Zeek Speaks: WordCamps Orange County, Los Angeles, and Nashville 2016

We love WordCamp, so we get involved as much as we can. A WordCamp is a weekend event in cities all over the world where people get together to talk about how they use WordPress. You’ll find members of our team organizing WordCamps both here in Orange County (20152016, and 2017) and in Chicago (2013), and speaking at as many WordCamps nationwide as we can.

This summer, Zeeksters spoke at WordCamps in Orange County, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

WordCamp Orange County

In Orange County, Steve Zehngut, me, and David Arceneaux all served on the organizing committee, and Jacob Arriola and Aaron Holbrook presented on WordPress development.

Jacob’s topic was “Getting Started with SVGs for WordPress Theme Building.” He showed WordCampers how to use vector graphics to maximize page load speeds and to make the site look its best on retina screens.

Watch Jacob’s presentation on WordPress.TV:

Aaron led a discussion session on how to improve WordPress search, focusing on his work integrating Elasticsearch to replace WP’s native search functionality.

WordCamp Los Angeles

In Los Angeles, Jacob Arriola flexed his knowledge of Flexbox page layouts in his presentation. He walked the audience through a starter theme he developed. You can view his GitHub code repo here to learn more.

Our founder Steve Zehngut organized the conference’s Sunday business track. Presenters spoke in two groups of three, with each group first giving talks on a business topic, followed by more than an hour of panel discussion. I spoke in the first group on Sunday morning about how to use the rules of improv comedy in project management.

WordCamp Los Angeles 2016 presentation by Sarah Wefald
Sarah Wefald’s presentation on how to use the rules of improv comedy to manage web and mobile app projects

WordCamp Nashville

The very next weekend, Steve flew to Nashville to deliver the keynote talk at WordCamp: How to level up as a WordPress professional.

We love going to WordCamps to share what we know and learn from others in the community. If you haven’t been to a WordCamp yet, we can’t recommend it highly enough, no matter how advanced or beginner-level your skills may be. If you don’t have a local WordCamp, you can host your own. Check out WordCamp Central to start a camp or to find a camp near you.