September 10th, 2009
Keeping Portland weird: Microsoft signs on as premier sponsor of WordCamp Portland
Portland loves the WordPress. And we love the open source. And that’s why we love WordCamp Portland, arguably the largest gathering of WordPress enthusiasts and bloggers—who use the open source content management system and blogging platform—in the state of Oregon.
And when people think of open source content management systems, what’s the first name that jumps to mind? It probably wasn’t Microsoft. In fact, that probably wasn’t even in the top 10. Still, I’m happy to report that they have signed on as the premier sponsor for WordCamp Portland.
And while this may strike you as strange bedfellows or keeping Portland weird or whatever, it actually carries with it some very positive repurcussions. You see, apart from their showing support for open source and blogging and camp camp campity camping, what else is Microsoft’s investment in WordCamp doing? It’s bringing WordCamp Portland to the world.
That’s right. Thanks to Microsoft and Blaze Streaming Media, everyone will be able to see the WordCamp Portland sessions on the live stream.
While it’s great that we have a sold out event for WordCamp Portland, it means that there are a lot of people who aren’t able to attend in person.… [W]e’re now pleased to announce that we’ll be streaming as much of the event as possible.
Say what you may about that little company up in Redmond. I think it’s awesome that they’ve taken the opportunity to fund WordCamp Portland and enable more people to attend—albeit virtually.
In fact, the only downside, in my opinion? It’s a shame that WordCamp had to go out-of-state to get that level of support.