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.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Alex Block and Cami Kaos present the opening remarksAlex Block and Cami Kaos, two of the event’s organizers, introduce the opening remarks for WordCamp US, giving thanks to sponsors, speakers, and the “bread and butter” of WordCamp — the volunteers.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - The WP Engine booth set upThe WP Engine Booth, prepped and ready for WordCamp US 2015.

WordCamp US 2015 in PhotosFree swag came in abundance at WordCamp US 2015, including stickers, buttons, and more.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - the Pennsylvania Convention CenterCrowds gathered in the hallway of the Pennsylvania Convention Center to visit the variety of sponsor booths.

WordCamp US 2015 in PhotosStickers 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.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Maria Groeschel converses with a WordCamp attendee WP Engine’s Senior Director of Marketing Maria Groeschel converses with a WordCamp US attendee.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - The Happiness BarWordCamp attendees received hands on help at the Happiness Bar, a place for WordCamp volunteers to answer WordPress related questions and offer viable solutions.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Lauren Pittenger“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.”

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - WP Engine employees Will Ruff and Rachel GrahamWP 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.

“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.”

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - win a drone at the WP Engine boothMany attendees filled out a card with their information for their chance to win a drone at the WP Engine booth. The winner, Matthew Denton, was selected the next day.

“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.”

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Scott Taylor“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.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - WP Engine after party at BruThe Friday after party at BRU, hosted by WP Engine, was a huge success and more than 200 WordCamp attendees showed up to enjoy free draft beer and delicious appetizers.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Speaker Shayda Torabi“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.”

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Patrick Rauland“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.”

What’s for lunch? Mac n’ cheese was served up along with BBQ.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - The WP Engine team Photo © Kari Leigh MarucchiThe WP Engine team was in full force this year with over 20 employees in attendance. (Photo © Kari Leigh Marucchi)

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Sucuri SecuritySucuri Security led a #FindTony Apple Watch giveaway where guests were challenged to see if they knew who Tony was and take a selfie with him.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - CEO of Sucuri, Tony PerezWe found Tony! (CEO of Sucuri, Tony Perez)

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - WordCamp Swag StoreAn attendee plays the virtual piano at the WordCamp Swag Store.

Companies were encouraged to write down their hiring information on this job board.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - WordCamp attendees recharge during the afternoon breakWordCamp attendees recharge during the afternoon break.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - WP Engine founder and CTO Jason Cohen announces the the “Hug A Dev” scholarship winner, Victor Ramayrat.WP Engine founder and CTO Jason Cohen announces the the “Hug A Dev” scholarship winner, Victor Ramayrat.

WordCamp US 2015 in PhotosDozens gathered around the WP Engine booth during the drone giveaway announcement in hopes they’d be chosen as the sole recipient.

WordCamp US 2015 in PhotosWordCamp attendees eagerly await the announcement. And the winner is…

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Maria GroeschelMaria Groeschel stirs up the stack of entries before selecting the winner.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - The winner of the WP Engine Drone Giveaway, Matthew DentonThe winner of the WP Engine Drone Giveaway, Matthew Denton, smiles with his new toy.

WordCamp attendees gather outside the main conference room to await the final speech of WordCamp US — the State of the Word Address. 

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Matt MullenwegPhiladelphia city councilman David Oh starts off the State of the Word Address by recognizing December 5 as “WordPress Day” in Philadelphia.

WordCamp US 2015 in Photos - Matt MullenwegThe 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.