WordCamp LAX was really smooth and well managed. General thoughts are that it was hard to imagine this was a first time organizer group for a WordCamp. It was also representative of life and diversity in Southern California.
Friday: The traditional Speaker/Sponsor dinner in Hollywood
Saturday: All day sessions running in 2 rooms at Cal State LA followed by the after party at the Blue Cow Kitchen and Bar in Downtown LA.
Sunday: Afternoon sessions at Cross Campus in Santa Monica
Q: Why did the organizers decide to spread the weekend out over the Greater Los Angeles area instead of keeping it to one location for the weekend?
A: Natalie has a really good relationship with Cross Campus and immediately thought it would be perfect for the smaller Sunday event since not as many people attend the Sunday event as they do the Saturday event. The Saturday venue needed to be much larger, and they were having trouble finding an appropriate location. Cal State LA kind if “fell into our laps” and it just worked out that way. It wasn’t planned to cover the east side and west side.
Steve: Really enjoyed Paul Clark’s talk on Saturday Sass* and Less CSS. He’s a great speaker and funny with a great sense of humor. He inspired Steve to research Sass and work it into the development process.
Steve also liked Konstantin Obenland presentation The Customizer and learned a lot.
*Sass is a different way of creating CSS much more efficiently.
Jeff: Favorite was Paul Clark.
Jeff also enjoyed Scott Bolinger’s talk on Lesser Known but Super Hip Responsive Design Tricks.
Jeff was also inspired to take the information from Konstantin’s presentation and implement it into his own work.
Chris: Was anticipating the WordPress Consulting for Large Companies by Karim Marucchi, John Giaconia and Kara Hansen. A collaborative presentation between Velomedia and The Walt Disney Company.
Takeaway for future presenters
Speak on a topic that you know. It’s that simple. If you know your topic, it becomes a conversation and that’s what makes a good session. A good session is not reading off of slides. It’s when an audience is responsive to what you’re talking about.
WPwatercooler Saturday presenters
- Steve: Underscores – The only theme that matters
- Chris delivered the Keynote
- Se: DIYWP: Making WordPress Work for Your Small Business
- Suzette: You’re Live! …Now What?: Post Launch Setup Process and Procedures
WPwatercooler Sunday Presenters
- Jason: Improving Support Documentation by Using Video in the Dashboard
- Jeff: Part of the Business Panel Discussion
- Huberts Lemonade (sponsor of WCLAX and provided a ton of cold bottles of lemonade to attendees.
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