My Experience as a WordCamp Lead Organizer
How it All Started
That 2019 year’s beginning was a little messy and I had some health issues as well.
I never thought about myself as a conference organizer but Gennady Kovshenin suggested me to do so and we’ve submitted the form.
One day a friend of my invited me to explore Pavlovsk Park and on the way there I received an approval!
Now I had a goal for 2019 – organize WordCamp Saint Petersburg and don’t screw up.
Wapuu – A Conference Mascot
Now sure why but the first thing in my todo list was to create a conference mascot.
This Wapuu was inspired by the russian history, by the emperor Peter the Great, founder of Saint Petersburg! Wapuu was created by my team specially for the event.
I also added this Wapuu to wapuu archives here and here.
Finding the Venue
That was an interesting one. The thing is that the guys in Saint Petersburg WordPress Community never care about the place where the event is going and only care about the money. I decided to change that.
My last year trip to WordCamp Oslo taught me that venue is everything!
I year before that I met Katya – she is the organizer of hundreds IT and Startup events in Saint Petersburg. When I have free time, I help her on her events as a volunteer. And this time I was volunteering on Startup Weekend event in a brand new coworking in Saint Petersburg which was located just in the heart of Petrogradskaya district.
That was when the miracles begin to happen – this coworking was building their own place for conferences and events and it was going to be ready just by the date of our WordCamp!
I think it also worth mentioning that I was surprised by the Anton’s speech – the developer from my team. His talk about WooCommerce payment gateways had a huge success! I am proud of him because I remember days when he learnt payment gateways from my tutorial.
The Long Story Short…
I go through life with a belief – “Do it at your best, or don’t do at all”, so I spent enourmous amount of time on this WordCamp. And I am so happy that the WordCamp was a success!
And of course I am so grateful for eveyone who helped me on this way.