I’ve just returned from WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul, and what a camp it was! This year’s event was held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and Hanson Hall buildings at the University of Minnesota West Bank.
An impressive 450 attendees descended on the Twin Cities to learn and share all things WordPress. If you look close at the image below, you’ll see two planes in addition to the one I was on, all landing in Minneapolis. I’d like to think there were some other excited WordCampers coming in at the same time as my own flight.
SiteLock was among the 450 attendees, and we also sponsored the event. We were there in full force with copious amounts of swag and a $200 Amazon gift card for our raffle.
SiteLock sponsored and attended WordCamp Boston 2017 this past weekend. It was our second year in attendance, and as expected, it was a great event! In this post, we share some of our experiences from the event, including a slight hiccup and how we overcame it.
After a year of waiting and months of planning, SiteLock finally landed in Paris, France for our second year at WordCamp Europe! We sponsored the event again this year and were overwhelmed by the attendance of 1,900 people from 79 countries. Not to mention the 1,000 viewers who live-streamed the event, totaling a count of 2,900 WordPress enthusiasts!
For those of you who were at the show, you probably met at least one person in red from the SiteLock crew. From left to right, we sent these handsome folks below (note, I’m the one in the middle!).
For those of you who couldn’t make it, we’ve recapped the event with some of our favorite moments below.
Last week I attended and spoke at the second annual WordCamp Jacksonville. It was my first time attending this camp and it didn’t disappoint. As the title of this post suggests, it seemed there was something for every type of WordPress user, and that’s not always an easy feat to achieve.
When I attended my first WordCamp in 2011, I instantly fell in love with these events. Over the past year and a half, I’ve been fortunate to attend 29 different WordCamps around the world, and have learned so much from each and every one. In this time, I’ve realized what the absolute best part about any WordCamp is, and it’s my pleasure to share that with you.
Although there is a “best thing” about WordCamps (in my opinion), there are so many great things that should also be included here.
WordCamps are volunteer led and locally organized events. Each one is created by the community, for the community. The WordPress community is like no other I’ve been involved with. It’s open and collaborative with the goal to openly share knowledge in order to elevate attendee skills and understanding of the web publishing space.
WordCamps are in part funded by sponsors. There are global sponsors (SiteLock included), and many sponsors who are local to the event location. It’s an opportunity for companies and individuals to get their brand in front of attendees, but more than that, it’s a great way to give back to the WordPress project in a meaningful way.
Because sponsors donate their time and money, that means WordCamps can keep ticket costs low, usually in the $35 to $40 range. The affordable price tag makes these events accessible to more people than a traditional trade show or event where admission can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
If you went to a trade show that included mostly local businesses, many with competing products and services, would you expect that they would share their best advice for acquiring and managing their customers? Probably not. But this is exactly what happens at a WordCamp.
I’ve seen premium plugin business owners discussing their revenue details. I’ve seen hosting companies commiserating on technical challenges and how they have approached a solution. I’ve seen two real estate website development agencies sharing how they acquire customers.
Similar to the mission of WordPress, Democratizing Publishing, the official WordCamp mission statement might as well be Elevating Each Other. Of course, it’s not all altruistic either. There are business partnership opportunities to be explored and agreed upon during WordCamps too, and this happens regularly. Whether it’s between two developers who team up to start an agency, or between larger companies finding a mutually beneficial subject to offer together.
And now we’re getting closer to the meaning behind the title of this post. Every WordCamp session I’ve attended has been something useful, relevant and actionable. No matter whether you’re a blogger, designer, developer, business owner or a combination of these, there is always useful insight being shared by speakers that attendees can take away and implement for their own WordPress journeys.
Not only are the scheduled sessions always packed with useful information, but so are the conversations you have with others in the Hallway Track. If you’re not familiar, the Hallway Track is a term used to describe the conversations and knowledge sharing that occur during and after WordCamp sessions. All of this leads me to the best part of a WordCamp…
The individual people that plan, organize, sponsor, and attend are the best part of any WordCamp. For the most part, there is a similarity between people who are involved in WordPress, and especially so with people who get involved with WordCamps. The common denominator is that they are all genuinely nice people.
I have no scientific data to prove this niceness, of course, it’s my own generalization. Even more than this, people at WordCamps are eager to learn and are even more eager to connect deeply with others who share the same passion for building the web that creates real and lasting relationships.
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Last week the SiteLock team gathered at the Tempe Mission Palms to attend and sponsor PressNomics. If you’re not familiar, PressNomics is a conference focused squarely on entrepreneurs and influencers who are committed to the WordPress community.
This past weekend we found ourselves at WordCamp San Diego… and it was classy. This came as no surprise as the WordCamp theme was “Stay Classy,” a line taken from the comedy gem Anchorman set in the same city. SiteLock was a Gold sponsor (classy!) and along with our seasoned WordCamp goer Adam Warner, our own Web Security Consultant Managers, JC Bustillos and Evan Richardson, also attended the event.
This past weekend we found ourselves at WordCamp Atlanta, one of the largest WordCamps in the country. Because this event fell on the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, the theme was “Find your Pot of Gold with WordPress.” This theme was pervasive throughout the entire weekend, even the various speakers built this theme into their sessions!
SiteLock was lucky enough to sponsor the event (no pun intended) and Adam Warner, one of our staples in the WordPress community, had the pleasure of presenting his own story of finding WordPress.
The end of 2016 is just around the corner—four days in fact—and it has been an incredible year for WordCamps. According to WordCamp Central, there were over 115 camps in 2016 alone, with 65 taking place outside of the U.S. There is no question that WordPress is changing the lives of people globally.
WordCamps bring value to the WordPress community. They inspire and give us the ability to learn from each other. 2016 marked an opportunity for the SiteLock team to immerse itself. We experienced camps large and small, from the U.S. to Canada to Vienna, Austria. We met innovators, developers, bloggers and brand-new users. It was amazing to shake hands and hear how people are changing their lives (and the world) with WordPress.
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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