My last trip this September took me to Arlington, Texas for WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth. The camp was hosted at the E. H. Hereford University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington and held three tracks: Blogger/Community, Business, and of course, Developer. We were particularly keen to sponsor and attend #WCDFW, in part because our friends Carrie Dils and Marc Gratch were two of the event organizers.

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Pre-Camp Dinner

Many WordCamps host a speaker/sponsor dinner to thank those for making the camp happen. SiteLock sponsored the camp, so I was to attend as both a speaker and a sponsor. Thanks to a direct flight and DFW Airport now allowing rideshare services to the curb, I was able to get into town early enough, an hour early to be exact, to attend the dinner event.

I miscalculated the time difference between Texas and Arizona (where we do not observe Daylight Savings Time) and showed up an hour before the dinner started. Luckily for me, there happened to be a secondhand bookstore down the street so I mosied over and grabbed a pristine used hardcover translated from works by this new author named Sun Tzu. It was a nice find, and made for a great conversation starter lugging the large book around at the dinner.

The Day’s Events

The camp started with a bang by immediately presenting the keynote speech in the morning and jumping straight into the sessions. I did a fair bit of wandering between sessions and throughout the actual campus in the morning, including dropping in for “Discovery and Design” with Susan Sullivan.

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A Lunchtime Friend

As lunch approached, I found my way to a veritable Garden of Eden that is the breezeway between buildings on campus to do my final presentation crosscheck.img_1148-1
I made a new friend while checking the battery level on my laptop… a fluffy little squirrel busily burying what Ice Age’s Scrat would have me assume were acorns. After running through my slides a few times, lunch was almost over and I had to head in to get my presentation ready. I said my goodbyes to the fearless squirrel and headed back to camp.

 

My Session

I presented “Beyond the Basics: Building Security into your Development Projects” in the Development track. I found out later that there was an issue with the camera, so, unfortunately, this one won’t be appearing on WordPress.tv.

Getting to Know the Community

After my talk, I dropped into our friend Aaron Campbell‘s talk on “Being a Good Citizen in the WordPress Community.”

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Before leaving campus, Aaron and I ran into a student (or did he almost run into us?) driving a miniature race car around campus. Evidently, UTA has quite the mechanical engineering program!

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The camp concluded with an afterparty at a local bowling alley where we had a great time bowling and pigging out on pizza and lemonade. It turns out I can really get down with some lemonade, because I managed to down an entire pitcher myself. Thank you WordCamp DFW for a great camp! Can’t wait until the next event!