WordCamp Denver Recap

This past weekend WordCamp made it’s first appearance in Denver. All in all, I believe it went pretty well.

If you attended, you should have received a feedback survey today. I’m looking forward to seeing the responses and ideas people have to make WordCamp Denver 2010 even better (yes, I know – better WiFi).

We had around 300 people at the event, which we packed into the Denver Art Museum and squeezed in to 14 sessions with some fantastic speakers. This may have been too ambitous a schedule – we’ll see what the feedback says.

This was the first conference Crowd Favorite has organized, and it was definitely a learning experience. I’ll post some of the specific lessons learned (along with notes we’ve gathered from some other WordCamp organizers) in a follow-up post.

It was fun to see #wordcampdenver race up the “trending topics” on Twitter throughout the day. There are some great photos up on Flickr – my little set is here. As usual, I wish I’d taken more shots.

I was pleased to get some positive feedback on my presentation on Carrington – our CMS theme framework for WordPress. With much help from Dave Wiskus, I retooled my presentation to be a lot simpler and attempted to add some funny. Better structure in the message seems to have resulted in a better understanding by the audience – I saw lots of heads nodding and people seemed to understand the benefits of Carrington a lot better than my previous attempts to explain how the framework functions.

Here are the slides – although with the new presentation style they are no longer as useful without the audio (and code examples). The full presentation video should be on WordPress.tv in the near future.

Finally – A big thank you to all of our attendees, the wonderful speakers that graciously donated their time, the sponsors that made everything possible financially: Brad Feld, TechStars, BrightKite, Slice of Lime, IntenseDebate, blubrry, Lijit, BumperTunes, RedMonk, MTM Concepts, Gigbot, Flying Dog Brewery and the great folks at the Denver Art Museum.