WordCamp is finally coming to the beautiful continent of Asia! From February 17th, 2023 to Sunday, February 19th, 2023 Bangkok, Thailand will host Asia’s first flagship WordCamp. This will be the 4th one after WordCamp US, WordCamp Europe, and WordCamp Centroamérica. The price will be 800 Baht (Around $22 USD) and there are expected to be around 1300 attendees from all over the world! Double the amount at WordCamp US 2022!
Thailand is an amazing country with a rich history, delicious food, and plenty of cultural landmarks. It was chosen as the first WordCamp Asia host because of its central location! This makes the location more accessible because it makes it easier for people to come from all over the continent. The specific location will be TRUE ICON HALL. This amazing venue has hosted entertainment from all over the World and is visually stunning. It is also located near a lot of public transportation.
How can I get tickets?
The last batch of tickets goes on sale Wednesday, October 19th, 2022 at 13:00 UTC time! There is even a guide listed on the website explaining what comes with standard tickets, available student discounts, and more. Information on contributor day, which is a separate but free registration, is available for those wishing to find out more about getting involved with WordPress. All guests must have their own ticket and tickets are refundable only before the specified date. You can read more about getting tickets and what is included here.
A commitment to diversity
The organizers not only acknowledged the fact that speakers from underrepresented communities are rare, but also launched a commitment to get more of them at WordCamp Asia. They sent out several calls for underrepresented speakers, explained why they were doing it (read about microaggressions before you call it “reverse discrimination”), and also partnered with a few companies to provide financial assistance to those who need it. MasterWP recently did something similar with WordCamp US, providing financial help to people traveling and it was a huge success! We are excited to see WordCamp Asia doing this as well and cannot wait to see their success.
Where can I find out more information?
You can find out more about WordCamp Asia and how to attend by visiting their website here. There is information on buying tickets, a roadmap of dates and times for the event, speakers, organizers, and more. If you enter your email, you can get updates sent directly to you in the form of a #WCAsia newsletter. They also have a FAQ section that deals with common questions such as COVID-19 and mask regulations, who all are welcome to attend, and details on reserving your spot. You can also follow them on social media to get updates. Their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram provide you with updates if you do not want to constantly check the site.
I am excited and ready to pack for this exciting trip to WordCamp Asia. Hope to see you there!