WordCamp US 2022 San Diego – Recap

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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 actually a incredible camp! The camp was held from September ninth by way of the eleventh (the final day was Contributor Day) on the lovely City and Nation Resort.

It’s a important landmark within the space since 1953 with brand-new facilities, services, and an important location for the occasion.

Arriving in San Diego

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

Since I reside solely two hours from San Diego, I drove in on Thursday afternoon to assist with setup and to fulfill the staff. Phrases can not 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 thrill of being collectively once more.

After a couple of hours of catching up, we headed over to the registration space the place we bumped into Topher DeRosia and Cate DeRosia. Each have been engaged on the superior WordCamp US Organizing Workforce, 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 pal, Anna McPhee from Jetpack.

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

Within the foyer, we additionally bumped into our previous pal 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 scorching and humid night time 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 numerous previous and new buddies 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 have 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 Considered one of WordCamp US 2022 in San Diego

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

After a fast breakfast, day certainly one 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 slightly time to go go to the Volunteer’s desk and thanked them for all that they do. Everyone knows how necessary they’re to the success of a camp.

WordCamp US Volunteers
WordCamp US Volunteers

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

I additionally met new buddies from different sponsor tables, reminiscent of Radvile Jankeviciene from Hostinger (she got here all the way in which from Lithuania) and Jessica Frick with Pressable.

Assembly Extra Individuals at WordCamp US 2022

As soon as I might take a break from the busy desk, I used to be in a position to 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 mission 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 initiatives with, reminiscent of 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 huge hug. Joe is the WordCamp Santa Clarita Organizer and the WordPress Santa Clarita Valley Meetup Organizer.

The truth is, the next morning, we had our first Santa Clarita Valley Meetup in particular person, 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 particular person.

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 buddies 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 have been very busy on the desk. Additionally, I couldn’t attend any of the displays on day one, however I’ll ensure to observe all of them as quickly as I’m performed scripting this recap.

A Enjoyable Night time of Events!

On the finish of day one, a enjoyable night time of events began. We headed over to a Joyful 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 pal, additionally volunteering on the camp, Filipa Correia. We managed to attend each events.

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

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

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

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

After the events, we have been exhausted and determined to show in for the night time. We needed to stand up early the subsequent 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 have been in a position to take a break and attend one of many classes, Designing for Accessibility by Sara Cannon.

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

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

Time to Head House

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

Kim and I chatted slightly bit about what’s going to occur subsequent yr with WordCamps.

Then it was time to say goodbye to my staff…wow that was actually exhausting and a few tears have 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 residence.

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 successful.

Until subsequent time…



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