Gone but not forgotten: A look back at WordCamp Santa Clarita

Speaker's Dinner at Wolf Creek Brewery, WordCamp Santa Clarita

I dreamed of this day. Like the phantom pain that first appeared in my left arm, then my right, and chest that my doctors couldn’t diagnose for five years, suddenly materializing in an instant- WordCamp Santa Clarita presented itself to the WordPress Community April 5-6, 2019.

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream, but a dream you dream together is reality.” John Lennon

Daily Rinse and Repeat

Each day, my ‘agile process’ began with a small task to accomplish — maybe walking 50, then 100 yards, or getting back into the WordPress Community, or uttering the last sentence of the last slide at my first WordPress Meetup – “host WordCamp Santa Clarita” — it all seemed as tall a task as the climb to the top of Central Park. But with each sunrise, I took a step, and another, a little stronger in my resolve and flush with seeds to sow.

Get Here If You Can

The WordPress world descended one of the fastest-growing areas of in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita, a northern suburb just north of Hollywood California to celebrate the open-source project at our two-day conference. Visitors and speakers came from far and wide from as far as Iceland and Amsterdam.

WordCamp Santa Clarita Collage

Right Here in Santa Clarita

With a theme celebrating Santa Clarita’s rich western and cowboy history, the conference opened with the soliloquy by Kathy Hendry to set the tone for the conference beginners day was a rounding success a rousing success standing room only in the Vazquez Rocks Room on Friday with the tracks of topics specifically geared for someone new to WordPress.

Diverse and Eclectic

Diversity reigned supreme at WordCamp Santa Clarita, with a speaker roster that contained over 50% female; included local talent such as Glenn Zucman, first-time speakers such as Jason Orellana and Bill Weissbard from nearby Pasadena Meetup and Sumner Davenport from neighboring West Valley WordPress Meetup.

Teamwork makes the dream work

With the help of talented organizers Rebeca Godin (Speaker Wrangler), Ron Amick (A/V Wrangler), Sean Conklin (Sponsor Wrangler), and Tange Brown-Simpson (Special Events/Venue), and a team of volunteers led by Mike Paley, Renee Johnson, Stephen Harvey and others the event highlighted our local community and their hands-on approach to their meetups with a Beginner’s Day on Friday and a dedicated Woo-Commerce track on Saturday.

Sights and Sounds

Attendees enjoyed an incredible facility. the University Center that overlooks the entire Santa Clarita Valley from high atop of the College of the Canyons just minutes off of the freeway, making it probably the easiest WordCamp to access in the world.

The beautiful, sun-drenched Beale’s Cut Lobby during in-session on Beginners Day. This image, one of three incredible immersive, panoramic, 360-degree photograph was taken by David C Boles from who came down from San Jose to WordCamp Santa Clarita.
Activity abounds during intermission. This image, one of three incredible immersive, panoramic, 360-degree photograph was taken by David C Boles from who came down from San Jose to WordCamp Santa Clarita.
All quiet on the Western Front. The Placerita Canyon is quiet on Friday, Beginners Day but will come alive during the full session on Saturday.

Next Up – WordCamp Orange County April 27-28

Southern California continues celebrating the WordPress Community as WordCamp Orange County (#wcoc, #bothdays) next weekend at The Cove at UCI Applied Innovation. On to the Next!

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