WordCamp Austin 2014 was incredibly fortunate to have an all-star guest lineup at this year’s event.
First off, we had two of the best keynote speakers in the WordPress universe, Jen Mylo and Andrew Nacin. They spoke about contributing to WordPress and about recent WordPress updates and how the process for creating WordPress works. Between the two, our attendees were able to get a much deeper appreciation for how the software that they use every day comes into being. More importantly, perhaps, everyone has a better understanding of the critical importance of volunteer contributors to the WordPress project.
We also welcomed several other leaders in the WordPress open source project: Samuel “Otto” Wood, Scott Reilly, Siobhan McKeown and Sam Sidler. These folks were instrumental in helping guide folks in our Friday Contributor Day, and had lots of conversations with local WordPress users throughout the two day WordCamp.
Most of all, though, was the amazing Rose Goldman Simon. The WordCamp organizing team is enormously appreciative of Rose’s contribution to our event. Although not a member of WordPress Austin, when we found ourselves without a Registration coordinator, Rose graciously agreed to step into this role on short notice, and provided registration wrangling for all three days of our event. She also offered a lot of expert guidance to the organizing team and a list of helpful suggestions for next year’s event. While we might have been able to do things without her, there’s no question that having her on our team made everyone’s lives a lot easier and made the process run smoothly for the 400+ attendees we welcomed to WordCamp Austin this year.
The entire WordCamp organizing team thanks our visitors for their time and support of our event, and hope they all come back to visit soon.