Nagesh will talk about how he built an online community “radio” (and my career in Digital Media)

Announcing Speakers

Introducing our First Speaker for WordCamp Mumbai 2017 – Nagesh Pai.

Nagesh PaiNagesh traces his journey in Digital Media and WordPress which began with his community “Radio” website back in 2007. This multimedia site carried audio and video content related to the culture and works of Gaud Saraswats (GSBs) community to which he belongs.

The project began with zero investment and gave all the lessons in blogging, site analytics, remote team and content management and social media marketing. The success of the website as a community medium was widely covered by mainstream media including DNA, New Indian Express and CNN IBN prime time among the national media, and many more local publications too in about a year of it going live.

The overall experience added weight to Nagesh’s resume and gave good career breaks in digital media. Eventually, WordPress and all the knowledge gained became the basis of his freelance venture after a successful spell of corporate jobs.

By using WordPress.com and WordPress.org , Nagesh believes there are remarkable possibilities for anyone to build his or her own medium, and his career too! All this considering the following facts:

  1. The community radio site began with Zero investment and then grew gradually to a better platform seamlessly when we had a bit of money
  2. The site began with zero knowledge of programming.
  3. The site grew along with the user’s gradual growth in awareness and knowledge of WordPress.org.

Nagesh hopes his story will help users create their own site beginning with the free WordPress.com platform if necessary, and then grow towards a self-hosted WordPress website when they gain enough experience running the site.

Apart from the joy of building their own site, this exercise can help build a self-employed career or a dream job where today digital media skills are in much demand.

About Nagesh Pai

Nagesh Pai currently works as a Happiness Engineer for WordPress.com with Automattic Inc. He joined the company in January 2017.

Prior to that he had his own freelance venture – CoreGray through which he made WordPress based websites for small and non-profits business. Before CoreGray, Nagesh worked with reputed corporates in the area of Digital Media and Marketing with employers including HDFC Bank, SBI Mutual Fund, Mindshare Fulcrum, IDG Media. After a successful 4 year of freelancing, Nagesh decided to go back to the roots by joining Automattic.

You can tweet him @nagpai

Senior Citizens: Grab your Discounts!

Hello WordPress enthusiasts, we have some good news for you to make your WordCamp Mumbai experience sweeter than ever before. We are offering massive discounts on tickets for Special groups*.  Get the coupon code and use it here while buying your tickets

So if you’re a senior citizen, 60 years old or older, then avail your discount by clicking on these special coupon codes. We would like to invite you over so that you can share your experience with us here at WordCamp Mumbai 2017. We want to encourage you to get involved and share your immense knowledge with us to build a memorable experience together.

Get your Tshirts before 28th Feb 2017!

Now hurry up, as we are giving free t-shirt with your ticket and the deadline  for that is 28th Feb 2017. Due to logistical reasons, we won’t be able to provide you T-shirts with your ticket after 28th of Feb 2017 as we need to get your size, and print, and entire procedure takes time. So if you want to flaunt WordCamp Mumbai’s awesome design, then the clock is ticking so hurry to get your cool T – shirts :). Also, bring your friends too, so they can be part of our big  family.

*Special groups are those groups which we at WordCamp give our full support as we believe a community is highly inclusive and is built for the people to come together,  to teach,  to learn and to grow. So if you are part of the group which consists of Students, Senior Citizens (>60 yrs old), Women & Third Gender Differently Abled, then avail these discounts created especially for you so you can take advantage of WordCamp and get acquainted with the best in the industry. So come 🙂

Important note:  To prevent abuse, if you use this coupon, you’ll not be allowed inside the venue without carrying a valid proof of age.

Students: Grab Your Discounts!

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Hello WordPress enthusiasts, we have some good news for you to make your WordCamp Mumbai experience sweeter than ever before. We are offering massive discounts on tickets for Special groups*.  Get the coupon code and use it here while buying your tickets.

So if you’re an undergraduate, avail your discount asap by clicking on these special coupon codes and then going to our ticketing page.  Also, bring your friends too, so they can be part of our big WordPress family.

Get your Tshirts before 28th Feb 2017

Now hurry up, as we are giving free T-shirt with your ticket and the deadline  for that is 28th Feb 2017. Due to logistical reasons, we won’t be able to provide you T-shirts with your ticket after 28th of Feb as we need to get your size, then get it to print, and this entire procedure takes time. So if you want to flaunt WordCamp Mumbai’s awesome design, then the clock is ticking! So hurry to get your cool T – shirts :). Also, bring your friends too, so they can be part of our big  family and you both can flaunt your style.

*Special groups are those groups which we at WordCamp give our full support as we believe a community is highly inclusive and is built for the people to come together,  to teach,  to learn and to grow. So if you are part of the group which consists of Students, Senior Citizens (>60 yrs old), Women & Third Gender Differently Abled, then avail these discounts created especially for you so you can take advantage of WordCamp and get acquainted with the best in the industry. So come 🙂

Important note: Please show your current and valid College ID at the registration desk. To prevent abuse, if you use this coupon, you’ll not be allowed inside the venue without a current & valid ID from your institute.

 

Bluehost is our Global Bronze Sponsors!

Thank you Bluehost for being our bronze sponsor!

Bluehost is powering over 2 million websites worldwide. They provide fast, reliable and CDN enabled WordPress Optimised Hosting for their users. They have hosting plans with Unlimited Disk Space and Unlimited Data Transfer with High Performance Servers. They also have one-click WordPress installer to make WordPress installation easy for their users, so that they can install WordPress easily and run their website in no time.

Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over 2 million WordPress sites worldwide. Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry. Join millions of other site owners and see what Bluehost can do for you and your online presence.

 

The WordCamp Mumbai Team

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Journey across WordCamps

My WordCamp experience in a nutshell

My WordCamp debut happened in the year 2015 in Pune where I helped with a session on Blogger Gym with Ramya aka Idea Smith. Then the next was Mumbai where I was part of Word Lounge, this was also the first time as a speaker. The third was in Nashik 2016 and fourth in Pune 2017. Now WordCamp Mumbai 2017 will be my 5th time, and feeling a bit nostalgic, this is my diary of sorts.

WordCamp Pune 2015

I wanted to talk. As a writer, the best way for people to read my stuff will be for me to go out there. See the best writers have an awesome life. Agatha Christie, Conan Doyal, Wodehouse all had exciting life which translated in their work. Input needs to be amazing to give out an amazing output. So I’m looking for adventure which infuses energy in my brain and I start writing more. Now you may say traveling to Pune is not that big of an adventure right? Well true, but for me, it was, since I always had hesitation on traveling on my own. Why I traveled to Pune for WordCamp? I’m a word nerd and I liked to see how I can evolve taking new challenges. And the experience was so good that it boosted me to try my hand at speaking at;

 WordCamp Mumbai 2016

I like to speak, but I don’t always open up soon. I love to write as well. But seeing that I am approaching writing as work, writing for me is difficult. Which means, I don’t write more poems and stories which I used to do about it. You see I love writing, and how I find hacks to write better which I share here at WordCamps. So talking about writing though I like, I didn’t thought I would be really good at but WordCamp helped me to explore and introspect, and soon I eased up to it, basically our collaboration happened splendidly. I was so nervous in Mumbai, you can check the videos and see for yourself, I’m like I’ll get a cardiac arrest any minute now. But it didn’t happen, thankfully, and everyone was warm and generous :).  It inspired me to  apply again at;

WordCamp Nashik 2016

At that time, I was more focusing on stories, how to write them, shorter and longer ones, so it became natural for me to select a topic on stories which was well received, and the twitter people showered love. The topic was ‘how to use stories for your blog’. It’s special because I also unveiled Stories4Hire, a pet venture I have on stories. I took ma with me too, to tell her, see ma, I’m on stage! It prompted me to apply again and go back to pavilion which is;

WordCamp Pune 2017

As always I met interesting people here, but this time, I had the opportunity to meet and network cool folks since I was there the whole day and wasn’t blocked with other commitments. Started the year with WordCamp. Even got myself videoed by the wonderful Isabel Garcia where we were discussing why women were not many to be seen. We discussed on how there are many women writers, but they are a bit hesitant to speak on stage maybe because they are afraid of making mistakes. I know I was for a long time, and still work in progress like many. The next day the same conversation was captured in her video. Again, look ma I’m famous 🙂

WordCamp Mumbai 2017

Now it’s back to home base in Mumbai, and as I write this, I’ve coordinated with three people on work, cooking food and creating PPT for another project. In short, if anyone of you knows me I’m the epitome of laziness. And getting all this work done partially has been due to WordCamp for letting me meet good people who believe in my skill set. Most writers are folks with issues they would never tell you about. Mine was to become organised and talk better. So I’ve become a little bit more organized since the time I started out, and people from the past are telling me they are proud of me, which seems funny. But, basically I’ve become a little tiny bit more organized which trust me is huge!

 

So I thank those who introduced me to WordCamp and my experience in the 2 years association with them has been nothing but swell 🙂 If you have any experience you would like to share, please do so here!

 

rtCamp is our Gold Sponsor

rtCamp

We are happy to announce that rtCamp is our Gold Sponsor.

Founded in 2009, rtCamp is a WordPress agency that specialises in Enterprise solutions. Their contribution to the WordPress community and focus on quality has earned them the distinction of being the only WordPress.com VIP Partner from Asia.

First WordPress.com VIP partner from Asia

Their open source rtMedia and EasyEngine projects are used by 10,000+ sites.

rtCampers are some of the most motivated, creative and active members of the WordPress community. Think you’ll fit right in? They are always hiring at https://careers.rtcamp.com/

 

If you would like to attend WordCamp Mumbai, and haven’t yet bought a ticket Go ahead and book your ticket(s)  as “Early Bird Part-2” discounted tickets for WordPress Enthusiast  ends  on midnight of 14th Feb.

The WordCamp Mumbai Team
 
Keep up with #WCMumbai on Twitter @WordCamp Mumbai, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

GoDaddy is our Global Silver Sponsor

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We are happy to announce that GoDaddy is our Global Silver Sponsors.

GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

 

The WordCamp Mumbai Team

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Thank you WooCommerce for being Global Gold Sponsor

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WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

With WooCommerce you can start with all the basic tools that any small business would need to start selling online, including product setup, payments, shipping options, and sales reports and as your business grows choose from over 300 premium add-ons available including additional payment processors, shipping methods, inventory systems and marketing tools anyone to sell anything, anywhere from real products and digital downloads to subscriptions, content and even your time.

In July 2015, WooCommerce was acquired by Automattic, the creators of WordPress.com which serves more than 15.8 billion pages a month and also the creators of other popular WordPress services including Akismet, Jetpack, and VaultPress. We look forward to growing WooCommerce to achieve even greater things together with Automattic.

 

The WordCamp Mumbai Team

Keep up with #WCMumbai on Twitter @WordCamp Mumbai, Facebook, and Instagram.

WordCamp Mumbai Needs Helping Hand : Call for Volunteer

call for volunteer

WordCamp Mumbai is looking for kickass volunteers to help in making WordCamp Mumbai 2017 event bigger, better and awesome than ever before.

We are looking for Help with pre-WordCamp events and other such micro-tasks who have the zing and the passion for helping us make this year the best year in the WordCamp Community.

So What are WordCamps?

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by WordPress users like you. Everyone from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other. So come!

Why should you apply to become a volunteer?

It’s because WordCamp Mumbai is completely volunteer driven where you meet smart dedicated and hard working people with a single aim of ensuring the WordCamp community thrives.

You also get to meet interesting people from all over the world with a common love for the WordCamp community.

As a community, we are a welcoming bunch who love a good joke here and there while giving a helping hand to those who may need it.

Who can apply?

Anyone! Even you, the one reading this right now!

What are you waiting for?

If we find that you fit the bill, we will open our arms and welcome you to our huge WordCamp family where you get to learn while meeting people expert in their field which will not only broaden your horizon but also help you to make new interesting friends.

In short, we’re looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to give up their time and expertise to help plan and deliver the event to make it memorable.

So if you would you like to get involved in our huge WordCamp community, then fill up required details and we will get right back to you at the soonest. Look forward to seeing you 🙂

What does a volunteer do at WordCamp?

  1. Pre-WordCamp events
  2. Manage registration desks
  3. Ensure sessions finish on time
  4. Set up Sponsor’s table
  5. Guide speakers to their sessions

Volunteer Application Form

 

The WordCamp Mumbai Team

Keep up with #WCMumbai on Twitter @WordCamp Mumbai, Facebook, and Instagram.

Say Hi To Our First Gold Sponsor QualiSpace

QualiSpace

We are happy to introduce you to our newest sponsor, QualiSpace, in our WordCamp Mumbai family. Their presence in WordCamp Mumbai 2017 is surely going to enhance our experience as we look forward to a long fulfilling collaboration.  Known as the hub of all the great web services required to establish countless business online successfully, their cost effective value driven product designed for the user is something you should definitely check. With their exciting portfolio, and 18 years long experience in providing solutions to the satisfied users, adding them as our sponsor this year is happy news for us. So good people of the WordCamp Mumbai, please give a warm welcome to QualiSpace, as one of our newest sponsors.

QualiSpace, an ICANN-Accredited organisation, has been successfully catering to the demands of the Web Hosting and Cloud Industry since the past 18 years. They are the hub of all the great web services that you would require to bring and establish your business online successfully! Every Cloud product is designed with precision and meant for everyone, right from industry experts to laymen, and for any kind of assistance, you would have our highly-efficient Technical Support Team to guide you through the situation. Their Web Hosting & Cloud offerings are high on quality and go easy on everyone’s wallet!

 

They are-

Domains, your online identity is registered by them and it would be solely yours!

Their Hosting Services would assure you a QUALIty SPACE on the web!

The Cloud, is made available to you for vigorously promoting your business!

Their Email Solutions would let you carve your own identity with the help of personalized emails.

Their Security Solutions are available for keeping your website safe because your business security is as imperative as your business itself! They help you secure your website’s perimeters.

QualiSpace is the ultimate hub of all web products and they help you bring your business online right from the scratch!

 

The WordCamp Mumbai Team
Keep up with #WCMumbai on Twitter @WordCamp Mumbai, Facebook, and Instagram.