I love WordCamp’s. Hell, I even helped put one together in Dayton. Yet, the way they’re laid out are horrible. WordCamp Tracks are truly overrated.
Let me explain.
The majority of WordCamps are broken down into two or three tracks that people can attend:
- Power User*
*Those WordCamp’s with 2 usually remove the Power User.
So, attending a WordCamp can become limited especially if its your first time. While you might not know how to code plugins you do know how to create pages, edit content, or even change out the settings. Or, what if you’re a developer know about php but know nothing about WordPress?
Now, the decisioning becomes more complex.
…and I think he hit the nail on the head. A beginner developer could be undecided between attending a Power User or Developer track. People can’t just be placed in one category and we have to understand that when organizing WordCamps.
In fact this something I plan on bringing up for WP Decoded’s next HOA this Sunday.
In order to create a better experience for attendees and speakers – organizers need to utilize this concept. I know it will be in my forefront when planning for WordCamp Dayton 2015 starts.