Austin has always been on my list of places to visit, and now that I did I know it was totally worth the long travel. Huge WordPress community, very friendly people and a well organized WordCamp, not to mention that wonderful food experience.
I met and chatted with a lot of new folks – developers, designers, bloggers, business owners and beginners eager to use and learn WordPress. It was so overwhelming, in a good way obviously, and the BBQ – so delicious! The unofficial CigarCamp was the perfect way to end the day.
Dev Day on Sunday was a total blast, that’s where all the super geek talk happened over pizza. That’s where I was able to get a few minutes on stage to talk about contributing to WordPress and encouraged people to chime in.
So huge props to everybody who made it happen: organizers and volunteers, speakers, sponsors, attendees, and a very special thanks to the WP Engine folks for hosting Dev Day.
Hope to make it next year!
Texas has been on my list for a while now and Austin sounds like a great place to start. Looking forward for some sunshine, good company, great food and an exciting WordCamp Austin 2013. Maybe even a roundhouse kick to the face.
In 2011 I spoke at zero WordCamps. In 2012 I spoke only at WordCamp Sofia. One of my goals for 2013 is to speak at five different WordCamps, and it all starts as early as January with WordCamp Norway.
WordCamp Norway is January 26th in Oslo, and I’m really excited since I’ve never been anywhere near Norway. Flight tickets ready and hotel booked, the only thing remaining is the presentation. I’ll have a 25 minute slot and will probably be talking about tips and tricks to make you a better WordPress theme developer. If you’re not attending, you’ll most likely be able to catch all the talks on WordPress.tv after the event.
I haven’t made any specific plans about the other four WordCamps, so if you’re organizing one in your area this year, and have a slot for an extra speaker, don’t hesitate to ping me. Make sure you do that at least a month prior to the event, since I’ll have to apply for a visa and all those boring things.
Are you speaking at any events this year?
Update: slides and notes for 7 Tips for Better WordPress Theme Development.
Here we are, in San Diego, earlier this year on our anual company meetup. Bonus points if you can find me in the photo :)
I’m not very good with cameras, but here are some photos taken during the WordPress Community Summit, held in Tybee Island, GA earlier this month.
The summit is over and the feeling is amazing. I’m staying in Tybee for a few more days, to have some fun and make my long travel worth the effort, not that the summit was not worth it :)
The event took place in the Tybee Wedding Chapel, which is 99% awesome and 1% creepy. Around a hundred people attended the summit, though some couldn’t make it because of Hurricane Sandy, that hit some airport areas and caused flights to be cancelled. In any case, most seemed to have followed the summit online and notes and summaries have been (and are still being) posted to the event site.
It was the first time I’ve been to an unconference event and I really loved it. There were many discussions varying from core enhancements, themes and plugins, updates and i18n, to documentation improvements and women in WordPress. Quite a few action points were written down and hopefully will be followed up in the coming weeks. The ones I’m most excited about contributing to Core and making WordCamp.org more open, and a better place for WordCamp organizers and attendees.
I met a great deal of folks who I only knew by Gravatars and their WordPress.org handles, hand a fun time hanging around with them before, during and after the event, chit chatting about WordPress, travel and life. I’ll be back in Moscow on Friday, hopefully Sandy will be out of the way by then.
There’s a summary of the morning discussions and the afternoon discussions with action points published by Mark Jaquith. Other and more in-depth summaries will be posted on the summit blog in the coming days. There’s also a new “make site” on WordPress.org called meta which will help improve the WordPress.org network itself.
I’m attending the WordPress Community Summit next Monday in Tybee Island, GA. If you’re on the list of participants (unfortunately, it’s an invite only event) make sure you come say hi. I’ll be staying in Tybee until Friday.