WordCamp Minneapolis is back on track

by Josh Wolanin

WordCamp MinneapolisWordCamp Minneapolis came and went over the weekend at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) on Saturday and the Minneapolis Central Library on Sunday, which was geared exclusively towards BuddyPress.

Lead Coordinator Kiko Doran says they will “Start doing WordCamps once a year in Minneapolis ” going forward considering how well received it was by the community.

The event consisted of three tracks focused on Business, Technology, and Education, with a range of speakers sourced from both the local and national scene. Focusing on “everything WordPress,” sessions varied from ways to measure site performance, design responsiveness, and plugins — to earning a living as a WordPress freelancer.

WordCamp MinneapolisVolunteer and sponsor David Skarjune says he enjoys WordCamps because “They attract the people who really want to be there and no one is ever trying to rush you in and sit you down with an agenda.”

There were over 500 total participants between the two days and Doran intends to expand capacity more for next year. “With a full year to work with, we can pace the planning, make improvements and handle more participants.”


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Toby Cryns, who spearheads the local MSP WordPress User Group of around 600 members, boldly said that “It was the smoothest tech event I’ve ever been to.”

“There are bloggers, small business owners, non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, you name it. WordPress is massive and it’s great to see an annual WordCamp back in action here in Minnesota,” he added.