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That’s A Wrap: WCNYC 2015

the-wcnyc-mugAh, just a short time ago we were all hanging out at WordCamp NYC! Good times indeed. Hope your days since have been filled with percolating WordPress creativity, and giant WCNYC mugs of coffee!

Before we bid adieu until next year, we wanted to send out a few post-celebration administration items, to wit:

  • Everyone who attended will receive a survey invitation by email. Please take a moment to complete it as your feedback helps make all WordCamps better!
  • We will add links to the presentations on the session pages, as soon as we receive them from the speakers.
  • Videos will be posted to sometime over the next several weeks and links will be added to the appropriate session pages. There is a lot of post-production involved before these are submitted for review. We’ll keep on it.

Finally we would like to say one final thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, spoke, transcribed, recorded, volunteered and helped organize; WordCamp NYC 2015 would not have been the success that it was were it not for all of you! THANK YOU ALL!


Thank You!

DSC07171All of us on the WordCamp NYC Org Team would like to say thank you to everyone here this weekend and following along online.

WordPress has a unique community of very cool, kind, and open people. YOU are the reason that we continue to volunteer our time to organize this event.

That said, WordCamp is a community effort – we are not monarchs. Some of us have just organized our last WordCamp NYC. We need new blood, and we hope you will consider pitching in to organize WCNYC 2016! Planning will begin fairly soon, if you can believe it!

For those of you living in the area (or visiting from time to time), please do join our local WordPress MeetUp. We have multiple meetings every month and it’s a great way to stay in touch with your fellow WP geeks.

Once again, thank you to ALL of you – attendees, speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and fellow organizers – who make WordPress absolutely amazing. We’ll see you again soon!

Sunday Funday at WordCamp NYC

Hope y’all had a good time last night! It’s been an awesome morning here at WordCamp NYC and we are looking forward to an action-packed afternoon as well!

Bring your badge to these local eateries for a discount on lunch today, and we’ll see you at the 2pm sessions!

Hawa Smoothies & Bubble Tea
44 Willoughby Street – 646-204-7818
Discount: $0.50 off all smoothies, fresh juices and bubble teas
Krista’s suggestion for the neighborhoods best known secret. Amazing menu of smoothies, fresh pressed juice, protein & energy shakes, bubble teas, acai bowls and wheatgrass shots. No GMOs or added sugars.

Wild Ginger All Asian Vegan
112 Smith Street – 718-858-3880
Discount: 20% off
Pan-Asian Vegan Café

Hill Country BBQ Market & Hill Country Chicken
345 Adams Street – 718-885-4608
Discount: 15% off
location for Saturday social event – right down the block
Brooklyn outpost of a popular counter-service joint featuring Texas-style BBQ & live country music.

Rocco’s Tacos & Tequila Bar
339 Adams Street – 718-246-8226
Discount: 10% off
right next door to venue
Buzzing Mexican hot spot doling out classic dishes & snacks

Check here for a full list of local restaurants.

Welcome to WordCamp NYC!

Good morning, and welcome to WordCamp NYC 2015!

Have a great time this weekend, and use hashtag #wcnyc everywhere! If you need assistance, look for one of the members with the red Staff or white Volunteers badges. They can help.

We would like to thank Alley Interactive for stepping up as our WiFi sponsor this year. The WiFi has a STRICT device limit of 500. Please only activate one device at a time. Check signs around the venue for the login details.

We would like to thank the rest of our sponsors. Without their support, WordCamp simply cannot happen. Thank you all so much!

We have live captioning, also known as CART services provided by White Coat Captioning. All of our sessions will be transcribed and you can follow along with the links on our web site or just look at the captioning screen in each room.

Please remember that we are ALL responsible for keeping the space clean. No outside food is allowed in the venue.

Have you got your WCNYC mug? We had about 900 pounds of mugs delivered, so be sure to pick yours up out in the main hallway – we can’t carry them home!

Contributor Day yesterday was a great success. We had about sixty people in the Staten Island room, all working together to improve WordPress. Longtime contributors led new volunteers, taught them how to pick up trac tickets, develop on local environments, and submit patches. Teams helped improve documentation and were active in the support forums.

For those (like us) already thinking about lunch: There are some restaurants offering discounts if you remember to show them your badge and ask for the discount.

Speaker Update: Andrew Wikel

Due to unfortunate circumstances, one of our speakers was unable to attend today. Elana Rudick’s 4pm session this afternoon in the Brooklyn room (“Themes That Make You Go Hmm”) will be replaced.

Instead, we’ll be treated to “Gaining (and not betraying) User Trust in e-Commerce“, presented by Andrew Wikel of WooCommerce (now part of Automattic).

Join Andrew in the Brooklyn room at 4pm to learn more about getting your e-customers to trust you!

Speaker Profile: Beth Soderberg

As WordCamp NYC approaches, we are featuring some of our speakers on the blog. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! 

What do you do?

I am a developer who focuses on WordPress, Drupal, and front end projects at CHIEF in Washington, DC. Before I learned to code, I worked as an online news writer/editor and I love being able to work with clients to tie their content strategy needs together with the websites I build. I also have dabbled in user experience and graphic design work and love weaving all of these threads together to create useable and beautiful sites. Recently I started writing again on my blog, Responsive Geometry.

Why do you use WordPress?

I use WordPress not only because I think that it’s a flexible, extensible platform on which to build websites, but also because the community that surrounds WordPress is so strong. I love that generally, if I have a question about how to do something I can reliably find an answer in the documentation, in the forums, by asking people I know, etc. By its nature, web development is a fairly solitary profession, but WordPress really has a friendly, open community that is intent on giving folks the resources to keep improving their skills and leveling up.

When and how did you start using WordPress?

I was a content manager and editor who knew absolutely nothing about WordPress (or how to build a website) when my employer sent me to WordCamp Boston 2010. I attended a few of the developer sessions at that conference even though I had no idea what many of the words meant or how to write code of any kind. When I went home I started tinkering with WordPress (2.9 I believe) and suddenly I was on the path towards becoming a developer.

What’s your favorite thing about WordCamp?

I love that WordCamps always feel like an empowering space and experience. Sometimes conferences related to technical subjects are really intimidating and WordCamps make a point of creating an environment that is welcoming to everyone, regardless of skill level.

Tell us something awesome about yourself that’s not WordPress related.

I cook to relax and will eat almost anything that isn’t meat. I figure that part of the privilege of living is that you get to eat multiple times a day, so why not make meals really yummy things? If you need a recipe for a good hearty vegetarian stew, I’m your gal!

Name someone in the WordPress community who inspires you.

There are SO many people in the WordPress community who inspire me and who have encouraged me along the way that I can’t name just one. In particular, I am constantly inspired by the smart, witty, driven folks whom I’ve met through my local meetup (WordPress DC) and the WordPress Training Team.

What’s your favorite WordPress related resource?

My absolute favorite resource is WordCamps. There is something about in-person learning that helps me really focus and figure out how things work. A close second though is, where I can pretend to attend all of the WordCamps I can’t physically go to!

What will attendees learn in your talk?

My talk is all about how to bring a thoughtful user experience to the WordPress administration panel as you’re building a custom site. The talk is definitely technical, but the main highlight will be how and when to use code to make these types of changes, not necessarily the code itself.

Where can we find you online?





My Company:

Speaker Profile: Elana Rudick

As WordCamp NYC approaches, we are featuring some of our speakers on the blog. Be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! 

How did your passion for the web start?

I’ve been passionate about web design since I was first introduced to the World Wide Web 20 years ago. At the age of 15 I built a personal blog site using Notepad and Geocities that was chock full of animated gifs on a tiled outer space background. Thankfully, my aesthetic taste has developed since then.

How did you get started using WordPress?

I started dabbling in WordPress for a travel blog I created when I was backpacking through New Zealand. As I was starting my career in graphic design, I began using WordPress more actively to blog about art, design and music. Then I started setting up WordPress sites for friends, family, clients…

Why do you love working with WordPress?

WordPress allows my team to create beautiful, functional websites for clients. Our clients love being able to intuitively and independently manage their sites. You can check out some of our recent projects at

What do you want WCNYC attendees to know about you?

I’m super passionate about all things design! WordPress is a tool that has hugely helped me grow my business by building effective sites for clients. Oh, I’m also Canadian!

In regards to new WordPress users, what one piece of advice would you give them that could be very helpful?

The WordPress community is teeming with talented and knowledgeable individuals. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Everyone at WordCamp brings their own unique experiences in working with WordPress and has dealt with all kinds of challenges. Sharing this info with each other is what makes this CMS and community even more powerful.