Following a WordCamp Speaker

Posted on August 14th
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I went to WordCamps as volunteer, as contributor and as simple attendee. What I never did, is to attend as speaker. Last weekend, at WordCamp Toronto, I was close! With thecplab, I was the communication assistant of one of them: Florian Gottschall.

Florian, and the Vinubis team, recently released a plugin , WP Video Editor, that enables users to edit videos they capture with their mobile devices directly into WordPress. Something that apparently was still missing and that bloggers are very excited about! You should have seen the interest of the audience, during Florian’s talk, and the line of people waiting to speak to him after a long Q&A session.

Florian not only gave a speech, he also shoot a lot of videos during the two-day event. I was following him all over the place, taking pictures, making contact with people, interviewing WordPress fellows for his videos and posting updates on the WP Video Editor’s social media pages. Basically doing everything possible to spread the word about the plugin.

Michelle Ames is one of the organizers of WordCamp Rochester

We actually made a lot of good contacts among the WordPress community. From organizers to volunteers, speakers and attendees. I am sure every one of them have seen Florian and I running around, carrying a tripod, an iPhone and a micro, in hopes of getting a two-minute interview from someone. Thanks to all of them who accepted! Anthony D. Paul, Mikel King, FlyWheel, JetPack, Michelle Arbore, Michelle Ames, Ahmed Shaykhoun, WPEngine, Lauren Jeffcoat, Daniel Kanchev, Tina Todorovic and Megan Hanes.

Hopefully, thecplab gets to cover more WordCamps with the Vinubis team anytime soon. We are already preparing speaker applications. Who knows, maybe after some time as “the assistant,” I’ll end up speaking too.

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