Well yes, after many years of hard work, this year 2011 – if nothing prevents it – we will have the first WordCamp in Madrid (Spain). I found it hard to encourage myself to get involved in this task, and not because setting up a WordCamp is difficult, that there are guides for almost every step, and the always invaluable help of Andrea but because the first WordCamp Madrid had to be special, yes or yes .
Of course, you know that it is not the first WordCamp held in Spain, we have already enjoyed those held in Barcelona, and we have nothing in the first in Seville where our colleagues from Mecus are leaving the skin, but I've always been aware of a couple of things …
- That the first WordCamp Madrid would generate many expectations, to be celebrated in the capital of the country, and the great community that there is in Madrid and nearby cities
- That seemed almost obliged to be organized by me, and I am never left over time
But well, saved the first fears, and aware that from now on it is "I only work", already The roadmap to WordCamp Madrid 2011 which will be the first of many others, is underway.
What's the point now, ufff, well, many things, and any help and collaboration will be little, so If you want to be part of this special occasion, do not hesitate to contact me from the official blog or send me an email to email@example.com .
I do not have a definite date yet, but several interested sponsors , even excited, so perhaps the hardest part is on track. What there is a lot of work ahead, like …
- Find the ideal place for the event
- Define dates once the place is found
- Close with sponsors
- Find speakers, preferably local, to fulfill the premise 80/20 (80% local, 20% foreign), but try to get the best from Automattic too
- Organize the event itself
- … many little things
If I am clear that the event will be of 2 days, on Saturdays and Sundays, and as preferred dates I am contemplating the last weekend of November, but this may change depending on the availability of places and speakers, and I will be warning.
The rest is still to be done, make a logo for WordCamp Madrid a header for the blog, almost everything, because the official site and the email have enabled me today. But hey, I did not want to miss telling you, that's why we read every day, right?
Anyway, nothing else for now, I'll keep reporting here, in the official blog of WordCamp Madrid 2011 , in the Twitter and the Facebook page . Any ideas, support, collaboration, will be welcome.