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It’s become a Pragmatic tradition to make our way to the largest WordPress conference – WordCamp Europe. In previous years we’ve taken the team to Leiden, Seville, Vienna and Paris, and this June we’ll be going to Belgrade in Serbia!

On the 13th June, around 25 eager Pragmaticians will be making their way to Belgrade to enjoy WordCamp Europe. We’re also really excited to be welcoming two students from our local Codebar group on the trip. When we realised we had a couple of spaces spare, we thought it would be a good opportunity to share the experience with those who may not have had the opportunity to attend WordCamp Europe before.

WordCamp Europe is probably the biggest even in the WordPress community’s calendar, and we’re very proud to say that in addition to attending the event, a few people from Pragmatic will also be speaking at it. More info on what they’ll be discussing can be found below!

Sean Blakeley – When to use the API

Friday 15th June, 11am, Andromeda Track

As the WordPress API matures, this is an important moment to take stock and consider the best use-cases. Sean will briefly take a bird-eye view of the API, before deep-diving into different ways the API has been deployed. He’ll be sharing examples of the API as an integration tool for running dual CMSs, as a public-facing queryable dataset, as a big data visualisation tool and as a way to share large sets of data. Along the way, Sean will also share ways to make your API implementation more efficient – and share some of the pitfalls and mistakes we’ve made. We’ll take a look at decoupling both the frontend and backend of WordPress – and answer the obvious question – why continuing using WordPress?

Laura Nelson – Easing the Anxious Mind: Dealing with anxiety in the workplace

Friday 15th June, 15:15pm, Milky Way Track

40% of disability worldwide is due to depression & anxiety. However, there’s still so much stigma surrounding the issue, that it rarely gets discussed. This has resulted in people with anxiety feeling like they have to suffer in silence, and employers not fully understanding the condition. Laura will share her personal experience of dealing with an anxiety disorder and how it impacted her working life. By openly discussing this issue, she hopes to diffuse some common misunderstandings of the condition, give practical advice on how anxiety sufferers can help themselves and what workplaces can do to support this, and give people the confidence to communicate mental health issues.

Simon Cooke – Origins of Design Inspiration

Saturday 16th June, 10:00am, Milky Way Track

For creatives and UX enthusiasts, methodologies such as ‘Design Thinking’ help us break down the challenges of a brief and systematically build an approach that greatly improves the chance of success. The 5 stages of ‘Design Thinking’ (Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test) offer a well ordered approach, however it can sometimes leave a hole when it comes to the moment of inspiration. This talk is a deep dive into the ‘Ideate’ stage. Exploring the origin of inspiration, mind-mapping, collaboration and problem solving. Expect to see some beautiful examples of design in practice and learn how some of the best designers in WordPress approach the ideation process.

Sound interesting? There are still a few tickets to WordCamp Europe 2018 left, but if you’re not able to make it to Serbia, a free livestreaming option is also available!