This past weekend I attended WordCamp Minneapolis at University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in downtown Minneapolis. WCMPLS was one of the larger camps I’ve attended this year, and provided some of the best talks and landscape.

Humphrey School Photo

Foundation Friday

WCMPLS participated in the growing trend of hosting a Foundation Friday. “Unlike the normal conference tracks, these are full-day hands-on learning sessions. If you’re new to WordPress, you can get up to speed before WordCamp. If you’re a graphic designer or programmer who wants to work with WordPress, you can acquire a solid foundation to get started.”

Talks

As is often the case, I wasn’t able to sit in for every talk; however, I did catch some very insightful sessions, including:
“Be a Google Analytics Master – Advanced Google Analytics” with Chris Edwards
“Custom Post Types for Non-developers” with Tyler Golberg
“Creating a Blogging Schedule Using The 20/30 Rule” with Jarrett Gucci
“The Other User’s Experience” with Caro Griffin
“One Step at a Time: Creating incremental value that lasts a lifetime” with Mendel Kurland

Chris Edwards
Chris Edwards

Jarrett Gucci
Jarrett Gucci

Caro Griffin
Caro Griffin

Mendel Kurland
Mendel Kurland

I also wanted to give a shout-out to another great speaker, Cate DeRosia, who spoke for the first time during the Sunday brunch on “Failing Forward,” which seemed to be one of the main topics of conversation for the remainder of the camp. Some folks are just naturals!

Once again, WCMPLS has pulled it off, providing an amazing experience as one of the larger US-based WordCamps. Thank you, Minneapolis! If you’d like to read more about our WordCamp adventures, we write about them often.