My last WordCamp for Spring 2016 was the in the “BBQ Capital of the World,” Kansas City, Missouri (#WCKC). WordCamp Kansas City is one of the few WordCamps that spans a three-day period, starting Friday morning. We jumped straight into sessions by noon on Friday and kept it going strong all the way through Sunday afternoon, with a cozy afterparty-style meet-up to conclude each day. Both the Friday and Saturday sessions took place at the Kauffman Conference Center, while Sunday’s sessions were held at the Sprint Accelerator workspace.
The sessions at @WordPressKC enjoyed unusually high attendance, with very few attendees congregating in the common areas during sessions. In the absense of a “hallway track,” I was able to catch more sessions than I normally do. There was a fair mix of speakers that I’m familiar with and folks that I hadn’t had the pleasure of meeting yet. Some of the talks I attended include:
- “Securing WordPress” with Jim Grant.
- “Care and Feeding of Your New WordPress Website” with Rebecca Haden.
- “Please Enqueue Responsibly” with Ethan Clevenger.
- “Websites + The Law” with Chris Brown.
- “Jetpack All the Things” with Michele Butcher.
- “WP-CLI: Command & Conquer” with Frankie Jarrett.
- “Secrets to Optimize Website Tracking for User Engagement” with Zack Pike.
“Please Enqueue Responsibly” with Ethan Clevenger
“Care and Feeding of Your New WordPress Website” with Rebecca Haden
“Secrets to Optimize Website Tracking for User Engagement” with Zack Pike
Unbeknownst to the organizers, Friday night’s after-hours meetup coincided both in time and location with a concert performed by The Lumineers, providing live entertainment for the WordCampers as an unexpected bonus. WCKC’s organizing group went out of their way to make each attendee feel at home in their city, ensuring that nobody ever had to sit alone. This weekend we were all a part of the KC WordPress Family.
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