It was held at the Columbus State Conference Center. This turned out to be the perfect location. The main hall and the breakout rooms were all close enough together but emptied into another main room allowing attendees a chance to meet and interact.
I love it when WordCamps have workshop days. WordCamp Columbus dedicated Friday to two tracks: WordPress 101 and WordPress 201.
Each workshop was very well attended and the feedback from new and experienced users was very positive.
I’ve said it before, but it’s true. Every WordCamp is unique because of the variety of topics presented, and WordCamp Columbus was no different.
Here are a few of the sessions I was lucky enough to attend.
The Power of Custom Post Types
Dustin Hartzler did an excellent job of explaining custom post types from the ground up. There were a lot of “ah ha!” moments during his talk and it was clear that people came away with a deeper understanding of what CPTs in WordPress are capable of doing.
Diversity in WordPress: A Panel Discussion
This panel discussion on diversity was unique and very interesting. The questions of “Why” and “How” we can all help to create and nurture diversity in WordPress don’t have a single answer.
However, the discussion between the audience and panel made it clear that this topic is something we should all keep in mind to build a stronger WordPress community.
WordCamp Game Room
When I saw that one of the sponsors was a local board game cafe, I didn’t really understand why they’d be interested in a WordCamp. After seeing them in action, it all became very clear!
Board gaming seemed a natural fit for many of the attendees and offered the perfect break to the session schedule. It was also a great option for people who are more introverted to interact with others more naturally.
Keynote: The Humanity of WordPress
The takeaway from Rich’s keynote was that although we all experience struggles in life that can divide and separate us, it’s important to remember that we, in fact, are all experiencing the same thing. The Human Condition.
Don’t Look Now! You’re the Expert.
Megan Morsie’s session was great; especially so because it was her first ever WordCamp talk. She discussed the challenge of working in an in-house company environment and still connecting to the greater software and development community.
I love learning how people get involved with WordPress and web development. Megan’s path was through the neopets website where she started to learn HTML.
Ask Me Anything About Selling Web Development Services
Kyle Maurer started with an open call for questions from the audience. The conversation quickly turned into one of the best freelance and agency talks I’ve ever attended.
Kyle was open and honest about early failures like his rates being too low, not properly scoping projects and managing time. He shared the specific processes he put in place to correct those mistakes and move forward.
WordCamp Columbus was a successful event and we’ll be sure to come back next year! Make sure to follow along with all of our WordCamp and other event recaps.