Over the weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 2015 WordCamp NYC conference. This year, I attended as an attendee but back in 2012 I attended my very first WordCamp as a Volunteer. I have to say that it was a total different experience.
First up was an ease with transportation because I’m Brooklynite and Marriott Hotel which was the venue is about an hour away from where I live. I only experience a small hiccup on Sunday only because I totally forget about the Marathon. I should have take the train the start or left earlier because streets in Brooklyn were blocked off starting at 7:40am.
This year I had to worry about picking which sessions I wanted to attend. I had to keep reminding myself that all of the session are taped and I didn’t have to panic too much about missing out. I loved the way each room was a borough (sorry Staten Island wasn’t represented) and was setup based on the level of information. For example, the Bronx was for business and power users. I spend most of my time in Manhattan and Brooklyn (just like in real life).
I did sit in one session on the Queen track but the session went way over my head. For the most part the sessions I attended was really good. Here are slides from the ones I enjoyed and learned the most.
I found it very interesting that majority of the sponsors/vendors where web hosting companies – WP Engine, Site Ground, Fly Wheel, Media Temple, GoDaddy Pro, just to name a few. I don’t know what I was hoping to see, since there are only a few big time plugins (WooCommerce and Jetpack was represented as well). I was excited to learn that there is a WordPress Brooklyn Meetup in addition to the WordPress NYC Meetup I have attended previously.
I can’t wait to check out one of their meetups which are held at the WeWork in Dumbo. I have heard of WeWork but never been inside one. I didn’t notice one big difference from the 2012 and 2015, there were no beginners/novice sessions presented. I notice there was more business, marketing, and a few tech session which is great because I usually only see those topics at other conferences.
Overall I had a great time attending WordCamp NYC 2015. I hope the conference will be every year now for NYC. Previously it was every two years however,there was a conference last year that I couldn’t attend.Back in 2012 I mention that I wanted to be speaker at WordCamp. I think it time to revisit that idea and start laying the foundation for this be become reality.