This past weekend (October 25 & 26, 2014) was the last ever WordCamp San Francisco. Thankfully two of our team members were there to experience the event. Kori even got to meet Matt Mullenweg – founder of Automattic the company behind WordPress who announced that there will be a new venue, new city & new name next year for WordPress’ official WordCamp. “WordCamp US” could be the new name as we see WordPress going global. Rumors even circulated about a possible WordCamp Europe & WordCamp Asia.
Matt also gave a wonderful challenge to individuals and companies who use WordPress. He challenged us to give back 5% to the WordPress Community. 5% of our team, our time or our resources. I’m excited to report that WebTegrity has been doing this (and more) since we opened our doors in 2012.
Several of our team members are WordPress Contributors. Our company offers a free WordPress website for great causes. We help organize San Antonio’s WordPress Meetup group. We also teach some of those classes. And we’re excited to announce that we’re helping to organize the first ever WordCamp San Antonio.
Matt’s challenge sparked a new idea though in our business model. As many of you know we’ve opened WP Code Academy and have been teaching students, business owners and entrepreneurs, freelancers and marketing directors how to use WordPress. We’ve now decided to offer a Full Scholarship Program for Veterans & Military Spouses. Every class that we teach will have up to 2 seats able to be filled by winners of these scholarships (Value up to $5,000 per person).
Why are we giving this away? Many reasons! But the few that top the list would be that San Antonio is a Military town with plenty of folks wanting to learn web design / development. And another reason is because the WordPress community is what has helped grow this company! Without them we would not have been able to do half of the fun, creative, dynamic websites that you find in our portfolio.