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WordCamp Europe 2023, Athens: News, Insights & Personal Impression


WordPress enthusiasts worldwide come together in different cities each year to participate in WordPress events.

These gatherings bring together a diverse community of content creators, software developers, and contributors who share a common passion for the open-source WordPress project.

WordCamp events, organized by local communities, play a vital role in the growth and evolution of the WordPress platform.

These events serve as a platform for individuals with varying skill sets to connect, learn, and contribute to the WordPress ecosystem. Taking place in Asia, Europe, and North America, these regional WordCamps provide a central space for knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

Recently, the ThemeREX team was privileged to attend WordCamp Europe 2023, held in Athens, Greece.

Reflecting on this exciting event, we are thrilled to share our experiences and insights in our annual WordCamp Europe 2023 recap post.

From June 8th to 10th, this event was packed with informative sessions, panel discussions, and valuable updates on all WordPress-related things

In this recap, we will dive into the key takeaways from these sessions and panel discussions, along with the palpable sense of community excitement surrounding the 20th Anniversary of WordPress.

Athens: A Captivating City

Before delving into the event itself, let’s take a moment to appreciate the enchanting city of Athens. Known for its rich history and awe-inspiring architecture, Athens was the perfect backdrop for WordCamp Europe 2023. From the iconic Acropolis to the bustling Plaka neighborhood, the city offered a captivating blend of ancient wonders and modern charm.

Traveling to Athens in June is akin to a captivating journey through time. The city’s rich history, delectable cuisine, and infectious positive energy create an immersive experience for attendees. Set against the mesmerizing backdrop of the Acropolis, participants at the event were treated to a delightful blend of ancient and modern cultures.

The venue for the event, the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre, provided a grand setting for the gathering. Situated in the heart of the city, this expansive venue stands as one of the largest in the capital, offering convenient access to many historical landmarks that dot the Athens landscape.

Walking through the bustling streets, attendees reveled in the vibrant atmosphere surrounding them. Street performers captivated passersby with their talents, while the alluring aromas emanating from local Greek cafés and food vendors tempted taste buds at every turn. And for those seeking a moment of tranquility, leisurely walks along the beach promenades overlooking the Aegean Sea provided the perfect escape.


Unforgettable Parties and Afterparties

WordCamp Europe 2023 was the lively parties that brought attendees together.

Athens provided the perfect setting for celebrations. Cool venues, friendly organizers, and enthusiastic guests created an atmosphere where networking and connections flourished. We danced to infectious music, savored delicious food, and felt inclusiveness.

Elementor Party

We remember attending one of the unforgettable afterparties during WordCamp Europe 2023, which was dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of WordPress. 

The event was organized by Elementor and Patchstack teams at a beautiful rooftop bar overlooking the Acropolis.

It was an event that perfectly blended our favorite CMS’s spirit with our incredible community’s vibrant energy.

The atmosphere was electric as attendees donned their cherished local WordCamp or Meetup t-shirts, proudly displaying their support for their respective communities

What made the celebration even more exciting was the unique twist of diversity. All the participants were encouraged to wear t-shirts representing different cities or countries, creating a colorful tapestry of unity and inclusiveness.

As the party kicked off, we couldn’t help but feel a sense of pride and camaraderie among everyone in attendance. It was a joy to see people from all walks of life, from various corners, coming together in a vibrant celebration parade.

The Magnificent Venue and Sponsor Booths

The venue of WordCamp Europe 2023 was magnificent. Spread across spacious halls, the event showcased sponsor booths brimming with innovation and creativity. It was inspiring to meet colleagues from Envato and Elementor showcasing their products and engaging with attendees. The organization was impeccable, ensuring participants had a seamless experience navigating through the event.


Elementor, one of the Super Admin sponsors, brought exciting news to the WordCamp Europe attendees. They unveiled a groundbreaking feature allowing users to customize their Elementor experience by selecting individual design options.

This announcement generated a buzz of anticipation among WordPress enthusiasts eager to explore the expanded possibilities Elementor offers.

Elementor booth

As a Super Admin Sponsor, Hostinger proudly joined the WordCamp Europe 2023 lineup. With their participation, they demonstrated their commitment to the WordPress community and their dedication to supporting events that foster knowledge-sharing and collaboration.

In addition to the Super Admin sponsors, other prominent sponsors like Google, Jetpack, Bluehost, SiteGround, and many more lent their support to the event. These sponsors, well-known names in the WordPress community, played a vital role in the success of WordCamp Europe 2023. Meeting them at the event provided an excellent opportunity for attendees to connect with industry leaders, exchange ideas, and forge meaningful relationships.


Memorable Sessions and Reports

Throughout WordCamp Europe 2023, we had the privilege of attending numerous insightful sessions. One report that left a lasting impression was by James Giroux, an expert in WordPress community and team-building. His talk emphasized how WordPress thrives on the power of community and teamwork. WordPress is all about community and team, and this project makes the team healthy and productive. The project James presented showcased how fostering a healthy and productive team contributes to the success of WordPress. 


As James took the stage, anticipation filled the room. He started by unveiling a groundbreaking initiative called the Team Experience Index, accessible at This index aimed to shed light on the thoughts and perspectives of employees regarding their roles, leadership, collaboration, and prospects within their teams. The findings presented an invaluable insight into the inner workings of WordPress teams, providing a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face.

James introduced the OpenTeam Framework, a powerful resource that offered practical ideas and tactics to enhance employee engagement and cultivate a people-first team culture. With a focus on openness, collaboration, and inclusivity, the framework guided organizations to create an environment where team members thrive and contribute their best work.



WordCamp Europe 2023 was an extraordinary event showcasing the WordPress community’s strength. From engaging sessions and meetings with partners to the lively parties and inclusive atmosphere, the experience left a lasting impact on us. As we return to our work at ThemeREX, we carry the inspiration and insights gained from WordCamp Europe 2023, fueling our passion for WordPress and its remarkable community.

Next year, WordCamp Europe will be heading to Torino. Can’t wait to see you there!

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