For the past few months, much of my working life has been consumed by helping organize WordCamp US. While it has been a lot of work, as the date for this massive WordPress conference draws closer, I find myself increasingly excited for it to arrive.
Over the past couple of days, I’ve spent a bit of time thinking about what specifically excites me about WordCamp US. I thought others debating with themselves about whether to attend might take some value and insight from my own expectations.
WordCamps are a great way to meet up with old friends and to connect with new ones. WordCamps are delightfully ego-free zones; interaction between seasoned professionals and people just exploring WordPress is actively encouraged and supported.
As for specific people I am looking forward to meet in person (for the first time!) at WCUS, here are four: Cory Miller, David Bisset, Josepha Haden and John James Jacoby. (By sharing their names here, I think I’ve just challenged myself publicly to introduce myself to these four people.)
There are so many exciting talks scheduled for WordCamp US. It sounds cliché, but there really is something for everyone. If I had to recommend one “must see” session, I’d select Rami Abraham’s WordPress: The Next Generation – A Look Into WordPress Sites 5, 20, and 50 Years into the Future.
That said, I am a big fan of lightning talks: a quick glance or dive into so many topics. Some above my head and some outside of my immediate area of interest, but it’s like an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of WordPress-focused knowledge. Bring it on!
Working with the Volunteers
As part of the local organizing team, I have been privileged to focus on coordinating volunteer efforts in the run up to WCUS. I am really enamored with the generosity of the WordPress community, so I consider the opportunity to work closely with more than 120 volunteers a real treat. I can’t wait to get into the Philadelphia Convention Center and work alongside these wonderful people.
The After Party
The planning that has gone into the after-party for WordCamp US is amazing: the WCUS after-party promises to the be the mother of all good times. I won’t give away any surprises, but I’m confident that the party will go down in WordPress history as one of the best ever.
There are definitely a few tickets left, but you better get yours now! I am pretty sure they will sell out, and you definitely won’t want to miss out.