JWC13: Signed, Sealed and Delivered
The second annual Joomla! World Conference was held November 8-10, 2013 at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. People came from around the world to attend. The weather cooperated and a great time was had by all!
We came, we saw, we conferenced...
The comments and feedback that the JWC13 Team has received so far have been positive. We already know how friendly the Joomla community is, but it was interesting to hear from the outsiders who attended or did a keynote. Our Saturday afternoon keynote speaker, Ethan Marcotte said, "Really, it seems like one of the friendliest, inclusive communities I’ve come across. Hope to cross paths with it again."
Andrew Nacin, the lead developer for WordPress, was there all weekend, and Angie Bryon from Drupal came by. Take a close look at the JWC13 group photo and you will see keynote speaker and WordPress co-founder, Matt Mullenweg, in the back row smiling! Even the Harvard staff was overheard saying "this was one of the best conferences that has been held here... everyone knows everyone else."
Thank you, thank you very much...
There are several articles this month with follow ups about JWC13, so I will keep this article short. I do want to thank all of our sponsors, without them we would not have been able to bring such a top notch event to fruition. They really made the event happen.
Thank you also to the attendees and speakers who took time out of their weekend to join us from places as far as Sydney, Nairobi, Bangkok, Cape Town, Rio, Havana, Mumbai, Saint Martin, Denmark, as well as Europe, South America, Canada and the US!
A special thank you goes to my fellow JWC13 Team Members: TJ Baker, Martijn Boomsma, Mike Carson, Jerri Christensian, Ronni Christiansen, Vic Drover and Jon Neubauer. Months of planning went into putting the event together. We burned the midnight oil across multiple time zones. We began planning JWC14 over lunch on the Monday immediately after the conference was over. Stay tuned for some big announcements!
A few statistics...
We had 298 attendess, just shy of our 300 target, of those 58 were women. Our youngest attendee was 10-year old Philip Watz, son of OSM Board Member, Sarah Watz who came from Stockholm!
It goes without saying, if you are using Joomla, it is worth your time to attend an event. Start locally, get to know some folks in your area and then branch out! And don't forget to volunteer in some way. There is a lot to do and your help is welcome! If you enjoyed Boston and would like to come back, JoomlaDay Boston will be held on March 15 & 16, 2014. Details for all Joomla events can be found at http://events.joomla.org.
You can see all the keynotes here:
Deb Nicholson: http://www.youtube.
Ethan Marcotte: http://www.youtube.
Matt Mullenweg: http://www.youtube.