Earlier this year, we attended WooConf in Austin, TX and PressNomics in Phoenix, AZ. From exposure to the absolute cutting edge of the WordPress economy (at PressNomics) and eCommerce (at WooConf), to having after-hours drinks with some of the top influencers in our industry, it was clear: We need to go to all the conferences.
Well, maybe not all of them… But, more of them sure sounds nice! We’re excited to announce that you’ll find us at three different WordCamps this fall all across the United States. Before we hit the road, let’s talk about what WordCamp actually is for those that don’t already know.
What is WordCamp?
According to WordCamp Central, it’s all about WordPress! And let’s face the facts: If something makes up 26.6% of the entire internet and 59.2% of all websites that use a CMS (content management system), it should probably have its own conference.
To us, WordCamp is a locally grown, volunteer-driven conference that still collects some of the most talented consultants, designers, developers, and tech gurus across the nation (and the world). Most conferences that attract this level of talent will charge you an arm and a leg just to get through the door. Tickets to WordCamp are typically under $20 per day. If that isn’t enough of a selling point, they also funnel leftover ticket funds back into the local community. So, for them it was never about the money — it’s about spreading useful knowledge and best practices, and forging lasting connections.
We should probably add that WordCamp isn’t just for the United States: It’s a global phenomenon and we’re thankful for that. After all, how else were we going to get to Paris, France and have it be a business expense?
WordCamp Ann Arbor
October 14 – 15, 2016 at the Michigan Rakham Graduate Building
We’re looking forward to visiting Ann Arbor for the first time. Even better, we get to go to a WordCamp while we’re there! When not attending as many talks as possible from a great list of speakers, maybe we’ll get a chance to see some local sights and head down to the famous Michigan Theater for an independent film or stage production.
This trip evolved somewhat last-minute and planning for the conference was already well underway by the time we decided to attend. Unlike our other stops on this tour, we don’t plan to do any talking — just a lot of listening!
November 5 – 6, 2016 at SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown
This WordCamp is close to our home base in Fort Collins, but it still counts! Not only are we attending, Amber is a WordCamp Denver organizer and has applied to do several talks throughout the conference (more on that in a future post). This particular city holds a special place in my heart, because WordCamp Denver 2015 was the first I’ve ever attended. It’s good to be back for the second year in a row!
WordCamp US (Philadelphia)
December 2 – 4, 2016 at the Pennyslvania Convention Center
This is the big one and the grand finale of our tour. We’re looking forward to hearing talks from some of the heaviest hitters in our industry. WordCamp US 2015 attracted Tony Perez of Sucuri, Taylor Lovett of 10up, and Josh Koenig of Pantheon — to name just three. When we aren’t listening, we’re hoping to be the ones doing the talking! Road Warrior Creative has submitted a total of four different talks for WordCamp US, but the speaker list has not been finalized yet! Rest assured, we’ll update this post as soon as we know more.
See you there?
Whether you’re in Ann Arbor, Denver, or Philadelphia, you don’t have to be a WordPress developer or digital agency to get something out of these conferences. Depending on the size of the WordCamp, there are often 2+ tracks for attendees to participate in, with different topics and focuses. For example, WordCamp Denver 2015 had a “user” level track that was specifically for WordPress users, not developers. There’s something for everyone, and the cost of entry isn’t very high.
So, will we see you there? We sure hope so!