WooThemes at WordCamp Atlanta 2013

Written by Mark Forrester on March 21, 2013 News.

For anyone who is unaware, there are conferences happening all around the world that are centered around WordPress. They are appropriately called WordCamps, though they aren’t what you may traditionally think of as a camp. They are, on average, 1 or 2 days long and have a range of attendees. There will be people there that are first time users and people who are developers making a living from WordPress. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn, network, and get in some team bonding!

“WordCamp is a conference that focuses on everything WordPress.”

WooThemes in Atlanta

WooThemes at WordCamp Atlanta

With that out of the way, most of the US WooThemes crew decided to get together in Atlanta this past weekend for WordCamp Atlanta 2013. It was a fairly central point for us to all meet up, plus WooThemes was a sponsor. We had Tom (New York), Mike K. (Ohio), Maria (Roaming in the RV), Daniel E. (Texas), and myself (Indiana) all get together to have a little fun and checkout a WordCamp. For a lot of us it was our first official WordCamp, I believe Tom was the only person who had gone to another WordCamp before.

It was great for us, a team that works remotely, to get together. It’s also the first time Daniel E. had met any of us outside of Skype, and vice versa for the rest of us. It’s hard to explain why it’s so awesome to get together, but things like this and our WooTrips are crucial to our culture here.

After we meet and get to hang out for awhile, we easily all become great friends. Enough so that we are close enough to give hugs when we say goodbye. I don’t know if most can say that about their co-workers. We’re a really close team!

The Conference

Besides being able to get together, we were here to attend some informative sessions and meet lots of new people. WordCamp Atlanta went all out and had 4 tracks running at the same time. A beginner, content strategy, designer, and developer track all had sessions that anyone interested could learn from. Being in Atlanta we had quite a few WordPress rockstars in attendance as well. It was so fun to be able to meet people we all follow on Twitter, or interact with here for WooThemes, face to face.

Now if you think it sounds too nerdy for you, just know that my wife was in attendance as well and had a great time. She enjoyed many of the sessions from the content strategy track, as I’m sure many others did. So don’t have the mindset that a WordCamp will be too technical for you.

What We Took Away

First off, we need to get together more often. We all had physically met either for the first time, or just last October during our Cape Town WooTrip. It was great fun to get together again this past weekend, we will definitely keep a sharp eye out for another opportunity to do so!

Secondly, WordCamps are awesome! Like I said, this was the first WordCamp for a lot of us and we really enjoyed it. Kudos to the organizers of this years WordCamp Atlanta! Personally, part of my 2013 goals is to get further involved in the WordPress community. I don’t think a more perfect example exists than attending a WordCamp, so there will definitely be more WordCamps we all attend this year.

Speaking of that, before we get to session content, some of the people we got to meet and hang out with were the best. We all got to meet some of our WordPress heros like the 8bit crew, Brian Krogsgard who does lots of great stuff with WooCommerce, personal WooThemes fans like Kevin Gilbert, designer extraordinaire James Dalman, and many more. There is definitely plenty of truth to what people say about the WordPress community.

From the sessions I think we all learned a vast array of things. From further understanding how to use Git, overcoming our fear of the publish button, the power of telling a story, designing to make six figures, and the elusive Golden Unicorn! I would expect all of our own personal blogs will be updated more frequently than they have been before as well. We were all really inspired to take all of this and act on our intuitions to create awesome stuff. Whether that be great tutorial videos for our WooThemes products, successfully branching a theme to make a fix, or becoming a better developer in general!

We had a blast, so what WordCamp should we go to next? I’m ready for the next one. If you were at Atlanta or have ever been to a WordCamp let us know about it. If you’ve not yet make plans to go to one soon. All of us here in the US would love to meet more people from the WordPress or WooThemes community!


20 Responses

  1. tomharrigan
    March 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    This was such a blast and that is an understatement! What a fantastically talented turnout of developers, writers and designers, from a much larger geographical range than I would have expected too. I cannot wait for the next WordCamp, suppose I’ll have to satisfy my craving with the online WordSesh in April 🙂

  2. John Saddington
    March 21, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    OMG, it was fun! thanks for hanging with us man!

    • Maria
      March 21, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

      John, I’m still trying to figure out how the heck it takes 4 hours for you to get your hair done!

      • Matty Cohen
        March 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

        The man’s a perfectionist, Maria! 😉

  3. Daniel Espinoza
    March 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Golden unicorns, six figure comic sans, flying candy, cool asian hair, bronies, what the git, leveling up, and ninjas!

    Such a great experience!

  4. Tom McFarlin
    March 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Meeting you guys at the Jelly was awesome. The interview I had with Daniel was easily one of my highlights.

    You guys hire some seriously high quality people. Props to that, gentlemen (and gentlewomen) :).

  5. James Dalman
    March 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    It was totally awesome to hang out with the WooCrew and spend time with people who get it. 🙂

    I hope we get together at future WordCamps and other events. Next time I will bring my all of my real ninja gear. TSA is not a problem for a WooNinja!

    Rock on my friends!

    • Michael Krapf
      March 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

      James, you gave a very entertaining and informative presentation in Atlanta and I would encourage anyone that has a chance to attend one of your other talks to do so!

      Can’t wait to hang with you again 🙂

    • Chris
      March 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      I hate that I missed your talk, dude!

      • Michael Krapf
        March 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

        Chris, you’ll be happy to know that I’m a fellow “Brony”!

        • Daniel Espinoza
          March 21, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

          Brony’s unite! (we need a t-shirt)

  6. Brian Krogsgard
    March 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    It was great meeting you all in Atlanta! I love WooThemes, and it’s awesome to put faces to names 🙂 Also, I love my new ninja. I owe the WooCommerce team big time for that, and of course Daniel for his expert care and handling of the delivery!

    • Ryan Ray
      March 21, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      Same to you, Brian!

      We’d really love to come hang out in Birmingham sometime soon, let us know if there are any events, WordCamps, etc… we should come to!

  7. Mindy Merenghi
    March 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

    Thanks for letting me tag along WooTeam. 😉 It was a fun weekend!

  8. Christina Meyer
    March 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm #

    You guys rock!

    • Ryan Ray
      March 22, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks Christina, the same to you as well!

      It’s too bad we didn’t get to meet personally (maybe you met some other ninjas), but there is always next time! 🙂

  9. Kathy Drewien
    March 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    Glad to hear you had a great experience in Atlanta!

    • Ryan Ray
      March 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

      We definitely did!

      Warm weather and a great WordCamp. We’ll see what plans we have for next time around! 😉

  10. Carel
    March 26, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi Guys, I’m sorry I missed you guys. You’ll have to come back. We loved playing hosts and look forward to WordCamp ATL 2014!

    Cheers & Groete,