I’ve had the privilege of attending the first WordCamp Europe the past 2 days with the rest of the WooThemes crew and it’s been awesome! I thought I’d share some of the highlights for me:
Old Avatars, New Faces
I worked on WordPress 3.0 for menus with a few people but I never met any of them in person…until yesterday! I finally got to meet Ptah Dunbar and he’s a pretty cool guy! But that was just the first of many WordPress pro’s I got to meet…for me this conference has been a revelation to me in terms of understanding the community better – and not relying on twitter avatars to get perception of people.
Some of the (other) awesome people that I got to meet:
- Andrew Nacin – one of the lead developers of WordPress
- Sara Rosso – WordPress.com VIP
- Remkus de Vries – one of the organizers of WCEU
- Brad Williams and Dre Armeda – Dradcast
- Otto – Core contributor to WordPress
- Bowe Frankema
- Japh – Envato
- Brent Shepherd – WooCommerce Subscriptions
- Troy Dean
- Amir Helzer – WPML
- Isaac Keyet – Automattic
- Karim Osman – Automattic
- The guys from Codeable.io, WPEngine, and SkyVerge – thanks to SkyVerge for the awesome beer glass!!
- The entire WOO TEAM! 😀
That’s what I’ll remember about WCEU – the people and the relationships. Even just hanging out with the WooThemes team and talking about code and ideas has been such an inspiration for me personally and professionally. Some highlights were talking about the Heartbeat API with Remi, and BuddyPress with Scotty B. Moments like that are priceless in a distributed team like WooThemes.
I’m hoping the talks videos will be online soon so everyone can check them out! And now I’m tired…sleep time! 😀