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Happy 15th birthday WordPress! #WP15

Happy Birthday WordPress!

The Kuala Lumpur WordPress Meetup Group (WPKL) threw a birthday party for WordPress’ 15th anniversary. Sam, Rindy and I put a lot of effort into planning and organizing the party, and I’m just so happy that it turned out great 😊

In the beginning, we bounced around ideas of making the party a paid event to ensure attendance. Our previous meetups always only had 40-50% attendance rate. But a fee would have been a turn off, so we needed a better plan…

I was definitely going to sponsor, and I posted our tentative plans to our Facebook group. I also asked if anyone else would be willing to sponsor. Amazingly, 3 other members immediately pledged to sponsor.

We were still short of the amount budgeted, but luckily I had an idea and reached out to some old contacts. Amanz Media agreed to chip in as well, and Mindblow agreed to donate their old review units to be given away as lucky draw prizes.

Finally, we decided to print some t-shirts for the event. Sales of the t-shirts would also go towards funding the party, and would qualify buyers for the lucky draw.

Now we had a party! Thanks to the generous sponsorships, we could make it a free event. And because we had some awesome prizes to give away, we could ensure a pretty good attendance. Thanks also to Exabytes who offered to host the party without hesitation at their awesome Easy Space.

Thank you sponsors ❤️

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LiewCF
Chan MKong a.k.a. MK
Suraya Zainuddin
Suzaidee a.k.a. Dee

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WordCamp Kuala Lumpur 2017

WordCamp KL took place this past 25 November at Royale Chulan Bukit Bintang. It was a long 7 year wait for the official WordCamp to return to Malaysia, so I was eagerly anticipating the event.

Between the first WordCamp and this one, anyone could have organized another WordCamp. Unfortunately our local WordPress community appears to be very scattered and isn’t actively meeting up. I regret not taking a more active role too.

So you might expect that this WordCamp be a rather small and muted affair. In fact, this WordCamp was pretty big. 16 speakers, 14 talks and almost 200 delegates from 10 countries around the region. Hats off to the organizers, especially Sam Suresh for making it all happen in the first place.

We filled up the grand ballroom

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I had a small part to play in helping secure the venue for this year’s WordPress party at SXSW 2012. I won’t be able to attend in person, but I’m glad that I could contribute to the the WordPress community in a small way 🙂

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