there will be introductions that walk through instructions on how to help with the WordPress project. If it is your first time contributing to WordPress, this is a great time to start!
Just sign up for contributor day when you buy your WordCamp ticket.
How to get there: Surrounded by the Vienna-City-Marathon – take U 6!
If You want to get to the venue by car, bicycle etc., you will not reach it in the morning, because Vienna City Marathon is taking place at that time: And Stockwerk.co.at will be surrounded by the runners.
Best way to get there: Use Underground/U-Bahn U6 and get off at the station „Gumpendorferstraße“.
See Map with the route of Vienna-City-Marathon, Stockwerk and U 6 at https://www.wien.gv.at/stadtplan/grafik.aspx?lang=de-AT&bookmark=L5kkRvcXAEZ4hohFzisLRe5RphlRnKmWu0eu25v6MZj6Cg-b-b&bmadr=10230828
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We’re excited to announce our schedule! Congratulations to our speakers!
Choosing which topics we would have was not an easy task. Thanks to everyone that submitted. We were lucky to be overwhelmed with such well-developed proposals. It took us quite some time to sift through them all. Although the schedule is full, we wish that there was time to offer even more.
We will be having three tracks with one dedicated to advanced/development issues. Although most of the talks will be done in English, there is usually a German talk in each time slot.
Stay tuned for developments in our schedule. We plan to release our program for Contributor Day, April 23rd soon which will include workshops as well as opportunities to help make WordPress even better. We also have some surprises planned for our open slots on the main day. See you in Vienna!
We’re happy to announce that the WordPress WordCamp Vienna 2017 Conference is officially on the calendar!
WordCamp Vienna will be held on 22nd of April 2017 at the UNI Campus in the Altes AKH, Vienna and the Schedule includes 3 tracks with 23 exciting speakers (in English and 6 talks in German).
On the 23rd of April 2017 the WordPress-Community will meet at Contributors Workshop Day at Stockwerk.co.at, 1150 Vienna.
Get your ticket for both days NOW – only € 25!
WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that 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.
We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details over the coming months, including speaker submissions, sponsors and more!