If it’s true that an event is only as good as the volunteers, then WordCamp Austin must have been phenomenal!
Our small army of folks started arriving at 7:00 am to help get everything set up and ready for registration. Shirts and name badges were already prepped and ready to go thanks to the dedicated work of a number of people a few days before, so it was easy work to lay everything out. Others helped hang signs and banners, put out beverages, set up electrical cords and tables in the classrooms (we made sure everyone could plug in!), and lay out our sponsor swag.
And then off we went!
Throughout the day it was difficult to find anything that needed to be done, because the volunteers took charge of every tiny detail and made sure things ran like clockwork.
- We need recycling containers? Done.
- Speaker release forms? Done.
- Presentation introductions and surveys? Done.
- Happiness bar assistance? Done, done, done.
It was fantastic to see how many people took the initiative and got the job done – even if it was a task we had never anticipated beforehand!
At the end of the day, the volunteers moved back in like a swarm of fire ants and magically, in minutes everything was back in its place, thrown away or loaded back into vehicles… as if we had never been there at all!
The truth be told, the whole event seemed to run effortlessly, but only because so many people worked so hard behind the scenes.
The beauty of WordPress is the community, and in Austin, our WordCamp volunteers proved that community is the backbone of everything we do.
WordCamp Austin Blue Ribbon Volunteers:
From the Organizing Committee, and on behalf of all of our attendees:
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!