WordCampYYC Embracing Canadian Hospitality and Friendship WCYYC 2019-2020


WordCampYYC Embracing Canadian Hospitality and Friendship WCYYC 2019
William Jackson, M.Ed.

William and Aida in Calgary YYC

William and Aida in Calgary YYCThinking back to previous WC conferences I’m always happy to think
about traveling thousands of miles from home and being treated with
kindness, respect, friendship and professionalism. WordCamp
conferences are more than tech conferences they embrace and
respect the humanity of others.

The humanity of people comes out first and is shared in words, deeds
and actions. Visiting far away from home there should be remembrance
of how to behave and how to act. We are visitors and representing not
just ourselves, but we represent our communities, our homes and our
nation. We are emissaries and pilgrims when we travel internationally

William Jackson (My Quest To Teach) and Aida Correa
(LoveBuilt Life, LLC) were speakers at the WordCamp conference
WordCampYYC in Calgary, Alberta, Canada in 2018 and 2019. We
even volunteered and assisted with the KidsCamp…
The conference, well respected and well attended event by over
300 people from the United States and provinces across Canada.
The spirit of the event contained a respect and admiration for each
of our abilities to share knowledge and experiences.

Aida at YYC
Aida at YYC

The two day conference has speakers from many providence’s
of Canada, the United States and attendees represented the
growing diversity of Canada. The invitation to speak at WordCamp
is provided to content creators of diversity in knowledge, gender,
culture and generation. Where knowledge is respected and shared.
The power of “applied knowledge” helps to build businesses,
creating opportunities to build a PLN – Professional Learning Network
and PLC – Professional Learning Communities.

The chosen speakers are respected in their fields of influence, study
and knowledge. They range from traditional Bloggers to Micro-bloggers,
Podcasters, Video-bloggers, Digital Influencers and business owners.
There are SEO experts, Coding, Programming and Digital Media
experts. New voice technologies are growing and experts like Chip
and Pam Edwards of Create My Voice –
#CreateMyVoice – https://createmyvoice.com are sharing new digital
voice platforms that allow for engagement and interactions. There
is always room to learn from others and WC conferences are the
places to connect, collaborate and create.

Women's Panel
Women’s Panel

The attendance of women has grown tremendously and the
engagement of women as speakers has grown across the board
for WordCamp conferences locally, nationally and internationally.
In addition, people of color have grown in attendance and speaking,
even the indigenous people are seeing the benefits of attending and
learning. The KidsCamp opens new doors for potential careers for
the youth, teens and young adults that attend and are either veterans
or newbies.

As an African American male in his 50’s there are opportunities to
share my experiences, wisdom, exposure and even generational
experiences. The humanistic elements are important for people to
understand that technology is as only influential as the people that
create content and post it on platforms that invite engagement
and interaction.

The uniqueness of a WordCamp is everyone that has knowledge
is welcomed, no matter the years of experience everyone has
something to contribute and provide. Everyone has something
to share that builds knowledge, collaboration and engagement.
There is a mentality of “each one teach one” and “train the
trainer” collaborations.

What has helped Aida and I is being involved in STEAM instruction
and teaching in the community. What we have learned at
WordCamp we can apply in education curriculum’s and community
education workshops and community conferences. Youth, teens and
young adults need to know they are welcomed, needed and supported.
Especially children of color and culture where representation matters.
When children of color and culture see men and women of color
they are inspired to grow.

Aida Speaking in YYC
Aida Speaking in YYC

Aida, also an educator, Artist, Web Developer and involved
in the community offers a unique perspective of technology
and the Arts. There are many that attend WordCamp
conferences that are Artists and seeking to find how they
can apply their crafts, gifts and talents to the open source
community. Her business of Artistic workshops for all ages
shows the influence and importance of the engagement
of The Arts in business, technology and STEAM.
Even attending WCUS there are artist like Jenni….

The opportunities to grow into a thought leader, digital
innovator and influencer are available on multiple scales.

Having traveled internationally it offers an opportunity
to experience the diversity of life and experiences to
share with others. The world is a dynamic and exciting
place. Inclusion, cultural awareness, generational respect
and gender appreciation are important. Speaking in Canada
is a rewarding experience to be remembered a life time.

International experiences broaden the perspectives
of collaboration, inclusiveness and cooperation. Aida and
I represent the beauty of diversity. Aida is an Afro-Latina
of Puerto Rican heritage and I’m African American of Native
American and African heritage. Embracing the beauty of
who we are and where we came from. Sharing that people
of diversity have much to offer and are influential agents
of change.

The people of Canada are welcoming, friendly, respectful
and show awesome hospitality and humanity. Each year
their WC is a wonderful conference that extends to friendship
and deeper fellowship.

Hospitality at YYC
Hospitality at YYC

WordCampYYC shows the spirit of friendship, peace, fellowship
and humanity. 2018 and 2019 are previews to great things to
come for WCYYC and all of Canada. 2020 and beyond looks
to be a growing empowerment for all WC conferences and
KidsCamp conferences throughout Canada
WordCampYYC – https://www.facebook.com/wordcampyyc

Christine Aida William
Christine Aida William


Follow us on the hashtags:
#thatwordcamplife –  #lovebuiltlife – #myquesttoteach

WordCamp Central



What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp

My Quest to Teach in Africa

What African Bloggers Should Learn from WordCamp
William Jackson, Educator, Blogger, Community Activist

Wm Jackson
Wm Jackson

WordCamps are magnificent ways to collaborate, network,
inspire and engage in diverse areas of technology.
Web development has changed the way people communicate,
associate, collaborate and create activism.

Africans are broadening their engagement and implementation
of technologies in their societies as the infrastructure is being laid.
Wireless technology has exploded and more people see the
potential to use wireless and web technologies beyond just
communicating with family.

Africans are entering the entrepreneurial realms of business
ownership. What can be learned from participating and speaking
at WordCamps can build the competitive edge that can care a
business and people to national and global visibility.

As a current and past sponsor of WordCamp conferences in Africa
I see the necessity as a teacher and business owner to help fellow
content creators that are students and teachers in Africa.
Helping future thought leaders, digital innovators and creative
content designers to build stronger economic opportunities and
encourage collaborations. Sponsoring allows me to give back to
diverse communities that have generational affects.

WC Harare
WC Harare

What is the value of investing in WordCamp conferences….
1. Diversity should be accepted in all fields of tech and Social Media.
Everyone has a story and is unique in their journey.
2. Take advantage of all the learning opportunities on and off line.
3. If you have a new idea to develop content don’t stall it, go after it.
4. Sometimes it is better to collaborate not just compete.
5. Books should be available to enhance research skills. Always have
your library card available.
6. Read classic African authors to build a foundation of cultural relevance.
7. Attend both EdCamps, WordCamps and Bar Camps when-ever possible.
8. Have a vision and mission statement.
9. Find new areas to blog.
10. Take the opportunity to co-blog.
11. Have a hashtag to share content.
12. Volunteer in the community and at schools.
13. Sponsor events in the community.
14. Participate in online chats to share knowledge.
15. Have a name badge created and updated business cards.
16. Google your name and business to see what
content is out there about your business.
17. Make sure your Social Media profiles meets with
your Brand objectives.
18. Don’t forget to renew your Domain name even if
you’re not using it yet.
19. Create a Media Kit to share your business story
20. Have several headshots available for various events.
21. Decide a head of time what your hashtags are that you use.
22. Understand how to properly apply quotes from someone
from the Internet, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
Be about that hustle and being Lit.
24. Be concerned about your associations. Remember the term,
guilt by association.
25. Be about promoting others and their community service
and giving back to humanity.

WordPress Jax Kids Meetup Building Digital Leaders

Elizabeth Esther Elisha

WordPress Jax Kids Meetup Building Digital Leaders
William Jackson, M.Ed.  Aida Correa, Artist and Author

Kids working on their web sites
Kids working on their web sites

Youth, teens and young adults are involved in the growing
WordPress community as bloggers, content creators,
micro-bloggers, speakers and even developing organizers.

WPJaxKids is inviting students in Duval County Public
Schools, Charter Schools and even private schools to
encourage young people to have fun and enjoy STEAM
projects with William Jackson and Aida Correa. Both are
seasoned WordCamp speakers, volunteers and educators.

Youth are the growing future of digital industries, there is
no one country that has enough knowledge workers to
handle all the necessary jobs that are required.
The world is a knowledge run community not just manual

Youth, teens and young adults are beginning entrepreneurs
through  technology exposure and mentoring. Many have
started their own online businesses and making profits from
being exposed to WordCamp / KidsCamp conferences.

Elisha Taylor III a high school junior in this blog with
Elizabeth and Esther middle school students,  are  seen
with the web sites they have designed from participating
in the WPJax Kids Meetup  and attending  KidsCamp
associated with WordCamp Jax conference,  the next
WCJax conference March 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida

Youth, teens and young adults attending WC conferences
and KidsCamp  are growing into potential  WordCamp
and KidsCamp  conference speakers, organizers  as well
as learning skills that will aid in their career dreams.
WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences are developing
locally, nationally and internationally. The growth is
transformative because youth are learning real world
skills and networking with professionals.

WordCamp conferences are worth the small price for
2 to 3 days of conference exposure with web developers,
coders, programmers, digital innovators, artists and writers.
Changes are going on now that are preparing youth, teens
and young adults for their career aspirations in digital

How important are digital skills, this can be seen in the
understanding that 40% of all web sites globally are created
with the WordPress “open source” digital platform. The skills
of coding, programming, PHP and other scripting languages
is invaluable to be proficient in the expanding digital influences
of Internet based careers even in digital security.

Opportunities like WPJaxKids help kids learn web development
on both sides of the development that are graphical and

Kids Building Web Sites in Jacksonville
Kids Building Web Sites in Jacksonville

Elisha has stated that being involved in WPJaxKids Meetup,
WordCamp conferences and in KidsCamp is preparing him
for real world experiences in other tech opportunities and
increasing his opportunities for entering into higher education
and to be ahead of the academic and networking game.

More information can be found at WPJaxMeetUp

Why We Started WPJax Kids MeetUP
Video about the start of WPJaxKids

What will you find going on at WPJaxKids Meetup

Web site developed by Elisha Taylor III
Journey Through the Motherboard

Web Site Story Board
Web Site Story Board

Youth and Teens Need to Attend Global Tech Conferences

Elizabeth Esther Elisha

Youth and Teens Need to Attend Global Tech Conferences
William Jackson #MyQuestToTeach
Aida Correa #LoveBuiltLife
Elisha Taylor III Intern

KidsCamp conferences in Calgary, Alberta Canada, Costa Rica,
Central America, Managua, Nicaragua, Central America, Africa
and Europe – children, youth, teens and even young adults have
opportunities to be involved in tech conferences to learn valuable
skills that will carry them into career choices.

In collaboration with learning coding, programming and web design,
the integration of Science Technology Engineering Arts Mathematics
is valuable to their future. KidsCamp Calgary shows that globally kids,
youth and teens are learning the importance of collaboration and
applying technology skills, critical and higher order thinking.

Attending conferences allows exposure not just to people, but kids
learn terminology that enhances their ability to communicate on
various intellectual levels. Broadening the language abilities allows
youth, teens and young adults as they grow to sit at the tables of
diverse digital and intellectual tables and not be confused, cut off
from knowledge and understanding. The learning of language is
a path to sitting at the table where decisions are being made, where
representation is not an issue because there is no one present that
will represent those not at the table.

Organizer Christine Workman, Twitter @AmethystAnswers
performed an outstanding job with KidsCamp in WordCampYYC
in Calgary. The attending kids where excited and engaged in activities
of web development and digital exploration. These new skills will be
with the youth for years to help shape and mold decisions for digital
and economic growth.

The expressions of concentration on the kids were evident and the kids
were giddy with excited energy for the days activities of building a web
site using WordPress.com and its free web development options. This
is not new for Calgary, there are other programs for youth, teens and
young adults to expose them to coding, programming, scripting languages
and web development. Role models like Christine and Aurooba Ahmed
Twitter @aurooba are available to inspire, motivate and teach.

The beauty of these conferences are open to indigenous children as
well around the world to broaden the vision of careers, hobbies and learning
the skills of networking and new career choices. WordCamp is an international
conference that embraces diversity, inclusion, innovation and creativity.
Stated by Abdullah Ramzan “The beauty of WordPress (Web Platform)
is that it is made for everyone.” https://mrabdullahramzan.wordpress.com

Developing STEAM initiatives and integrating with Web Development
is not a fab it is a realty for future careers for youth. Organizers for the
KidsCamp in Jacksonville 2019 and KidsCamp in Orlando 2018
William Jackson and Aida Correa create dynamic projects that embrace
the hands-on concept of “Design Theory” and STEAM. There are others
that work hard to make KidsCamp at WordCamp Miami, WordCamp Boston,
WordCamp San Jose and across Africa.

The growth of WordCamp conferences and the implementation of working
with kids and tech conferences being made available for youth, teens and
young adults shows involvement in new areas and inclusiveness in learning
across cultures. Jenni is from the UK and is a manager and web developer
interviewed by Aida, Latina web developer and business owner.

The implementation of The Arts, STEAM, STEM, STREAM and CSTREAM
engagement allows for the building of critical and higher order thinking that
children have naturally, but do not understand how to apply and build on their
brilliance. Tech conferences build personal confidence and provide a direction
for growth.

STEAM camps are happening across the nation and globally as can be seen
in Calgary, Canada and Costa Rica, Central America.Kids, youth, teens and
young adults are demanding to be included in the opportunities that conferences
present. They expect to be included and even asked to be involved in the
activities that are for their peers.In Central America 2019 and 2020
LAtINiTY – Getting ready for 2020 @LatinityConf for women and young ladies.
ERICKA BARBOZA @Pastelitocr and LIDIA ARROYO @lidivanarroyo
are Organizers for WordCampCR in Costa Rica and influencing new
generations to grow and be technical leaders in their nation.

There are competitions with Lego and Robotics not only happening
in the United States, they are in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in
Central America. Calgary has community orgs like Calgary Chapter
@learningcodeyyc teaching coding, programming and web development.
Follow the hashtags #yyc #glcCodeDay to see the great works.
The knowledge that representation does matter for children of color and
culture means they cannot be forgotten and not left behind.
Olivia Twitter @lemonadecode a speaker at WordCampUS is a role model along with others and is already a business owner and digital influencer.

Children must be able to engage in conferences and workshops where
their minds are broadened, their skills are improved and sharpened and
their fear of what is new is overcome. Kids will be competing against each
other as they build their business interests digitally in global ecommerce.
Elisha Taylor III Twitter @ElishaTaylorII1  a junior at Paxon School for
Advanced Studies is a wonderful example his blog is located at
https://journeythroughthemotherboard.wordpress.com he to is a tech conference veteran and the Intern for William (My Quest To Teach) and Aida (Love Built Life).

Exposure is valuable and representation is key to motivating kids to new
levels of thinking in life. Parents must allow their children to participate in
conferences to build skills for future employment. Sports and entertainment
come with inherent risks, but education is only risky when it is discounted,
rejected and laughed at. Children need to learn how to network, collaborate,
cooperate and work with the diversity the world has to offer. Tech provides
building a world of discovery and innovation, and working together
to accomplish goals and building future dreams in careers, business
and as entrepreneurs. Global WordCamps can be found here

Parents must prepare their children to move beyond manual
labor jobs and into new levels of thought leadership career
paths that create leadership opportunities, management
opportunities, financial stability and the opportunity to travel the
world. Even if parents are blue-collar workers and in
careers that have inherent limitations does not mean their
children should be nor do they need to be thrust into similar
conditions. Education is the great equalizer and empowering.
Children of color must be exposed to the diversity of the world
in order to function in a diverse and inclusive world even if
that inclusion is fought for.

One of the challenges for many children, especially children
of color and indigenous backgrounds is that many do not get
out of their neighborhoods to explore the world around them.
They seem to be stuck with no exposure to the future and this
creates “dream deserts” where children don’t dream about
new careers and opportunities.

The scariest thing for children is to state they have no
dreams, no aspirations and no goals beyond just living and
surviving, this must never be allowed to continue. Indigenous
youth, teens and young adults have so much to offer in their
communities and must be encouraged and even sponsored
to be participants not just looking through windows of privileged
and prejudice being excluded and ignored.

Technology is helping humans to solve many of life’s challenges.
Children need to be part of the solutions to solve human challenges,
environmental threats, and complex environmental changes.
Embracing intellectualism, being a thought leader, gifted, talented,
creative and innovative should be celebrated and encouraged.

“Message for WordPressers: If you seriously want to do something
for yourself, do something for others first. Go for open source,
you’ll surely learn how to code. You’ll learn how to work in a team.
Join local meetups, meet with the folks: help them, learn from them
and share ideas.”
Abdullah Ramzan @Software_abi Twitter

Having fun at KidsCampCR in San Jose Costa Rica
Did You Know How Tech Influences Your Life 2017