Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and coffee snob

Tag: WordCamp

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO

Confidently Testing WordPress @ WordCamp US 2019

The term “WordCamp” can encompass a number of types of conferences. Some are friendly homecomings, groups of a couple hundred people, a few tracks, and a small group of volunteers working tirelessly to spread the love of WordPress to their local communities. These are the camps where I spend most of my time: Dayton, Detroit, Kent, Grand Rapids, and Ann Arbor are all a fairly short drive away, and hotels are typically affordable.

There are other WordCamps, though: the destination camps. The WordCamps that people will travel from all over the country for. WordCamps Miami, Chicago, Phoenix, Orange County — places where people will flock from all over the country to attend and rub elbows with some of the biggest names in WordPress.

The biggest of these whale-sized WordCamps, however, is WordCamp US. Like it’s European counterpart, WordCamp US is meant to be the country’s premiere WordCamp. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that this year, I’ll be speaking at WordCamp US 2019!

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The Huron River, flowing through Ann Arbor, MI

Software: For The People @ WordCamp Ann Arbor 2019

WordCamp Ann Arbor is a fantastic camp, run by some amazing people. The only downside to the camp is that it has a nasty habit of falling on my wedding anniversary, so it’s typically a hard-sell to drive the family up to Ann Arbor (we did it once with a one year old and yikes!).

Fortunately for me, WordCamp Ann Arbor 2019 has been moved up to August, so I’m free to travel. As such, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be giving my talk, Software: For the People, at WordCamp Ann Arbor 2019!

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The Ledyard Building in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Confidently Testing WordPress @ WordCamp Grand Rapids 2019

Grand Rapids is one of those towns I just can’t get enough of: hot on the heels of Beer City Code 2019, I’m excited to announce I’ll be returning to Grand Rapids for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2019!

I’ll be giving my Confidently Testing WordPress talk, which has been making the rounds this year (it’s almost as if people need a bit of help getting into testing 🤔)

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A gray squirrel eating a nut

Two Talks @ WordCamp Kent 2019

WordCamp Kent has grown to be one of my favorite, must-attend WordCamps, and they keep accepting me to speak. This year, I’m fortunate enough to again be giving two talks at WordCamp Kent 2019!

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The skyline of Detroit, Michigan

PHP Namespaces at WordCamp Detroit

Just over a year after publishing an article of the same name, I’m proud to announce that I’ll be presenting A Crash-course in PHP Namespaces for WordPress Developers at WordCamp Detroit 2019 this May!

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WordCamp Dayton 2019 banner

My First Keynote at WordCamp Dayton 2019!

I’m so incredibly proud to announce that this March, I’ll be giving my first ever keynote — Software: For the People — at WordCamp Dayton 2019!

You may recall that WordCamp Dayton is one of my can’t miss WordCamps — I’ve spoken at every WordCamp Dayton since 2015. Maybe it’s the great community, or maybe it’s because Dayton’s just about an hour and a half away. One thing I know for sure: the organizers keep accepting my talks, so I keep showing up to speak.

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Various woodworking tools hung on a woodshop wall

Lightning Talk at WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018

I’ve written in the past about my love for WordCamp Grand Rapids, and I’m excited to announce I’ll be returning this year for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 on Saturday, June 30! Even better, I’ll be joining two of my colleagues — Chris Lema and Andrew Norcross — as Liquid Web (apparently) takes over the conference!

The theme for WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018 is around tools and services (an area I’m particularly passionate about), so I’m especially excited. This year, I’ll also be giving my first-ever lightning talk, Up and Running with WP-CLI.

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A squirrel perched on the forest floor

Speaking Twice at WordCamp Kent 2018

I’ve long considered WordCamp Kent (formerly WordCamp Northeast Ohio, and WordCamp North Canton before that) to be the premier WordCamp in Ohio. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun in Cincinnati last year, WordCamp Dayton always puts on a good show, and Columbus will always be my first (and hometown) ‘Camp, but Kent has been the highlight of my Ohio WordCamp experience for the last few years.

WordCamp NEO (2016) marked the first time the conference was held in Kent, Ohio, along with the first time I got to formally meet Chris Lema (my current boss); I’d be lying if I said the session I spent sitting into the hall talking to Chris didn’t in some way lead to me being at Liquid Web today. Then I spent the after-party having a great conversation with podcaster, educator, and generally funny (lookin’) Adam Silver. Last year, I got to know WordPress educator and freelancer Carrie Dils along with SEO expert Rebecca Gill (who wasn’t even speaking, she just wanted to take in the fun). Kent consistently pulls in big names for a moderately-sized WordCamp, meaning you’re able to really get to know the speakers and attendees.

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Code Review for Me & You @ WordCamp Dayton 2018

While the camp didn’t come together last year, I’ve spoken at the last three WordCamp Dayton conferences and am happy to be returning this year! I’ll be giving a new talk, Code Review: For Me & You, at WordCamp Dayton 2018!

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WP-CLI @ WordCamp Cincinnati

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be speaking at the second-ever WordCamp Cincinnati this November, giving my “Writing WP-CLI Commands That Work!” talk.

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