We’ve summed up WordCamp US with these photos from the inaugural event. Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in the heart of Philadelphia, take a look to see just how awesome the conference was this year.
Stickers galore! Many companies handed out their own sticker creations. To the left: Introducing the WordPress US official mascot – Benpuu, a Benjamin Franklin inspired iteration of the official WordCamp mascot Wapuu. To the right: WP Engine’s official sticker for WordCamp US.
“One time I got really into decluttering and I got rid of all my summer clothes. The point was to keep the things I liked and for some reason I lost that idea. We can end up doing that with our websites too if we’re not thinking about the purpose of an element or piece of functionality. We might end up just making things worse,” said Front End Web Designer & Developer Lauren Pittenger during her speech, “The Art of Minimalist Design.”
WP Engine employees Will Ruff and Rachel Graham chat with WordCamp attendees. Hundreds stopped by the WP Engine booth to pick up awesome swag in many forms (including beanies, t-shirts, notebooks, etc.) as well as to gather information about the WP Engine’s managed WordPress hosting platform.
— Another Day, Another Doug (@zamoose) December 4, 2015
“A good user experience relies on a user interface that clearly indicates intent,” said 10up’s Helen Hou-Sandi during her presentation, “Intent in Software Design.”
— Drew Jaynes (@DrewAPicture) December 4, 2015
“You want to build your business like a reverse mullet – business in the back, party in the front,” said WP REST API Lead Rachel Baker during one of the most anticipated developer speeches at WordCamp US: “Build a Theme with the REST API.”
“When I first saw the code base at the New York Times, what I saw was challenging amounts of what would be called technical debt,” said Scott Taylor during his presentation “REST in Action: The Live Coverage Platform at the New York Times.” Also leading the release of WordPress version 4.4, Taylor was called to stage during the State of the Word Address to discuss its awaited release.
“Don’t feel like you need to come to the table being a developer or designer. Just start by asking a question. I can’t go and technically give back to the community, but I can organize a WordCamp. You don’t have to be the expert; there’s multiple levels. Just start wherever makes you comfortable,” said WordCamp speaker and WP Engine employee Shayda Torabi, who presented on “How Giving Back to WordPress Grows My Network.”
“Amazon.com is the Walgreens of the Internet – because it’s very good at things, but it’s not perfect. It’s Walgreens because it’s quick and easy, has 95 percent of what you want, but it doesn’t have everything. It’s not the best for all markets,” said Patrick Rauland, Product Manager for WooCommerce during his speech, “E-Commerce in 2015.”
— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) December 5, 2015
What’s for lunch? Mac n’ cheese was served up along with BBQ.
— Brad Williams (@williamsba) December 5, 2015
Companies were encouraged to write down their hiring information on this job board.
WP Engine founder and CTO Jason Cohen announces the the “Hug A Dev” scholarship winner, Victor Ramayrat.
— Torque (@TheTorqueMag) December 5, 2015
WordCamp attendees gather outside the main conference room to await the final speech of WordCamp US — the State of the Word Address.
The final event at WordCamp US, Matt Wullenweg gives his State of the Word Address.
And that’s a wrap! Did you attend WordCamp US? Let us know what your favorite part was in the comment section below.