As you might be aware that I was one of the attendees along with nine of my friends at WordCamp Mumbai. We arrived at Mumbai on 24th of March, checked into Shivar Guest House, Sion and attended the camp on 25th and 26th of March.
Reaching Mumbai and First Day of the Camp
The first day we reached Mumbai was spent on taking some rest and walking around the locality searching for food and other refreshments. The next day, which was the first day of the camp was quite exciting. We booked two taxis to IES Manik Sabagriha, Bandra and reached the venue on time. After that we had our breakfast and then checked in to that venue and got our identity cards for the event.
Morning and Afternoon Session Talks and Group Discussion
Soon after that, the event was kick started after some delay. Talks on how to get more involved with WordPress, WordPress translation & localization, developing multi-lingual websites using Polylang plugin, writing PHP the WordPress way was presented respectively by Rocio Valdivia, Makarand Mane, Aurovrata Venet and Rahul Bansal in the morning session. After that, we visited every booth set up over there by the sponsors and collected all the swag goodies they handed out.
Once we had collected everything, we went on to have lunch and it was continued by a group discussion on ‘Manual vs. Automated Testing’ by Bigul Malayi, Ankit K Gupta, Khyati Gala, Vibha Tiwari and Sudar Muthu.
Then, we were provided with a glimpse on WP-CLI by Anand Thakkar.
Evening Session Talks and End of Day One
Now, it was time for some tea and snacks. After gulping down a glass of tea and some snacks, we returned back to the auditorium to listen to Tarun Parswani, Sandeep Raman and Sudar Muthu speak on optimizing WordPress for customer success, best practices to adhere to when building first WordPress plugin and developer tools that can be used to increase productivity as a web developer respectively.
With that, the first day of the camp was over. After that, we came back to the guest house and got ourselves refreshed up to continue with the nightlife of Mumbai.
Day Two of the Event – Final Day
Day two of the event was not much different from the first one except that another set of speakers were there awaiting us to share their knowledge and experience.
Morning session was kickstarted by Fairy Dharawat on why business writing is important which was followed by talks on the importance of marketing and content writing for developers by Vishal Kothari. Later, Shailee Sheth shared her knowledge on knowing your customers and Saravanan Sivaraman of Automattic presented a slide show on how WordPress.com can be used for growing your business.
Then it was time for some lunch and networking. Food was top class on both the days and we were allowed to fill our stomach till we were contented. After lunch, Mridula Harshvardhan spoke on ‘Productivity: Chance or Choice’. Bhushan Jawle spoke on what he learned when this site got hacked and Pratik Jagdishwala shared some tips on how to boost the performance of any WordPress powered website.
Later, we had some coffee and snacks which was followed by a small talk by Nagesh Pai on how he built an online community radio and his career in digital media. Finally, Nirav Mehta spoke on the topic ‘Adventures in Entrepreneurship’ which was followed by thank you notes, farewell and photography sessions.
Later, we went took a stroll outside the venue’s campus and had some coffee at Candies.
Overall, it was fun and exciting experience for us and we had a great time over there. We stayed over there at Sion, Mumbai for a couple more days and paid a visit to every single place possible. But not all of them were captured in photos. Here’s some of them for you to see –
That was just some of the many exciting things we saw and enjoyed. At last, after a week of fun I’m back at Chennai leading a normal life.
From now onward, I’ll be back to posting regularly on my blog. Hope you people found this post interesting.