As the CoVid-19 pandemic continues to grow, more and more WordCamps worldwide are canceled.
The effects of the CoVid-19 pandemic are now spreading into the WordPress ecosystem.
As a consequence WordCamps are being anceled in increasing numbers.
As early as in February 2020 WordCamp Asia 2020 was canceled due to the severe spread of CoVid-19 in Asia at the time.
On wordpress.org Wednesday, March 4 2020 WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden said that because of the severity of the CoVid-19 pandemic WordCamp travel should be reduced to a minimum.
We should do our part, as members of a highly connected global community, to limit the spread of the virus while there are still so many unknowns.
Over the next few months, we encourage you to keep WordCamp travel to a minimum.Josepha Haden, wordpress.org
WordCamp cancellations are spreading
The CoVid-19 pandemic is now causing massive cancellations of WordCamps in several parts of the world.
Below is a list of some of the canceled WordCamps:
WordCamp 2020 March 21, 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland is canceled.
WordCamp Retreat 2020 April 30 to May 3, 2020 in Soltau, Germany is also canceled.
Organizers have canceled WordCamp DC March 27-29, 2020 in Washington DC, USA.
Registered participants are cancelling
The number of registered participants cancelling their registration for a WordCamp event is also increasing.
Some major contributors to WordPress are now canceling their participation.
WordPress security software company WordFence and WordPress hosting company GoDaddy have together with other WordPress companies chosen to cancel their employees registrations.
WordCamps are organized in many countries around the world.
WordCamp is the WordPress community’s get-together where workshops, lectures and social events are organized for anyone interested.
Larger WordCamps are organized at a regional level.
WordCamp Europe is a regional (European) venue in Porto, Portugal on June 4-6, 2020.
Although WordCamps are canceled spreading in increasing numbers, efforts to make at least some of the events available, for example through live streams some of the ‘big’ events at WordCamp are being made.
Following the cancellation of WordCamp Asia 2020, a pop-up livestream featuring Matt Mullenweg and others was quickly arranged.
WordPress Community Leadership Andrea Middleton tweeted for ideas to develop a livestream infrastructure that could secure WordCamp it’s – if nothing else – virtual survival in the Coronavirus era.
Her tweet immidiately raised fear for the future of actual physically present WordCamps: