WordCamp US 2022 Recap

Three weeks ago, Elegant Themes attended WordCamp US. This WordCamp was highly anticipated as it’s been almost three years since its last inception (thank you, pandemic). WCUS finally went west and was held in San Diego proper at the Town & Country resort in Hotel Circle. At roughly 650+ attendees, this was the smallest WordCamp US to date. But, that did not stop it from delivering a much-needed boost of community connection.

town and country resort with lots of palm trees

The WCUS 2022 venue – Town and Country Resort

The team

Our team looked a bit different this year as we had only a few seasoned folks. Half of our team was brand new to Elegant Themes and brand new to WordCamps. Our Elegant Themes WordCamp US team was as follows:
Nathan B. Weller – Content Manager
Raquel Landefeld – Community Manager
Jason Champagne – Blog Category Editor
Chris Morris – Blog Author
Christina Gwira – Blog Author
Deanna McLean – Blog Author
Ethan Mills – Video Creator

We had a blast getting to know each other and getting to know the WordPress community.

Four Elegant Themes employees meeting at the airport

Deanna, Chris, Ethan, and Jason meet at the airport for the first time

team members having brunch on a restaurant patio

Some of the team at brunch

Chris sitting on a sidewalk curb at night

Noice Chris

Sponsoring WordCamp

Elegant Themes sponsored WCUS at the Bronze level. As a sponsor, one of our favorite ways to meet and connect with our community is to host a morning meet-and-greet. This usually takes place over coffee, of course. We were ecstatic to partner with our favorite San Diegan coffee shop James Coffee Co. They came with it on the coffee and pastry front. But, the best part was our community of Divi users and supporters! Many attended including our friends at Siteground and BlogVault.

Jason & Chris of Elegant Themes hosting the WCUS Divi meet-and-greet

Hosting our Divi WCUS morning meet-and-greet

group of people gathering for coffee at the Divi WCUS coffee meet & greet

WCUS Divi morning coffee meet-and-greet

Attending WordCamp US 2022

WordCamp US 2022 was a 3-day event with sessions and workshops on Friday and Saturday followed by a Contributor Day on Sunday. We held our sponsored meet-and-greet on Friday morning before WCUS opening remarks which worked out perfectly. The team divided and conquered both days by attending sessions, visiting the sponsor hall, having valuable conversations, and meeting new and pseudo-old faces. I mean, some of us created online friendships and connections but had yet to meet! It was so wonderful finally meeting those connections IRL!

Three men taking an usie in the WCUS Sponsor Hall

Jason and Nexcess in the WCUS Sponsor Hall

man and woman taking usie as WCUS

Nathan and Divi Fam

Raquel emcee on stage at WCUS

Raquel reppin’ ET as an emcee

It was such a delight finally having some IRL facetime with the WordPress community. As always, this is the best part of attending WordCamps. Honestly, I think most of us forgot what it was like. Thankfully, WordCamp US 2022 gave us a healthy reminder. We cannot wait to see the community again! Next stop; WordCamp Phoenix. See you there!

Elegant Themes WCUS Content Team standing on steps in front of their airbnb

Your WCUS 2022 Elegant Themes Content Team

Elegant Themes WCUS Content Team acting silly standing on steps in front of their airbnb

Your silly WCUS 2022 Elegant Themes Content Team

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