Field Notes: Webstock 2014

Field Notes: Webstock 2014

Reporting back from a successful Webstock conference in Wellington, New Zealand, Growth Engineer Dave Martin shares the view from down under.

Every week, Automatticians — the people behind — participate in conferences, WordCamps, and other community events around the world. Today, let’s hear from Growth Engineer Dave Martin, who just returned from Webstock, in Wellington, New Zealand. Webstock is a conference that attracts prominent tech and new-media thinkers from around the world

This was my first visit to Wellington — a great little city filled with good art, good food, and good people. The morning I arrived, I tagged along with some other Webstock speakers and sponsors to visit Boomrock, a lovely ranch overlooking the Tasman Sea. We shot shotguns, we threw knives, and then we hung out the rest of the evening. With a backdrop like this, it was all a bit surreal, and magical.

NZ view

The view from Boomrock, near Wellington, New Zealand.

The event itself was wonderful as well. Scott Berkun kicked things off as the first speaker. He talked about his year working at Automattic. Scott’s talk spawned a bunch of great conversations with a variety of people.

ice cream

A booth doubling as an ice cream stand? Unbeatable.

Overall, it was a fantastic event. I met a lot of great people, and had a bunch of memorable experiences.


Speaking of memorable experiences: a minor suggestion to my future self (and anyone else reading this). If you’re out of the country, and you happen to shoot guns, for the love of all things holy don’t place a spent shotgun shell in your pocket, thinking it’s cool, and then forget about it during your stroll through customs.


Stay tuned for more news and updates about upcoming events! Next week, we’ll preview this year’s SXSW conference, and unveil our new events calendar.


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