That was FANTASTIC! Thank you everyone!

So, the first ever WordCamp in Nepal is officially over. It was a huge success. Over 130 WordPress enthusiasts attended this event. With 16 sessions in 2 separate halls, there was just so much information to grab. 🙂

The event started right at 10am and ended at 5pm, probably the first of its kind in Nepal, as promised! We don’t follow “nepali” time.

There was a surprise visit from Matt Mullenweg, co-founder of WordPress, in the opening remarks! Was it a surprise? 😉

Matt at WordCamp Nepal 2012

Philip Arthur Moore, from Automattic, also came to Nepal for this particular WordCamp, just for 48 hours. He gave a very informative 2 sessions on the approaches to Theme Development and contributing to WordPress core. Thanks Philip! We hope to see ya next time as well.

We had a delicious lunch! Plain nepali style! 🙂

I think overall, it was really a good event. As Matt said, WordCamps are casual events where you meet people which you will take along for the entire life. Its happening. All WordPresser’s who were working alone or in small groups and those who run blogs came together and shared a lot of information. I hope everyone learnt a lot from the sessions. I did.

At the end, we can’t thank enough for all our sponsors without whose support, organizing this could not have been possible. Without sponsors, the ticket prices would have been much much higher as well. And without Speakers, there would be no sessions! Thank you all the speakers for sharing so much valuable information. A big thank you to the Volunteers. Wow, it was such a flawless program. Kudos to the all the volunteers. And last but not the least, YOU! All of you who came to this first ever WordCamp in Nepal. It was amazing to see all of you. Thank you for attending! I hope everyone learnt a bit, shared a bit and got inspired a bit to do something from today.

Hope we will meet again soon. Till then, Namaste!

WordCamp Nepal attendees with Philip Arthur Moore from Automattic. Photo courtesy: Philip

* Photos by Sanam Maharjan, Avinash Kundaliya, Philip Arthur Moore.

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Super excited!

So all the speakers, sponsors and volunteers for WordCamp Nepal tomorrow (Nov 10) met for dinner today at Falcha. It was a great energy booster as we also met Philip Arthur Moore from Automattic! YuHoo! Everybody is super excited and I hope that we can successfully conduct this event tomorrow. Please do come in time. We start registration from 9am and We will be starting the sessions at 10am according to the schedule.

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Speaker Highlight: Kris Thapa

Kris Thapa has been developing websites since 2003. He works as the Lead Developer and CEO at Digital Max Solutions. In the last 4 years they have worked 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to provide emergency fixes and repairs for their client’s website built in WordPress. Thats the prime reason why they call themselves WP Ambulance!

Kris will be sharing his experiences about working as a WP Ambulance and what you will need to work as one. This is one niche market that you might want to target if you are thinking of providing WordPress related services!

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Speaker Highlight: Sakin Shrestha

Sakin Shrestha is the Founder of Catch Internet Pvt. Ltd. the company building World Class WordPress Sites and Products such as Catch Themes and Devote Press. He is been hacking into WordPress since last 5 years. When you don’t find him working on WordPress, then you will find him blogging, reviewing themes, taking photographs, traveling or playing the Guitar.

Sakin is our WordPress Security Expert. He will be talking exclusively on how to make your WordPress website secure. If you think that WordPress is not a secure platform, you should not miss this talk. There is no magic but you can take just few steps to make your site hack free. You could be searching hours to understand the basics of website security. Sakin will present that to you in 20 mins!

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Speaker Highlight: Sanjip Shah

Sanjip Shah is a WordPress Developer and Enthusiast. He is a Computer Engineer by qualification. It was at Catch Themes when he fell in love with WordPress. What he like the most about WordPress is its hooks, filters and easy customization. He is one of the core contributers at Catch Themes and on free time he write articles about WordPress on Devote Press or playing Warcraft DOTA!.

He will be talking about how to make the WordPress theme translation ready by using the available Internationalization and localization WordPress functions. He will extract all the translatable message using appropriate software, write translation and create language files and use these file to have the WordPress theme in another language. So, he will be telling all the process to to make the theme available in another language.

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WordCamp Nepal Tickets SOLD OUT

So, the first batch of the WordCamp Nepal 2012 Tickets are sold out. Did you miss to register? If you did, please wait. We will be rechecking the tickets and see if we have some extra seats. It won’t be many though, so if you knew about this late and wanted to get into the event, watch out for the news on the site. Thanks everyone who purchased the tickets early!

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Speaker Highlight: Chandra Prakash Thapa

Chandra Prakash Thapa is the Project Manager of E-port International, a software company where he develops WordPress theme framework for media publishers. Prior to this, Thapa was the founder of Micro Electrosoft, a digital board manufacturing company.

Chandra is presenting WordPress Multisite, network of websites. He will guide you how to setup and manage your own network of sites from single WordPress installation and what plugin to use to extend.

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Nhuja Concepts to sponsor WordCamp Nepal

Nhuja Concepts is a tiny company that experiments with small ideas on the web. Since its inception in 2008, it has been working on many. Simplicity, Clean, Minimalism is the key word for this company. Whether its creating a greater experience on the web, or creating minimalist WordPress themes that is highly demanding, Nhuja Concepts, sole goal is to provide better and unique user experience for the web users.

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Vianet to Internet Partner WordCamp Nepal

Vianet Communications provides high speed Internet connectivity and communications solutions for business and individuals in Kathmandu Valley. Established in 1999, Vianet Communications has always remained at forefront in providing reliable and affordable Broadband Internet Services.

Vianet Communications was a pioneer in introducing affordable Wireless Broadband Internet to the customers in 2001, when Broadband Internet was available only via costly and low speed leased-lines.

Recently, Vianet Communications has deployed city wide state-of-the-art fiber based access network on Industry Standard, GEPON (Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network) technology, which has enabled us to take Broadband speeds to the next level and make it available and affordable to the residential customers as well.

Vianet Communications aims to be the service provider that makes Future Broadband dream a reality today.

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Speaker Highlight: Utsav Singh Rathour

Utsav Singh Rathour is a WordPress enthusiast and a developer by passion. He bumped over WordPress some 5 years ago but let it go back then. Until he fell for it again 3 years back and since than the love has only grown. Working as senior PHP developer, he works on WordPress whenever free and keeps himself updated. He is the CEO of Code Pixelz Media and blogs at his site
for which he tweets as @codepixelzmedia while his personal twit address is @rathour

In the first ever WordCamp in Nepal, He will be talking about WordPress’s brilliant feature MultiSite as When and where can it be used and what actually is WordPress MultiSite.

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