WordCamp Chicago 2014

Foundation Friday

This jam-packed weekend kicked off with Foundation Friday!

Friday’s events aimed to provide WordCamp attendees with a solid knowledge base. Last year, Foundation Friday was geared towards WordPress beginners, but this year option had been expanded: WordPress 101, WordPress 201, WordPress 301, and WordPress 401, respectively.

WordPress 101, 201, and 301 are all-day events (so you only need to register for one), which will include workshops, seminars, and discussions. 301 is the track I chose.

WordPress 401 also ran all day, by differs in structure. It’s an “unconference-style” WordPress roundtable, where experienced developers come together to discuss WordPress development and other pressing topics.

Sessions

This year’s sessions featured a range of speakers, each with different backgrounds, experiences, and areas of expertise. Sessions addressed many of the hot topics in the WordPress this year, like an intro to the JSON REST API, eCommerce, mobile apps, security, freelancing and more.

Saturday Activity Hour

On Saturday, there was a two-hour lunch break between sessions. During that time, WordCamp goers were encouraged to join one of several “meet-ups” the organizers had put together. We opted to join the Plugin group. Once we found out that the group was for plugin “users” and developers we slipped out and went to lunch at Which Wich. Other organized activities included an architecture walking tour and lightning talks.

AfterParty On the Roof

It wouldn’t be a WordCamp without the memorable afterparty. The after party was held on the Rooftop Terrace at the University Center. Excellent free dinner and drinks. I chatted with speaker Jesse Friedman about anything and everything as well as some interesting folks fresh from a day of WordCamp sessions.

My wife and I had a great time, until next year Chicago!