12 Days until San Antonio’s 1st ever WordCamp! – Behind the Scenes

                                 

Our team here at WebTegrity is so blessed and excited to be a part of the organizing team for the first ever WordCamp San Antonio! So we thought we would write a few different posts giving you some insight and some tips leading up to the big day!

The Back Story

If you know what WordCamp is – you know that these WordPress meetings are held in cities and towns around the world. They can be great networking events as well as awesome opportunities to learn about developing on WordPress, social media, blogging, search engine optimization & even how to run your business as a freelancer. These events are one to two days and you can’t beat the price. For just $20 (or $40) bucks you’ll get access to the event, lunch & a t-shirt. Plus many times you’ll load up on some stellar swag from the vendors who showcase.

The San Antonio Meetup group – led by Yusuf Chowdhury – began discussion of having our own WordCamp over a year ago. Once the application was processed and a few Google Hangout meetings with the group from WordCamp took place – we were given permission to hold WCSATX 2015!

The team here at WebTegrity took lead on organizing but couldn’t have done it all without several other folks who have stepped up and volunteered time & even their money to make this happen. Wayne McWilliams has been the guy behind the scenes creating the branding, website, t-shirts & even organizing the speaker tracks. Michelle Lowery with Passion Fruit Creative Group has been the lady who has been writing all of our content and blog/news articles. Scott Croom is WebTegrity’s social media guy and he’s handled the sponsors and our social media for the event. Melissa Hernandez has been networking and helping with the strategy of the entire event as has Steffinie Blankenship and Yusuf Chowdhury. Rocky Howsden is our guy on logistics for the venue and Steven Starnes is heading up our video / photography team. Kori Ashton (I’m actually writing this article) has been the task master making sure that all of the deadlines are met and trying to wrangle the whole event.

As for the volunteer WordCamp Speakers – well the truth is – the day couldn’t happen without these folks. They pay their own way to get to San Antonio and donate their time to come teach us what they’ve learned. They share amazing insider tips and techniques. They’ll be talking about the better way to do things for your WordPress website in 2015. We have 4 speakers from Automattic including our keynote speaker Brandon Kraft. Twenty other professionals from local businesses and even across the US are lined up to give you priceless advice and resources. Please take a moment to give them a “Thank you” shout out on your social media.

Another huge part of the day are the incredible Sponsors! These businesses have donated to make the day a real success. Each of them want to share with you their resources and they’ll have a table set up that day to meet with you in person and discuss what your needs are and how they can help.

The day of the event you’ll see about another 20 or so volunteers helping with the organizing. It takes quite a bit to put on one of these events and we could not do it without the amazing team from WordCamp Central.

As we round the corner now into the final 12 days before the event – an energy is starting to swell up. We’ve sold out reaching our capacity of 300 attendees and the only way for anyone to grab up a ticket at this point is to monitor social media for anyone having to give up their tickets. Look for #WCSATX

In the next few days – we will do another venue walk through. We’ll order your name tags and start receiving in the other swag from vendors. A few more emails will go out to the attendees letting them know when the doors open and clear location instructions. Remember to use HASHTAG #WCSATX & get there on time and stay all day to land some sweet giveaways. You can plan your workshops from this schedule. We can’t wait to meet each of you and celebrate this moment in San Antonio & WordCamp history.

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