After a yearlong hiatus, WordCamp Phoenix returned this past weekend with a vengeance. Over 400 attendees swarmed the Phoenix Convention Center to brush up on the latest WordPress news, learn new skills and network with fellow WordPressers.
#WCPHX was my third WordCamp and although I may be biased, it was my favorite yet! The event took place in the heart of downtown Phoenix and in true WordCamp form it felt like a home away from home. Our SiteLock team was proud to be a Master Builder sponsor and to take part in such an exciting event in our own backyard. We also debuted our very own SiteLock Wapuu, complete with sunglasses and a saguaro cactus.
The speaker/sponsor dinner on Friday night was held at the GoDaddy Tempe offices. Guests were taken on a guided tour through the offices by GoDaddy’s own Mendel Kurland and Isaac Irvine. The workplace, which feature brightly colored desks, bikes and even a slide, made for an exciting evening. Our Product Evangelist, Adam Warner, got in-touch with his inner kid and took one of the office pedal carts for a spin!
Adam relished the opportunity to take the tour and noted that, “Although the GoDaddy team knows how to have fun, they are very serious about producing quality products and services for small business owners.”
It was amazing to see the turnout at WCPHX. Our sponsor table had steady traffic all weekend and the whole team loved getting to meet the local WordPress community. We heard some great stories, handed out lots of “Secure Your Word” t-shirts and Wapuu pins, and shook many a hand.
Saturday night, SiteLock hosted an intimate dinner at The Arrogant Butcher prior to the official WordCamp after party. The dinner was a great opportunity to reconnect with our friends in the community and get to know individuals that we only knew online. The food was fantastic, but the conversations were even better. We loved getting to know our guests.
Our president, Neill Feather, participated in Sunday’s security panel, “Risk Factors and Best Practices,” with Josh Eichorn of Pagely and Jarrett Gucci of WP Fix It. Together, they addressed topics that affect the WordPress community including the role of CMS, upcoming security risks, and self-managed security. It was a fantastic turnout, and great to see the WordPress community focused on preventative security measures.
WordCamp Phoenix was an absolute blast! Thank you to all of the incredible organizers and volunteers that donated so much time and effort into putting the event together. We can’t wait for next year!