WordCamp Europe 2023 – Block editor talks, meet & greet, Contributor Day and more

WordCamp Europe is less than four weeks away, the speakers and sessions have been announced, and the schedule is now available. Time to make plans.

WordCamp Europe is less than four weeks away, the speakers and sessions have been announced, and it’s time to make plans. Below you’ll find a list of the sessions and workshops that focus around the Block Editor, Block themes, and adoption. Not all sessions and speakers were announced, I’ll update the post if necessary.

Updated May 20th, 2023: Added the WPConnect sessions. The full list of sessions is available here, I also added a Table of contents, rearranged things a bit and added subheaders.

Updated May 19th, 2023: Michael Burridge’s workshop is now officially announced. The schedule is published. Now we’ll know when those great talks will take place in-person or on the Livestream. Ponder this for a moment, too: 60 speakers were announced. Ratio: 68.3% male, 31.7% female, 11.6% non-white. The diversity is not quite balanced. Representation matters.

Updated May 18th, 2023: I added the talks with Jonathan Bossenger, Luigi Teschio and Pedro Crespo

Updated on May 15, 2023: I added the From Shortcode to Block workshop and Niels Lange to the WooCommerce Talk

Let’s connect

If you want to meet with me at WordCamp Europe, feel free to pick a time slot from my public calendar. I would love to meet you and discuss WordPress, products and strategies around Gutenberg. Or just meet more readers of the Gutenberg Times.

If the calendar thingy is too formal for your taste, feel free to DM me on Twitter or email me to coordinate a chance encounter 🙃

Contributor Day

June 8th is Contributor Day. Will you be there? You’ll probably find me at the Documentation table again or at the table for the Test team. If you haven’t registered yet, do it now.

List of Gutenberg Talks and Workshops at WordCamp Europe

Gutenberg collaborative editing experience. Why, how and when? with Dawid Urbański

How can any website benefit from WordPress’s editing experience thanks to Gutenberg? with Ivan Popov

Site editor and block themes

Fresh Off The Block: Transform WordPress With Templates with Maestro Stevens

Create a theme using the site editor – without coding! with Carolina Nymark

How the Site Editor can transform your ecommerce experience with Luigi Teschio

Building blocks

Code Techniques for Handling Dynamic Data in the New(ish) World of Blocks with Robert Richardson

Build a “not at home” shipping extension in the WooCommerce Checkout Block with Thomas Roberts and Niels Lange

Building Interactive Blocks: a step-by-step workshop with Luis Herranz

Developing WordPress Blocks using plain JavaScript with Jonathan Bossenger

Learn how to create Gutenberg blocks from scratch with Pedro Crespo

So far, the list of talks.


Through the grapevine, I heard there will be a workshop on From Shortcode to Block on Friday June 9th, 2023, at 14:00 in Workshop room 2. – “A workshop on converting a shortcodes based plugin to a custom block. Participants will learn how to create a dynamic block that renders the same content that the Shortcode does.”


WPConnect is the new name of the WPCafe, an informal gathering of people to discuss the assigned topic away from presentation and livestreams.

Saturday’s morning session are of great interest to me and I will most likely attend:

  • 10:00-10:45 – Open discussion: 
    Developer Relations / Developer Advocacy in Open Source hosted by Michael Burridge
  • 11:00-11:45 – Demo: 
    WordPress Playground hosted by Adam Zieliński

Pre-WordCamp event

If you are already in town on June 7th, 2023 you might be interested in The WordPress Enterprise Gap Meetup at WordCamp Europe 2023 world. The event is organized by XWP in collaboration with HumanMade, Ipsyde, Crowd Favorite, and The CodeCo. There will be lightning talks, panel discussions, and some incredible speakers who are making waves in the enterprise WordPress world. Afterward there will be networking opportunities, too. It will take place from 18:00 to 21.30 local time, at The Cube, in Athens. You can registered via Luma

There will be other events happening around the meeting, mostly sponsor parties and get together. The content team at WordCamp Europe is always very good at publishing a list of those events, closer to the event.

So stay tuned. I am excited to meeting every one in Athens!