Today, I am going to share the experience of attending my first WordCamp. It was my first time in the U.S.A (and the time to Miami obviously). I stayed in U.S.A for 20 days, travelled to four states, met a lot of great people and visited a lot of awesome places. 10 days in Florida includes NASA, Universal, Lakes, Springs, Parks, Miami and special visit to KeyWest. Kudos to Asif, my buddy who drove me to all the places. I highly appreciate his support for everything he did to me during my trip.
Attending a WordCamp was a dream and when your dream comes true, your feels splendid. I received a comment on FaceBook checking that I am lucky to be there and yes I was lucky to attend this WordCamp.
Following is the wrap up day by day:
28th May – WordCamp Miami Social Meetup
Asif drove the car fast, it took us almost 4 hours to reach Miami from DeBary, Florida. We checked-in our hotel and went straight to Miami Ad School for Social Meet up. When we reached there, all talks were ended. I started recognizing the people from their twitter avatars. You can’t imagine my feelings at that time. The people I follow, read their blogs, watch their videos and use their plugins were in front of me.
End of the social meet up was a football game where all the gems were enjoying the game.
Met with Syed balkhi, handsome, tall guy and for the first time got relaxed to speak in Urdu i.e my native language.
David who organized the WordCamp Miami was glad to see me attending the WordCamp so far from Asia. I have organized the technology Events in Pakistan and understand how hard these are, and You did an EXCELLENT job my friend. **applause**
Mendel gathered us and took this awesome photo. Here is a complete wrap up by him.
Coming back from Social meet up, I spend time with WPValet guys at our hotel near pool.
Following are some of the pics I took from Social Meet up venue.
29th May, BuddyCamp Miami
I attended all the talks at BuddyCamp. Even though I had to submit a GSoC (2009) proposal in BuddyPress I was not aware of what are the things we can do TODAY within BuddyPress. Big thanks to John James Jacoby, Rami and others who gave detailed talks and I felt in love with BuddyPress. I will choose BuddyPress for creating private networks for my next project 😉
30th and 31st May, WordCamp Miami
There were How-to, Business, Developer and All Users tracks. I liked Developers track for 30th and Business track for 31st Day. But the best thing was Live Streaming and I could watch all the videos of other tracks later on.
The REAL Beauty of WordCamp is you meet Corey miller, Chris Lema, Syed Balkhi, Karim Marucchi, Aaron Campbell, Chris Wiegman, Mark Jaquith and other great WordPressers speaking in person. You learn the secrets of their success and apply them to your business for unbelievable growth. You talk about your product with them and get ideas to shape your product. We got tremendous feedback about Analytify. It was awesome to spend time with them.
For the people in the U.S, They might spent $100, $500 or $1000 to attend WordCamp but for me, It was $4k. After all, It is worthy.
oh I forgot to mention Jason Coleman, his talk “Building Web Apps with WordPress” was one of the best talks. He had his book for giveaway to the person who asked him a good question. I am building Web Apps since years but had not used WordPress as a framework, So I had a lot of questions which I couldn’t ask and he gave the book to someone else. I asked him if he has another book then I want it. It would add value to my knowledge and he gently mailed me book later on. It is a must ready btw, I will write review of his book soon.
After WordCamp, I regret why I didn’t contributed to WordPress Core before even though I was serving large freelance clients with Custom WordPress themes since 2.2 version. I have contributed to phpMyAdmin (Relational Export Schema in multiple formats) a lot in 2010 but I stopped it afterwards and focused on making money for family. Well, there is never late and I am altogether in now 😉
Some of the pictures I took with my friends.
All WordCamp Miami 2015 Swag I got. I was listening talks and couldn’t catch some of the t-shirts people got. Well, my focus was listening my favorite people in person.
Big thanks to SiteGround who sent me a Special gift for attending WordCamp from Asia.
After WordCamp, I took a flight back from Miami to JFK, JFK to Dubai and Dubai to Sialkot, Pakistan. It took me 40 hours to reach home. Yes you read it right 40 hours on plane. But It was worthy, I loved it and would do it again. he he
It took me some time to write this long post because I am busy in launching the WooCommerce and Easy Digital Downloads Addons (Google Analytics Enhanced Ecommerce) for Analytify.
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