It was the best of times, it was the… well, it was simply the best of times at WordCamp US 2016 in Philadelphia, PA. Saturated with top notch WordPress experts and enthusiasts alike, WordCamp US (WCUS) was educational, informative, inspiring, and filled with opportunities to exchange ideas and make new contacts.
Lots happened. This blog post would be endless if we ran through it all. Instead, here are just a few of WebDevStudio’s (WDS) favorite moments, in no particular order.
1. A shout out from Cameron Barrett. In his presentation “WordPress for Schools,” Cameron mentioned how the School Wires to WordPress migration was built by WDS and saved Newark schools $158,000 in five years. We take deep satisfaction in having been a pivotal part of such an important effort and found Cameron’s seminar to be quite riveting.
— Brad Williams (@williamsba) December 2, 2016
2. WDS COO Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s presentation on BuddyPress as the Foundation for Training, Distance Learning and Support for Business and Government. Lisa educated attendees on leveraging the power of community with the BuddyPress plugin. She guided the audience through building portals for government, business operations, and training. As a team, we were really proud to see her onstage, sharing her skills and prowess.
3. People we love repping our brand (and causing envy). WP Engine team member and food blogger Shayda Torabi sported a WDS cap at WCUS and caused other attendees to rethink their hat gear (or, at least, that’s what we assume Joe Casabona, who is standing behind her, is musing).
4. The After Party. Held at The Academy of Natural Sciences, WCUS’ After Party was unique and interactive. It included exhibits, live animals, and even karaoke. We had the place to ourselves. It was a blast.
5. Bonding as a team. Our team members work remotely, sometimes out of coffee shops, but usually from home. It’s a rare occasion to spend time together. So when we have that chance, we take full advantage of it and have as much fun as we can, especially if it includes cheesesteaks.
Another highlight from WCUS was Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word, in which the WordPress co-creator talks about what happened this year, what is set to happen next year, and announces that WordCamp US 2017 will be held in Nashville. Read a thorough overview from his speech here.