At 10up, meaningful community engagement is part of our DNA, and WordCamp Boston is a special part of that history. Just last year, 10up sponsored four WordCamps, and team 10up employees have spoken at over a dozen WordCamps around the country, from Seattle, to Miami, to New York. I’ve personally participated in many camps, but Boston is the one I look forward to the most.
WordCamp Boston wasn’t the first camp I attended or spoke at (both of those credits go to NYC). But Boston’s first WordCamp, in 2010, was the first camp that I made a deeper contribution to, as a fellow organizer. It inspired me to deepen my involvement in a community I had been on the periphery of since 2006. I formed lasting professional friendships, and was inspired to start a meet up and community in nearby Providence, Rhode Island. Not 2 years later, that meet up is organizing it’s own WordCamp, led by a fellow 10upper. In February of 2011 I started 10up, and even as we were getting our hands dirty a few months later, I reached into our pockets to sponsor our first conference – WordCamp Boston 2011.
One year later, 10up has blossomed into a leading WordPress agency, with 13 full time employees and a growing network of our contractors. We’re privileged to serve diverse and talented clients, from small non-profits and budding businesses, to publishing powerhouses like Consumer Reports and TechCrunch.com, to diverse enterprises like Universal Sports and Trulia, to major universities and colleges. When the amazing WordCamp Boston organizing team reached out about a sponsorship, we didn’t even hesitate. For 10up, WordCamp Boston is another opportunity to support our community. For me, it feels like a reunion.
I’m proud that no fewer than three 10up employees, including myself, will be speaking this year, representing the diverse range of skills our team brings to the table. Jess, our Senior Web Strategist, helps kick off the beginner track with inspiring showcases. I’ll explore what it means to pursue and win big deals with WordPress, and Luke will help close out the developer track by showcasing a tucked away side of WordPress core that deserves more attention than it gets.
Of course, we get tired of hearing ourselves speak – we want to hear from you. Whether you’re an organization looking for a first class web experience, an eager developer looking for an amazing work opportunity, or just have an inspiring story to tell about WordPress, we want you to track down us down in our 10up t-shirts. We’re always seeking new and exciting opportunities, and always recruiting. If you can’t wait till Saturday, or you’re reading this too late, just use our WordPress-powered website.
Jake Goldman – President, 10up