WordCamp US 2016 was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, December 2-4, 2016. It was the 2nd WordCamp US, and the last to be held in Philly. I had a blast, and it wouldn’t have been possible without GoDaddy and WPEngine generously sponsoring my trip. I took a lot of pictures and did a lot of things, so I’ve broken my recap of WordCamp US 2016 into 2 posts. This is just part 1.
WordCamp US 2016 Recap – Part 1
PhillyPress Cheesesteak Get Together
The night before WordCamp US 2016, I hosted the PhillyPress Cheesesteak get together at Sonny’s Famous Steaks. This was the same restaurant we celebrated at the first WordCamp US, in 2015. A lot of people showed up, and we enjoyed some Philly cheesesteaks. I had mine with Cheese whiz, mozarella, mushroom, peppers, and onions.
First day talks
I have to admit that I did 95% Hallway track, meaning, I was socializing. I did duck into a couple talks briefly, but hadn’t gotten any pictures. However, here are some of the takeaways from some of the Day 1 talks, as well as the people, their talks, and links to their videos on WordPress.tv.
- Cory Miller – Managing your Iceberg
- Tammie Lister – Design for humans not robots
- Lisa Yoder – Version Control Your Life: Alternate Uses for Git
- Lisa Melegari How to Talk Content – A Guide for Developers
- Cameron Barrett – WordPress for Schools
- Sara Cannon – Open Source Creativity
- Mike Shroder – A Dash Through a WordPress Release
- Ryan Markel – Code Review: Keeping Things Secure, Clean, and Performant
- Pippin Williamson – Answers by Pippin
- Marc Coleman – Diversity and the design team
- Andrea Zoellner – Five Newsroom Tips for Better Website Content
- Winstina Hughes – Lessons from the Classroom: How to Use WordPress at Your Planning Agency
- Éverton Rosário – From Community to the World. Instantly!
- Karl Kevilus – Teaching the FBI to photoblog with WordPress
- Michael Arestad, Gary Pendergast, Joe Dolson, Taco Verdonschot, Tina Kesova – Contributor Panel
- Topher DeRosia – HeroPress: The People Of WordPress
- Courtney Wilburn – The Back End Is Dead: A New Paradigm for Assessing Talent & Creating Great Applications
- Kathryn Presner – From Shadows to Limelight: How women found their voice at WordCamp Montreal
- Christopher Hinds – From Chef to COO: Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire
- Courtney OCallaghan – WordPress is for Blogs: CMS Diversity in Museums
- Mika Epstein – You Are Not Code
- Zach LeBar – How to Speak “Conversational Developer”
- Chris Lema – Finding your voice by blogging
- Josepha Haden – Care and Feeding of Your Passion
- Lauren Comito – Libraries <3 WordPress
- Troy Dean – Online Education Communities with WordPress
- Doris Chen – What’s New in TypeScript
- Petya Raykovska – The WP REST API guide for non-developers
- Elise Desaulniers – Influence is Not Only About Likes: How I used WordPress to change laws and (maybe) save lives.
- John Gamboa – Tales from the Closed Web: Working with WordPress Censorship in China
— Matt Cromwell (@learnwithmattc) December 2, 2016
— Jonathan Ober (@jonathanober) December 2, 2016
— Icegram (@icegram) December 3, 2016
— Elegant Themes (@elegantthemes) December 2, 2016
— TinyMCE (@tinymce) December 2, 2016
The Hallway track
The sponsors really outdid themselves this year. There were plenty of services to learn about, fun activities to do, and even some awesome swag. I’ve included photos below. (Note: I still need to do a lot of captioning.)
This was just Day 1’s events for WordCamp US 2016. WordCamp US 2016 Recap – Day 2 is here, and has some of the 1st evenings parties, State of the World, more talks, and more social media reactions.
Did you go to WordCamp US 2016, in Philadelphia? What were your favorite memories from Day 1?