Yes, another WordCamp US 2015 recap. Part 1 and Part 2 had a lot of great experiences. Part 3 is over Day 2 of WordCamp US, the after party, and Contributor day. Please note that there are a lot of pictures. You can click on many of them, and they will open in a lightbox so you can see a bigger version of the image.
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WordCamp US 2015 Recap – Part 3
Right away, on Day 2 of WordCamp US, I went into Rami Abraham’s presentation, WordPress: The Next Generation – A Look Into WordPress Sites 5, 20, and 50 Years into the Future. I loved all the presentations at WordCamp US, but Rami’s, it was lightyears ahead… literally.
Rami’s talk satisfied the science fiction addict within. This talk opens the mind of the possibilities that WordPress could be in the future. Rami put a LOT of effort with videos, and getting other WordPressers to participate. It was just amazing. While my mind wasn’t blown away, I was really fascinated, and just extremely entertained.
Rami’s talk on WordPress.tv – WordPress – The Next Generation. A Look Into WordPress Sites 5, 20, and 50 Years into the Future
After Rami’s talk, I sat in on Chris Weigman’s session, Make WP_CLI Work For You: Extending WP_CLI With Custom Commands. On Twitter, I commented I was glad to sit in this talk. If anyone could make a WP_CLI talk great, it’s Chris… hands down!
Chris’ talk on WordPress.tv – Chris Wiegman: Make WP_CLI Work For You – Extending WP_CLI With Custom Commands
After this, I took a break. I think our team members at Yoast were feeling silly. We found WPWatercooler. (lol)
Rich Robinkoff talked about making sure to watch out for each other, and to let us know that we are not along. To live and leave a legacy like Kim Parsell, a wonderful woman. This is another talk that hit home with me and I was teary eyed. I’m glad that Rich shared his message and it was really heard. 🙂
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Rich’s talk on WordPress.tv – Take Care of Each Other: How to Contribute to WordPress Without Writing Code
Joe Casabona reminded us in his talk that everyone learns differently.
Joe’s talk on WordPress.tv – Never Assume when Teaching WordPress
After the talks, and before the State of the Word main event, I took a couple of pics from what was going on in the hallways. It was so awesome to see people gathered together and talking shop.
State of the Word 2015
Matt Mullenweg delivered the State of the Word 2015, but before he did, a city councilman from Philadelphia came up on stage and declared December 5, 2015 as WordPress Day! Wow!
Matt covered a lot of things like what’s been happening in the past year, and what will happen in the future. He also recognized well-loved WordPressers like Alex King and Kim Parsell, who had passed away in the last year.
The WordCamp US Afterparty was at a bowling alley called Lucky Strike. It was a lot of fun. I was unable to fully enjoy bowling or dancing. However, I got to talk with a lot of people. Right before entering, I had twisted my ankle. The Uber driver and Taco were patient and very much gentleman helping me to my feet. I had to pause and make sure things weren’t too dire, as well as gather my dignity from falling.
Also, wanted to thank George Stephanis, Emmanuel Costas, and Kari Leigh Marucchi for being really helpful. I had my ankle on ice. I at least stayed a couple hours, but the pain got too much to bear and I needed a decent place to prop it up.
Overall, I really think the organizers picked the perfect place. Also, honestly, I use to love going to bowling alleys as a kid, and playing Mario Bros. on the arcade machines. So, it brought a little welcomed nostalgia. 🙂
I limped, with a cane, into Contributor day. I had to prop my foot up, and end up sitting with the Polyglot contributors. It was awesome to see so many pushing to translate WordPress. In fact, I was lucky to get to sit near Naoko Takano, who is from Japan and contributes to translating WordPress in her language. We talked a little anime, and she shared some Wapuu pins with me. (I love Wapuu!) I shared some extra Wapuu stickers with her, that she might not have had in her collection. It was soooooo awesome to talk with her. I also got a little lesson on pronouncing Japanese words!
It was also so motivating to see so many people contributing wherever they could.
A side note: I want to thank Kimberly Castleberry for helping me. My ankle was swollen, and I was in pain. She made some trips getting water and food so I didn’t have to limp everywhere with a cane and a wrapped up ankle and foot.
WordCamp US 2015 was amazing!!! I’m grateful to have gotten the chance to go. I’m really grateful to have met some of my coworkers at Yoast. I’m also really grateful for all the people I got to connect and re-connect with.
However, don’t just take my own word for it. Here are a few others who shared their personal WordCamp US experience.
- Jeff Chandler shared Day One: A Live Streamer’s Perspective of WordCamp US
- Chris Wallace shared The Official Lift WordCamp US 2015 Recap
- Darcy Wheeler shared WordCamp US 2015 in Photos
- Mendel Kurland shared The story & meaning behind the WordCamp US GoDaddy Coins
- Bob Dunn shared WordCamp US 2015: Goodness Overload
- Adam Soucie shared WordCamp US 2015 Recap: Day 1
- Anton Timmermans shared Developer takeaways from WordCamp US
- Taco Verdonschot shared The social WordCamp US
- Brian Krogsgard shared State of the Word, 2015
There were a lot of recaps posted from all over the Internet. I chose a little more than a handful.
Did you go to WordCamp US 2015? If so, please comment below: What was your most memorable time there? Did you write a recap post of your experience? If so, please leave it with your comment below. 🙂