WordCamp San Jose, Costa Rica 2022 Recap

Years of ready had been lastly over: WordCamp San Jose was a go and happened on November 5 and 6. Two and a half years in the past, it was being deliberate, and excessive hopes had been positioned as this was by far the biggest WordCamp in Latin America.

Like many communities worldwide, we had been dismayed by what went on with the world as COVID unraveled and adjusted our lives. Again then, as with many difficulties, we requested ourselves once we could be again once more after every part was gone.

Time and life will at all times reply this for you.

The WordCamp was deliberate round 6 months earlier than it happened. The fantastic workforce of organizers are pricey associates of ours, as Ericka, Rita, Irene, and I are from Costa Rica.

We had dinner earlier this yr which marked the primary time many people met and inspired individuals to return again in any approach potential. To talk, volunteer, manage, or no matter.

After that, the crew bought began and slowly however certainly, they went again at it. I’ve large admiration for all of them.

Some are associates I’ve identified for years, and I like their tenacity to do that. As a result of it’s a number of work that goes unnoticed so that individuals have a superb time.

However as at all times, those who do know (the quantity of labor it takes) don’t have anything however gratitude in direction of them.

This WordCamp was deliberate smaller and in a special venue, which is a couple of mile from the place the outdated one was. The spirit or aim was to get issues again, smaller, and take it from there.

All people was excited. And ultimately, the occasion was bought out. Good!

Speaker and Sponsor Dinner

This WordCamp Speaker and Sponsor dinner was a bit away. And I’m imply, AWAY. Like virtually two hours with site visitors and one hour with out. It was on the Restaurant Agnus, which is within the far east of the place I reside.

Costa Rica is made up of the Central Valley, which is the economical coronary heart of the nation. So, going there was going to take an enormous crossing. However I did, and we had a good time.

It was nice to see some fellow audio system who I had seen in earlier years, in addition to the dinner we had hosted earlier this yr, alongside new faces.

I bought to see William and Aida once more, and Moncho this time, who’s from Spain, Canarias, and is a part of the sponsors too (SiteGround). I had seen him briefly at Porto, and this time, it was extra stress-free to talk and have a superb time.

Additionally, I met up with Ana Garcia, a fellow organizer out of Valencia, Spain, at a chat that I attended throughout WordCamp Porto.

After a couple of hours, the get together was over. Tomorrow was Camp day and also you gotta be sharp as a razor to be there all day and converse to tons of individuals and do tons of issues directly.

So, dwelling by midnight and on to relaxation for a couple of hours.

The Venue

The Camp was on the College of Fidelitas, which due to Rita, we had been in a position to get.

There have been no complaints in regards to the venue. It was appropriate for a smaller camp (about 400) and the job went effectively. The climate wasn’t good although, which is ironic contemplating we had our San Jose WordCamp throughout September when the climate is worse than it’s now.

However, oh effectively. We will’t have all of it.

Getting there was a breeze because it was Saturday morning. I’ve been to many WordCamps, and have a number of experiences to share. Nevertheless, there isn’t any feeling like having the Camp “at dwelling”.

Every little thing goes slower, you have got extra vitality (since touring is lots much less), and you’ve got a way of familiarity.

For sure, I bought there with half of the swag. The opposite half was in Ericka’s hand, as she was the one who set our sales space up.

Our Sales space at WordCamp

Booth Swag San Jose 2022
As typical, we bought our swag going. Our sales space was merely superb.

Prime class. I’ve to present an enormous shoutout to Ericka, since she did, by far, among the best cubicles we’ve had at any WordCamp.

It was FANTASTIC.

We had tables, chairs, a espresso machine, and naturally, the swag that killed it. We needed to truly decelerate with the swag as a result of on the rhythm we had been going, we had been positively going to expire of it in lower than a day.

Shirts had been being requested for by attendees as quickly as we positioned them on the desk. Shoot, just about all of our swag was. We ultimately ran out over the course of two days.

It was additionally nice to have Rita and Irene on board. It was their first time at a WordCamp attending as sponsors. While I’ve accomplished camps with totally different individuals right here at GreenGeeks, it was a pleasant change to see the 4 of us work collectively.

Nice individuals. Like all of us right here :-).

Ericka additionally had a shock for us: she introduced knowledgeable barista to make espresso for individuals! It was nice. So nice, the queues had been extraordinarily lengthy and we ran out.

It was a reality ready to occur. This was such a pleasant element that I hadn’t seen earlier than!

Day One

So, with our WordCamp booming, we as soon as once more went again to all of the magic.

The networking, the individuals, the talks. The human interplay. I had a good time, and on the primary day, I attended one discuss, which surprises nobody.

It was a techie discuss given by Damian Suarez, a fellow Automattician out of Argentina. It was about Gutenberg and constructing blocks. For sure, tech matters had been mentioned corresponding to APIs, React, and whatnot. It was a superb discuss.

On the primary day, we took our group image. This one was stable.

San Jose WordCamp 2022 Group
Group image. We’re all there, oh yeah!!

Day One Afterparty

The afterparty was held at PubRock, which is similar place we had it three years in the past, however they moved areas. So, it was the identical place however on the similar time, it wasn’t?

I do know. For sure, the get together was smaller, approach smaller, than three years in the past. This was on account of three issues: the primary one is a bit apparent: fewer individuals this WordCamp than three years in the past.

The second cause needed to do with the climate. We had very unhealthy climate this weekend in Costa Rica. Usually, yearly, there’s a tropical storm earlier than the dry season is available in. Consider it because the “final stand” by the wet season earlier than the dry season.

The final cause needed to do with the truth that there was a soccer (soccer) closing that night time. And thus, most individuals had been glued to that and didn’t attend.

So, the get together was relaxed, and after a couple of hours, it was time to name it a day. Exhausted, glad, and with another day to go.

Day Two

As at all times is the case with WordCamps, the next day noticed a lower within the variety of people who made it. So on Sunday, it was a bit calmer however that doesn’t imply it was much less enjoyable.

It was time to speak to the opposite sponsors, and I had an amazing phrase with Moncho and Ana from SiteGround. They’re flat-out, incredible WordPress individuals. It was so nice to see individuals.

Moncho and the SiteGround crew needed to fly again early, so that they left round midday. We shared hugs of goodbye with an “I hope to see you once more sooner or later.”

All the time bittersweet with regards to WordCamps.

After that, I used to be in a position to see some talks, particularly my buddy Rommel Castro, from Costa Rica, who gave a discuss design patterns.

They’re mainly patterns of code that are supposed to be reusable all through your codebase, and it’s at all times refreshing to see them in motion.

GreenGeeks Crew San Jose 2022
The crew. Nice working with these gals!

And identical to that, WordCamp San Jose was over. Exhausted, glad, and with subsequent yr to sit up for.

Til subsequent yr!