How Small Towns like Nashik, India could Benefit from WordCamp Incubator Program of WordPress

WordCamp Incubator India

WordCamp is a big umbrella that covers and gathers all WordPress lovers under it. WordCamps are organized with the intention to let WordPress professionals, beginners, fans meet under one roof and share their knowledge and experiences with each other. WordCamps are held every year across several cities of different countries. WordCamps include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively, beginning plugin and theme development, advanced techniques, security, etc. which is all fun around.

According to stats shared by Matt Mullenweg about the growth of WordPress events around the globe for the year 2015, there were 89 WordCamps with 21,000 attendees across 34 countries. A surprising 60% of the 601 WordCamp organizers were doing it for the first time. From this stats we can see there are lot of people organizing and attending various WordPress events but still there are many cities around the world that haven’t experienced even one.

WordPress Community team supports and guides WordPress lovers to organize WordCamps locally. Usually WordCamps are held in those cities that have local WordPress communities conducting active meetups. But there are some regions where enthusiastic volunteers face challenges getting WordCamps organized in their cities. So this year WordPress Community team is trying an experiment called the WordCamp Incubator.

What is WordCamp Incubator Program? Am I Eligible?

Jen Mylo recently posted an article stating the goal of WordCamp Incubator Program:

The intention of the incubator program is to help spread WordPress to underserved areas through providing more significant organizing support for a first event. In practical terms, this experiment means we’ll be choosing three cities in 2016 where there is not an active WordPress community — but where it seems like there is a lot of potential and where there are some people excited to become organizers — and will help to organize their first WordCamp. These WordCamps will be small, one-day, one-track events geared toward the goal of generating interest and getting people involved in creating an ongoing local community.

There are several WordPress professionals across India that have been following and using WordPress from the first release but have lacked in actually growing meetups and so could never bring WordCamp to their city. So if you wish to have a WordCamp in your city then this is a great opportunity. This program will gather WordPress volunteers and professionals together and will flourish this great CMS technology across Indian hearts. If India’s small towns get selected for this event, it will spread more awareness and career opportunities for Indian youths of that area, that always wanted to have a career in something that will have programming or no programming background.

Nashik for WordPress Incubator Program

As Webfanzine operates from Nashik, India our one of the goal is to build a good WordPress community in the city. Our active involvement in Nashik WordPress Meetup group and conducting different sessions at collages are one step towards that goal. Well, the city is having lot many educational institutes including engineering, computer science and many other streams. The potential is tremendous but there is a lack of guidance and participation. Programs like WordCamp incubator will help such small towns or even some rural areas around Nashik and give opportunity to youth around Nashik. Our team has already applied for the program participation and hope to get positive response from the WordCamp Central.

If you want to arrange such local WordCamp with the help of Central and people around your town, this is a very good chance. Just click below link to fill the application form by February 26, 2016 to invite WordCamp as part of Incubator program to your own town.

WordCamp Incubator Program Application Form

The 3 cities chosen by this program will be announced by WordPress community team by the end of March.

P.S. For the folks in and around Nashik, if you are interested in attending WordCamp, mark your calendar for March 12 – 13, 2016. WordCamp Mumbai is scheduled for this time period and even tickets are on sale.

Introduction to WordPress

First WordPress Workshop held at Webfanzine, Nashik

The meetup group, WordPress Nashik conducted its first Workshop in Nashik at Webfanzine office on Saturday, 31 October 2015. As a part of building a WordPress community in the city and creating single platform to bring WordPress enthusiast and users, the group arranges regular sessions, activities, workshops etc. For the very first workshop, they picked Webfanzine office as venue.

The workshop was a kind of Introduction to WordPress where attendees learned about WordPress installation on their local computer using Wamp, Xamp. Apart from that, they also learnt how to migrate the local WordPress to live server. Webfanzine CEO, Sanjeev Mishra gave a presentation on “Introduction to WordPress” and made people aware about WordPress as well as Plugins and Themes. He also discussed Wamp, Xamp software to run WordPress on local computer. After that, attendees were provided with instructions to install Wamp and WordPress on their computer. Group members as well as Webfanzine team helped attendees in running WordPress on their computers.

Sanjeev Mishra giving presentation on WordPress Basics

Active Group members Harshad Mane (Developer, OTGS), Tejaswini Deshpande (Lead Developer and CTO, Webfanzine Media), Chinmay Dingore (Co-founder, Milesweb), Deepak Kori (Co-founder, Milesweb) and Jai B. (from Unfolded) were also present at the event and helped attendees in learning WordPress.

WordPress Workshop at Nashik
WordPress Workshop at Webfanzine, Nashik

To know more about the event, see the event page here – http://www.meetup.com/Nashik-WordPress-Meetup/events/226312442/

The meetup group is considering other activities such as sessions at various colleges in the city as well as advance level workshops at different venues. If you are interested in being a part of this community, you may join the group and help in spreading the awesomeness of WordPress in Nashik.

Trek to Ramshej Fort by WebFanzine Team

Our beautiful country India is blessed with exquisite features girded with mountains, valleys, deserts, rich flora & fauna, ocean & seas and much more. Each state of India has some unique features in itself. Likewise, the Maharashtra state is blessed with the history of lion hearted Warriors like Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sambhaji Maharaj & many more. During their time, these warriors battled against the enemy and won these forts.

It is a great experience to spend some time with nature by taking valuable time out of our regular routine and visit these historically important forts. These forts have seen one of the greatest and bravest battles of India, so arranging a trek on these forts is an adventure plus enhancement in our knowledge about our great Indian Warriors.

With this very thought our enthusiastic and nature loving WebFanzine Team planned a trek for historically important Ramshej Fort which is standing very proudly in the city of Nashik. The team was working on the launch of PurposeThemes.com project from so long and that’s why the small break was necessary as well. Before starting this trek, we also got the news about Automattic’s Worldwide WP 5K 2015 happening from Oct 26 to Nov 1, as a WordPress fan there could not be a better timing.

Ramshej Fort near Nashik, India
Ramshej Fort near Nashik, India

About Ramshej- This fort lies approx 14kms North-West of Nashik City. The fort is about 3273 ft up from sea level, which is on Nashik- Peth Road, Base Village is Aashevadi. History reads that after death of Shivaji Maharaj, many forts put up strong resistance under the leadership of his son Sambhaji. This tiny fort was no exception.

About Ramshej
About Ramshej Fort (in Marathi language)

Later, Ramshej fort was one of the 17 strongholds which were surrendered to the British in 1818. Also the mythological story says that it got the name Ramshej, which means Lord Ram’s Bedstead, as during his stay in exile Lord Ram has stayed in the caves on this fort.

To take a closer look of the historic fort, WebFanzine team planned a trek on weekend (Saturday: 24th Oct 2015) gathered at 7.00 am on Nimani Circle. Some of us rode on bike and some by car but our destination was one “Ramshej”. After we all gathered, we first went to a shop to have some breakfast. At breakfast each one of us had vadapav and tea. It was Yummy!

WebFanzine Team at breakfast

Finally, after all was set, we moved towards our destination. We were a group of 9 – Sanjeev Mishra, Tejaswini Deshpande, Tanmayee Deshpande, Sagar Katarnaware, Vrushali Gadekar, Ravindra Pawar, Mohan Sonar, Varsha Bagani and myself.

As the distance between city and Ramshej Fort is 14kms approx, we reached in the base village Aashevadi within half and hour. A little village boy welcomed us and showed us the proper parking place for our vehicles. This boy was selling “Pepsi Cola” on his cycle. We somehow controlled our self from eating those that time and decided to eat after we come back to base. We parked our vehicles near the village Library and at the very back of the library there was a route going towards the fort.

Finally we began our trek on Ramshej. It was almost 9:00 AM when we started trekking. We had lots of fun while trekking, clicking photos, chitchatting, watching the beautiful scenery as we were going up and up. We could see beautiful view of lakes, temple, trees and villages around the fort. We captured all beautiful views in our cameras and eyes as we could. There were lots of tamarind trees on the way. Everyone of us was looking at the tamarind bunches and wanted to eat them, so some of us tried some fun tricks by throwing stones, wood sticks. I was lucky, I got one raw tamarind to eat.

WebFanzine Team
Selfie Time for WebFanzine Team at Ramshej

This way we reached the top of the fort in around one and a half hours. Up on the fort there is a temple of Lord Ram. Pujari of this temple provided us with a bucket & suggested us to get fresh washing our legs with cold water stored within a rock structure called “Haud” in Marathi language. All our exhaustion flew off after getting freshened up with this water. Then we entered the temple, Pujari explained us the importance of the temple and the fort.

We could know how great were Lord Ram and how history of our warriors still lie on the walls of these forts.

After saying goodbye to Pujari ji, we headed towards completing our trek on top. We saw, on the top of the fort there were 5 small ponds close to each other and each one of them is of different color indeed. One more pond was a bit away from these 5 ponds and was bigger than the others. All the ponds contained small crabs. From the fort we could see a RADAR on top of a mountain. All the villages and road’s view from top was speechless.

WebFanzine Media Team on the top of Ramshej Fort
WebFanzine Media Team on the top of Ramshej Fort

We clicked lot of snaps there and started trekking down towards the base village. It was around 11:30 AM when we started trekking down. It took only half an hour for us to reach down at the base as the route was now familiar & mother Earth’s gravity was speeding us down and most important, we all were eager to eat those Pepsi Cola which the boy was selling when we entered the village, so we rushed towards base!!Pepsi Cola

We all sat under the shade of library varandah, relaxed and had some water to fresh-n-up. Vrushali and Varsha went and bought some pepsis for us. The moment we took bite of it, we all forgot our age and remembered the days of childhood when pepsi was all what we wanted to eat in summers.

After finishing pepsi party, we turned our vehicles back to the route of Nashik. As Ravi and Tejaswini just had their birthdays few days before this plan, we decided to take party from them. And within few moments, we headed towards Gangapur Road’s famous MisalPav center “Sadhna“. Ordered Misal Pav, papad, jalebi and had awesome treat of Lassi as desert.

At Sadhana Missal
At Sadhana Missal, Nashik

This way we enjoyed an entire day of our weekend. All of us said a-bye to each other and we went home with satisfaction and smiles on our face. Entire trek and the time we spent together was worthwhile for all of us. This trek gave us renewed, refreshed energy & more lively feeling. We together can say, “Friends are the most important part of our life. Treasure the tears, treasure the laughter, but most importantly, treasure the memories”. After all, difficult roads often lead to a beautiful destination.