This year we want to introduce a new concept at WordCamp Cape Town 2012 – The Happiness Bar.
What’s a Happiness Bar?
Happiness Bars are a staple of many WordCamps the world over and form a focal point for one-on-one interaction with WordPress experts. Staffed with volunteers committed to WordPress and giving back to the community, volunteers staff the bar, ready to help attendees with any questions they may have. It is a special activity, in and of itself, a microcosm of what WordCamps are all about and will be in full swing at WordCamp Cape Town. It’s a lot of fun and a great way to meet new people and show them how much you know (maybe they’ll hire you!).
How it works
The Happiness Bar is not a presentation, but is a big part of the event. It will be staffed by WordPress experts from various disciplines ready to field and answer your questions one-on-one. It will be staffed before the morning session starts, and during tea/coffee and lunch breaks.
Ask us any question – Tricky configuration questions? Plugin issues? Want to bring WordPress into your enterprise but wondering if it’ll fit? Bring your questions about scaling, design problems or anything else, and the Happiness Ambassadors will do whatever they can to help you out. Whatever the question, our friendly volunteers will make sure you leave with solutions.
What is a Happiness Ambassador?
One of the best things about WordCamps is of course the people! WordCamps have a diverse range of WordPress users who all have knowledge in different areas of WordPress. We’ll have themers, developers, copywriters, bloggers and photographers at the WordCamp, so what better way to share that knowledge than by volunteering for the Happiness Bar?
WooThemes developers, Jeff Pearce and Matty Cohen, and LightSpeed’s Barend Potgieter have already signed up as Happiness Ambassadors and we need more WordPress experts to join in the fun of helping others. If you’re better at answering questions than asking please come to the bar and help out!
You can sign up to be an official happiness ambassador on the volunteering page. Happiness Bar volunteers don’t get free attendance because it’s a fun and rewarding activity on it’s own. Sign up using the normal volunteer application, just make sure you check the “Happiness Bar” box. (of course normal volunteers are also encouraged to participate in the Happiness Bar!