Christi Richards

Christi Richards

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WordCamp Kent 2017: First WordCamp Ever

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After missing out on WordCamp Kent last year, I didn’t want to miss another opportunity to check it out, see some amazing speakers, and make new friends.

The Venue

WordCamp Kent 2017 is located at the Kent State University Conference Center in downtown Kent and runs this Saturday and Sunday (June 24 & 25). Having lived in the area, I’m familiar with the location and have many fond memories of being on campus and around town, so I am looking forward to seeing how much the city has changed over the years since my last visit.


There is an impressive lineup of speakers this year, and I was pleased to recognize several of the names on the list.


I already have a solid idea of what sessions I’m planning to attend for the entirety of the conference. Most of my choices were pretty straightforward, but I did have to make a hard decision between a couple of talks.

Saturday, June 24th

Time Session Location
8:00 AM Registration Dix Ballroom
8:45 AM Opening Remarks Dix Ballroom
9:00 AM Keynote
Carrie Dils
Dix Ballroom
9:45 AM Break
10.00 AM Case Study: Developing a Custom Importer
Seth Alling
Kent Ballroom
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM Computers <3 Structured Data
Steve Grunwell
McGilvrey Ballroom
11:45 AM Lunch – Offsite
1:30 PM Growth Hacking with WordPress
Mike Hale
Kent Ballroom
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Create Post Types and Custom Layouts without PHP
Bryan Cady
McGilvrey Ballroom
3:15 PM Break
3:30 PM Solving the AMP, API, FBIA (& RSS) Puzzle
Matt Bakaitis
McGilvrey Ballroom
4:25 PM Closing Remarks Dix Ballroom
6:00 PM After Party Kent Lanes

Sunday, June 25th

Time Session Location
8:15 AM Registration Dix Ballroom
9:05 AM Opening Remarks Dix Ballroom
9:15 AM Community Keynote – How We Changed the World with Open Source
Ed Finkler
Dix Ballroom
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Beyond Responsive: Designing for Context
Kevin Hoffman
Kent Ballroom
10:45 AM Break
11:00 AM How to Start a Blog by Typing One Word
Donald Davis
McGilvrey Ballroom
11:45 AM Break
12:00 PM Lunch – On-site Dix Ballroom
1:30 PM Get Options Live
Adam Silver
Kyle Maurer
McGilvrey Ballroom
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM How to not Suck at WordPress
Jeff Matson
Kent Ballroom
3:20 PM Closing Remarks Dix Ballroom

Dining Out

There are quite a few options for lunch with the venue being downtown.  I haven’t decided if I want to go somewhere familiar or try out something new.

Say Hello

This conference is my first WordCamp, ever! (I know, right?) I’m excited to meet the people I have gotten know online, and I am looking forward to networking opportunities, talking code, potential new projects, sharing ideas, and learning some cool new things in the process.

So if you happen to see me on campus, please say hello or drop me a tweet and let’s hang out or grab lunch!

Twitter: @christirichards

E-Mail: [email protected]

Christi Richards is a passionate Full-Stack Engineer currently serving as Chief Technology Officer. She has 20 years of industry experience in both front and back-end programming, web development, and design.

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