Steve Grunwell

Open-source contributor, speaker, and coffee snob

Tag: WordCamp

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Computers <3 Structured Data at WordCamp Grand Rapids

August 2014 was a big month for me, professionally speaking: I was accepted to speak at WordCamp Grand Rapids, my first out-of-state WordCamp. Grand Rapids was where I saw my first talk from Chris Lema. It’s where I met my friends Cate, Topher, Brian, and Chris (who’s also responsible for me joining Untappd), who collectively convinced me to bite the bullet and apply to distributed teams, which landed me at 10up. Topher and Cate sat with Kim and I at the after-party, regaling us with stories of raising a family in a household with one parent working remotely full-time; the DeRosia’s — whether they know it or not — are a big part of why Kim and I were ready to bring Emily into the world.

After the conference, Kim and I drove the five hours back home to Columbus in her uncomfortable, silver Honda Civic. I looked forward to the next WordCamp Grand Rapids, to seeing all of my new friends again.

Fast forward a year, and WordCamp Grand Rapids didn’t happen in 2015. 2016 wasn’t in the cards, either, and I was left wondering if I’d ever get to use Grand Rapids as an excuse to return to Beer City, USA.

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Computers <3 Structured Data @ WordCamp Kent

I’m proud to announce that I’ll be giving Computers <3 Structured Data for the second time this June at WordCamp Kent.

I was fortunate enough to give two talks at WordCamp Northeast Ohio (NEO) — the conference’s old name — last year, and it truly is a fantastic conference. Last year, we had keynotes from Eric Meyer and Chris Lema, and this year we get a keynote from the one and only Carrie Dils (who, if you follow her OfficeHours.FM podcast, invited me to speak with her last fall).

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