Last weekend I was honored to give a talk in the 2013 WordCamp Portugal, an event that brings people together with one common goal: WordPress. For the first time Porto held the event and an amazing team made it happen. Let me publicly thank everyone involved. You guys really nailed it.
But it wouldn’t be fair to resume everything around WordPress. No, to me it was much more than. It was about being with awesome people, great friends, eat, drink and learn. Could I ask for more? I don’t think so.
Like in previous years, influent WordPress international contributors came from around Europe and USA to join us for a francesinha. They were not alone. With almost 150 attendees, we had a lot to listen. Technical issues, business, hacks, and, of course, creativity [check the program for more details].
This proves that you don’t have to be a geek to be part of the community or to attend the events. For the contrary. You could be a designer, an entrepreneur, a polyglot… I mean, WordPress has this thing called “openness” which goes beyond code: it’s about how we share and perceive things. And in that field, it’s unbeatable.
You can check the official Flickr account to see what I’m talking about.
It was a very emotional experience to me. For so many reasons… I won’t describe what was about. For that you can watch the video bellow (it’s in portuguese).
This was the end of a cycle to me. For the last couple of years I’ve been talking in conferences about ideas, creativity, processes and how to apply that in life in general. It’s over. Although I will never stop talking about creativity, “Hello Ideas” will not happen again in a near future. In private events, ok (like schools, etc), but not in a public conference.
In one word: education. There are lot of things that I want to fix in the way we teach creativity to kids or grown ups. The way that schools are prepared (or not prepared) to build the next generation of designers, developers, or marketeers. The way we’ve been showing them a learning process completely outdated and with low results when we talk about how a recent graduate is prepared to face a “job”. Their not, and it’s not ok. It does not have to be that way.
I never forget that we have the responsibility of making a better future generation of professionals. Why? Because we will need them. So bring them on and let the future begin.