Are You Ready for WordCamp 2012?

Wordcamp is an informal gathering of WordPress enthusiasts, bloggers, podcasters, developers and designers and anyone else who doesn’t fit in these categories but would love to attend. WordCamp is a series of events held around this time in many countries worldwide, and in Kenya, it will be held this coming weekend, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November, at Maanzoni Lodge along Mombasa Road.

Why Attend?

1.Venue: Beautiful Lodge with Swimming Pool

Maanzoni Lodge, Venue of WordCamp this year

2. The People

You’ll meet many different people, from techies to business men, and my establish useful contacts. WordCamp attracts interesting people.

3. Learn about WordPress, Responsible Blogging and Unique Experiences

During the sessions at WordCamp, various speakers will talk about blogging on WordPress, and other unique experiences in the technology world. With elections coming up, we definitely need bloggers who will encourage peace and not incite violence.

4. Perfect Weeekend Plan

We leave Nairobi early Saturday morning, spend the night at Maanzoni Lodge and we’ll come back on Sunday evening.

Who Can Attend?

Anyone! If you have an interest in attending, grab your smartphone and/or laptop as Orange Kenya (the main sponsors) will be providing internet (I hope so).

How do I attend?

Get a ticket from the wordcamp website. A ticket is worth Ksh 5,000 and covers:

Meals for 2 days during the conference
Soft drinks during the conference
WordCamp Kenya T-Shirt
2 day Conference
Lodge accommodation (Each room has 2 beds, 2 persons per room)
Return transport from Nairobi city center to Maanzoni Lodge

If you want a deal on ticket- like half-price, email me on

Day Two of WordCamp

Read about Day One

WordCamp Kenya 2011 was definitely worth it! The second day had presentations from the likes of Anthony Mwangi on the use of WordPress as a CMS, not just a blogging platform. Boniface Mwangi, one of Kenya’s best photographers, showed us some thought-provoking (raw images) of post election violence scenes. His aim is to inspire discussion around good leadership and getting us to get online talk into real life action.

Wamathai and KenyanPoet then talked about poetry and their experiences. In the next POWO (POets and Writers Online) meeting on November 19th at iHub, the blogger Wanjohi wa Kigogoine will be there. I shall turn up if only to see how he looks like 🙂

There was a lot of discussion on bloggers and ethics, politicians and social media etc. All good things come to an end and I’ll just leave you with some pictures from Crayfish Camp in Naivasha.

A view of the green landscape we drove through

A view of Mt. Longonot (looks like Longonot to me 🙂

A section of the crowd that attended WordCamp! The turnout was great!

More people at the campsite ...


Fisherman's camp is a beautiful place this time of the year

WordCamp Sessions

So Wordcamp Kenya is happening this weekend at Naivasha. It’s not too late to get your ticket if you really wanna come. There are many reasons why you should attend, so get your ticket here.

What Exactly is Going to Happen There? Some of the Presentations Include:

  • WordPress as a CMS: Presented by Anthony Mwangi
  • Monetization of Your Blog: Presented by Njeri Rionge & Luca Neghesti

  • The WordPress E-Commerce Equation: Presented by Kelvin Jayanoris
  • Lyrical Artistry, Poetry & WordPress: Presented by James Wamathai & Njeri Wangari
  • The African Blogging Journey: Presented by Moses Kemibaro
  • Integration of WordPress Into Your Organizations’s Ecosystem: Presented by Angela Oduor

And many more.. for the full list, please see here.