Recap of 2012 WordCamp Vancouver ( WCYVR )

October 14, 2012

Grant Landram and I had the pleasure of representing freshmuse this weekend by attending the 2012 Vancouver, BC WordCamp as speakers. Grant and I bookended the day as the first and last speakers.

Grant’s talk on Tips to Grow your Professional WordPress Business ( slides ) has been highly sought after this year, and Grant deliver another stunning rendition of his presentation today. Though delivered many times ( and traveling together ), today was the first WordCamp presentation by Grant I was able to attend. It was very good. Unfortunately Vancouver did not video record the sessions, but I highly recommend you head to and watch Grant’s Portland session. Some tweets from Grant’s session

Grant as so great he even was immortalized in an artistic rendition of his presentation!

I was delighted that I was asked to present on Interacting with External APIs at another WordCamp. There was a great turnout, with 100+ people attending. I opened by telling people that I like a lot of audience interaction and that I was going to perform a live demo and heckling was encouraged. The people really took that to heard. I swear there were some professional hecklers in the crowd. It was all in good fun though. My presentation was in the last time slot of the day, which is typically when the attendee’s brains are buzzing from information overload. I designed my presentation to be pretty light due to that, and it was a lot of fun. Lots of laughs. A great way to end the day. I found myself laughing more than the audience I think. Each attendee was given an evaluation card to fill out at the end and my talk apparently received high marks and comments like “It was life changing!” I am not sure if I would go that far, but I know I had a fantastic time. I was nervous following two great speakers, but it came off well. I even received a clapping ovation when my code worked the first time around. Here are some tweets around my talk:

Pre-talk support from Jon Brown who had seen the same presentation in Las Vegas

It is now edging closer to 2 AM and as I need to be up again in a few hours for BuddyCamp instead of doing a play by play recap I will provide you with some select curated tweet that help illustrate just how fun WordCamps can be. If you missed Vancouver WordCamp this year be sure you keep an eye out for next time around!