October 17 at the Virginia Beach Tidewater Community College Advanced Technology Center marked a significant first for the area – the first official WordCamp in the Hampton Roads. With the guidance of the local WordPress Meetup group and InMotion Hosting’s Tim Sisson, the event was efficiently planned with a variety of speakers and topics. The one day event included 19 speakers, with many sessions within 3 different rooms of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC). Topics varied from beginner level “I have my WordPress site, now what?” to developer interests such as the WordPress REST API which stands for Representational State Transfer Application Program Interface. Easier to say REST API, right? The organizers worked to provide a wide array of topics in order to meet the different type of WordPress users who would be attending.
The event started early on that Saturday morning with volunteers scrambling to get the name tags in place and in order for the registration table. Coffee was brewed and provided next to the vendor tables.
The InMotion Hosting table was setup and filled with swag that was quickly gobbled by arriving WordCamp attendees. The event sold 160 tickets but in addition to the volunteers and speakers close to 200 people were involved in the event. A popular Mediterranean restaurant named Azars provided a great lunch for the attendees adding to the almost festive atmosphere.
The ATC rooms were beautiful and functional for the WordCamp providing lots of space and ample presentation options for the speakers. The typical “Happiness Bar” was manned by both InMotion Hosting employees and local expert users to help answer WordPress questions. One tough question with Woo Commerce was resolved by our experts within InMotion’s Website Design services.
The day passed quickly but with new friends made and new things learned. When the WordCamp ended, an after party was held at the Eagle’s Nest in Virginia Beach complete with a mechanical bull, line dancing, open bar, and a great food spread. We look forward to making this an annual event where we can continue to promote the understanding and use of WordPress. We want to keep WordCamp HamptonRoads as a great destination and educational event where can show a little bit of our area, our people, and our company.
On February 21st and 22nd the Code for Hampton Roads Brigade hosted a Code Across Hampton Roads event. Code for Hampton Roads is a Code Across America Brigade comprised of volunteers that contribute their talents towards improving the way local governments and community organizations use the web.
The purpose of the event was to bring together coders, designers, marketers, government staff, innovators, and anyone with the passion to make their city and the region better. In addition to having a few of our staff members participate in the event, InMotion Hosting was able to provide sponsorship.
Here is what a few our team members had to say about the event:
“Participating in Code Across gave me a great opportunity to give back to the community using skills honed at InMotion Hosting. Working on a team with other local developers, we were able to make significant contributions to open-source projects that will help improve the lives of the people living in Hampton Roads. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to what we can accomplish over the coming year.” – Blaine P- Brigade Member and IMH Web Designer
“I was surprised to see so many coders in one place collaborating on so many different projects. Everyone was so inviting, eager to socialize and share ideas. The event seemed to cater to people of varying strengths and disciplines, from novice CMS users to seasoned back-end coders—even to graphic designers, like me. I’ll definitely be returning next time, perhaps with a lot more to contribute.”- Cisco R- IMH Web Designer
The 12th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (Scale 12x) kicked off last Friday, February 21st at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Staffers from InMotion Hosting were in attendance to answer questions regarding our Linux based web hosting services. Check out all the fun the team had below manning our booth and challenging attendees to a game of cup stacking.
InMotion Hosting is excited to announce it’s partnership with Norfolk State University in their Science and Technology Education Preparation Program (NSU-STEP). The goal of the program is to provide high school juniors and seniors attending Norfolk Public Schools with an environment that continually strengthens science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
On Saturday, September 14th members from our HR, Training, and Systems teams were on hand to kick off the program for the 2013-2014 school year. Students were provide hands on exposure to the inner workings of web hosting and web design.
During the Spring IMH will host a field trip for the students and next Summer participate in a 2 week technology focused boot-camp.
We would like to thank the coordinators of the NSU-STEP Program for allowing us to be of this great educational partnership.