My Experience as Lead Organizer for WordCamp Udaipur 2018

After months of vigorous planning and preparations, the long awaited WordCamp Udaipur 2018 is has been over. January 27, 2018 was the result of hard work and perseverance of many dedicated organizers and volunteers. Despite unfavorable external factors — Film Padmavat protest by Karni Sena — WordCamp Udaipur 2018 was a grand success.

This was the second WordCamp in which I was a lead organizer and the fourth to which I provided assistance. It was an incredibly fulfilling experience but I’d be lying if I said it was easy. It takes a lot of work to plan and make sure all the parts of WordCamp are moving smoothly. I owe a huge gratitude to all of the organizers, sponsors and volunteers. None of that would have been possible without their support and dedication.

For me, taking on the role of Lead Organizer was a-coming. I have been actively involved in the WordPress community of Udaipur, as a founding member, and had been doing my part in running the WordCamp since its early days. I had attended many WordCamps and I have been a speaker at WordCamp Udaipur 2017. But this time, things were a bit different. The most terrible thing was the Padmavat movie protest by Karni Sena… We got a bit upset about this thing.

WordCamp Udaipur 2018

कहते हैं अगर किसी चीज़ को दिल से चाहो तो पूरी कायनात उसे तुमसे मिलाने की कोशिश में लग जाती है। 😉

It wasn’t until a months ago that we made the decision to go ahead with WordCamp Udaipur 2018. But the timing was as such that other active members of the community were not able to commit their full attention to it. So, I had to step up.

We were quite worried that we would not get enough attendees, sponsors or assisting organizers. However, the turnout exceeded my expectations, all the slots for sponsors got filled in a short time.

We tried to do things a little differently this year, and added hands-on workshops, so even those with a high level of technical skills could benefit. The feedbacks show that most attendees got a lot out of the day, and I can safely say that the program was a hit.

I am really pleased by how we concluded the WordCamp.  I would like to take a moment to thank my fellow organizers – Surbhi Jain, Rakesh Sharma, Charu Choubisa, Mayank Jain, Monika Rao, Vajrasar Goswami, Ayushi Acharya, Ramesh Mehta, Sandeep Panchal, Achal Jain & Prashant Khatri – who went to great lengths to plan and operate WordCamp Udaipur. Because of circumstances outside our control, we barely had two months time for this year’s event. However, one big learning was that we should try to set the date for WordCamp at least six months in advance. This will allow more people to participate, especially from the international community, which has shown a lot of interest in our work.

We had a lot of great sessions, and I would like to take advantage of the opportunity of having all these great WordPress minds in one place, and bring you their insights here. I am sure those who have been unable to attend the event due to the fuel crisis might be interested in reading key takeaways.

Once again, thanks to whole #WcUdaipur team for the great effort. And you all can get all the photos from our Facebook page. 🙂

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