“WordPress is about democratizing publishing, removing barriers to getting your words on the web. There’s a cool effort underway right now to remove some barriers that people from groups underrepresented in tech might face when becoming a WordCamp speaker. Automattic is supporting this by sponsoring Jill Binder’s work on the WordPress Diverse Speakers Training Group.
I would love to see the WordPress contributor base become more diverse, and training people from marginalized communities to speak at WordCamps is a great way to help that along. Check out that effort if you’d like to get involved.” Matt Mullenweg wrote on 19th June 2019.
“Want to See a More Diverse WordPress Contributor Community? So Do We! More diverse speakers at WordCamps mean a more diverse community contributing to WordPress — and that results in better software for everyone. “- Andrea Middleton
The mission of WordPress is to democratize publishing: to make it possible for anyone — no matter their background, location, or identity — to bring their ideas to life on the internet. This mission inspires thousands of volunteers all over the world to contribute to the WordPress open source project, building and supporting the software that makes this possible.
But as in most technology organizations, the people who work on WordPress aren’t always representative of all the people who use WordPress. The majority of WordPress core developers, conference speakers, and other volunteers are young men. That’s where the WordPress Diverse Speaker Training Working Group comes in.
Breaking Down Barriers
A group of WordPress community organizers and volunteers, led by freelance developer Jill Binder, is working to change this. They’ve developed a workshop that trains women and other people from traditionally underrepresented groups in technology who’d like to present at conferences and WordCamps. These training events are organized by local WordPress meetup groups and are always completely free of charge.
The workshops help attendees address some of the common barriers and fears underrepresented people have around public speaking: “I don’t know what I could speak about.” “I’m not an expert.” “I don’t know how to write a proposal.” “I don’t know how to create a presentation.” “I don’t have any experience speaking in front of groups.”
In 2018, the group supported and advised 55 WordPress communities in 26 different countries. New speakers were trained in 12 different WordPress meetup groups in the US, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, and Venezuela.
All of the communities that held this workshop experienced a real change in the speaker roster for their annual conferences; many of their WordCamps went from having 10% women speakers to having 50% or more women speakers in less than a year. In 2017, Seattle had 60% women speakers and in 2018, Vancouver had 63%.
Speaking at WordCamps is a consistent path to leadership in the WordPress community, so having more diverse speakers directly supports the goal of more diverse leadership in the WordPress open source project. WordCamps are where many WordPress enthusiasts choose to become professionals. When more people see speakers like them on stage and feel welcome in the community, a more diverse group of people participate in the WordPress project.
When WordPress events are more diverse, the WordPress project gets more diverse — which makes WordPress better for more people.
Watch this inspiring video by Jill Binder:
Help Us Grow This Work
Jill kicked off the Diverse Speaker Training Working Group at the beginning of 2018, and dedicated a year to it training facilitators and supporting organizers as an unpaid volunteer.
This year, Automattic has signed on as a 50% sponsor of Jill Binder’s diverse speaker outreach and training work. Her work is already making a noticeable impact on the WordPress project, and we want to make this training as accessible as possible to WordCamps globally. Like anything worth doing, this is a marathon and not a sprint — it’ll take time to see a more diverse contributor pool — but we’re dedicated to making sure this necessary groundwork happens.
Would you like to help foster diversity across the WordPress project? Automattic invites interested partners to pick up the other 50% of this project’s costs. Get in touch with Jill today!
Who is Jill Binder
She is leading the Diverse Speaker Training group in the WordPress.org Community Team with a 50% sponsorship from Automattic. They have a 4-hour workshop that encourages folks from underrepresented groups to speak at WordPress events.
WordCamps typically start at 10% or fewer speakers of underrepresented groups, and within months of running the workshop, most have 50% or more diverse speakers! Find out more about this exceptional fellow WordPress enthusiast at her website jillbinder.com
Ideadeco team celebrates 20 years of making ideas happen all over the world. Thank you all for your trust and support throughout our journey. We started as a group of 4 people and today 279.000 people are following our digital steps.
We are celebrating the smiles, the fights, the awards, the disasters, the dreams, the accomplishments, the clients that have become friends. We are celebrating the joy of life! We are celebrating our team!
At IDEADECO, we believe there is a better way to work and create. We prefer to focus on ethics, passion and the mission of each case. We like ideas that make this world a better place for us and for the next generations. Profit is only one of the factors that define which accounts we choose to work with.
Because we pay attention, we give our energy and time for every single project as if it was our own digital property. We want to make a difference not only for the customer’s benefit but also for our own development. We value life and meaningful relationships more than just great financial reports.
We hear. We interact. We grow with you. We know when to say no. We own our mistakes. We prefer to have a more valuable, less invasive way of communicating with the people that trust us to develop their ideas.
We have earned our experience through hard work and continuous effort rather than bought the best results. With slow, steady, solid steps we build evergreen trustworthiness for the brands that want to lead society.
We’re passionate about our work. Our mission is to establish a brand’s value to the top. We help people and companies to achieve digital marketing excellence. We focus on Content Marketing, Digital Copywriting, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Social Media Marketing.
We make the journey of digital reputation smooth and remarkable. Although the science of SEO is one of the most challenging and demanding aspects of great digital marketing, we see it as the foundation of business growth.
We make ideas happen for you
We are Digital Architects & Strategists that make Ideas happen in the digital world. We are ready to provide our services only if you are willing to thrive.
But today we are celebrating. Happy birthday, Ideadeco!
A big thank you note
Back in 2014, our Newsletter mailing list had only 100 subscribers. Today more than 20.000 people are receiving our news into their inbox. Thank you for sharing our words with your friends.
You have been my inspiration and motivation!
Ideadeco 20 Years Birthday Party
Surround yourself with uplifting, positive, creative people and you will be happy everyday! Cheers to our next 20 years!
Join our Business Blogging Workshop in Athens on Saturday 28 March 2020 and learn how you can thrive in your content creation journey.
After 2 years of intense and premium Business Blogging Workshops in 12 different cities all over the world, we are thrilled to announce our next Workshop in Athens. In the most beautiful neighborhood of Athens, our lovely Plaka.
Dare to dream big and dare bigger! Our Business Blogging Workshop is the living proof that everything is doable when people are determined to work towards a certain goal.
Two years ago the Masterclass Business Blogging Workshops series were just an idea and a future project. Now we have complete 12 Blogging Workshops tailored to the needs of each group. The last one took place in Paris and the previous one was in New York.
I am Areti Vassou and into business blogging and SEO strategy for more than 20 years. I have been into your shoes, wondering how to use my experience & skills to empower my brand.
Our Business Blogging Workshop in Athens covers one main need. How to improve the message you are sending to the world through your digital assets and content. Four major pillars are forming how we put our mark on the map.
- Aesthetics [is what makes our professional branding clear]
- Search Engine Optimization Content [is what makes our content creation have a specific message and goal]
- Technical SEO [is what keeps your website alive]
- Personal Branding [is the cornerstone of your business]
Business Blogging Workshops
SEO Content with Areti Vassou
Dive in the world of professional SEO content for your own blog. Learn how to create the best possible content towards your business goals.
Areti is the Digital Strategy Director in the company IDEADECO. Make Ideas Happen @ Digital Copywriting, Social Media Strategy, Digital Marketing, SEO, SEM, Web Design, Email & Content Marketing.
At IDEADECO, we believe there is a better way to practice digital marketing. We prefer to focus on ethics, passion and the vision of each case. We like ideas that make this world a better place for us and for the next generations. Feel free to learn more about us in this article: IDEADECO STORY.
Who else will guide you in this 8 hours Workshop? Get all the information you want here: Business Blogging Workshop
Are you ready to join us?
Our Business Blogging Workshops are designed to satisfy the most demanding professional bloggers in the world. After you apply to contact our team, you will receive a questionary and a 1:1 interview will follow.
In our workshops are accepted high-end bloggers with an authentic voice and only if they cover certain requirements. At the moment newbie bloggers are not accepted.
Note: Workshop in Athens is in Greek language.
Apply to attend one of our Business Blogging Workshops only if you :
- Own a blog for at least 1 year
- Publish new content at least 2 times/month
- You understand what SEO means
- You are familiar with the term Content Marketing Strategy
- You have goals and want to earn your living through blogging services
- You are creating your own content
- You spend at least 15 hours/week on your blog
- Own branded social media channels
- You have an active LinkedIn account
- You have an active Facebook business page
- You have an active Instagram business account
- You have an active Pinterest business account
- You really want to improve in the blogging arena!
Announcement: 26 March 2020 is the last day of the registration for our Business Blogging Workshops in Athens. Our workshops are designed to satisfy the most demanding professional bloggers in the world. After you apply to contact our team, you will receive a questionnaire and a 1:1 interview will follow.
We understand your concern about the Novel Coronavirus issue. This announcement will provide up to date information from the #WCASIA organizing team.
Last updated on 6 February 2020
Status: The Organizing Team is continuing WordCamp Asia as planned.
To ensure transparency on their part, the organizing team would like to share the criteria that they will be using in their decision on whether to postpone WordCamp Asia 2020 to a later date.
If ANY of the following occur, they will strongly consider postponing WordCamp Asia 2020:
- International travel restrictions are imposed that significantly affect a large proportion of attendees.
- They are requested to postpone the event by the Thai Ministry of Public Health.
- The Thai government places relevant restrictions on public spaces or events in Bangkok.
6 February 2020:
Preparations for WordCamp Asia are underway and they have no plans at this time to postpone the event.
They have discussed WordCamp Asia with the Thai Ministry of Public Health and the World Health Organization. The Director-General of the Thai Department of Disease Control has reviewed plans for the event and stated that he sees no reason at this time to postpone. He went on to suggest a set of precautions that the Organizing Team will be implementing and posting in detail soon.
4 February 2020:
At the moment, all of their preparations for WordCamp Asia are continuing as per normal. Attendees’ safety is their main priority and they have been working directly with Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health to ensure a safe event for all attendees.
27 January 2020:
As you may have seen on the news, a new strain of the respiratory virus was detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. There are 8 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Thailand. 3 of the infected are being treated and 5 have already recovered and gone home.
The organizing team is closely monitoring the situation and will do what they can to make sure that WordCamp Asia is safe for everyone.
They will make new updates and travel pre-cautions when they have new developments and more information. You may consult your local government on travel & health advisory.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact WCAsia here.
At Crikos they host stories of people from all over the world! Their vision is to show everyone’s positive side and to inspire everyone to give and do more. They create a positive chain reaction and reshape the way we see life.
Maryam Rezaei gave me the opportunity to share my life’s story. I am more than grateful for this unique experience.
It comes a point in life where you have to stop and take a breath. To look back and value the journey. This interview helped me understand that in some cases sharing needs more courage than doing. – Areti Vassou
The Lionhearted courageous woman racing for time since she was born…yet she has achieved enough to last for several lifetimes!
Some stories are just beyond words…beyond perception! Trying to listen to them tell their story is an almost impossible task, as every sentence is a gold mine…every sentence is a whole book to read about! The story you are about to read is of a woman whom I thought I knew but believe neither me nor will you ever possibly begin to comprehend… to understand how it was and is to live in her shoes.
Her name is Areti Vassou and it is a great pleasure to call her our new Crikos Ambassador! She is a woman that slips under the radar, a woman extremely humble, genius, thoughtful and generous in every way possible, an expert in so many fields, a lionhearted courageous compassionate woman! A woman who calls herself “stowaway of life”…
It will be very hard for me to try to give you the essence of this woman in only one page… but I will do my best. Areti Vassou was born in Germany in the early ’70s only under 23weeks old. The doctors gave her parents no chance of living, as back then they would leave infants that young to die of hunger because they were considered a lost cause. It is very different to read about it than to see a picture of such a young baby… believe me, I did after our talk and I burst into tears trying to imagine what she has been through from day one.
Luckily for her and for all of us that know her, despite the objections of the hospital, her doctor actually decided to give her a chance to live! And after 3 and a half months of her stay in the infant incubator, with many health problems, her doctor delivering her to her parents, told them that she will be lucky to live until her 10 year of age and most definitely without being able to talk, walk and would be mentally handicapped.
Areti living with this notion from day one has lived her every single day knowing that there may not be a tomorrow! And you would argue that we all might not be here any split second but it is completely a different story when from day one you are reminded that you are not going to live…to live half of your life in the hospital till 6th grade…to be treated by her parents and everybody like: “let her be as she will not be here for long”…!
So now meet the real Areti Vassou; A woman who has been saying to herself from as long as she remembers: “Areti you don’t have the skills or physical strengths to do it, but who cares, just go for it, you have nothing to lose”!!! A woman who believed the only barrier is our minds and our belief of what we can and can’t do! Ok, so if I were to write down all the things she has achieved to this day I would need dozens of pages…so here it is in very short.
In elementary and by accident she found herself solving a math problem of her sister in 6grade and the teacher noticed it, only to find that she is a gifted child and has one of the highest IQs in the world! At 12 years of age, she started coding as a hobby only to work in Google and Apple later (I will explain later on). 16 years old, hanging out at her sister’s college, she was recognized by the teachers there for her exceptional talent in philosophy and she received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy without having finished school!!!
She also received a scholarship through her sister’s college to many European colleges as an invited student in their summer courses and with an exceptional score, one of the universities being Harvard. With extremely difficult health issues, she was a great athlete in weight lifting and boxing with 3rd place in the weight lifting European games and if it wasn’t for her knee accident she would have taken part in the Olympics. She has studied graphic design, interior architecture, psychology, history of art, coding, music, mathematics, digital marketing, web design.
She has traveled ALL over the world except 3 countries: New Zealand, Australia, and North Korea before she hit 30. As an artist, she has exhibited her paintings in the most famous galleries in the world. Has published two books on poetry that have traveled all over the world. Speaks 6 languages. She has received many international awards for her work.
She had the privilege to work next to Steve Jobs in her early twenties and later to live the Google making experience during their first years. And all this and so much more with severe lung problems from birth where it literally keeps her from doing what is considered to most of us as “de facto”.
But also having survived cancer plus having inherited two difficult autoimmune health issues she says with enthusiasm of a child: “I wake up every morning saying, OH YES I AM HERE…I AM HERE”!!! Truly breathe taking seeing such courage beyond words…!
In 2000, and after spending 70% of her time in the US and only 30% in her home country while meeting the love of her life, she decided to move permanently back to Greece and work remotely. She established her own company, Ideadeco, which then provided services blended from all the things she loved, marketing, web design, and interior design. Today they provide digital marketing strategy, SEO & content creation, and business blogging services.
As if all that she has done wasn’t enough, Areti does a lot of volunteering work too! She has helped many people who were affected hugely by the big fire in Mati, to find jobs and to get back on their feet. Since 2018, she supports refugees to build their lives in Greece, by empowering their digital skills via Social Hackers Academy. But also she helps senior people to learn to communicate with their loved ones through technology and by supporting many families in every way she can.
Areti Vassou is unique in every way… I was sitting across her trying not to be shocked and show my sentimentality while she was telling me “I haven’t done much and I am not sure if my story deserves to be heard”!!! Seriously she is extremely humble and self-suffice, not wanting to capture the lights…but what she doesn’t see is that she doesn’t need any lights since she is THE LIGHT herself!
There are so many Destination Videographers in Greece that is really difficult to find the best fit for any project. After my latest experience while organizing a Destination Videography project in Santorini, here are my tips.
Firstly, search for local Destination Videographers. That will help you minimize the cost of paying huge extra fees in accommodation, insurance and transportation.
Secondly, locals know their area better than anyone else. Even the best Destination Videographer could never be able to get familiar with a location within 24 hours. Trust the local Pros… they know how to play ball in their playground!
In most cases, a local Destination Videographer can provide solutions in technical issues that go beyond your imagination. Have you ever tried to relocated a well-planned project into a new location at the last minute? Well, I have… and if it have the help from local Pros it would have been a disaster.
Top Destination Videographer
Find the perfect location and then look for the local Pros. This is how I met Alex Stabasopoulos – Destination Videographer. For I was looking for a Destination Videographer for a private seminar in Santorini.
Typing the exact words: destination + videographer + Santorini, his name and website were between the first 4 results. Of course, I clicked and start surfing into his website. This was the video that made me pick up the phone and call him.
It won me over with its high aesthetics, excellent quality and the artistic sensibility.
“Beauty is a personal affair. Creating it, is your own piece of art. The bet for Alex Stabasopoulos Cinematography is to put its essence in a video of such artistic quality and style, that will be capable of appealing to the matching target group.“
Video info: In Morocco, Mairi Mparola with her lovely wedding dresses, Konstantinos & Peter Sofikitis and Alex Stabasopoulos with his cameras and directorial touch, invites our senses into a magical journey.
Who is Alex Stabasopoulos
Alex Stabasopoulos is a Destination Videographer, specialized in Wedding Videography in Greece.
Focusing on your personal love story, Alex Stabasopoulos is inspired by the enchanting Greek colors, sounds, and scents. Combining these together he creates the film of your special, beautiful moments!
First of all, being for many years a qualified videographer, he owns a variety of specialized skills as well as the appropriate technical equipment for unique wedding videos. Furthermore, his anthropocentric model of work is the guarantee you seek. Finally, his aesthetic quality is based on the simplicity of beauty and the seductive power of real emotions.
He adores Greece and making unforgettable films. The beauty of Greek islands and the Aegean blue, the gold of the Ionian coastline and the magnificent Greek sunlight are the sources of his inspiration.
Is there a soul on earth that wouldn’t agree with him?
This is not a sponsored post. We love to share our experiences and the inspiring stories of great professionals.
On May 16-17 WordCamp Athens 2020 is opening its doors to welcome everyone at Athinais Cultural Center. Athinais is located in the Votanikos area, at 34-36 Kastoria Street.
The entire day will be filled with a variety of networking activities, presentations and workshops. This year’s schedule will be equally divided between the ground floor spaces, specifically in the Silk Rooms, Music Stage, Attic and the Museum area.
Open your calendars and save the dates 16 & 17 May 2020 for WordCamp Athens #WCATH2020
Athinais Cultural Center
Athinais Cultural Center has been established as one of the top modern cultural centers in Greece. It stands out for its innovative design, advanced audiovisual equipment, excellent telecommunications infrastructure and unparalleled quality of services.
The venue often hosts business conferences, corporate presentations, scientific workshops and commercial fairs, as well as a wide range of social events. Read more about the venue and how you can reach Athinais in here.
WordPress Greek Community
WordPress Greek Community is organizing the WordCamp Athens for the fourth time. Rumor has it, that once again they will have many surprises to share with us!
WordCamps are organized by volunteers, members of the WordPress Greek Community. WordCamps are suitable for anyone that works with WordPress, at any level of experience and knowledge.
WordCamp Athens 2020
WordCamp Athens 2020 mission goes beyond the scope of an ordinary Conference. They aim high and their goal is to become once again the Technology Conference that pushes forward the WordPress culture and technology.
WordCamp Athens’s organizing team is aiming to spread knowledge, networking growth, new skills and lots of happy smiles. The conference schedule will be filled with interesting presentations and workshops, in addition to all the other activities.
Bangkok, Thailand, January 2020: In less than a month, around 1,400 WordPress enthusiasts from all over the world will meet at WordCamp Asia 2020. The first flagship WordCamp for Asia is scheduled to be held on February 21-23 at TRUE ICON HALL @ ICONSIAM, Bangkok, Thailand.
The tickets for WordCamp Asia 2020 were completely sold out in December 2019, but due to the high demand from the community, an additional batch of micro sponsor ticket was released on January 11, 2020. This last batch was sold out in less than 15 minutes, which indicates the community’s huge interest and excitement for this WordCamp.
The contributor day free ticket registration was first released on January 9, 2020. It was also sold out in just a little under 15 minutes! To cope with the demand, an additional batch of tickets for Contributor Day was released on January 23, 2020. The last batch of contributor day tickets will be released on January 30, at 22:00 Bangkok time.
WordCamp Asia 2020 Schedule
The schedule for WordCamp Asia was released on January 13. While typically WordCamps put Contributor Day on the last day, WordCamp Asia will instead start off with Contributor Day on February 21, 2020, followed by two days of conference on February 22 and 23, 2020 and then ends with an After Party at LHONG 1919.
There are 40 talks, 11 lightning talks, a panel discussion, and the most awaited session, a keynote talk from Matt Mullenweg, the co-founder of WordPress.
Aside from the talks, attendees can also experience WordCamp Asia through other activities that the organisers have prepared, such as:
KidsCamp is an activity aimed for children where they will learn how to use WordPress to create websites and other cool things.
The organisers are hoping that this activity can help to nurture the next generation of WordPress contributors. Attendees can visit the Community Bazaar and sponsor booths, or engage in themed discussions with other attendees in Tribe Meetups.
“I can’t wait to see Asian WordPress community makes new connections and transforms their ideas at WordCamp Asia!” – Global Lead Organiser, Naoko Takano.
WordCamp Asia has also received tremendous support from the generous sponsors as the sponsorship target is achieved. However, since the focus for WordCamp Asia was never just about hitting a monetary target – but to ensure that as many WordPress related businesses could have a physical presence and interact with the Asian crowd, the sponsorship application will stay open until 31 January 2020.
Wapuu fans would be delighted to know that they can purchase a limited-edition WordCamp Asia plush Wapuu toy at the event! Various swags can also be pre-ordered online with a 10% discount and free shipping until 31 Jan 2020, to be picked up on the event.
WordCamp Asia has created an avenue for the members of the WordPress community in Asia to meet with WordPress contributors from other parts of the world. It also provides a good opportunity for a lot of people who have never visited Asia before to come and experience Asia for the first time.
It is an exciting moment for everyone, including the organisers!
“We are really excited to be the host city of the first flagship WordCamp in Asia! Looking forward to greeting you all in Bangkok next month!” – WordCamp Local Lead Organiser, Nok Pantip T.
WordCamp Asia 2020 is ready to host hundreds of WordPress enthusiasts from Asia and around the world. So, are you ready?
Note: Tickets for WordCamp Asia are sold out! Please follow the hashtags #WCAsiaTickets on social media to look for tickets exchange and/or transfer.
Press Contact: Devin Maeztri, email@example.com
About WordCamp Asia 2020
WordCamps are informal, community-organised events that are organized by WordPress users. WordCamp Asia 2020 event is organized by WordPress community in Asia.
The organisers were recruited in April 2019 and they had their first
online meeting in May 2019. The majority of the organisers have been involved in local WordCamps as a lead organiser or team members.
WordCamp Asia social media platforms were launched in June 2019 and the teaser site was live in July 2019. The official hashtag for this event is #WCAsia.
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February is one of my favorite months of the year. It is in the heart of Winter but has some glow of Spring, at least here in Athens, Greece. Temperatures average about 50 to 55°F (11 to 14°C) with lows reaching 45°F (7°C) at night.
Something is coming over me and want to travel further to a new destination. At the moment my airplane ticket is set for Paris for our next Business Blogging Workshop.
Always remember to fall asleep with a dream and wake up with a purpose!
February in Athens
Especially late February with the temperatures warming up slightly, Athens is a magical destination. Most hotels have friendlier prices and there are countless activities & events to attend, due to the Carnival season.
To be honest, I love to take long walks in the city, visiting museums and art galleries. They are less crowded and I can enjoy my tea while listening to music.
It’s in my nature to spend some alone time at least twice a week but lately, I have been under a solitude mood. Part of me wants to retreat to a remote house without internet and sit next to the fireplace, reading a book. Wishful thinking…
Being a professional Digital Marketing Strategist & Copywriter requires to be on line for almost 6-8 hours everyday. So I try to enjoy as many breaks as possible within my city and my daily working schedule.
My top venue in Athens is Acropolis & Acropolis Museum. It’s always inspiring to walk next to the Parthenon or the Theatre of Dionysus.
My next best places are the National Archaeological Museum, the Zappeio and the Museum of Cycladic Art. If you are a party person, then you will love all the Carnival festivities and the vivid Athenian nightlife.
Parties are not my cup of tea, but dining out with good friends is much more of my liking. You could easily say that I am an old fashioned kind of person that finds joy in great conversations and excellent wine. Golden food for my soul is way more important than any super glam party.
February is the perfect month to find your personal life & work balance. The cold is sweet and the daily routine puts you in a thinking process clearing the unnecessary noise. Athens has this magical power to make you evaluate the quality of life. If you ever find yourself in Athens during February, mark my words. This city will change you forever!
Enjoy Athens like a Local
Are you a first time visitor in Athens? No worries! This group will help you discover the hidden beauty of Athens like a local.
What do Athenians do in their spare time? How do they balance their careers and personal lives? When and where do they go out? A community of savvy Athenians will answer all your questions and help you navigate the city. People of diverse backgrounds offer their personal perspective on what makes Athens so irresistible and unique.
Thousands visit Athens every day, but few get the chance to experience Athens like a local. Meet this community of locals and follow in their footsteps, discovering hidden treasures and places of interest.
Choose a themed walk with a local and learn more about each other, as well as getting to know Athens as an insider. Experience the real Athenian lifestyle and explore the places you won’t find in any tourist guides.
February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, with 28 days in common years and 29 days in leap years, with the quadrennial 29th day being called the leap day.
February is the third and last month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the third and last month of summer (the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere, in meteorological reckoning).
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa held on February 15 (full moon) in the old lunar Roman calendar.
January and February were the last two months to be added to the Roman calendar since the Romans originally considered winter a monthless period. They were added by Numa Pompilius about 713 BC. February remained the last month of the calendar year until the time of the decemvirs (c. 450 BC) when it became the second month. (Thank you Wikipedia)
Celebrations in February
I found the following fixed February celebration in Wikipedia and some of them was totally a surprise for me. We are never too old to learn something new, right?
- February 1
- Abolition of Slavery Day (Mauritius)
- Air Force Day (Nicaragua)
- Federal Territory Day (Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya, Malaysia)
- Heroes’ Day (Rwanda)
- Imbolc (Ireland, Scotland, Isle of Man, and some Neopagan groups in the Northern hemisphere)
- Lammas (some Neopagan groups in the Southern hemisphere)
- Memorial Day of the Republic (Hungary)
- National Freedom Day (United States)
- World Hijab Day
- February 2
- Anniversary of Treaty of Tartu (Estonia)
- Constitution Day (Philippines)
- Day of Youth (Azerbaijan)
- Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (or Candlemas) (Western Christianity), and its related observances:
- A quarter day in the Christian calendar (due to Candlemas) (Scotland)
- Celebration of Yemanja (Candomblé)
- Groundhog Day (United States and Canada)
- Marmot Day (Alaska, United States)
- Inventor’s Day (Thailand)
- National Tater Tot Day (United States)
- World Wetlands Day
- February 3
- Anniversary of The Day the Music Died (United States)
- Communist Party of Vietnam Foundation Anniversary (Vietnam)
- Day of the Virgin of Suyapa (Honduras)
- Heroes’ Day (Mozambique)
- Martyrs’ Day (São Tomé and Príncipe)
- Setsubun (Japan)
- Veterans’ Day (Thailand)
- February 4
- Day of the Armed Struggle (Angola)
- Independence Day (Sri Lanka)
- Rosa Parks Day (California and Missouri, United States)
- World Cancer Day
- February 5
- Crown Princess Mary’s birthday (Denmark)
- Kashmir Solidarity Day (Pakistan)
- Liberation Day (San Marino)
- National Weatherperson’s Day (United States)
- Runeberg’s Birthday (Finland)
- Unity Day (Burundi)
- February 6
- International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
- Ronald Reagan Day (California, United States)
- Sami National Day (Russia, Finland, Norway and Sweden)
- Waitangi Day (New Zealand)
- February 7
- Independence Day (Grenada)
- February 8
- Parinirvana Day (some Mahayana Buddhist traditions, most celebrate on February 15)
- Prešeren Day (Slovenia)
- Propose Day
- February 9
- National Pizza Day (United States)
- St. Maroun’s Day (Maronite Church, Eastern Orthodox Church, public holiday in Lebanon)
- February 10
- Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck (Public holiday in Malta)
- Fenkil Day (Eritrea)
- National Memorial Day of the Exiles and Foibe (Italy)
- February 11
- 112 day (European Union)
- Armed Forces Day (Liberia)
- Day of Revenue Service (Azerbaijan)
- Evelio Javier Day (Panay Island, the Philippines)
- Feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes (Catholic Church), and its related observance:
- World Day of the Sick (Roman Catholic Church)
- Inventors’ Day (United States)
- National Foundation Day (Japan)
- Youth Day (Cameroon)
- February 12
- Darwin Day (International)
- Georgia Day (Georgia (U.S. state))
- International Day of Women’s Health
- Lincoln’s Birthday (United States)
- National Freedom to Marry Day (United States)
- Red Hand Day (United Nations)
- Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day (Canada)
- Union Day (Myanmar)
- Youth Day (Venezuela)
- February 13
- Children’s Day (Myanmar)
- World Radio Day
- February 14
- Statehood Day (Arizona, United States)
- Statehood Day (Oregon, United States)
- Presentation of Jesus at the Temple (Armenian Apostolic Church)
- V-Day (movement) (International)
- Valentine’s Day (International)
- Singles Awareness Day
- February 15
- Candlemas (Eastern Orthodox Church)
- International Duties Memorial Day (Russia, regional)
- John Frum Day (Vanuatu)
- Liberation Day (Afghanistan)
- National Flag of Canada Day (Canada)
- National I Want Butterscotch Day (United States)
- Parinirvana Day (most Mahayana Buddhist traditions, some celebrate on February 8)
- Serbia’s National Day
- Statehood Day (Serbia)
- Susan B. Anthony Day (United States)
- The ENIAC Day (Philadelphia, United States)
- Total Defence Day (Singapore)
- February 16
- Day of the Shining Star (North Korea)
- Restoration of Lithuania’s Statehood Day (Lithuania)
- February 17
- Independence Day (Kosovo)
- Random Acts of Kindness Day (United States)
- Revolution Day (Libya)
- February 18
- National Democracy Day (Nepal)
- Dialect Day (Amami Islands, Japan)
- Independence Day (Gambia)
- Kurdish Students Union Day (Iraqi Kurdistan)
- Wife’s Day (Iceland)
- February 19
- Armed Forces Day (Mexico)
- Brâncuși Day (Romania)
- Commemoration of Vasil Levski (Bulgaria)
- Flag Day (Turkmenistan)
- Shivaji Jayanti (Maharashtra, India)
- February 20
- Day of Heavenly Hundred Heroes (Ukraine)
- Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day
- World Day of Social Justice
- February 21
- International Mother Language Day
- Language Movement Day (Bangladesh)
- February 22
- Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (Roman Catholic Church)
- Independence Day (Saint Lucia)
- Celebrity Day (Church of Scientology)
- Founder’s Day or “B.-P. day” (World Organization of the Scout Movement)
- National Margarita Day (United States)
- World Thinking Day (World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts)
- February 23
- Mashramani-Republic Day (Guyana)
- Meteņi (Latvia)
- National Banana Bread Day (United States)
- National Day (Brunei)
- Red Army Day or Day of Soviet Army and Navy in the former Soviet Union, also held in various former Soviet republics:
- Defender of the Fatherland Day (Russia)
- Defender of the Fatherland and Armed Forces day (Belarus)
- February 24
- Dragobete (Romania)
- Engineer’s Day (Iran)
- Flag Day in Mexico
- Independence Day (Estonia)
- National Artist Day (Thailand)
- Sepandārmazgān or “Women’s Day” (Zoroastrian, Iran)
- February 25
- Armed Forces Day (Dominican Republic)
- Kitano Baika-sai or “Plum Blossom Festival” (Kitano Tenman-gū Shrine, Kyoto, Japan)
- Meher Baba’s birthday (followers of Meher Baba)
- Memorial Day for the Victims of the Communist Dictatorships (Hungary)
- National Day (Kuwait)
- People Power Day (Philippines)
- Revolution Day (Suriname)
- Soviet Occupation Day (Georgia)
- February 26
- Liberation Day (Kuwait)
- Day of Remembrance for Victims of Khojaly massacre (Azerbaijan)
- National Wear Red Day (United Kingdom)
- Saviours’ Day (Nation of Islam)
- February 27
- Anosmia Awareness Day (International observance)
- Doctors’ Day (Vietnam)
- International Polar Bear Day
- Majuba Day (some Afrikaners in South Africa)
- Marathi Language Day (Maharashtra, India)
- Independence Day (Dominican Republic)
- Anti-Bullying Day (Canada)
- February 28
- Day of Remembrance for Victims of Massacres in Armenia (Armenia)
- Día de Andalucía (Andalusia, Spain)
- Kalevala Day (Finland)
- National Science Day (India)
- Peace Memorial Day (Taiwan)
- Teachers’ Day (Arab states)
- February 29
- Bachelor’s Day (Ireland, United Kingdom)
- National Frog Legs Day (United States)
Where next for #WCEU? The application process to select a WordCamp Europe 2021 host city is now open!
Here’s an opportunity for your local WordPress community to join a historic lineup of destinations! After Leiden, Sofia, Sevilla, Vienna, Paris, Belgrade, Berlin and Porto, where will WordCamp Europe travel to next?
Every year since 2013, WordCamp Europe is organized by a team composed of two main groups: a local team and a global team. The local team is comprised of members of the host city’s WordPress community, while the global team is built around experienced WordCamp organizers from across Europe, most of whom have participated in one or more past events.
Hosting WordCamp Europe is a big responsibility. This is why the local and global teams work as one, bringing together in-depth knowledge of the local community and years of experience.
Each year the WordCamp organizing team aims to improve the application and selection process, so please read what follows carefully, even if you have participated in the past.
FAQ about WordCamp Europe
WordCamp Europe takes place in June, excluding the last weekend to avoid interfering with summer holidays in many European countries. Options for 2021 are:
- 3-5 June
- 10-12 June
- 17-19 June
You can apply with any of these in mind, and the final date will be decided after the selection process.
Who can apply?
Any team that has organised one or more successful WordCamps in a European city, with at least one in 2018 and/or 2019.
“New” country vs “old” country?
They encourage everyone to apply, even if they have visited your country in the previous WCEU editions. If they receive two equally strong applications, one from a new country and one from a country they have already been to, they will select the new country.
How to apply?
To apply, fill out this survey. Note that it is possible to save a partially-filled form, and come back later to complete it. It will only be considered final when the application period ends.
When are applications due?
You have until 29 February at 23:59 CET to apply.
What should be included in the application?
In an attempt to optimize the application process as much as possible, they would like you to focus only on the questions from the form. No extra websites, videos, interviews or recommendations needed: just the form!
To help you even further, the WCEU Team will do research around your application and ask you all the necessary questions to learn from your local knowledge.
Let’s see more details about #WCEU
We applied last year. What should we do this year?
Cities that applied last year may use last year’s application, so long as they ensure all prices and numbers are updated.
Can we apply with more than one venue?
Yes, as long as they are in the same city. Complete the survey in its entirety for each venue. Do this only for the main event venue; there is no need to apply multiple times if you have different Contributor Day or After Party venue options. Instead, pick the best for your application.
What happens if my team is selected?
They will select the 2021 host city by 19 March 2020 at the latest. A few members of that team will be invited by the current team to participate in the final phase of the organization for WordCamp Europe 2020 in Porto to become familiar with the organization process.
When will the host city be announced?
The 2021 host city will be announced publicly during closing remarks at WordCamp Europe in Porto, on Saturday 6 June 2020.
Are you a current organizer of a local WordCamp in Europe and have a team that wants to host the event in your city? If the answer is “yes,” apply to host WCEU 2021 by 29 February 2020. They will be in touch and will deliver a decision by 19 March 2020.
For all other questions, please send them an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek Brand New is the meeting point of Greek design and the tourism industry. This year many new designers are presenting their outstanding ideas to the public. Downtown Athens at Athinais Cultural Center, on 10-12 January 2020, the heart of design beats stronger!
The Greek Brand New is a collective effort of 22 Greek companies, which they joined forces to create this exhibition. Every year they organize a boutique exhibition where visitors can find all the brand new ideas in Greek design.
Visitors (businesses & individuals) can discover the Crème de la Crème of design. This exhibition is perfect for professionals looking for high standard quality, design and aesthetics.
Meet The Designers
3OIAdesign is a creative studio founded in 2017 in Thessaloniki. Their main goal is the design and implementation of everyday objects, souvenirs and accessories characterized by simple lines, inventiveness, playful disposition and references to Greek tradition and culture.
In 2019 the Greek company Aeolis won the RED DOT 2019 international prize and the EBGE 2019 prize. Aeolis designs fine natural skincare products with organic olive oil and plant extracts from the Aegean. Inspirited by the sacred olive tree and the Aegean Sea.
A Future Perfect is a concept brand founded in 2013 by two architects in Athens, Greece. Its products range from homeware, stationery, decorative items as well as personal accessories and jewelry. They use various materials such as concrete, porcelain, brass and techniques to make products inspired by architecture, the city, graphic art but also the Greek summer and traveling.
Decorator Yianna Thodis in collaboration with cartoonist Alexandros Fountouklis created the Aluminati, a collection of photographs and drawings made of aluminum cut in forms inspired mainly by the animal kingdom.
Amaltheaathens, an Athens based accessories brand, designs and produces exclusively in Greece collections of handmade and unique women’s handbags, as well as custom-made creations, combining simplicity with luxury.
Antonis Kastrinakis is an artist, born in Athens in 1958. He studied at the Vakalo School, where he graduated in 1981. He has participated in many solo and group exhibitions.
”A Totem Für Elita” is a collection of silk scarves, made so far of 100% Greek Silk, inspired by the Greek and other Ancient cultures placed on today’s ground.
The story of Artpeckers has started at a small workshop in Thessaloniki by Kimon (civil engineer), Elli and Dimitris (architects) in 2015. From the very beginning, their intention was to design and create unique accessories with a certain character; accessories that could deliver and tell a story.
“Birds & lofts” workshop was founded in 2014 by architect Myrsini Maneta and creates objects inspired by architecture, the city and its history. Using several illustrating techniques and involving the element of light, she creates images that aim to excite the viewer’s memories or imagination. “Birds & lofts”’s lightboxes and small artworks are available in art shops in Greece and abroad, including the Benaki Museum shop.
Bonendis is the independent Greek brand that was established by Panos Mavros and Maria Alexandropoulou in 2014 in Athens, Greece. Bonendis designs and manufactures bags and backpacks for the urban way of living.
Cabeli inspiration is derived from the colorful landscapes and cultural history of Greece. Their creations are collections of beachwear, accessories, bags, practical items etc which are of high quality and unique in design and aesthetics.
Christina Skouloudi is obsessed with all materials, technologies and their processing techniques she is influenced by them. She loves the simplicity, tangibility and warmth of popular traditional Greek utensils and furniture. This is the reason she employs wood, metal and leather. She wants her designs to communicate qualities and memories of the authentic Greek life away from the contemporary hectic way of living.
Christina Morali belongs to a group of contemporary artists who throughout the years have given a new lease of life to Greek Ceramics. She started her professional career in ceramics in 1975. She creates objects and figurative compositions that are inspired by an acute need to express personal experience and feelings. In order to give this expression an autonomous shape and an artistic symbolism, she experiments tirelessly with materials, techniques, forms and meanings.
The publishing project Color Greece – The Color Travel Guides is about creating a new trend in the field of travel guides, offering the option of an alternative way of reading and browsing various parts of Greece.
The Heritage Collection line is enriched with new products such as scarves, pounch bags and more while the successful Cretoons series continues with t-shirts, bags, notebooks, card postal’s as well as magnets and paper coasters.
Dgrids has been trading in the field of bespoke furniture since 2000. They both design and manufacture products which are mainly made of wood as well as other materials too, such as metal, marble and glass, depending on their customers’ needs.
Dimitris Kalergis creates objects that redefine the use of everyday objects, giving them high aesthetics, delicate details and indirect symbolism.
Eleftheria Stamati designs Jewelry since 2014. For her jewelry making is another artistic practice born of her need and desire to explore design. Thoughts become sketches and mock-ups and they are all transformed into small objects that can be worn.
Euthalia Natural Cosmetic Values was founded in 2012 with absolute respect to the rules of nature, with no use of chemical preservatives, armed with the benefits of the rich Greek flora and dedicated to the study of the ancient Greek medicine. Euthalia Cosmetics has become the antidote for the urban dweller, making all skins glow.
GIS DESIGN was established at the beginning of 2014, by Ioannis Samelis, Architect & Industrial Designer. He worked as a Freelancer, having several Project assets.
Gogreek® is a new idea materializing the inspiring vision to feature and spread the Greek Culture through a contemporary approach with main touchstones History Tradition and Mythology.
Gracious Greece is the result of a collaboration between Polkadot design and Plexiartshop silkscreen. Polkadot design was founded by Nearchos Ntaskas and Clair Georgelli and specializes in the sophisticated field of cultural visual communication. Plexiartshop specializes in handprint screenprinting applications and is a proud official manufacturer and supplier of major museum and cultural institution shops.
We are Kostas & Angeliki or also known as “grizo & prasino”. We live in Thrace & produce true organic herbs & inspired herbal drinks.
GW The Greek Wine Routes is a boutique brand that embraces wine and the culture lying beneath it in a creative and experiential way. It offers authentic wine tourism services in the historic Winelands of Greece as well as innovative gifts and souvenirs featuring one-of-a-kind illustrations inspired by the world of wine.
Modern objects designed by architects wich Have Tact.
Inspired by ancient Greek history and mythology, HOMMER beard care products are made with high-quality natural ingredients that cleanse, moisturize and protect the facial and skin.
The Ιmisi collection began with an idea that originated from a Greek myth. This is how the Ιmisi bracelets were first created, which quickly became fashionable. Each one ηασ a unique phrase and invites us to find out who wears another phrase that fits ours.
Jazzt Design is Antonis Kiourktsis and Antonella Nikolopoulou. They studied architecture at the University of Thessaly (GR) and Contextual Design (MDes) in Design Academy Eindhoven (NL). They co-founded Jazzt Design creative studio (2010) that focuses on exploring, expressing and making new concepts happen in a variety of fields from everyday objects, furniture, jewelry to interior design and architecture.
Photo credits: www.mariamavropoulou.com
Apart from the awesome list of Speakers at WordCamp Asia 2020, in Bangkok, having Matt Mullenweg as the keynote speaker is the best reason to attend #WCAsia 2020. Don’t you agree?
Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of the open-source blogging platform, WordPress, the most popular publishing platform on the web, and the founder & CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, WooCommerce, Jetpack, and Tumblr. Additionally, Matt runs Audrey Capital, an investment and research company.
He has been recognized for his leadership and success by Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Inc Magazine, TechCrunch, Fortune, Fast Company, Wired, University Philosophical Society, and Vanity Fair.
Matt is originally from Houston, Texas, where he attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and studied jazz saxophone. In his spare time, Matt is an avid photographer. Matt splits time between Houston, New York, and San Francisco.
What is a Keynote Speaker?
The Keynote Speaker is the star of a conference and the person who sets the mood of the event. The speaker should be able to feel & comprehend the essence of the event from all corners.
Also, he/she should be able to highlight the most significant elements of the event and make clear the mission or goals or the reasons why this event is the best place to be for the audience.
In other words, the Keynote Speaker is introducing to the audience what they should expect from the conference/event. Usually, the Keynote Speaker has to do a lot of research about the related industry, brand, and audience.
It’s common sense, that when the Keynote Speaker is the Founder or/and the CEO of a Company, then by default he/she is the right person to initiate a Conference.
About WordCamp Asia 2020 Tickets
On another note, WordCamp Asia 2020 tickets are sold out thanks to the incredible support of the WordPress community! If you are still looking for tickets or have already purchased one but unable to attend, read about how you can transfer your ticket to others.
We are delighted to announce that our last Business Blogging & Networking Event in Athens -powered by Ideadeco – took place in November 2019. Top tier professionals gathered and shared their experience in Business Blogging & Networking.
In this event, creative minds from different industries meet and analyze the best practices of Business Blogging & Networking.
The event was hosted at Zoia House The Hill.
Zoia House (The Hill) at Athens Lycabettus Hill is a typical Athenian apartment complex known as “polykatoikia” with a strong architectural character. Situated on the corner of two streets the building is exposed on three sides to sunlight and views. Its location on the ring road of Lycabettus Hill allows a unique feeling of being in nature and in the middle of the city at the same time.
The Lycabettus area itself is safe and quiet. This rare combination of urban life and tranquility makes The Hill is a unique and convenient place for both business and leisure trips. At The Hill, they provide a relaxing and at the same time stimulating the environment which makes your stay in Athens an unforgettable experience.
Zoia House The Hill, is located in a beautiful and exclusive neighborhood in downtown Athens, at the foot of Lycabettus Hill. Address: Sarantapichou and Kosma Melodou 30 St., Lycabettus.
The original character of the building has been preserved but fully upgraded and reconfigured to allow for a modern way of living. Through a process of removing the partitioning is minimal or movable allowing for flexible spaces and openness. The communal rooftop, a once unused abandoned space, has become the ‘public space’ of the building, connecting inside and outside living.
Business Blogging & Networking
In a couple of days, more information & photos will be added. Thank you for your patience.