Summer Roundup

WordCamp Summer Roundup!

July and August have been very busy months for WordCamps. In the last few weeks, ServerPress had showings at WordCamps in Kansas City, Milwaukee, New York City, and Omaha.

WordCamp Kansas City: July 11 – 13

For me, the whirlwind started in July at WordCamp Kansas City. Kansas City WordCamp is one that has always held a soft spot in my heart for a number of reasons. In 2012 it was my second WordCamp ever and my first in which I did not know a single breathing soul prior to going. This changed very quickly and it was this WordCamp that made a believer out of me when it came to the WordPress Community. I was so excited to be returning this year in multiple capacities. ServerPress, LLC was not only a sponsor but I managed to talk the organizers into letting me give two presentations; one on Foundation Friday and one on Saturday. It was a full schedule to be sure but I had a great time and was so glad I made the commitment.

Saturday night, about 20 of us went to dinner prior to the after-party, where acquaintances were re-acquainted and we all got to know some new, really cool people as well (a typical theme of every WordCamp ever).

Sunday was spent as a Contributor day. Think you don’t know enough about WordPress to contribute? Guess again! Within an hour, there was not a single person who was not contributing to the WordPress project, whether it was working on core, plugins or answering forum questions. WordPress makes it so easy to give back that you almost have to be deliberate to avoid it. It’s really cool!

For me, the highlight of the day, though, was that one of the organizers invited me to their house where I got to spend a couple of hours talking and getting to know them, but almost as importantly, got to play with their Google Fiber. Believe me when I tell you that it’s so fast that it’s almost enough to make you consider moving to Kansas City.

 

Since WordCamps are informal Community events, we got to be a little bit “loosy-goosy” with ours and we took the Dairy Theme to the extremes. From opening remarks, where the organizers dressed up in various dairy-appropriate costumes, to the “Life on the Farm” photo booth, we worked hard to make this WordCamp one that was a lot of fun, while being educational and providing as many ways as possible for people to meet people.

One of the biggest highlights for me was that I got to bring my kids to hang out with me for the day. My oldest, Eli (9) decided that he wanted to show people how easy it is to use DesktopServer. He had such a good time interacting with people and I loved how interactive the attendees were with both he and my daughter Brenna (4). Lots of new friends were made at WordCamp Milwaukee.

WordCamp NYC: August 2 – 3

Since WordCamps are informal Community events, we got to be a little bit “loosy-goosy” with ours and we took the Dairy Theme to the extremes. From opening remarks, where the organizers dressed up in various dairy-appropriate costumes, to the “Life on the Farm” photo booth, we worked hard to make this WordCamp one that was a lot of fun, while being educational and providing as many ways as possible for people to meet people.

One of the biggest highlights for me was that I got to bring my kids to hang out with me for the day. My oldest, Eli (9) decided that he wanted to show people how easy it is to use DesktopServer. He had such a good time interacting with people and I loved how interactive the attendees were with both he and my daughter Brenna (4). Lots of new friends were made at WordCamp Milwaukee.

WordCamp Milwaukee: July 25 – 27
This was my favorite WordCamp of the year for a number of reasons (I am admittedly biased on this). For one thing it’s in my own back yard but that was not all of it.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the organizers for this WordCamp and I learned a lot in the process. Organizing a WordCamp is a lot of work and there is no way it could be successfully pulled off without the help of volunteers and the community in which you are a part. We were very fortunate in that we had fantastic volunteers and help from people in the community.

The folks that ran the venue practically bent over backward to be sure that every need was handled.

Since WordCamps are informal Community events, we got to be a little bit “loosy-goosy” with ours and we took the Dairy Theme to the extremes. From opening remarks, where the organizers dressed up in various dairy-appropriate costumes, to the “Life on the Farm” photo booth, we worked hard to make this WordCamp one that was a lot of fun, while being educational and providing as many ways as possible for people to meet people.

One of the biggest highlights for me was that I got to bring my kids to hang out with me for the day. My oldest, Eli (9) decided that he wanted to show people how easy it is to use DesktopServer. He had such a good time interacting with people and I loved how interactive the attendees were with both he and my daughter Brenna (4). Lots of new friends were made at WordCamp Milwaukee.

WordCamp NYC: August 2 – 3

This was my favorite WordCamp of the year for a number of reasons (I am admittedly biased on this). For one thing it’s in my own back yard but that was not all of it.

I was fortunate enough to be one of the organizers for this WordCamp and I learned a lot in the process. Organizing a WordCamp is a lot of work and there is no way it could be successfully pulled off without the help of volunteers and the community in which you are a part. We were very fortunate in that we had fantastic volunteers and help from people in the community. The folks that ran the venue practically bent over backward to be sure that every need was handled.

Since WordCamps are informal Community events, we got to be a little bit “loosy-goosy” with ours and we took the Dairy Theme to the extremes. From opening remarks, where the organizers dressed up in various dairy-appropriate costumes, to the “Life on the Farm” photo booth, we worked hard to make this WordCamp one that was a lot of fun, while being educational and providing as many ways as possible for people to meet people.

One of the biggest highlights for me was that I got to bring my kids to hang out with me for the day. My oldest, Eli (9) decided that he wanted to show people how easy it is to use DesktopServer. He had such a good time interacting with people and I loved how interactive the attendees were with both he and my daughter Brenna (4). Lots of new friends were made at WordCamp Milwaukee.

WordCamp Omaha: August 9 – 10
They said it couldn’t be done. They said it wouldn’t be done. Three failed attempts led to a fantastic WordCamp. Not only did they pull it off, but they did an amazing job from venue to hosting of the speakers. It is the first WordCamp I’ve attended where transportation and lodging were actually supplied by the organizers.

In this case, I have to say that my favorite part of WordCamp Omaha was that the venue provided the speakers with housing. All of us in one big house. It provided us with some great bonding and new friendships were made and old friendships were made even stronger.

Additionally, I’ve never seen a venue provide more for any WordCamp event. Not only did they provide us with housing, but they fabricated all of the speaker/sponsor gifts and printed all the t-shirts. It was an amazing show of how involved the Omaha Community is. From top to bottom, they were absolutely fantastic.

I’d also like to thank Dan Griffiths and company for bending over backwards in so many ways to make sure that everyone was having a good time. It was better than good. It was GREAT!

Marc’s driven spirit moves ServerPress, LLC forward with elevated momentum. With his business expertise, he rolls up his sleeves helping the Team in every possible way to ensure a smooth Workflow. Besides work, Marc is a big Advocate for Foster Care. Yes. 8 kids and counting…

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