WordCamp San Diego was held this weekend at the San Diego Hall of Champions in Balboa Park. Roughly 250 people attended the two-day event, despite two other WordCamps occurring at the same time—WordCamp Seattle and WordCamp Atlanta.
The event attracted attendees, speakers, and sponsors from all over the world, and boasted an impressive collection of sessions and panels. Volunteers were appropriately dressed in referee jerseys to align with the WordCamp theme of “Just WordPress It.”
The event kicked off bright and early Saturday morning, with doors opening at 8 a.m.
Saturday featured four tracks—Beginner, Admin, Developer, and Designer—each composed of seven sessions and one panel. Topics covered included migrating websites to and from WordPress, functional design, and integrating WordPress with external APIs.
Saturday afternoon featured a panel on making money with WordPress. Panelists included Scott Bolinger (co-founder of AppPresser), Steve Zehngut (CTO at Zeek Interactive), and Ben Fox (founder of SIDEKICK)—each of whom shared personal experiences and anecdotes about monetizing WordPress.
Other panel-style discussions on Saturday included “Help me! How to help others help you,” “What’s your workflow,” and “Writing code for other developers.”
WordPress lead developer Andrew Nacin opened the event Sunday by discussing his big move from Audrey Capital to the White House’s U.S. Digital Service—news he disclosed that morning on his personal blog.
Sunday also featured a plugin bootcamp, led by Yaron Guez (Director of Technology at Trestian) and Matt Cromwell (lead developer and support guru at WordImpress). The bootcamp provided step-by-step instructions on the plugin development process, from setting up a dev environment to submitting the plugin to the repository.
WordCamps are about engaging with the community and sharing stories, lessons, and experiences. Everyone has something to bring to the table, whether it be a unique perspective or a powerpoint on how to structure your plugin: That is what makes WordPress so powerful.
WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without all of the volunteers, organizers, and sponsors. They truly do a phenomenal job at making these events a wonderful and memorable experience.
Did you go to WordCamp San Diego? What was your favorite part?