Good news for Indian Bloggers who blog with WordPress: WordCamp is coming to India! For those who don’t know, Wordcamp is a getting-together of WordPress users and the creators in an informal yet informative way. Discussions range from everything WordPress, the technical nitty-gritties of it, ways to extend the blogging experience by means of plugins to various means of popularizing one’s blog as well as making it a strong and effective communicative medium. WordPress users across the World arrange these camps in association with Automattic, the company behind WordPress and the first-even Indian Wordcamp is being organized by the Delhi Bloggers’ Bloc at Noida on the 21st and 22nd of February 2009. The venue will be principal sponsor Adobe’s office campus in Noida and the event will be a pay-to-attend one.
Gracing the hallowed occasion will be Matt Mullenweg, the founder of WordPress & Automattic and joining him will be an as-yet-unnamed ‘special guest’, a blogger from the US (why do I think it might be Om Malik?). The event will also have other speakers including DI’s Amit Agarwal (Labnol) and leading IP and Copyright Advocate Pavan Duggal. You can check out the full agenda over here.
As much as I’d love to attend the WordCamp, the fact that its in Noida is keeping me back. Maybe if it were in either Bengaluru or Mumbai, I might have thought twice. I’d have to disagree with what few fellow-bloggers believe: that the event is in Delhi means that it is the ‘blogging capital’ of India! It just happened that the bloggers out there are a more networked lot and they had the zeal and enthusiasm not only to organize an event of such scale but also to garner sponsorship and Matt’s attendance. Bengaluru and Hyderabad have had their Barcamps and Blog-a-thons but they never materialized into something bigger and better.
Anyways, I look forward to reading about the goings-on at the WordCamp through its official website as well as through Matt’s Blog. Wishing the Delhi Bloggers’ Bloc and WordCamp India all the best…