Recap: Wordcamp Philly 2020 (Virtual)

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WordCamp Philly 2020 was held virtually this year on YouTube live stream and Zoom.

As always the quality was exceptional and the talks were fantastic. The organizers and the volunteers did a great job. All the videos will be up soon at WordCamp.TV

Though the talks were great, the supplemental activities, which are often missed when conferences go virtual, were amazing and made the experience even more fun.

There was a cheesesteak making demonstration, giveaways at sponsor booths. And a great hallway/help desk chat (via Zoom). After all, some of the best parts of WordCamps happen in the hallways.

Some of my favorite talks included:

  • Design for Cognitive Bias: Using Mental Shortcuts for Good Instead of Evil
  • Build Ecommerce Sites With Confidence (Demystifying Ecommerce)
  • Remote Working: How to Make It Work for You
  • Standing Out on Google with Structured Data
  • Betrayed by Design: Recognizing Exclusion to Create Inclusion

All these talks were given over YouTube Livestream. But what I loved most, was the accessibility that WordCamps bring.

When there are in-person WordCamps there are stenographers captioning all the talks. This wasn’t scrapped with the move to virtual. I love the inclusiveness of the WordPress community.

If you’re disappointed to have missed WordCamp Philly. WordCamp Austin is coming up in early October. Check it out! I won’t disappoint.

Hopefully next year WordCamps can return to in-person setups. But to honest, I hope there will remain an online/virtual component going forward.

Note: If you want to see the #WCPhilly hashtag conversations I archived them here.

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