What you should know about WordCamp Europe 2018

Another year has passed since the WordCamp Europe tapped in the Paris, bringing together 2000 developers, designers, professionals and enthusiasts from all over the world. An amazing community of WordPress that inspires and opens new horizons will again come together to continue to inspire, this time in the heart of Balkans – Belgrade.

Be sure to book 14th – 16th of June to join the WordCamp Europe in Belgrade or follow the event online. Live stream tickets are completely free. You just need to get your ticket here and enjoy the worldwide interaction with like-minded!

The program of #WCEU 2018

Unlike previous years, WordCamp Europe 2018 will start the event with the Contributors Day on June 14, continue with the two main Conference days on June 15 and 16, concluding the event with retro-futurism afterparty.

Let’s see what each day will offer and what kind of excitement you can expect.

June 14: Contributors Day, 8:30 AM – 5 PM

The best thing about WordPress isn’t the software, but the people. People who create, inspire, volunteer, contribute and dedicate has managed to build an awesome community that speaks multi languages all over the world. So the Contributor Day is about giving back to WordPress and helping the software evolve. All doing it together!

It is also a great opportunity to catch up with friends from elsewhere, meet new people, brainstorm new ideas and become a part of this big, surrounded family. More about the Contribution Day, visit a #WCEU official page and if interested, register to contribute!

June 15 – 16: Conference Days, 8:00 AM – 5 PM

All inspired from the previous day, you will have to be an early bird to be in time for registration and networking. Both days will offer you up to 19 different Workshops and various talks from experienced speakers – designers, developers, entrepreneurs, bloggers, all with different perspectives and approaches:

  • An Introduction to Unit Testing (for WordPress);
  • Making Websites Talk: the rise of Voice Search and Conversational Interfaces;
  • Staying Healthy In the Digital Space;
  • Technical SEO to grow your WordPress business;
  • You, yes you, need to sketch;
  • Anatomy of a block: Gutenberg design patterns;
  • Developing for Privacy and Data Protection.

They are just a few of many interesting themes that will be covered by ultimate speakers, or represented in workshops. Check out the full schedule here.

June 16: After Party, 7 PM – 2 AM

The final day of the conference is a party time! 🎉

This year the party will take you back in 2001, inviting everyone to dress up in retro-futurism costumes, hinting a Space Odyssey thrown together with the most iconic moments from Star Wars. You can become an alien or sparkle with the silver shoes, or be simply yourself – the choice is yours!

More ideas and information can be found here.

#WCEU checklist

  • Be active in networking and give the WordPress community a great deal.
  • Read a Code of Conduct.
  • Don’t be late for registration (8:00 AM).
  • Don’t forget your badge! Venue staff will be welcoming attendees and your badge is the only way they know that you purchased a ticket.
  • Check the conference schedule carefully and prepare for workshops (some of them require a specific technical requirement and skills).
  • Meet the big guys – visit the booth of sponsors: super teams from WooCommerce, Jetpack, Google, representatives from Yoast, PayPal, and WP Engine – they and many more businesses will be there to dive into interesting conversations.
  • Meet Visual Composer team – representatives from Visual Composer will participate! Interested in meeting the plugin owners? Drop a line and let’s meet for a talk, small chat or a beer! Follow the happening via @VisualComposer Instagram!
  • Follow #WCEU 2018 social media@WCEurope on Twitter, WordCampEurope on Facebook, WCEurope on Instagram.
  • Know the transport system – the easiest and most convenient way to get around Belgrade is using a taxi. If you prefer a public transport, here is a map of the public transportation system

The venue of WordCamp Europe

#WCEU 2018 will be held in two places with 2km distance:

Contributors Day and After Party will take a place in Belexpo Centar located two kilometers from the main happening and will welcome attendees for opening event – Contributor Day on June 14th and the closing event – WordCamp Europe 2018 after party on June 16th.

📍Belexpo CentarŠpanskih boraca 74, Belgrade

The Conference will be held in the largest cultural and business center in Serbia –  Sava Centar that will welcome up to 3000 attendees during the two main conference days on June 15 and 16.

📍Sava Centar: Milentija Popovića 9, Belgrade

The venues that will keep you entertained, will be closing its doors each day after 5 PM (except the afterparty). This means that rest of the Belgrade is waiting for you, welcoming with its streets, squares, monuments, parks, fountains, and other cultural resources that deserve your admiration. Nightclubs, bars and floating river clubs along the river banks make Belgrade nightlife one of the most vigorous in Europe.

About Belgrade

Assuming that your trip to Belgrade will be expended by booking a few days before or after the conference, you will be eager to see around this historical city and have helpful tips of what to do, what to see, and where to stay!

Belgrade city in the day and night
Belgrade – the host city of WordCamp Europe 2018

Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, located in the South-East of Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula, surrounded by Sava and Danube rivers. In the last few years, Belgrade has become a modern, multicultural European city that values its heritage of culture and local traditions. It is a fast-growing, warm-hearted place with outstanding hospitality and great spirit that dwells in Serbian culture.

Language

The majority of people speak Serbian, with an impact of Croatian. Serbian is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian language mainly used by Serbs.

If you want to try to speak in native tongue, try this:

kako si?  which means how are you? in English and sounds slightly Slavic to me.

But don’t worry, in case you don’t know Serbian, WordCamp will be held in English! 🙂

Currency

RSD – Serbian Dinar. Serbian Dinar exchange rate is:

  • 1 US Dollar for about 107 RSD
  • 1 EURO for about 120 RSD
  • 1 British Pound equals about 167 RSD

Belgrade is quite cheap compared with the usual prices. For example, taxi costs 170 RSD, and every kilometer of a ride, depending on tariffs costs 65, 85 or 130 RSD. Another, more interesting example – at the afterparty of #WCEU 2018, each attendee will be given one drink ticket, which you can exchange for any beverage of your choosing. Additional drinks can be purchased for 2 EUR cash or the equivalent RSD. What a bargain! 🍻

Public transportation

Like mentioned before, 🚕 taxi is the easiest and most comfortable way to get around the city. If you are traveling on a budget, you may consider getting a weekly BusPlus card which costs around 9 EUR and allows you to use the public bus/tram/trolleybus network. Belgrade is not a big city, everything is pretty much not more than 3km away.

I noticed a useful advice from the WordCamp organizers: If you want to catch a bus from Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport to city center you will need to buy a bus ticket as BusPlus card doesn’t cover this travel. Ticket price is 300 RSD (approximately 2,5 EUR) and can be bought in the bus (cash only, cards not accepted!).

Again, WordCamp has prepared full information about transportation in Belgrade, find it here.

Cuisine

The Serbian gastronomy is a mix of oriental, central European and local Balkan cuisines. Besides in restaurants and kafanas (a tavern), Serbs tend to eat lots of fast food as well. The food is mainly heavy, with plenty of calories – meat, pastry, and local vegetables dominate in Serbian cuisine.

In Belgrade, everyone can find his favorite kitchen: Italian, Chinese, sushi, pizza, fast food – anything your heart and belly desire. Check out the recommended cuisine by TripAdvisor and prepare your taste buds for the delicious experience offered by Serbia.

Things to do in Belgrade

In recent years, travel enthusiasts urge: go to see Belgrade now, before everyone else finds out. Belgrade may have a tough recent history but today it’s a city on the move. Decades have passed and the city is flourishing. Its youthful population makes the nightlife legendary and the great value of coffee shops, bars and restaurants are thriving.

Besides the entertainment, Belgrade offers a great cultural experience, a range of history from ancient forts to contemporary art galleries. Here are just a few ideas of what you can see in your spare time in Belgrade:

Kalemegdan park – wander around the Belgrade Fortress and Kalemegdan park. Not only is Kalemegdan Fortress the pride and joy of Belgrade, it also happens to be one of its best parks to have a walk or a picnic lunch.

Kalemegdan walls
Photograph by Valantis Antoniades

The Lake – enjoy a summer day or watch the sunset at the Ada Ciganlija lake that surrounds the city.

River shores – go walking or biking along the Danube and Sava riverbank.

Cosmopolitan Knez Mihailova Street – head of Belgrade’s center, a place where Belgraders come to show off their colors and lounge about in the cafés and restaurants down every side street. Nowhere does Belgrade feel more like a major city than on Knez Mihailova.

Admire the architecture – there are many buildings that decorate the city, especially the Church of St Sava – one of the biggest Orthodox temples in the world. The church is located in Tašmajdan Park but it looks amazing no matter where in the city you are.

Hit the streets of cobblestones – two historical streets, Skadarlija and Cetinjska, also known as “Bohemian Quarter”, will surprise you with the town’s oldest and most respected restaurants and as soon as the sun sets, the area will scoop the party atmosphere.

Belgrade, Serbia - Skadarlija
Photograph by Jean_Paul

If you prefer organized excursions, TripAdvisor offers a heap of cool ideas what to do in Belgrade.

Closing line

WordCamp Europe 2018 in Belgrade. How does it sound? It sounds great! If you go with an open mind looking forward to discovering a new place and people – Belgrade will be a treat!

Now that you’ve learned more about the conference itself and the city that will welcome up to 3,000 WordPress gurus, the fact that #WCEU 2018 is hosted in a newly recovered urban environment, is challenging for new ideas and new relationships.

Speaking about new relationships, representatives from Visual Composer team will be attending the conference to network, exchange with new ideas and contribute for WordPress community. If you want to meet us  – for a talk, small chat or a beer, drop a line and let’s meet in Belgrade!

Are you attending the WordCamp Europe 2018? If so, perhaps there are more interesting things about the conference and/or the hosting city you’d like to share with us in the comments below.

See you in Belgrade!