WordCamp San Jose, Costa Rica 2022 Recap

Years of ready had been lastly over: WordCamp San Jose was a go and passed off 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 altered our lives. Again then, as with many difficulties, we requested ourselves after we can be again once more after all the things was gone.

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

The WordCamp was deliberate round 6 months earlier than it passed off. The great group of organizers are expensive buddies of ours, as Ericka, Rita, Irene, and I are from Costa Rica.

We had dinner earlier this 12 months which marked the primary time many people met and inspired individuals to return again in any manner potential. To talk, volunteer, set up, or no matter.

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

Some are buddies I’ve recognized for years, and I love their tenacity to do that. As a result of it’s a whole lot of work that goes unnoticed so that folks have time.

However as at all times, people 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 distinct venue, which is a couple of mile from the place the previous 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 offered out. Good!

Speaker and Sponsor Dinner

This WordCamp Speaker and Sponsor dinner was a bit away. And I’m imply, AWAY. Like nearly 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 12 months, alongside new faces.

I received 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 enjoyable to talk and have 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 celebration 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 capable of get.

There have been no complaints concerning the venue. It was appropriate for a smaller camp (about 400) and the job went nicely. 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 nicely. 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 whole lot of experiences to share. Nevertheless, there is no such thing as a feeling like having the Camp “at dwelling”.

The whole lot goes slower, you could have extra vitality (since touring is rather a lot much less), and you’ve got a way of familiarity.

For sure, I received 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 normal, we received 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, probably the greatest 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 undoubtedly 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 finally 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 executed 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 an expert 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 speak, which surprises nobody.

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

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

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

Day One Afterparty

The afterparty was held at PubRock, which is identical 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 celebration was smaller, manner smaller, than three years in the past. This was because of three issues: the primary one is a bit apparent: fewer individuals this WordCamp than three years in the past.

The second motive needed to do with the climate. We had very unhealthy climate this weekend in Costa Rica. Sometimes, 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 motive needed to do with the truth that there was a soccer (soccer) ultimate that evening. And thus, most individuals had been glued to that and didn’t attend.

So, the celebration was relaxed, and after a couple of hours, it was time to name it a day. Exhausted, comfortable, and with yet 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 those 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 a terrific phrase with Moncho and Ana from SiteGround. They’re flat-out, unbelievable WordPress individuals. It was so nice to see individuals.

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

At all times bittersweet in relation to WordCamps.

After that, I used to be capable of see some talks, particularly my good friend Rommel Castro, from Costa Rica, who gave a speak about design patterns.

They’re principally patterns of code that should 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, comfortable, and with subsequent 12 months to stay up for.

Til subsequent 12 months!