Getting Ready for WordCamp US 2022
WP Engine will be on the ground in San Diego for the eagerly-anticipated in-person return of WCUS!
After a nearly three-year hiatus, WordCamp US will return as an in-person event this weekend!
Beginning Friday, September 9, hundreds of WordPressers will descend on San Diego for three days of educational programming, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities, touching every corner of the WordPress ecosystem.
This year’s programming will follow the template of previous WordCamps: Friday and Saturday are filled with talks, workshops, and lighting rounds, followed by a Contributor Day on Sunday.
Whether you’re interested in learning more about WordPress in general, or finding out about specific trends and new developments, you’ll find what you’re looking for at WCUS 2022!
If you can’t attend in person, don’t worry! All standard WCUS sessions will be livestreamed during this year’s event.
Come Say Hi
Want to talk about all things WordPress? Make sure and stop by Booth 12 in the Expo Hall to speak with WP Engine employees and partners about all of the exciting things we’re focused on.
We’ll be on site to answer your questions and chat about everything from headless WordPress to Full Site Editing and beyond. We’re excited to see old friends and make new connections!
We’ll also be giving away the latest version of our legendary WCUS t-shirts. Make sure you grab one while supplies last!
Additionally, we’ll be providing new WP Engine customers with a coupon code for 20% off their first month (or four months free with an annual plan), and two lucky booth visitors will win a Bose Soundlink Micro Bluetooth speaker!
Finally, if you’re interested in being featured in a video, WP Engine’s Torque team will be on the ground conducting interviews and live tweeting the event, all weekend long.
Incredible Talks with Experts
This year’s WCUS organizers have done a masterful job curating more than 40 talks and workshops with experts from around the world. While there aren’t specific themes for this year’s programming tracks, WordPressers of any skill level will find something they can use to level up their game.
Though you won’t want to miss a single session, make sure you check out Let’s Build a Custom Block in 15 Minutes—a lightning talk led by WP Engine Developer Advocate Nick Diego, on Friday afternoon.
Even after all this time, block editing can still be intimidating to many, and Nick has made it his mission to make block development more accessible. As his session title suggests, Nick will focus his lighting talk on designing a block, from start to finish, in 15 minutes.
If you’ve wanted to create your own blocks but haven’t known where to start, this is a must-attend session.
Attendee Tips and Tricks
Seeing as this is the first WCUS in almost three years, there are also a number of tips and tricks we wanted to provide ahead of the event.
Make sure you bring everything you need to the venue. This includes comfortable shoes, a water bottle, and any and all chargers.
Another important thing to remember at this year’s WCUS, is proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the event. You can find out more about WCUS Covid-19 policy here.
Organizers have gone to great lengths to ensure everyone leaves WordCamp happy and healthy. To ensure your status is recorded, make sure you sign up for the Vow Digital Health System before attending the event or entering the venue.
If you have time, make sure and stop by the Contributor Day on Sunday. Contributions to WordPress have been down over the last few years, and this is a great opportunity to sit down with some friends and give back to WordPress. Even if you don’t have coding experience, this is a great day to sit down and learn with friends.
Finally, while WCUS is all about learning and growing, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a little bit of fun! Make sure you stop by the official WCUS After Party at Riverfront Park on Saturday, September 10!
Surf, Sun, and Full Site Editing
An in-person WordCamp US has been a very long time coming and we’re so excited to finally be together again. When we left the conference center in St. Louis in 2019, we had no idea it would take almost three years to be back together.
We can’t wait to soak up some rays, see old and new friends alike, and talk about all things WordPress!
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