Last week SiteLock deployed en masse eight members of our team to Philadelphia to begin preparations for the upcoming WordCamp US 2016 as both a sponsor and a thought leader for security in the WordPress community. This year the day before #WCUS was very special, not only because we got to flex our muscles hauling and setting up sponsor booth equipment, but because for the first time ever, Post Status organized the one-day conference Publish. The event focused on WordPress professionals was hosted within walking distance of the WCUS venue in Commerce Square at the heart of Philadelphia.
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It was one year ago when we sponsored and attended our first WordCamp ever, the inaugural WordCamp U.S. Since then, we’ve sponsored camps throughout the world and SiteLock evangelists Logan Kipp and Adam Warner have racked up a lot of frequent flier miles attending over 40 camps. After the great time we had at the first #WCUS, we knew we would return, and return we did.
We were fortunate to be selected as a Commonwealth sponsor this year and with that, eight of us boarded planes from around the country and headed for Philadelphia. We were expecting big things, but we were not prepared for just how great it ended up being. Hundreds of t-shirts, Wapuu stickers and pins, and countless “We’ve Got Your Back” massages later, the interesting people we met and new friends we made at WordCamp US 2016 all made for an absolutely amazing time.
Last weekend brought me to WordCamp Fayetteville 2016 in beautiful, green Arkansas. Fayetteville has been holding WordCamps for the Northwest Arkansas WordPress community since 2010, making it one of the more mature North American WordCamps. This year’s #WCFAY was hosted at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development on the University of Arkansas campus which provided three tracks, including one large auditorium.
WordCamp New York City departed from the norm this year by hosting not at an academic facility, but at the prestigious United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan. Seated on the East River, the United Nations Headquarters boasted impressive art pieces and beefy airport-like security. WordCamp NYC took part in the UN’s Unite Open Source initiative which aims to “break down barriers to technology innovation through open source governance, communities and collaboration.” #WCNYC hosted their two tracks in two huge auditoriums, equipped with state-of-the-art audio/video equipment, including individual microphones for each seat.
This past weekend I found myself at the third annual WordCamp Asheville held at the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA). Asheville is a truly unique place filled with beautiful nature, great food, and friendly people.
SiteLock was a sponsor and I volunteered at the PreCamp, a full day hands-on workshop for those brand new to WordPress.
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.
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.”
We had the pleasure of attending WordCamp Maine this past weekend. It was held at the Maine College of Art; not only a beautiful venue, but one that inspired the same creativity and community that WordCamps are known for.
Friday was Contributor Day. This was a chance for people new and experienced with WordPress to learn the many ways in which to contribute to the WordPress project.
The first round of @WordCampSD tickets sold out within hours of being announced and stunned us all. The second and final round sold out March 1, a mere week after opening sales. Unfortunately, it was also twenty-four days before I officially stepped into my new role as Product Evangelist at SiteLock. It was looking like I missed the boat. In this case, the boat would, of course, be the USS Midway; the majestic World War II era aircraft carrier-turned-museum permanently moored across the San Diego Bay from San Diego International Airport … and WordCamp San Diego.
We can’t believe that our first @WordCampJax is over already! The weekend was filled with new faces, educational talks and some great networking. We were very excited to be present, as this year was Jacksonville’s first! The Camp organizers did an incredible job putting together a fun-filled weekend; one we will not soon forget!
The first ever WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006 and was organized by Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg. WordCamps have since grown to include six continents, 48 countries, 66 cities and counting. Each individual WordCamp is planned by volunteers and brings its own local flavor. Jacksonville was no exception, with our hotel located near the popular Jacksonville Landing, and our after-party event at the eccentric Kickbacks, the Jacksonville team made sure we had a true local experience.
We kicked off our second quarter of 2016 with a trip to weird and wonderful Austin, Texas for the second annual #WooConf! WooConf is an event focused on online storeowners and developers that use the eCommerce solution WooCommerce. If you’re in eCommerce and you don’t know what WooCommerce is, you should! Used by more than 37 percent of all online stores on the Internet (according to BuiltWith.com), WooCommerce is the number one eCommerce platform in the world by volume. This year’s conference brought more than 30 top-tier presenters from the space to share their expertise and experience.