The very first WordCamp DC took place this past weekend, July 14-16 at the historic Carnegie Library in downtown Washington, DC. With over 400 attendees and 68 speakers presenting over three days, the event was a resounding success, and the Jake Group was proud to be a sponsor.
WordCamps are locally organized conferences held by the WordPress community dealing with all things WordPress. Most weekends there are multiple events taking place all over the world, bringing together attendees from all backgrounds for discussions ranging from the highly technical to new user training. They are representative of the community as a whole – open, engaging, diverse, highly informative … and fun!
The Jake Group uses the WordPress platform for the majority of the websites we design, produce, and manage. It is ideal for our work — flexible enough to handle many different types of website, scalable enough to power very large web applications, and supported by an extensive open source community that is constantly improving and expanding the system.
We benefit from this last point particularly, and that’s one of the primary reasons we chose to sponsor the inaugural DC WordCamp this year. We’ve been active in the DC WordPress community for a number of years, and were excited to get involved with its first WordCamp. Several of the Jake team attended the event, and it proved to be an outstanding opportunity not only to learn from an amazing group of experts, but also to connect with and be inspired by colleagues from the local area and beyond.
I was privileged to present at the conference on some of the ways we incorporate agile values into our work as an agency, and how WordPress in particular helps with that. For more on that topic, check out my presentation, Being Agile at a Small Agency.
We look forward to next year!