Thank You!

The inaugural WordCamp D.C. is now in the books, and we want to thank everyone—sponsors, speakers, volunteers, and attendees—for making it everything we could have hoped for and more. It is unconfirmed still, but we’re pretty sure that WordCamp D.C. 2017 was the second largest first-time WordCamp in a city ever (only behind WordCamp San Francisco, the precursor to WordCamp U.S.).

The organizing team has already been taking notes on how to improve things for next year, but we need to hear from you. Let us know what worked, what didn’t, what we should definitely do again, and what we should probably drop. We’ll take all that feedback into consideration as we begin preparing for WordCamp D.C. 2018.

Send us your feedback by leaving comments on this post; tweeting to @WordCampDC; posting on our Facebook page; emailing us at; or submitting through our feedback formWe want to hear from you!

Thanks again for attending, and we’re looking forward to seeing you next year!

With love & gratitude,
The WordCamp D.C. Organizing Team

Thank you to 10up for sponsoring!

We’d like to extend a big thanks to 10up, a full service digital agency with a 120+ person team, for sponsoring WordCamp DC!

From their sponsor page:

10up focuses on making content management simple through its premiere web design & development consulting services, by contributing thousands of hours and dollars every year to open platforms like WordPress, and by providing tools and products that make web publishing a cinch. 10up works with clients across diverse industries including media, non-profit, education, government and retail, at the scale of medium sized businesses to enterprise organizations.

In addition to their agency services, they also made a service called ElasticPress, described as a “fast and flexible search and query engine for WordPress, powered by Elasticsearch technologies.”

ElasticPress is designed for WordPress and WooCommerce.

Anyway, we hope you enjoyed Lead Engineer Adam Silverstein’s talk Friday afternoon about secure JavaScript.

10upper and DC area local, Taylor Lovett, will also be in attendance to answer any 10up-related questions you may have!

Thank you to WooCommerce for being a Gold sponsor!

We’d like to thank WooCommerce, a WordPress plugin that powers 37% of all online stores, for their sponsorship of WordCamp DC!

From their sponsor page:

Whether you’re selling a few handcrafted items to a niche market, taking an existing business online, or going global with an enterprise level eCommerce business – WooCommerce will get you set up and selling fast and scale securely as you grow. Plus your content will be forever yours and customizable down to the finest button color.

You can find them in the back corner, sharing a table with Jetpack (another Gold sponsor!).

Thank you to Jetpack for being a Gold sponsor!

We just wanted to thank Jetpack, free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites, for sponsoring the first-ever WordCamp DC!

From their sponsor page:

This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates.

Jetpack will have a table presence at the WordCamp and would be happy to answer any questions you have in-person!

Sunday Workshops

On Sunday we’re going to have two very special workshop tracks at WordCamp DC: Introduction to Web Development and Tools for Businesses. We have some amazing presenters leading these workshops and are certain they will be awesome deep dives into some fundamental topics. We hope you’ll join us for a great in-depth workshop experience!

Introduction to Web Development

Intro to HTML

HTML is very literally the building block of the internet and a key piece of all websites. Karen Wolf has been writing HTML since 1996 and manages literally dozens of websites. She’ll help you orient yourself to the basics!

Intro to CSS

CSS adds style (think colors, formatting, etc.) to pages on the internet. Art Director Ellen Amaral is a designer who codes and knows all of the ins and outs of how the code we write creates the designs we see online. She’ll make sure you walk away with a solid understanding of how to write some basic CSS!

Intro to JavaScript

JavaScript is one of the things that can add interactivity to websites and is increasingly becoming a vital part of the frameworks on which most of the internet is built (including WordPress!). Zac Gordon is a well-known WordPress teacher who has recently specialized in JavaScript. He will help break down JavaScript into bite-sized parts that will help you get started with this powerful language.

Tools for Business

Beginning WordPress

WordPress is a tool that is frequently used by small businesses, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out how to manage your content or what is possible to do with your website. Veteran trainer Benjamin Bradley has worked with many many small business owners in getting them up to speed with what they need to do with WordPress and he’ll help get you oriented too.

Beginning Marketing

If you don’t share what you’re doing effectively, no one will never know what services or opportunities you may offer. Lauren Jeffcoat has worn many hats including digital strategist, web designer, and project manager, all of which have given her unique insight and expertise on marking. In this workshop she’ll  discuss some powerful strategies to maximize your site and gain a bigger online audience.

Beginning Branding/Design

Many business owners or individuals whose expertise is in a particular area often feel stuck when it comes to creating branding and design that accurately and professionally represent their companies or themselves. Ashleigh Axios is a Creative Director and strategist who has deep experience in teaching design. She’ll cover lots of ways to help you feel un-stuck when making branding and design decisions.

Please Note:
If you are planning to attend a workshop, please bring a fully charged laptop computer as many of the workshops will be interactive with activities to help you learn while you’re there.

Thank you to Bluehost for being a Gold sponsor!

Bluehost, a web hosting company that powers over 1 million WordPress sites worldwide, is a Gold sponsor at WordCamp DC! We couldn’t be more thankful for their support.

From their sponsor page:

Their objective is to help customers, whether novice or pro, create a thriving online presence at an affordable price. With a team of in-house tech experts available 24/7, Bluehost dedicates time and resources to providing the best support and services in the industry.

Bluehost will have a team of three at a sponsor table in the exhibit hall at Carnegie Library. You may get a chance to play Mario Kart, or even win the television it’s played on as part of a giveaway.

What to see in DC

There are so many sights to see in DC outside of WordCamp.  Whether you are local and haven’t had time to explore or you are visiting for the first time and want the greatest hits, this list has something for you.

Museums in DC

According to Wikipedia, we have 80 museums in DC, not taking into account nearby VA or MD. We have 4 of the twenty most popular museums in the world! Here is a starter list:

All of the Smithsonian Institution (Free)
Smithsonian Castle facadeThe Smithsonian includes 17 museums and a zoo in DC. Many of the museums are on the National Mall – these include Natural History, Air and Space, American History, Hirshhorn, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of the 

American Indian. The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery are walking distance from our conference if you want to wander at lunch or after camp – it is open until 7pm!

National Gallery of Art (Free)
The NGA is a national museum, but not part of the Smithsonian. You can see works from Rembrandt to Calder. It has one of the finest art collections in the world and takes up multiple city blocks, so bring your walking shoes!

National Archives (Free)
The Archives represents the physical record of the birth and growth of a nation in original documents, maps, photos, recordings, films and a miscellany of objects. Best known items include the Magna Carta and the  Declaration of Independence. Expect lines to enter during the summer.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Free – Timed Tickets)
The three-floor exhibition, containing more than 900 artifacts, many video screens and four theaters showing archive footage and survivor testimony, presents a chronological history of the Nazi holocaust. A deeply profound museum that brings victim’s and survivor’s stories to the forefront.

Newseum (Admission Charge)
The front of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue showcases over 80 copies of todays front pages from newspapers around the world. Truly stunning is the gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, which includes every award-winning photo from 1942 to now.

International Spy Museum (Admission Charge)
car from james bond
When you enter, you are given an alias that you can learn about throughout the museum. See real  spy gadgets including KGB-issued poison pellet shooting umbrellas and Germany’s Steineck ABC wristwatch camera. If you also love fictional spies, the silver Aston Martin from 1964’s Goldfinger is a great place for selfies.

O St Museum (Admission Charge)
The Mansion on O St boasts “over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors,” spread throughout four maze-like floors created in four row houses opened to one another and turned into one elaborate hotel/museum.  Rosa Parks once lived on site as activist-in-residence. The mansion includes a large amount of Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia, including a Sgt. Peppers jukebox in the “Beatles Room.” Everything can be touched and almost everything is for sale. It is a very delightfully strange experience.

Historic DC

National Monuments (Free)
MLK statue at night
Visit the  Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam War memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and many others that dot the DC Tidal Basin. The public may visit the sites of National Mall and Memorial Parks 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty at the sites to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs throughout the day and upon request.

Ford’s Theater (Timed Tickets, Reservation Fee)
The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum, and learning center. The hotel where Lincoln died is directly across the street.

U.S. Capitol Building (Free)
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. The visitor center will teach you the history of the building, while a tour (must be scheduled) will allow you to see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.

Library of Congress (Free)
The LOC s the largest library in the world, with more than 164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 38 million books and other printed materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts. Take a guided or self-guided tour to see some of the amazing building and collection.

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (Free)
Home to the National Woman’s Party for nearly 90 years, this was the epicenter of the struggle for women’s rights. From this house in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, Alice Paul and the NWP developed innovative strategies and tactics to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for women.

Strange/Hidden DC

Here is an alternate list of things to do and see in DC that are a bit more off the beaten path.  Enjoy.

Have fun in DC – it is small but amazing!

Thank you to BoldGrid for being a Gold sponsor!

BoldGrid is a drag-and-drop website builder for WordPress, and even have a free version of the plugin to get you started.

From their sponsor page:

By placing WordPress more in line with DIY site builder solutions on the market, our mission is not only to make WordPress more accessible and easy for beginners to utilize, but also automate and streamline typical WordPress tasks to provide a fast, creator-friendly platform that even web professionals will appreciate.

BoldGrid will have a table presence at WordCamp DC and would be glad to answer any questions you have about their offering!

WordCamp D.C. Thanks Made by We

Notice all the wonderful branding on our site and our social outreach? We have the great folks at Made by We to thank!

Made by We is a for-benefit design studio on a mission to bring great design to good clients. They use design and technology to creatively approach real-world social problems, partnering with teams both large and small. They are based in the Shaw neighborhood of D.C. and proud to support the inaugural WordCamp D.C. by providing design and branding.

PS: be sure to check out Jason Wasser & Ellen Amaral from team Made by We give their WordCamp D.C. talks this year.

Thank you to Pantheon for being a Gold sponsor

Pantheon is a website management platform for WordPress and Drupal sites, and we’re very thankful for their Gold sponsorship of the first-ever WordCamp DC!

From their sponsor description:

We’ve built the world’s best website management platform—one that gives web teams all of the developer tools, hosting, scaling, performance, workflow, and automation they need to build the best websites in the world.

Pantheon will have a table presence at the event, and would be happy to answer any questions you have about their website management platform!

Also, if you’re around on Friday morning, be sure to catch Pantheon’s own Tessa Kriesel’s “Beginners Guide to WordPress Workflow” presentation at 9:15 AM!