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 WordCampDC@gmail.com; or submitting through our feedback form. We 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
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.
Every WordCamp needs its Wapuu, and WordCamp D.C. is no exception. Thanks to the talents of one of WordPress D.C.’s dedicated members—Tara Claeys—we actually have three patriotic Wapuus to serve as our exclusive mascots!
Meet Capitol Wapuu
Capitol (with an “o”, please!) Wapuu is hugging the famous dome, which recently completed a multi-year restoration project. Atop the Capitol dome is the Statue of Freedom, and it is the tallest structure in the District of Columbia.
Meet Honest Abe Wapuu
Lincoln Wapuu pays homage to our nation’s sixteenth president, with his trademark beard and top hat.
Meet D.C. Flag Wapuu
Last, but certainly not least, is D.C. Flag Wapuu, hugging the District’s colors! Officially adopted in 1938, the District of Columbia’s flag is derived from the coat of arms of George Washington and consists of three red stars above two red bars on a white field.
Of course you’ll be receiving sticker sheets at WordCamp D.C. so you can bring all of our Wapuus home with you!
But, What’s a Wapuu?
Want to know more about Wapuu and his history with WordCamps around the world? Head over to wapuu: origins.
On Saturday evening we will be transforming the Carnegie from our palace of WordPress learning to our lit after-party space. So please take this time to go out and grab a bite for dinner in one of the best food cities in the United States!
Walk a few blocks south on 7th Street and you’ll come to the Gallery Place/Chinatown neighborhood of D.C., which is one of the hottest dining destinations in town.
I asked our organizing team for some of their recommendations for good places to eat, and got back a wide variety of choices. No matter your taste and budget, you’ll find a great dinner spot just a few minutes’ walk from our venue.
Saving money for something other than dinner? No need to skip a meal. We’ve got plenty of local and national low-cost eateries all around the neighborhood, including a few holes-in-the-wall favored by locals:
- CAVA, 707 H St. NW, Mediterranean
- Chipotle, 1045 5th St. NW, Mexican
- Eat First, 609 H St. NW, Chinese
- Chinatown Express, 746 6th St NW, Chinese
- Nando’s PERi PERi, 819 7th St. NW, Peruvian Chicken
- Taylor Gourmet, 485 K St. NW, Sandwiches
Looking for a little more variety for not a lot more cost? Head over to one of these moderately-priced restaurants:
- All-Purpose Pizzeria, 1250 9th St. NW, Pizza
- Bantam King, 501 G St. NW, Ramen and Chicken
- Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW, American
- City Tap House, 901 I (as in “Eye”) St. NW, Gastropub
- Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St. NW, Mexican
- Matchbox, 713 H St. NW, Pizza
- Ping Pong Dim Sum, 900 7th St. NW, Dim Sum
- Royal Thai Cuisine & Bar, 507 H St. NW, Thai
- Vapiano, 623-625 H St. NW, Italian and Pizza
Time for a Splurge
Willing to spend a little more for some local flavor? Try one of these hometown favorites:
- China Chilcano, 418 7th St. NW, Peruvian-Asian Fusion
- Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, American
- Jaleo DC, 480 7th St. NW, Spanish Tapas
- La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, Spanish Tapas
- Momofuku CCDC, 1090 Eye St. NW, American-Asian Fusion
- Oyamel, 401 7th St. NW, Mexican Tapas
- Zaytinya, 701 9th St. NW, Greek/Mediterranean Tapas
If sweet treats are your thing, you could check out one of these tasty establishments:
“I don’t know anything about code! What’s there in a WordCamp for me?”
We’re glad you asked!
It’s certainly true that WordCamp D.C. will have amazing developer talks from some of the top minds in the WordPress world, but it will also have tons of great presentations on content, design, business, and strategy that are such a vital part of the WordPress community.
We have a number of case studies planned from the government and nonprofit sectors such as “Decentralized Content Strategy for the National Park Service” and “The Andy Warhol Museum Website Redesign.” We have talks from thought leaders on search engine optimization, social media, and “How to Build a Popular Blog and Master WordPress Even If You’re a Liberal Arts Major.”
And if you want to try something a bit more technical like “How to Understand & Use HTTP Without a CS Degree,” well, we got you covered there too!
“Will I have time to talk to people outside of the sessions?”
We call this the Hallway Track. Whether it is between sessions or during a time block where you are “free,” the opportunity to network with other designers, social media experts, business owners is stellar. Strike up a conversation with someone at lunch; you may find you have more in common outside of WordPress than you imagined!
“I’m not a developer yet, but I’m looking to learn. Is that possible?”
WordCamp D.C. aims to cover the breadth of the WordPress universe, so come join us. Even if you don’t know your loop from your template tag, there’s still going to be lots of great content for you!
Are you attending your first WordCamp? What a coincidence, we’re throwing our first WordCamp! Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your WordCamp D.C. experience:
There’s more going on than you think. Sure, we’ve got great talks going on during each of our speaker tracks, but don’t forget the Hallway Track, otherwise known as the interactions that go on in the public area. Network with peers or get an answer to a question you just thought of. You’ll find other attendees and speakers alike are very approachable!
Say “thank you”. WordCamps would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and the help of our volunteers. So stop by the sponsor tables and thank them for their support and shake a volunteer’s hand.
Bring a sweater or hoodie.
Trust us, even if it’s 90+° outside (which is likely), Carnegie Library has ample air conditioning, as do many of the hotels, restaurants, museums, and other buildings you’re likely to visit during your time here.
Bring a “swag bag.” We’re going to be giving you a tee shirt, and so will a sponsor or two. Maybe some Legos. And pens. And stickers. Sponsors are always creative in the swag they bring to WordCamps, so make sure you have a handy way to carry all those goodies.
Get out and about in D.C. If you’re from out of town, make sure you schedule some time to see the sights. Check out the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall (all of which are free admission); say “Hi” to our pandas at the National Zoo (also free admission); ride one of the sightseeing buses; hop on the Metro and stroll around Arlington National Cemetery. There’s a ton of non-WordCamp activities to check out. We promise a post or two about DC coming soon!
Are you a seasoned WordCamp veteran? Share your top tips in the comments!
We know some of you will be coming from out of town, and we’re excited to show you our lovely city.
WordCamp D.C. does not have an official partner hotel. As a major tourist and business destination, there are a number of hotels near the venue from which to choose. Here are just a few within easy walking distance:
Need more options? Head over to Destination D.C. with a huge list of hotels for every price point and travel preference.