Team MAGIC, or “The Magicians” (as they are known within Alley) found themselves with a rare opportunity to link their in-person retreat with the American Alliance of Museums yearly conference in New Orleans. Team Magic has worked on many museum projects and a few members of the team were speaking at the conference last year. So, instead of choosing a random city somewhere in the continental United States of America, the Magicians set their sites on the birthplace of jazz.
WordCamp New York City took place this past weekend at the Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge and a large contingent of the Alley team – over 20 percent of our company! – either attended or spoke at the conference.
We were proud to be the top sponsor of this year’s WCNYC and hope that all of the attendees enjoyed the wifi connection and snagged some of the Halloween candy we gave out at our booth.
— Alley Interactive (@alleydev) October 31, 2015
Alley had four speakers at this year’s conference. Matt Johnson spoke on the Information Architecture Panel, Matt Boynes talked about Test-Driven Rewrite Rules, Nicole Arnold showed off some useful, but overlooked, core WordPress features, and Tom Harrigan taught everyone how to set up March Madness-style brackets within WordPress.
Tom, a Principal Software Developer at Alley, was also an organizer for this year’s WCNYC. What was his take on the event? “Months of planning occurs in a vacuum, and it’s all worth it once you see hundreds of people from the WordPress community join together. It’s really inspiring to watch everyone form new connections and learn new things, and I’m proud we could be a big part of that.” Hear more about Tom’s rundown of this year’s WordCamp in the latest episode of the podcast WP Dev Table.