WordCamp Philly 2014: WordPress and Cheesesteaks

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending WordCamp Philly.  From the pre-WordCamp speaker/sponsor dinner to the after party, I greatly enjoyed every moment at WordCamp Philly.  All of the organizers, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors truly made it an extraordinary event.

The Speaker/Sponsor Dinner

As I was speaking at WordCamp Philly, as well as InMotion being a larger sponsor, Mike Zyvoloski and I both attended the dinner prior to the event which took place at Moriarty’s.

We were greeted with food, drinks, and many other speakers whom we were able to make great connections with.  I was certainly happy to see Rami Abraham, Tracy Rotton, and Brad Williams whom I first met in person at WordCamp Miami.

Overall, a great time was had by all and did well in breaking the ice between key individuals who made WordCamp Miami truly exceptional.

The Main Event

WordCamp Philly kicked off registration at 8:00am on Saturday morning.  Upon arrival at the venue, we were immediately greeted with fresh “W” shaped pretzels which was a warm welcome to Philadelphia.

Once within the venue, we headed over to the Happiness Bar in which we were able to discuss hosting with various individuals as well as assist beginners with any additional questions they may have.  The Happiness Bar was a great opportunity to connect with individuals ranging from the most basic of users, to advanced developers alike in an accepting environment where no question was considered too basic.

Each one of the speakers did a wonderful job in presenting the information appropriately for their target audience.  Without each one of the speakers in attendance, WordCamp Philly would have not been the same and they all made it a truly exceptional event.

I had the wonderful opportunity to speak on the subject of choosing a WordPress host.  Although I do represent a hosting provider, I wanted to keep my presentation as unbiased as possible to ensure that everyone in attendance is able to choose for themselves as to what host suits them best.

Overall, I was grateful to receive such as great response from attendees and hope that I was able to inform everyone on picking the perfect host.

The After Party

If you have ever been to a WordCamp before, you already know that the after party is always the best way to mingle with people whom you may have missed due to conflicting presentations during the event.

The after party occurred at Buffalo Billiards which was greatly enjoyed by all with great conversations and a bit of trash talking over a game of pool with friends.  Although Mike and I lost our games of pool to Rami and Shayne of Maintainn, we had a great time and long lasting memories and connections will be everlasting.

A big thanks goes to…

  • The WordCamp Philly organizers whom without them, this would only be a dream.
  • The WordCamp Philly volunteers who worked hard to keep everything running smoothly.
  • All sponsors who made it all happen.
  • The speakers who kept us all glued to our chairs and entertained.
  • All of my friends in the WordPress community who have pushed me into the spotlight for these great opportunities.  You know who you are.
  • Last, but not least, InMotion Hosting whom without this amazing company, I would have never had the opportunity to experience this incredible event.

Until the the next WordCamp when we meet again; So long and thanks for all the fish cheesteaks.

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