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WordCamp Asia 2023 Announces Speakers, Unveils Wapuu Mascot

WordCamp Asia 2023, the first flagship event to take place in Asia, is just a few months away, scheduled for February 17-19, 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand. Organizers have announced the first round of speakers, a diverse selection of WordPress professionals from Asia and across the globe.

The event has also unveiled its wapuu mascot. After receiving 10 design submissions from eight designers from India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan, organizers selected the Chao Phraya Boat Wapuu. Designer Chiaki Kouno explained the concept:

This boat takes us to the venue “Icon Siam” on the Chao Phraya River! The boat contains the key colours of the WCA and the WCA logo is displayed on the ball. There is a splash of waves expressing a speedy feeling, showing everyone’s expectations for the last three years.

WordCamp Asia is running a series of webinars for contributors and attendees. The first episode was broadcast on Twitter this week and is embedded below. Organizers are asking contributors to share their stories in text, audio, or video format, to encourage newcomers to participate in the Contributor Day event. The webinar also featured tours of ICONSIAM, a beautiful and modern venue where the first WordCamp Asia will take place.

Organizers published a notice that there will be no childcare offered at the WordCamp, due to the potential for COVID-19 transmission. Nursing and changing facilities are available the 4th and 5th floor of the venue, which also offers some children’s entertainment options. Those who are 12 years old and younger can attend the conference for free if accompanied by an adult who has purchased a ticket.