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Goodbye WordCamp Nepal and Hello, WordCamp Kathmandu

On my visit to WordCamp US Philadelphia 2015, I got to meet Andrea Middleton. We had a conversation on the recent WordCamp Nepal. It had just finished then and I was the lead organizer so her inquisitiveness was understandable. In the course of our chat, I specifically remember her suggesting me that WordCamp Kathmandu should be a thing. It was something I had always dreamed of. But then, it seemed as something farfetched.

On a recent Slack chat with Cami Kaos, community organizer from Automattic, I was made aware that WordCamp Central has decided WordCamps are to be organized on the basis of cities. So now, not only WordCamp Kathmandu is happening, but I also get to be its very first lead organizer. That has to go down in the history books. Laughs.

No doubt I was stoked to learn that. From my perspective, it is a great decision and at first, it did seem a bit implausible. However, WordCamp Kathmandu does not mean scraping everything WordCamp Nepal stands for. Instead, it was for a bigger and better future for WordPress in Nepal. It is just to provide opportunities for other cities where the WordPress community is small but striving.

I aim to use the experiences I have gained from the previous WordCamps I have organized as well as visited. WordCamp Kathmandu is a new event but everyone is encouraged to join. Communities no matter how small from various cities of Nepal should take an initiative to organize their local WordCamps. I would be more than happy to share my knowledge and experiences with them.The community will get stronger if we all work towards its betterment.

The decision of WordCamps to be city-based instead of country-based has not been made public as of yet by WordCamp Central. I will be updating you of any new developments. For  more descriptive information, read an article on DevotePress.

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Author: sakinshrestha

Hello. My name is Sakin Shrestha, and I am a technology entrepreneur from Nepal. I am passionate about helping this sector grow, for many reasons. The technology sector creates jobs for many young Nepalis who would otherwise migrate to foreign countries. It lets Nepali professionals develop skills for a fast-changing global workplace, and compete at a high level with anyone, anywhere in the world. If it grows, it will provide a viable career option for many young Nepalis, and help us reap the benefits of a global economy.

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