Recap: WordCamp Atlanta 2016 … In A Word?

Recap: WordCamp Atlanta 2016 ... In A Word?

It was wonderful. It was community driven. It was fast-paced and sometimes a little frenzied behind the scenes. But if I were to attribute one word to the three day event that was WordCamp 2016, that word would be WOW!

The WordPress Community gets more amazing every year! Nowhere else have I ever encountered so many people willing – and eager – to help each other succeed!
~ Diana Nichols, Organizer

Sponsors & Speakers & Social Media … Oh My!

No event of this size can succeed without sponsorship. We’re pretty sure we have the best sponsors of any technology conference around. They don’t just give with dollars. They share expertise, experience and time, which are hot commodities. Questions were answered; we even had sponsors doing stints in the Happiness Bar. You all went above and beyond and we can’t even begin to express our appreciation!

The speakers and their sessions are one of the main draws of any technology event. WordCamp events do their best to ensure a diversity of topics and speaking styles. The 2016 event covered design, development, tools, themes, plugins, content marketing, social media and so much more.

Connect with your favorite speakers online and on our Slack channel (more below). They’d love to hear what you thought of their sessions!

We could barely keep up with your social media interaction. You kept us hopping as we tried to follow the fast and furious discussion on Twitter. It was great to see the hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You kept the conversation alive and shared your thoughts and fun moments with all interested in the event. Thank you!

Say It On Slack!

In order to continue to run a successful event, we rely on feedback and suggestions from our attendees.

The best way to share your thoughts with event organizers? Via our Slack channel.

You can share general thoughts and ideas in the main community channel, or get specific with a particular speaker session. To do so, either click on the Channels text or the plus sign (depending on your computer or device).

Slack Screenshot - See Other Channels

The Happiness Bar Was Hopping!

Much happiness was delivered in the Happiness Bar over the weekend. From simple code fixes to intensive discussions on best practices, all who sought help came away with answers to some, if not all, of their questions.

Developer, designer, content marketer and eCommerce facts, fixes and friendliness were the stock in trade.

It was thrilling to see so many smiles of satisfaction when a solution was delivered.

After a year of focused business networking, I was amazed at the level of generosity and genuine interest in helping another out. All levels of skill or talent were considered equally, and there was no showboating or ego anywhere. I had some great first experiences and made awesome connections.
~ Nicky Pink, Lead Designer, Organizer

Loudermilk, We Love You!

There’s a reason we go back to the same venue every year. Loudermilk Center has everything we need! The staff, the rooms, the overall space, and of course the food were just right. That kale salad got more rave reviews than any speaker. LOL!

Community Was The Key!

WordCamp may be rooted with WordPress, however it is blossoming because of the community. ~ Renee Dobbs, Organizer

The community within WordPress, expanding into the event itself, was the real driving force for this event’s success.

From the newest user to the long-time stalwart, the goal to learn, share, educate and create connections was upheld.

The WordPress community is ever growing, changing and evolving, much like the open source code that has brought us all together. It’s that evolution, and the dedication to creating a community as open as the source code, that drives the success of these events.

What’s fascinating about WordCamp is that education, in this case, has been taken out of hands of professional educators, and put in the hands of the students. Which may have something to do with why we look forward to WordCamp in a way we never looked forward to going to school.
~ Tom Tortorici, Design Team

#WCATL After Party Saturday March 19th

You Will Not Want To Miss This #WCATL Fun!

No WordCamp would be complete without an amazing after party, and WordCamp Atlanta is having ours in the Sidebar from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm. Rather appropriate, don’t you agree?

An after party is more than eating and drinking – it’s also having fun with friends, networking, and making new connections. And you need to be there!

Immediately after the conference day ends on Saturday, come straight – make NO detours – to the official #WCATL Networking After Party at Bassment – downstairs at Sidebar (directions below).

There are several $4 parking decks within a block of Sidebar. The distance from Loudermilk is walkable, yet I personally would hesitate to walk back alone in the evening. Lyft and Uber are always an option.

Bring Your Attendee Badge
You Will Not Be Able To Gain Entrance Without It!

There will be appetizers—Hot-zarella sticks, potato skins, wings, and a cash bar. Sidebar (upstairs) offers a full menu of soups, salads, pizza, sandwiches, burgers if you want to enjoy additional choices.


After Party Location
Sidebar, Private Entrance
79 Poplar Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303
(map) (pdf)

Bring Your Attendee Badge
You Will Not Be Able To Gain Entrance Without It!