This past Saturday, January 23rd the first ever WordCamp Boston was held at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA. It was a full day of sessions for every level of WordPress user out there, from blogging newbies to advanced programmers. WordCamp Boston Organizers (huge kudos to all of them) did a fabulous job of coordinating a tight event schedule and making sure attendees had what they needed to take advantage of the learning environment.
But even more notable than the topic at hand, was the vibe. The day was filled with knowledgeable speakers, equally as interesting attendees and an amazing social consciousness.
Attendees were asked to bring a canned good in exchange for parking fees. The food collected from parking as well as the unused bag lunches from attendees was donated to Greater Boston Food Bank.
The generosity didn’t stop there. Event organizers and volunteers also partnered with the Boston Red Cross who was on-hand to accept donations and answer questions about their efforts to help Haiti in this devastating time of need. The sense of community and caring was even further extended by Brian Gardner of StudioPress, who along with the help of like minded WordCampers, set up WPCares.org to accept donations that will be channeled to International Red Cross Haiti Fund. Other companies also stepped up with match funds for the donations received. According to the WordPressBoston.com website the following companies matched a portion of all donations received:
Overall, I learned a lot about WordPress and even more about the generosity of the WordPress community. It was quite an impressive display of community, caring and of course learning.