WeCamp is an annual event where you can grow as a developer with the help of experienced coaches and in2it is proud to be sponsor of this event.

For several years I was asked by Stefan Koopmanschap to be a coach on WeCamp and this year I finally was able to accept his invitation.

So what is WeCamp anyway?

WeCamp is an annual event that takes place on an island in the north of the Netherlands. For 5 days developers will be working together in small groups on a project. An experienced coach will be assigned to each group to guide the team in achieving the objective, while sharing knowledge and wisdom with the teams so each member can grow professionally but also personally.

WeCamp will take place August 22 – 26, 2017 on island “de Kluut” in Biddinghuizen, the Netherlands.

Honored to be a coach at WeCamp

When Stefan reached out to me again this year, I couldn’t say no. I love sharing my knowledge and experiences with developers at conferences or user group meetups, but coaching is just a level higher. With coaching knowledge sharing is just a part of the job. It requires insights and a huge deal of understanding of the person you’re coaching to guide them on their future paths.

And each year the organization of WeCamp has custom made avatars created for all coaches by Merel van der Wees of StudioBleep.

WeCamp 2017 Coaches by MvanderWees

In2it is happy to be a partner with WeCamp and we love to be a sponsor for the event.

Why is WeCamp so important?

People have a tendency to create and stay in a comfort zone, where familiarity and routine become slowly issues in personal growth, learning new things and making mistakes. What WeCamp does is to pull you out of your comfort zone and put yourself out there, exposed and somewhat vulnerable so you can learn soft- and technical skills, work with new processes and rely on people you don’t know. First of all, you’re on an island so no quick way to get an extra latte at the local coffee bar. On the island you will be put in a team with people you don’t know and you need to work on an assignment for 5 days.

This might sound scary, but it is absolutely the opposite. You will be taken care of by experienced coaches that are there to guide you through the hard parts and will become an inspiration for your future self.

Why should a company send their developers?

I guess you are familiar with the following two questions:

What if I train my people and they leave?

What if I don’t and they stay?

You can train your staff on many technical levels with specific training courses and these are necessary for their knowledge in the field they are working. But how to train your employees to deal with the non-standard situations like working with consulting teams, working in disaster mode or simply handling growth of the company? This is where WeCamp will make the difference.

At the time of writing, only 4 tickets are left. Hurry to get these last tickets!

Michelangelo van Dam

Michelangelo van Dam is a senior PHP architect, PHP community leader and international conference speaker with many contributions to PHP projects and community events.