WordCamp OC

On the weekend of July 9th and 10th, the Cove hosted WordCamp Orange County. At WordCamp OC, guests networked, collaborated, and immersed themselves in everything WordPress. Attendees varied in experience, background, and discipline. They included designers, developers, bloggers, business owners, writers, and people brand new to the platform.

To accommodate the diverse mix of attendees, WordCamp OC provided two tracks of sessions and workshops. Almost every conference room in the Cove was buzzing with energy and filled with people eager to learn. Workshops varied in complexity and included a beginner’s introduction to WordPress Security and Plugins by Logan Kipp, product evangelist at WordPress for SiteLock and a design-centric workshop titled Beyond Whitespace: Designing for Complex Content by Michelle Schulp, independent graphic designer and owner of Marktime Media.

Blog-centric workshops included The 50 Day Blogging Challenge by Scott Buscemi, founder and UX director of Luminary, a development agency focused on eCommerce and web systems. Attendees looking for guidance on business concepts attended workshops such as Controlling Your Contracts by Karim Marucchi, CEO of Crowd Favorite and Chairman of The VeloMedia Group.

“Everyone can publish their content and create a website. WordPress is a great platform that gives everyone a voice,” said David Margowsky, the event’s lead organizer and freelance project manager for WordPress development shops.

Karena is a Marketing and Communications intern at the Cove. She contributes to the Cove Currents newsletter and blog in addition to supporting various marketing and design projects for UCI Applied Innovation. She is passionate about media, storytelling. Karena is an undergraduate at UCI majoring in Literary Journalism and minoring in Digital Information Systems and Political Science.