Presented at WordCamp Tokyo 2016
In 2013, the first WordCamp Europe jump started several local communities in European countries and inspired hundreds of people to start contributing back to WordPress. Three years and four editions later, Europe has the biggest WordCamp to this day with attendees from more than 68 countries all over the world. Since 2013 Europe saw a stunning raise of local WordCamps and is getting even more active contributors every day. Having existed mostly in the shadows of the contributing efforts since 2003, the WordPress Polyglots team is now gaining strong momentum while its 10 000 strong volunteer team is working tirelessly to remove the language barriers for users. In 2016 the team organised the largest online WordPress contributor day to this day with more than 440 people from 105 countries participating.
This talk tells the story of how the ideas of a group of WordPress friends helped pave the path of the global WordPress community.