WordCamp US wrapped up this past weekend at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in downtown Philadelphia. The three-day event was filled with speeches on a variety of topics covering everything from WordPress development, to design, to content creation, and more.
The event also provided opportunities to discover companies and individuals who work in the realm of WordPress and to network with people from around the world. Take a look below to get a photo recap and see just how awesome WordCamp US was this year:
Welcome to WordCamp US! The event, only two years old, was held in Philadelphia again at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City. This year’s WCUS attracted more than 1,800 attendees.
Two of the event’s organizers, Alex Block and Cami Kaos, kicked off WordCamp US with opening remarks where they thanked all the sponsors, volunteers, and organizers for making this event possible.
Post opening remarks, attendees packed the escalators to make it to the first floor for the starting presentations of the day. Sessions took place in three different rooms — Liberty Bell, Independence, and Kite & Key.
The WP Engine team was at WordCamp US 2016 to meet current customers, as well as talk to prospects about how they can power amazing digital experiences for websites and applications built on WordPress.
WP Engine also recently launched their #DontStress campaign. At WordCamp US, attendees were encouraged to share what they do to relax rather than having to fret about website problems.
— Brian Messenlehner (@bmess) December 2, 2016
In addition to WP Engine being in attendance at WCUS, the editorially independent news site Torque ventured from San Francisco and NYC to Philly. They provided guests with free (and incredibly awesome) Torque Toons coloring books.
WP Engine’s Shayda Torabi and BobWP.com’s Bob Dunn pose for the camera.
WP Engine employees Dustin Meza, Rachel Graham, John Gamboa, and Cidney Valadez gather around the WP Engine booth to chat with WCUS attendees.
— Ephox (@Ephox) December 2, 2016
In her speech on open source creativity, artist turned entrepreneur Sarah Cannon talked about how “positivity is the key to creativity.” She encouraged the audience to open up ideas rather than stifle them. With open source, this means the more people who put up their work and share it, the more it will springboard them into innovation and advancement.
For those looking for work in WordPress, the WCUS job board was the perfect way to write down your hiring opportunities.
In his speech, “Teaching the FBI to photoblog with WordPress,” Karl Kevilus discussed how BanditTracker.com was created on WordPress and used to solve crimes to better the chance of getting dangerous people off the streets. So far it has drastically reduced bank robberies in the US, thanks to WordPress.
O3 World’s Stack Developer Courtney Wilburn talks about why the backend is dead. Wilburn presented a new paradigm for assessing talent and creating great applications. According to Wilburn, the new stack should be about finding someone who can cover all four layers of the stack: 1. Data layer, 2. Business logic layer, 3. Presentation layer, 4. Operations layer.
With 1,800-plus attendees, WCUS was a packed one! The WP Engine booth had constant interaction.
WP Engine’s Anthony Burchell and Cidney Valadez pose for the camera.
WP Engine’s John Gamboa presented on “Tales from the Closed Web: Working with WordPress Censorship in China.” According to Gamboa, “China, Russia, and a lot of countries think the internet is something that should be defined by the borders of their countries.”
— Marie Dodson (@Mdodson12) December 3, 2016
Day 2 of WordCamp US 2016 kicks off!
WP Engine’s Shayda Torabi was selected to present again at WCUS. In her speech, “Let’s Take This Offline: Making friends, and growing professional relationships IRL,” Torabi encouraged the audeince to, “Leverage the people you do know to meet the people that you don’t know.” You can read her full recap on Torque: Making Friends and Growing Relationships in Real Life.
How do you have fun at WCUS? Flip the bottle, of course! Attendees loved this game. In order to win a t-shirt, they had to flip a water bottle in the air and land it straight up on a box. The game was a huge hit!
WordCamp US attendees Zach Stephek, Andrew Wikel, Darcy Wheeler, Shayda Torabi, and Scott Drichel pose for the camera.
The line forms for the most anticipated speech of WCUS, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word address.
Matt Mullenweg delivers the annual State of the Word address, which covered everything from what’s to come in WordPress 4.7, to Calypso, to plugins usage and other notable moments of the past year and what’s in store for the future of WordPress.
— WordCamp US (@WordCampUS) December 4, 2016
The WordCamp US official after-party was a blast! Held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, guests were encouraged to take a tour of the butterfly exhibit, take part in karaoke, explore the dinosaur exhibit, and even get their face painted.
— WordCamp US (@WordCampUS) December 4, 2016
The WordCamp US Twitter account applied great use of puns during the event.
And that’s a wrap. What were your most memorable moments at WordCamp US 2016? Let us know by leaving a comment below.