WordCamp US 2015

This past 3 days was the inaugural WordCamp US conference and it was held right here in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

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WordCamp US 2015 BadgeThere were 1800 in attendance and another 700 watching via live stream, making it the largest WordCamp event to date. The first one was held in 2006.

There were 3 tracks of talks running both Friday and Saturday, with one of them being “lightening talks” that were only 10 minutes long. I did like the idea of this and found myself sitting in on quite of few of those as they did have a variety of interesting topics. However, the 10 minutes went by quickly and it did leave me wanting to hear more!

Of course the talks themselves are only half of the reason and value of the event. Meeting friends from the WordPress community is always a treat like no other technical community I have seen. Meeting new people and discovering the variety of backgrounds and ways that people come into this community is also something that never stops to amaze me.

Here is a recap of the talks I attended.  I took many pages of notes, but I list these out also as reminder for myself and to go back and review the presentations when they are posted. There is so much to think about, learn from and incorporate into my 2016 plans!

Friday, December 4

Saturday, December 5

The State of the Word closing keynote from Matt Mullenweg and the after party at Lucky Strike were also treats not to be missed.

Oh yes, in case you haven’t heard, WordPress is now powering 1 out of every 4 of the top 10 million websites.  We are at 25% market share and growing!