Kids events are not a new thing in the WordCamp and WordPress event space, however, the number of these events happening around the world are on the rise. Kids events focus on teaching children how to become content creators, creative thinkers, and even business owners. Numerous repeat attendees have morphed their personal blogs into businesses and these kids are only 8-13 years old. Kids events provide an opportunity for local communities to foster long term community growth. These events also offer opportunities for a more diverse event in that kids bring a new perspective to any event. WordPress and its surrounding communities have the opportunity to change the lives of kids all over the world.
History of Kids Events
The history of Kids Events is full of many Heroes who have worked tirelessly to ensure that children in our community are included in events. Most of these events happen in tandem with WordCamps, but that is not always the case. Here is the history of most of the Kids Events and the Heroes behind them.
- 2010-03-06 – Kilkenny, Ireland – Sabrina Dent https://www.krishna.me/wordcamp-ireland-in-kilkenny-has-its-own-kids-camp/
- 2011-01-29 – Phoenix, AZ – Abbie Sanderson https://2015.dfw.wordcamp.org/2015/07/06/announcing-wordcamp-for-kids/
- 2013-01-20 – Phoenix – Natalie MacLees https://2013.phoenix.wordcamp.org/schedule/sunday/
- 2013-04-06 – Miami
- 2014-05-11 – Miami – Tammy Lister and Sarah Gooding https://2014.miami.wordcamp.org/wordcamp-miami-kids-workshop/
- 2014-01-19 – Phoenix – Bernice Lee and Andy Christian https://2014.phoenix.wordcamp.org/session/wordcamp-kids/
- 2014-03-15 – Atlanta – Syed Balkhi, Sara Cannon, Micah Wood, and Russell Fair https://2014.atlanta.wordcamp.org/kidscamp-atlanta/
- 2015-03-15 – St Louis – Russell Fair, Chris Koerner, Lucas Lima, Eric Juden, Michele Butcher-Jones https://2015.stlouis.wordcamp.org/session/kids-camp/
- 2015-03-27 – Atlanta, GA – Russell Fair https://2015.atlanta.wordcamp.org/
- 2015-05-31 – Miami FL Nikhil V, Sarrah Vesselov, Shawn Hooper and Michele Butcher-Jones. https://2015.miami.wordcamp.org/wordcamp-for-kids-tickets-now-available/
- 2016-02-20 – Miami, FL – Sandy Edwards, Kimberly Lipari, Michele Butcher-Jones, Shawn Hooper, and Chris Christoff https://2016.miami.wordcamp.org/2016/02/05/details-on-weekend-kids-activities/#workshop
- 2016-09-26 – Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX – https://2015.dfw.wordcamp.org/2015/07/06/announcing-wordcamp-for-kids/
- 2016-10-29 – Seattle – Nichole Betterley – https://2016.seattle.wordcamp.org/session/kidscamp/
- 2017-03-18 – Atlanta, GA – Sandy Edwards https://2017.atlanta.wordcamp.org/2017/01/28/kids-camp/
- 2017-05-20 – Jacksonville, FL – Sandy Edwards https://2017.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2017-08-21 – Austin – Sandi Batik https://2017.austin.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2017-11-11 – Orlando, FL – Sandy Edwards https://2017.orlando.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2018-03-17 – Miami, FL – Chris Christoff, Sandy Edwards, Sam Smith, Paul Champeau, Angelica Yarde, Andrew Wikel, Josh Pollock, David Wolfpaw, Adam Warner, Brian Richards, Chris Edwards, Beka Rice, Joe Howard, Dr Nancy Richmond, Peta Bisset https://2018.miami.wordcamp.org/kids/
- 2018-04-07 – Jacksonville, FL – Sandy Edwards https://2018.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2018-04-13 – London, UK – Mike Little, Tom Chute, Bernhard Kau, Fred Bradley, Mathieu Sarrasin, Jessica Lyschik, Mollie Pugh https://2018.london.wordcamp.org/2018/04/06/introducing-the-workshop-for-children-at-wordcamp-london-2018/
- 2018-04-14 – Atlanta, GA – Sandy Edwards https://2018.atlanta.wordcamp.org/schedule/
- 2018-05-26 – Calgary, Canada – Christina Workman – https://2018.calgary.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2018-07-22 – San Jose, Costa Rica – Roberto Remedios, Ana Maria Montero https://2018.sanjose.wordcamp.org/programa/kids-camp/
- 2018-11-24 – Harrare, Africa – Thelma Mutete – https://2018.harare.wordcamp.org/2018/11/17/the-wordcamp-juniors-workshop/
- 2018-11-10 – Orlando, FL – William Jackson, Aida Correa – https://www.krishna.me/wordcamp-ireland-in-kilkenny-has-its-own-kids-camp/
- 2019-03-07 – Nordic, Helsinki, Finland – Petya https://2019.nordic.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/wordpress-workshop-for-kids/
- 2019-04-06 – Raleigh, NC – Sandy Edwards, Patrik Seus https://2019.raleigh.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2019-05-11 – Calgary, Canada – Christina Workman https://2019.calgary.wordcamp.org/2019/03/19/kidscamp-is-back/
- 2019-06-29 – Jacksonville, Fl – William Jackson, Aida Correa https://2019.jacksonville.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
- 2019-07-20 – Boston, MA – Sandy Edwards, Jim Reevoir, and Elizabeth Desrosiers https://2019.boston.wordcamp.org/kidscamp/
More Kids Event Information
Kids programming with WordPress is here to provide a solid opportunity for minors to be included in the community. The programs offer events, workshops, and inclusion in the ever-growing WordPress community.
The community as a whole has always provided educational and networking events to further personal development. Kids Programming is no different.
Events focus on key skill sets such as public speaking, writing, networking, and communication. Children get to work with peers in exciting and fulfilling ways and leave the events with new friends. These friends often live in various places around the globe and create the opportunity for long-distance friendships fostered through technological resources.
For example, my son lives in Orlando and has friends in Tampa, Jacksonville and even out of state. He keeps in touch through Facebook Messenger or Slack.
The fact is our kids need a fun way to use real-world skills in a non-threatening environment. A place where they won’t be tested and where they can’t fail.
These programs offer just that. With over 40 different volunteers helping to foster this program across the globe it is becoming a WordPress community staple.
There is still much to do. Safety has to be our #1 priority when working with minors and that means keeping things pretty consistent. There is a group of amazing volunteers documenting the process of planning a kids event and class curriculum.
The team is working on checklists and curriculum to make it super easy for a meetup chapter or WordCamp to add a kids event or kids program to their offering.
The future for these programs is looking very bright. There is ever-growing interested in events, and more people wanting to be part of the kids’ event revolution.
You too can be a hero. We need more people to write, edit, translate and test these programs. No experience is necessary and you don’t have to love kids either. This initiative allows so many children from different backgrounds and walks of life to be included in a super caring community. We see kids whose parents are already in the community and also kids who otherwise would never know the community exists. Your time is going to help create the next generation of WordPress! To get involved or update this list of Heroes just email Kids@WordCamp.org.