In 2003, WordPress was a fledgling open source content management system. Today, over 63 million claim it as their platform of choice.
By Josh Wolanin
WordCamp Minneapolis is back on April 27th and 28th after a two year hiatus from the first one held at Best Buy back in 2010. Starting out at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), the second day will be hosted at the Minneapolis Central Library with a focus on BuddyPress.
Lead Coordinator Kiko Doran decided to bring the event back to life in Minnesota, saying “I went to a lot of WordCamps, so I wanted to bring the best parts of each camp and combine them for one event.”
While WordPress has proven itself as a platform, the community behind it continues to prove their passion. One of the major draws to WordCamp is the insight and high regard for the platform from loyal users. Everyone who speaks and presents at WordCamp is a volunteer, not just speaking for a paycheck, but for the merits of the technology. This year’s conference offers three tracks aligned with Education, Business, and Technology .
Speakers include both national and local WordPress experts including Lisa Sabin-Wilson, WebDevStudios, author of WordPress for Dummies and WordPress Web Design for Dummies; Daniel Espinoza, Woo Themes; Peter Chester, Modern Tribe; Allison Barrett, Automattic; Grant Landram, FreshMuse; and others. Plus, the “BuddyCamp” 2nd day focuses on BuddyPress, highlighted by core maintainer John James Jacoby, Automattic.
When asked if there was a certain level of understanding required to attend WordCamp, Kiko replied, “The WordPress community is known for being very helpful, and no one should be afraid to come and jump in.”