#WCEH: Explore, Contribute, and Connect at WordCamp Canada 2024

As the summer heat peaks, the WordPress community in Canada is preparing for an unprecedented gathering in Ottawa, Ontario. WordCamp Canada 2024, set for July 11 to 13th, promises to unite WordPress enthusiasts from across the nation and beyond. The event will kick off with a Contributor Day, offering a hands-on opportunity to contribute directly to the WordPress project.

Venue and Vibrant Locale

The WordCamp Canada will unfold at the Infinity Convention Centre, strategically located near Ottawa’s MacDonald Cartier International Airport. Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is renowned for its stunning architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Attendees will find themselves amidst landmarks like Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, and the National Gallery of Canada, paired with a flourishing food and drink scene.

Inclusivity and Community Impact at WordCamp Canada 2024

WordCamp Canada will transcend traditional technical discussions about WordPress; it will examine its broader influence on diverse communities. The themes selected for this year will deeply resonate, focusing on, among other things:

– Accessibility in the Digital Space
– Empowering Indigenous Communities
– The Intersection of Open Source and the Indigenous Worldview
– Enhancements for Underrepresented Communities

These topics will aim to connect geographical and cultural divides, promoting a cohesive approach to the challenges we will face together.

Contributor D’eh Day at WordCamp Canada 2024

On July 11, 2024, just before the main event, WordCamp Canada kicks off with Contributor D’eh Day—a playful Canadian twist on ‘day’ that adds local flavour to this global gathering. This day is dedicated to empowering WordPress users to engage directly with the open-source project.

Contributing is about enhancing the software and connecting with the WordPress community, learning new skills, and enjoying the collective buzz of collaboration. Benefits include. Attendance at Contributor D’eh is included with your WordCamp Canada ticket, but a separate signup is required to facilitate planning and logistics. 

Sign up for Contributor Day.

Keynote Highlight: Meggan Van Harten

Announced as the keynote speaker for WordCamp Canada, Meggan Van Harten, Co-CEO of Design de Plume, brings a wealth of expertise in inclusive and accessible design. In her keynote address, “Accessibility in Action: Indigenous Communities,” Meggan will highlight the significance of cultural considerations and demonstrate how integrating Indigenous perspectives can enhance digital inclusivity.

A Comprehensive Schedule Packed with Learning and Networking

WordCamp Canada 2024 will offer a dynamic program, from technical workshops to community-building panels. Our team at Trew Knowledge has identified several particularly promising sessions for their ability to expand knowledge, enhance inclusivity, and inspire innovation within the WordPress community. Here are our must-attend picks:

July 12, 2024

Your WordPress, Your Way: Curating the Editor Experience

Time: 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Speaker: Nick Diego
Explore customizations and user-friendly approaches to tailoring the WordPress editor to fit your workflow.

Growing in Accessibility

Time: 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Speakers: Karim Jetha and Sara Ferguson
Dive into practical strategies for enhancing accessibility in your WordPress projects.

Underrepresented in Tech: the Journey to Amplify Others

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Speaker: Michelle Frechette
Learn about initiatives and strategies to support diversity and inclusion within the tech industry.

Harmonizing Creativity and Code: Collaboration in Design Systems

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:50 pm
Speakers: Bryenne Kay & Jesse Dyck
A session focused on integrating design and development processes to build cohesive and scalable design systems.

Creating Blocks Faster Than a Cat Video Goes Viral: The Magic of create-block

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Speaker: Ryan Welcher
Get insights into speeding up your development process with the innovative use of WordPress blocks.

July 13, 2024

State of Multilingualism in WordPress

Time: 9:00 am – 9:50 am
Speaker: Robert Windisch
An overview of the current trends and future directions for multilingual websites in WordPress.

Developing with WPML

Time: 10:00 am – 10:50 am
Speaker: Mike D
Techniques and tips for utilizing WPML to create multilingual sites effectively.

Web Performance Metrics Demystified: A Practical Guide

Time: 11:00 am – 11:50 am
Speaker: Joey Kudish
Understand crucial web performance metrics and how to improve your site’s speed and efficiency.

Fully Representing Canada – Multilingual Websites that Work

Time: 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm
Speaker: Chris Milton
Strategies for creating truly bilingual or multilingual websites that cater to a diverse Canadian audience.

Embracing Diversity In Your Company, Projects, Events, And Life

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:50 pm
Speaker: Topher DeRosia
Insights into fostering diversity and inclusion across various aspects of business and community engagements.

Join Us for WordCamp Canada 2024

WordCamp Canada promises a rich blend of professional development and personal discovery in the heart of Canada’s capital. Whether you’re a developer, content creator, or just passionate about WordPress, there’s something at WordCamp Canada for you. 

A few TK team members will be there, ready to engage and share insights. If you spot us, don’t hesitate to say hello! Secure your tickets today and stay updated by following our social media channels for all the latest news!

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