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WordCamp 2020 Recap: Things Get Virtual

Normally, our head web developer would head down to Minneapolis for WordCamp, a conference dedicated to the open source software WordPress. This year it went virtual. How did this work?

They used a combination of YouTube, Zoom, Slack, Google Docs, and more to connect people from everywhere.

First, presenters, MCs, and behind-the-scenes volunteers used Zoom to conduct presentations. Then, these videos were sent to YouTube for viewers and live chat. Vendor booths and presentations were in a separate “Hallway” track that was accessible in a separate Zoom room for each vendor to interact with their representatives. There was also a separate “KidsCamp” track. These special kid-friendly (ages 7-14) lessons introduced kids to WordPress and helped them learn or improve their skills.

There were two separate tracks of presentations, which should still be available for viewing on YouTube:

Now that we’ve established how they conducted the WordCamp 2020 virtually, you can dive into what we actually learned. We’ve written down takeaways about each presentation. You can choose your own adventure below. Enjoy!

All in all, it was another great WordCamp Conference. Definitely a bit different due to COVID, but it was a good test of virtual abilities and large scale events. Whether you’re in person or across screens, bringing minds together always sparks productive conversations. Hope it’s an in-person event next year, though!

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