WordCamp Boston 2016 Recap


Photo courtesy of Wayne Kurtzman

WordCamp Boston – 7 years and going strong! We are fortunate to have such a great community of WordPressers, such a great history of awesome WordCamps in Boston, Rhode Island and Maine, and dedicated organizers since 2010.

All the continued success would not be possible without the great team of organizers and volunteers for 2016. Our 2016 organizers: Tom Beach, Moira Ashleigh, Mel Choyce, Kelly Dwan, K.Adam White, John Eckman, Jim Reevior, Duane Mitchell, Steve Word all contributed, showed their strengths, time and devotion to #WCBOS.

The WordPress community in the North East is strong and growing. Our attendance this year was strong, we are getting closer to our 600+ that we had a few years ago. The amount of submissions for speaking was impressive, we just wish we had room for more. Our thanks go out to the speakers that donated their time and shared their expertise, and a big thanks to those that submitted and didn’t get chosen. Hope you will all apply next year!

Our goal this year was to have a wide variety of tracks and to make our camp Accessible as possible. Hopefully we touched everyone with our schedule: Higher Ed, WordPress 101, Users, Designers, Developers, and a Contributors Day [whew, just thinking about all of that makes me excited to see the videos of the sessions I missed!]

This was our first year with Communication Access Realtime Tranlation or CART services, a big thank you Norma and White Coat Captioning, and Stanley, Amanda and Stacey for the great technical transcripts – everyone enjoys seeing the accurate live captioning.

And a great big thanks to all our sponsors, because without your support, we could not do any of the things we did over the weekend – The location- at Boston University, CART Services, Happiness Bar support, Awesome Swag, After party, Contributors Day, lunch, snacks and of course…COFFEE!!

The IS&T APPLICATIONS department at Boston University supported WordCamp Boston this year helping us secure the location and helping us get together a higher ed track.

Looking forward to a bigger and better 2017 WordCamp Boston.

Our videos have all been submitted to WordPress.tv  some of them are up already – look for them all of them to be up shortly. Slides can be found here.



Getting to WordCamp Boston 2016

George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215

The venue is accessible via the MBTA Green Line “B” Branch at the “BU Central” stop. We encourage you to take public transportation if possible. For information about the T, including accessibility of stations, visit the MBTA website.

If you are driving, parking will be available but not free. Attendees can park in the Granby lot or the the Warren Towers lot at BU. This is about a 5 minute walk to the venue. There are Red Sox games both Sat and Sun, which does affect parking prices. The daily rate is $12, but goes up to $30 during Red Sox times.

Check our location page for more info.

Need Extra Help With Your WordPress Sites?

Need more help than just attending sessions? Get some extra help with your WordPress sites at the Happiness Bar! This is the place to come and get your WordPress questions answered by knowledgeable WordPress experts and Happiness Engineers. This is one of the best aspects of WordCamp!

The Happiness bar is available all day Saturday in the Metcalf Auditorium and Sunday in the Ziskind Lounge.

Contributor Day — Sunday July 24th

Whether you’ve never contributed to WordPress before, or if you’ve done so for years, you’re invited to WordCamp Boston Contributor day. This is your chance to learn out how to contribute from the experts, hang out with others who love to contribute, and push some of your own contributions — all in one (well, really less than one) day.

We’re planning a fun, active and intense day of learning, coding, testing, documentation and hanging out. WordPress experts and contributors will be present to help you get up to speed quickly with how to contribute to WordPress. Don’t know exactly what you want to do? No problem! Just show up and we’ll get you plugged into a team that needs your help. Not a coder? That’s okay too — there are plenty of non-dev ways to contribute to the WordPress community, including documentation and more.

Just bring your own laptop and we’ll take care of the rest

Get Feed!

You won’t go hungry at this years WordCamp! Included with registration, start the day with coffee and pastries (Saturday breakfast sponsored by WPEngine). Lunch (Saturday lunch sponsored by Flywheel & Bluehost), with choices for omnivores, vegan, egalitarian, gluten free, dairy free and kosher. Go to the after party (sponsored by Oomph and SiteLock) for a Taco Bar and a no-host bar. Add an afternoon snack (sponsored by PressTigers Saturday, FlexiDB Sunday) and coffee all day (sponsored by WooCommerce Jetpack & BoldGrid Saturday and Rochen Hosting Sunday) we got you covered for breaking your diet!

To guarantee food and any special preferences for you, please register today by 5pm!

Need a Place to Stay?

Suites at BU for WordCamp 2016

Affordable Housing at BU – First come first served.

Knowing that housing in Boston can be expensive, we have contracted 5 suites (with 4 single bedrooms and 2 shared bathrooms) at the BU Dorms at 10 Buick Street for Friday July 22 and check out morning of Sunday July 24th. 10 Buick Street is an apartment-style, air-conditioned residence hall. Each apartment consists of four single-occupancy bedrooms, kitchen, common room, and two bathrooms. Kitchens are not stocked with utensils or other kitchenware. The per person per night rate is $85.00 for single-occupancy. This rate includes bed and bath linen and amenities. You must sign up for both nights for a total of $170. This is simply a great rate for the Boston Area.

Boston University requires that all suites are assigned based on gender.

A charge of $100 per key and $25 per ID will be charged to the program for all keys and IDs lost while in residence or not returned upon departure. Please be sure – cancellations are only refunded if we get a replacement.

You can sign-up for housing here.