Post-Event Report: WordCamp Raleigh 2017

This year’s WordCamp Raleigh was the most attended #WCRaleigh in the event’s history, with over 300 in attendance! I was representing WebDevStudios at this year’s event, along with my awesome coworker, Jay Wood. Here’s my recap.Cameron and Jay from WebDevStudios

As with any WordCamp, the highlight for me was engaging with the amazing community, reconnecting with old friends, and making new ones. We had a great venue – the North Carolina State Engineering Campus, combined with some spectacular spring weather. It didn’t hurt that there was a taco bar at lunch, either.

I finally got to check a big item off my bucket list: getting to see Chris Lema speak in person. He definitely did not disappoint. His keynote opened WordCamp Raleigh and got everyone pumped for the rest of the weekend.

Chris Lema Presenting

His talk was titled “Seven Stories. One Point,” and each story he told was encouraging, whether you’re new to WordPress and feeling unsure of yourself, or a veteran in the community suffering from impostor syndrome.

There were several great talks this year, ranging from learning how to use Docker for your local WordPress development environment, to an introduction to WP-CLI, to a two-part REST API workshop. I even got in on the fun and gave a talk on maximizing your productivity.

You can read another great recap post by Ben Meredith, one of the WordCamp Raleigh organizers, over on his blog.

WordCamps are always a great place to learn and make new connections, so I always encourage folks to attend as many as they can. I actually got my job here at WebDevStudios because of a connection I made at WordCamp Raleigh way back in 2014. Be sure to keep an eye on WordCamp Central for upcoming WordCamps and say hi to one of our WebDevStudios peeps while you’re there.


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