Where in the world can you find world-famous deep dish pizza and interact with a fantastic collection of WordPress experts and enthusiasts?
You guessed it, WordCamp Chicago!
The WordPress-centric event will be held at the University Center in downtown Chicago from June 13-15th. The three-day event features some awesome sessions, speakers, and attendees.
This jam-packed weekend kicks off with Foundation Friday!
Friday’s events aim to provide WordCamp attendees with a solid knowledge base. Last year, Foundation Friday was geared towards WordPress beginners, but this year options have been expanded: WordPress 101, WordPress 201, WordPress 301, and WordPress 401, respectively.
WordPress 101, 201, and 301 are all-day events (so you only need to register for one), which will include workshops, seminars, and discussions.
WordPress 401 also runs all day, by differs in structure. It’s an “unconference-style” WordPress roundtable, where experienced developers come together to discuss WordPress development and other pressing topics.
This year’s sessions feature a range of speakers, each with different backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise. Sessions will address many of the hot topics in the WordPress space, like JSON REST API, eCommerce, mobile apps, security, business growth and development, and more.
You can view the complete list of sessions here.
Saturday Activity Hour
On Saturday, there will be a two-hour lunch break between sessions. During this time, there’s an opportunity to network, socialize, find a new job or employee, and (of course) eat lunch. Saturday’s other organized activities include an architecture walking tour and lightning talks.
You can read more about Saturday’s activity hour here.
AfterParty On the Roof
It wouldn’t be a WordCamp without the memorable afterparty. This year, the WordCamp Chicago Afterparty begins right after the WordCamp day ends—at 6:30pm. The afterparty will be held on the 3rd floor Great Room and Rooftop Terrace at the University Center.
Here you’ll have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conversations with attendees, speakers, and sponsors. The party will be catered with dinner, appetizers, and drinks. But remember, it’s on a first come, first serve basis.
Also, don’t forget to bring your registration badge, because you’ll need it to get in!
WordCamps Help Maintain a Healthy WordPress Ecosystem
WordCamps help foster the community behind WordPress.
While WordPress developers and users get plenty of opportunities to interact online, WordCamps provide an excellent opportunity for community members to meet face-to-face.
Drawing members from all over the world, WordCamps created meaningful collaboration and dialogue within the WordPress space. Tickets for WordCamp Chicago are currently sold out, but don’t worry there are plenty of other upcoming WordCamps!
Are you attending any WordCamps this summer?
Marie Dodson is the assistant editor at Torque. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Biology and Society. She enjoys wine, good books, and travel.