This past weekend took me to the far-flung land (for this Arizona resident, that is) of Rochester in upstate New York for the inaugural WordCamp Rochester. #WCROC was organized by Emily Carpenter, Rob Marriage, and one of my new friends that I met at WordCamp Pittsburgh, Michelle Ames.

Wordcamp Rochester 2016

The 1-day camp was hosted at Schlegel Hall on the beautiful, fall-blessed University of Rochester campus. I landed after midnight the night before the conference, so it wasn’t until I arrived on campus that I was able to appreciate my surroundings. It’s been many, many years since I’ve seen trees turn.
Schlegel Hall | WordCamp Rochester 2016

I was invited to present a talk titled WordPress Security 101 in the beginner track during the afternoon, which turned out to be ideal for me, taking into account the 3-hour time shift and midnight flight I’d just undertaken. I always love giving 101-style presentations, because beginners often ask the best questions. Rochester was no exception. I enjoyed a full audience of wide-eyed attendees looking to learn all about security.

Outside of my own presentation, and answering the many follow-up questions from the attentive audience members, I was able to drop into a couple of other talks, including ones by Collin Paran and Trevor Johnson-Steigelman.

Collin Paran | WordCamp Rochester 2016

Installing and Using WordPress as an Intra-net Solution with Collin Paran

 

Trevor Johnson-Steigelman | WordCamp Rochester 2016

Using a Learning Management System to Improve (and Monetize) Your Website with Trevor Johnson-Steigelman

You wouldn’t be able to tell by attending that this was the organizers’ first time running a WordCamp, since things seemed to go off without a hitch. As my afternoon at the camp drew to a close, it was time for me to find my way to the airport. I said farewell to my new friends, made promises to meet up at #WCUS, and said goodbye to WordCamp Rochester and beautiful upstate New York.

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