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WordCamp US 2022 Recap

Updated on September 16, 2022

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WordCamp US got off to a hot, humid, and rainy start in San Diego, California. A historic event after a week’s worth of record high temperatures and Hurricane Kay off the coast. It was clear that rain or shine, nothing would stop WordCamp US.

The volunteer teams shined as a light rain descended on the hotel grounds. Attendees were greeted by smiling faces (behind masks per event guidelines) during registration, expo setup, sessions, meals, and more. The Cloudways team kicked off WCUS22 by setting up our new booth display while being cheered on by the community! The conference layout was easy to navigate, with all sessions on the left side of the venue and the expo area to the right. After a good workout with the booth, the team joined the Speaker and Sponsor gathering for light appetizers and networking.

Team Cloudways

Robert Jacobi
Robert Jacobi Director WordPress
Jason Nickerson
Jason Nickerson
Sr. Manager WordPress
Marianna Siouti
Marianna Siouti
Product Marketing Manager
Saad Khan
Saad Khan
AVP Marketing
Zach Stepek
Lightning Program Manager

WordCamp US Day One:

The first day of WordCamp US started with better news as Hurricane Kay became a Tropical Storm and moved off the coast, providing a better forecast for Day Two and the planned outdoor ending event, but the rain wasn’t done with us yet.

The sessions started with Opening Remarks from the organizing team and an update on the group photo, “You can’t fly drones in the rain .” The program continued with sessions on Growing Your Business with Nathan Ingram, Best Design Practices with Lee Levy, and a WP-CLI workshop with Alain Schlesser.

Watch the Live Stream Day One

Back in the expo hall, we kept busy meeting with happy customers and sharing our latest updates with attendees, all while checking the forecast for our outdoor event later that evening. It was a great time meeting all the talking Zoom faces we have worked with over the past two years, it was wonderful to finally meet in person!

As the day went on, our Director of WordPress, Robert Jacobi, sat down with partners, attendees, and the WordPress community poolside in a cabana for Cloudways Cabana Chats. The team continued demo duty at the expo and registered attendees for our giveaways.

Cloudways WordCamp US Coupon Offer

Cloudways is offering a $60 hosting credit (up to six months of free cloud hosting) for new customers!

Cloudways Block Party:

As day one came to a close, we made the final call, “Don’t worry about the rain; we control the Cloud,” Mother nature agreed as the skies cleared for most of our event. We enjoyed networking with new and current customers and partners. Taco Love’s tacos were the star, while everyone enjoyed corn hole and the playlist of tunes curated by DJ Wapuu.

Listen to the DJ Wapuu Playlist on Spotify

WordCamp US Day Two:

Jason Nickerson and Robert started the second day with an early morning interview with Jonathan Denwood of WP-Tonic. The team discussed the latest Cloudways news, the WordPress Community, and Volunteer concerns, amongst the usual banter.

Back in the expo, we focused on our SafeUpdates announcement and meeting with customers and partners. We also had many comments about all the fun we had at our booth. Thanks @renewabelle for joining in on the Cloudways 30-second dance parties!

The sessions for day two kicked off with Petya Rayovska and Developing Cultural Intelligence, Multichannel Selling with Beka Rice, and Building your first block theme with Daisy Olsen. The programming team of WordCamp US shined with the diversity in the speakers and the excellent topics focused around the community, business, and development. Thank you to all the teams for showcasing their hard work at the event.

Watch the Live Stream Day Two

Closing Day Two:

Matt Mullenweg closed the show with a short talk focusing on the WordPress 6.1 new features, the upcoming 20 year anniversary, and the best part of WordPress, the people! Since this was not going to be a State of Word talk, Matt decided to focus on the questions from the community.

We also learned that the next WordCamp US would be in National Harbor, Maryland, August 23-25, 2023!

Directly after Matt’s talk, we announced our Raffle prize giveaway winners. Vlad Samoletov won the Air Neo Selfie Drone and Adam Silver was the winner of the Raptor Razor Monitor. Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to all that registered. Your registrations and surveys added up to 300 new tree’s to be planted for California Wildfire
Reforestation with One Tree Planted.

The Closing Party was behind the hotel in an open-air park with clear skies and no sign of rain or tropical conditions. It was a great time to network with new and familiar faces without masks and a chance to grab a small chat with Matt Mullenweg himself.

WordCamp US 2022 Overview:

WordCamp US might have been significantly smaller than WordCamp EU, but this opened the door to more extended conversations and more value for attendees and sponsors. For the first WordCamp US since the pandemic, all the unique weather conditions reminded us that it takes a lot to produce large-scale events like this. Still, the community and business behind them make for an extraordinary must-attend event.

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Jason Nickerson is Cloudways Sr. Manager of WordPress. Jason has over two decades of experience in Open Source Communities and web development.


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