Tracking down the history of WHART isn't an easy thing. The earliest internet news starts showing up around 2011 but the foundations that spawned WHART go back even further.
How far? Well, we won't say it's transitioned to a legend, but let's just say that no one said "hey, I have this great idea with a horrible acronym; let's register that thing for historical record!"
(Actually... someone may have actually said the "hey, I have this great idea but wow this is a horrible acronym..." part.)
The actual "Origin Story" (and the fact that, years later, the acronym stuck!) is that WHART started when Steve Ackles, Kevin, and Helen (British Columbia) were sitting around a bar in the early 2000s talking over drinks.
...but isn't that how many legendary ideas start?
Regardless of the original history of WHART, one thing is certain: the people involved in providing the training are 100% focused on sharing knowledge.
While it's mentioned on the bottom of every page, no one from the training teams gets paid to do this. Actually, we often have to use our personal vacation time and we're usually thrilled to have all of our expenses reimbursed. Currently the website (and all related fees and time) are 'donated' by our Conference Coordinator (Stephanne Dennis). All of the pre- and post-conference time (i.e. all of the planning and creating to make a conference happen) is also donated time by the team.
...because we believe in the value of content and the value of sharing that knowledge.