Meet the sponsor: WooCommerce

Let us introduce our sponsor, WooCommerce, with a little interview. WooCommerce is the web’s fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores and with over one million active installations. It integrates seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users.

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#WCEU Regular Ticket Sales to End on May 31st

There are around 400 tickets remaining for WordCamp Europe 2017 and we are starting our final preparation for the event, which is now less than a month away. Preparing for a number of attendees that we’ve never seen before, we are announcing that May 31st will be the end date for regular ticket sales.

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A letter from WordCamp Europe to Emmanuel Macron, the president of France

An english translation of this post is available below

Monsieur le Président,

Nous avons assisté à votre victoire, et nous avons assisté à l’une de vos premières déclarations publiques, durant laquelle vous avez demandé aux chercheurs travaillant sur les dérives climatiques de vous rejoindre en France. Nous sommes convaincus de l’importance et de l’urgence des problèmes liés à l’environnement, même si nous ne sommes pas des chercheurs spécialisés dans ce domaine. Nous sommes une communauté qui cherche à transformer Internet. Nous sommes une communauté dont le système de gestion de contenu Open Source se trouve derrière plus de 28% des sites web (source: W3techs). Nous sommes la communauté WordPress.

Les 16 et 17 juin prochains, Paris accueillera des participants venant du monde entier pour assister à WordCamp Europe 2017, un événement européen majeur et l’un des deux principaux rendez-vous de la communauté WordPress mondiale. A l’image du logiciel Open Source WordPress, les WordCamps sont accessibles à toutes et tous sans exception.

Cependant, certains membres de notre communauté, en provenance de plusieurs pays, ont vu leur demande de Visa rejetée pour le motif suivant : “une conférence dont le prix d’entrée n’est que de 40€ ne peut justifier un déplacement international”. Cette décision nous attriste car c’est la toute première fois depuis que nous organisons des WordCamps en Europe, que notre volonté d’inclusion nous pénalise.

Nous tentons de maintenir des prix abordables afin d’accueillir quiconque souhaite participer à nos conférences. Nous avons à coeur de partager nos connaissances, de former, d’aider celles et ceux qui n’ont pas la chance que nous avons, quelle que soit leur origine et quel que soit leur revenu. Augmenter le prix de nos billets d’entrée nous obligerait à renoncer à l’esprit d’égalité et d’inclusion qui anime notre communauté.

En vous, Monsieur le Président, nous voyons un allié. Vos valeurs, votre passion, et vos objectifs sont communs aux nôtres. Nous désirons également contribuer à rendre le monde meilleur, et comprenons la peur provoquée, sinon par la différence, du moins par l’inconnu.

WordCamp Europe a été créé dans cet objectif. Organisé d’abord aux Pays Bas, puis en Bulgarie, en Espagne et en Autriche, avant de venir se poser en France. Au coeur de la communauté WordPress nous avons choisi d’encourager l’esprit de partage, d’entraide, d’écoute et de tolérance.

Quel pays sinon la France, berceau de tant d’artistes, d’inventeurs, d’athlètes, et de dirigeants politiques, peut aujourd’hui plus que jamais, incarner cela?

Monsieur le Président, nous ne saurions vous demander plus que le soutien de nos valeurs communes. Nous espérons que vous apprécierez l’importance du travail que nous essayons d’accomplir, la singularité de la situation dans laquelle nous nous trouvons et que vous pourrez nous aider à débloquer la situation. Nous ne demandons pas de traitement de faveur, mais le soutien de nos valeurs communes – montrons au monde que la France est effectivement le pays accueillant qu’elle a toujours su être.

Faisons de ce monde un meilleur endroit et travaillons ensemble pour bâtir un avenir plus radieux.

Nous vous prions d’agréer, Monsieur le Président, l’expression de notre profond respect.

Merci

L’Équipe organisatrice de WordCamp Europe 2017


English translation

Dear Mr President,

We witnessed your victory, and we witnessed one of your first public statements where you asked scientists working on climate change to join you in France. Now, we are not climate specialists although we think the environment is important and should be on top of our priorities. We are not scientists – we are people transforming the internet with WordPress, an open source CMS that now powers more than 28% of all the websites in the world (source: W3techs).

In less than a month now, Paris will welcome people from all over the world for WordCamp Europe, the most important WordPress event in Europe, and one of two major global WordPress events. As with WordPress, WordCamps are welcoming, accessible and inclusive to everyone.

It has come to our attention that our friends from some countries are having problems with their Visas being rejected on the ground that “a 40€ entry fee can not justify international travel”, something that makes this conference accessible to all. We are sad this is happening because now — for the first time in WordCamp Europe history — our inclusiveness is a burden we are carrying. Let us explain.

We try to make our ticket prices low, so anyone from anywhere in the world can join us. And that’s what is important – to share knowledge, educate people, and help those that are not as lucky as we are – no matter how far they live and what is their income. Of course, we could price our tickets much higher, but doing so wouldn’t be as inclusive as we want this event to be.

In you, Mr. President, we see our ally. We share the same values and passion as you – and the same goals. We want to make this world a better place, and we know that people are afraid of anything that is different or unknown.

WordCamp Europe was created with this goal. First in the Netherlands, then in Bulgaria, Spain, Austria and now finally France. At the heart of the WordPress community we promote the values of giving back, of helping, of including.

We feel that France, a country that gave us so many artists, inventors, athletes and political leaders, is a perfect place to show that unity once more. Now more than ever.

Dear Mr President, we hope you can see what we are trying to do and the importance of it, and we hope you can help us unblock this situation. We do not ask for a special treatment, but to stand by our shared values – let the people know that France is welcoming.

Let’s make this world a better place and let’s work together on building a brighter future.

Thank you.

Respectfully yours,

WordCamp Europe 2017 organising team

Meet the sponsor: MOJO Marketplace

In our next sponsor interview we would like to introduce MOJO Marketplace. MOJO Marketplace is the web’s one-click marketplace for themes, plugins, installations, and more. MOJO is fully integrated with the leading web hosts, so that customers can browse, shop, and easily install themes with one-click.

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Everything you need to know about #WCEU Contributor Day

Make sure to register for WordCamp Europe Contributor Day, and enjoy talks and workshops by leading industry experts. Or, if you feel like it – contribute to one of the teams.

We are less than a month away from WordCamp Europe Contributor Day. We hope you have already bought your ticket to WordCamp Europe and registered to attend Contributor Day (around 50 spots left as of today!). As promised, we are releasing the schedule of all the talks (four of them), workshops (13 of them), and all of the contributor teams. Continue reading Everything you need to know about #WCEU Contributor Day

Discover our exclusive stickers partner: Sticker Mule

Sticker Mule is WordCamp Europe Stickers PartnerLast year we introduced Wapuus Sticker Sheet, so we should continue and make it a tradition, right? That’s why we prepared and sent to print the new sticker sheet, with Wapuus from the past year. And to help us with that is Sticker Mule, our exclusive stickers partner. Continue reading Discover our exclusive stickers partner: Sticker Mule

Meet the sponsor: Jetpack

Jetpack – WordCamps are about giving back to the community that made us

In today’s interview, we welcome Jetpack. For those of you who still have questions about Jetpack (and if you do you should totally visit them at their #WCEU booth) – it’s a single plugin that boosts your site with the most powerful WordPress.com features. It enables you to hook your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure so that you can take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.
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Convince your boss to send you to #WCEU

WordCamp Europe is the big event on the WordPress calendar. You know this, but does your boss? Do you need help convincing your boss to send you to WordCamp Europe? If the answer is yes, read on!

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Matt Mullenweg, final #WCEU speaker announcement & full schedule published

Om Malik will interview Matt Mullenweg during his 50 minutes long session on Saturday, June 17, which will also include a 20 minutes Q&A with the audience

We are happy to announce our final speaker, a dear guest and a good friend to WordCamp Europe – Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress. During his session on Saturday starting at 3 pm, Matt will be interviewed by Om Malik, founder of Gigaom. After the 30 minute interview, we will have 20 minutes for Q&A. With this final announcement, we are also happy to release the full speaker schedule for the upcoming WordCamp Europe 2017.

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Meet the sponsor: SiteGround

Learn how Siteground makes WordPress on their servers easier, safer and faster

SiteGround, with over 13 years in the business, provides managed WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing! Their servers, available in 4 different data centers across the world, are optimised for ultimate WordPress speed and security. Meet them in our little sponsor interview!

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