WordCamp US 2022 San Diego – Recap

The WordPress Neighborhood has been ready such a very long time to get collectively within the US after the success of WordCamp Europe in Porto, and this lastly turned a actuality at WordCamp US in San Diego.

WordCamp US in San Diego was really a unbelievable camp! The camp was held from September ninth by the eleventh (the final day was Contributor Day) on the lovely City and Nation Resort.

It’s a vital landmark within the space since 1953 with brand-new facilities, amenities, and a terrific location for the occasion.

Arriving in San Diego

This was my second WordCamp US (at the very least in individual), as with everybody else. In the previous couple of years, I attended many digital camps as a sponsor and as an attendee.

Since I stay solely two hours from San Diego, I drove in on Thursday afternoon to assist with setup and to satisfy the workforce. Phrases can’t describe the sensation of seeing ErickaMarco, and Phil once more after such a very long time!

We hugged, we cried, we hugged once more, we simply couldn’t management the joy of being collectively once more.

After just a few hours of catching up, we headed over to the registration space the place we bumped into Topher DeRosia and Cate DeRosia. Each had been engaged on the superior WordCamp US Organizing Crew, which led to much more hugs.

After the setup was full, we met within the foyer for drinks. The world was hustling and bustling and on the bar, we met a brand new good friend, Anna McPhee from Jetpack.

We requested her to hitch us and share just a few drinks, which she did gladly.

Within the foyer, we additionally bumped into our outdated good friend and organizer of WordCamp Minneapolis who was simply arriving from Minnesota, Jessi Gurr.

At the Bar
From left to proper – Philip Crout, Anna Gargioni, Anna McPhee, Marco Berrocal and Ericka Barboza

The Thank You Social

It was a sizzling and humid evening in San Diego, however that didn’t cease anybody from attending the Thank You Social Occasion with all of the audio system, sponsors, media companions, organizers, and volunteers.

The occasion was held outdoors at Look Out Level, which is the patio adjoining to the Sponsor Corridor.

We met a number of outdated and new mates on the social, together with Brian Graf from Amazon Lightsail, Kat Zarabanda who was there volunteering and is initially from Colombia, James Tyron from Simply Amused who designed all of our Wapuus, and Bob Dunn with Do The Woo.

After the social, we determined to attempt one of many resort’s eating places, Lapper Kitchen & Faucet. We had been joined (only for firm) by Laura Bryan and her husband David, from Minnesota.

Thank You Social
From left to proper – Anna Gargioni, Ericka Barboza and Kat Zarabanda on the WordCamp US Thank You Social

Day One in all WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego

Day One at the Booth
The Crew is prepared for WordCamp US

After a fast breakfast, day one in every of WordCamp US began and straight away we began speaking to folks coming to go to us. Though it was actually busy for us, it was additionally busy for all the opposite sponsor cubicles!

I took somewhat time to go go to the Volunteer’s desk and thanked them for all that they do. Everyone knows how essential they’re to the success of a camp.

WordCamp US Volunteers
WordCamp US Volunteers

I additionally stated hello to a number of the different sponsors with whom I shared many different camps prior to now. This included Adam Warner and Sandy Edwards with GoDaddyPro and Dave Ryan with Bluehost.

I additionally met new mates from different sponsor tables, resembling Radvile Jankeviciene from Hostinger (she got here all the best way from Lithuania) and Jessica Frick with Pressable.

Assembly Extra Folks at WordCamp US 2022

As soon as I might take a break from the busy desk, I used to be capable of meet up with William Jackson and his spouse Aida whom I had met for the primary time at WordCamp US 2019 in St. Louis.

We talked a couple of new undertaking they’re engaged on in regards to the Metaverse. That sounded very attention-grabbing, and I’ll observe up with them to be taught extra!

I got here throughout lots of people whom I had met at different camps or labored on tasks with, resembling Maddy Osman, Matt Kopala, Lindsay Halsey, Michelle Frechette, Angela Bowman, Nathan Ingram, and the record goes on and on!

Joe Simpson got here to the desk to say hello and we gave one another a big hug. Joe is the WordCamp Santa Clarita Organizer and the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup Organizer.

In truth, the next morning, we had our first Santa Clarita Valley Meetup in individual, which was very appreciated since all of us Meetup members had solely seen one another in Zoom for the final three years.

We had some catching as much as do in individual.

Joe and Anna
From left to proper – Anna Gargioni and Joe Simpson

One of many many nice issues about WordCamp US is assembly new folks but in addition catching up with mates from many different camps you attended. And each time, there’s something new to share.

Sadly, I couldn’t meet with everybody to say hello as a result of we had been very busy on the desk. Additionally, I couldn’t attend any of the shows on day one, however I’ll be certain that to look at all of them as quickly as I’m achieved scripting this recap.

A Enjoyable Evening of Events!

On the finish of day one, a enjoyable evening of events began. We headed over to a Completely happy Hour hosted by Elementor on the Lapper Kitchen & Faucet. Right here we met with many extra folks together with Adam Bell and Afshana Diya. This occasion was adopted by many events of which we might solely attend those organized by Bluehost and GoDaddy Professional. Sorry to have missed Cloudways, Codeable and Nexcess and StellarWP events!

The 4 of us took an Uber together with Kat Zarabanda and a brand new good friend, additionally volunteering on the camp, Filipa Correia. We managed to attend each events.

The Bluehost social gathering was a seashore social gathering and was held on the Coaster Room and Terrace at Belmont Park. Due to the rain that evening (I do know, it actually doesn’t usually rain in San Diego and it had been raining all day) we didn’t go right down to the precise seashore.

Though, it was an possibility for company to take action.

The GoDaddy Professional social gathering was at San Diego Air & House Museum. Marco and I really bought to stroll across the museum and see all of it, which was actually cool.

I’ve been to many sights in San Diego however by no means to this Museum!

After the events, we had been exhausted and determined to show in for the evening. We needed to stand up early the following day for the Santa Clarita Meetup.

Day Two of WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego

Just like the day earlier than, day two of WordCamp US was very busy.

A Busy San Diego WordCamp

Ericka and I had been capable of take a break and attend one of many periods, Designing for Accessibility by Sara Cannon.

The topic of internet accessibility is of nice curiosity to me, and I actually loved Sara’s presentation. She talked about making a extra inclusive internet and shared design greatest practices together with tips about:

  • Typography
  • Varieties
  • Colours and Distinction
  • Content material
  • Alt Textual content
  • Video and Audio
  • Movement
  • Dyslexia
  • Handoff/Annotation.

Time to Head Residence

After Sara’s periods, it was time for me to go again to LA (making an attempt to beat the Southern California site visitors). I wished to say goodbye to all of the organizers, and I noticed Kim White who was the Sponsor Crew Captain and had helped us tremendously through the camp.

Kim and I chatted somewhat bit about what’s going to occur subsequent 12 months with WordCamps.

Then it was time to say goodbye to my workforce…wow that was actually onerous and a few tears had been shed (I’m not going to say from whom). Phil walked with me to the storage and gave me one other hug earlier than I began my drive again house.

WordCamp US in San Diego was a blast. I actually need to personally thank the organizers, the volunteers, all the opposite sponsors and everybody who made WordCamp US 2022 a hit.

Until subsequent time…


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