WordCamp Sofia 2012 was held this weekend and it was awesome. Over two hundred attendees, over ten sessions, a speakers dinner and an after-party. Big shout-out goes to Nikolay, Veselin, Iliya and Mario, for putting the whole thing together, and making such a great event.
It was a long weekend for me with all the flights, but it was totally worth the travel. I stayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel Sofia, which was close to the event venue — the Telerik Academy in the Wedding Mall.
The event was split into two tracks — a users track and a developers track. My friend and coworker Sara Rosso gave the first, not too technical session, about some of the things WordPress can do, which was amazing. My session about the Settings API was the last one in the developers track. All the other sessions in between were in Bulgarian, so I couldn’t understand much, but from what I heard, some of them were terrific.
I met a lot of people at the event and made a lot of friends. Some of them were people with whom I interacted for a long time on Twitter, others were new friends, working on interesting projects around WordPress. I was surprised to see how big the Sofia WordPress community is, especially compared to Moscow.
The after party was great for non-work related chatter, found out a great deal of interesting stuff about the culture in Sofia and Bulgaria. Was thrilled to see how well Mario and Petya can play the piano :)
I hope to see everyone again next year, and maybe a couple more sessions in English, since most of whom I met with were fluent in English. Thanks again to the organizers, sponsors, speakers and everyone who attended the event. Can’t wait to see the videos pop up on WordPress.tv!
Image courtesy of Margarit Ralev. You can find a lot more photos from the event in the WordCamp Sofia 2012 gallery on Facebook.