WordCampIsrael 2008 is set for November 16 at ZOA House in Tel Aviv, less than a month away. Already there are over 260 WordPress users, aficionados and just plain curious people signed up. That’s me down at #206. Next to WordCamp Beijing, Israel is the next largest WordCamp to take place outside of the US. Yes, we Israelis love our Internets and WordPress. (It’s actually rather astonishing how many Israelis write plug-ins and the like for WordPress.)
Like last year, WordCamp will be a one-day, free event. The schedule hasn’t yet been published, so we don’t know who the speakers are, but looking at the list of attendees, it looks like Automattic’s Raanan Bar-Cohen will be there. (see update below) Exciting to see lots of familiar names, Gravatars as well as many fellow WordPress.COM bloggers, too.
(Have we sent a personal invitation to Automattic’s CBBQTT?)
WordCamp Israel will be one of the first WordCamps following the official release of WordPress 2.7, scheduled for November 10. (Guys, may your 5-minute installation/upgrade go smoothly and make sure those presentation screenshots are up to date!)
Why are you still here reading? If you’re in the neighborhood, go sign up!
UPDATE at midnight 23/10/2008: Well, there you have it. With almost 300 people signed up, registration is now Waiting List only. So if you’ve registered and find that you can’t make it, tell the organizers so some lucky person on the Waiting List will be able to go.
The nice discovery was finding at least 15 other WordPress.COM bloggers registered for WordCamp Israel! This doesn’t include COM bloggers that have mapped domains (i.e. whose blogs don’t end in wordpress.com) and there are at least 5 more Israeli COM bloggers I know who aren’t registered but probably would have if they’d known about it. Looking forward to meeting you on the 16th!
UPDATE 24/10/2008:Hanan Cohen has created an RSS feed aggregater for all the blogs that were listed on the WordCamp Attendees page.
UPDATE 30/10/2008: There are now nearly 370 bloggers registered for WordCampIsrael! And the schedule is up as well (Hebrew only).