Jacksonville Bloggers Speak at International WordCamp in Philadelphia
Saturday, October 5, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Attending for the third time in as many years, this has been
a wonderful experience and transformative in so many ways
for William and Aida.
The honor going back home (where William was born and
raised) and participating in this nationally and internationally
A brief history of WordCamp Philly
WordCamps are locally-organized conferences covering
everything related to WordPress. The first event was WordCamp
2006 in San Francisco. In 2007 the first WordCamp outside
San Francisco was held in Beijing, China and now they are
Since then, there have been WordCamps in 65 countries on six
continents. The events, which are coordinated by local organizers
with the assistance of WordCamp Central, vary in format based
on the interests of the community that present them.
“Philadelphia is the City of Brotherly Love”
The first WordCamp was in October 2010 at Temple University.
The talks covered diverse topics: e-commerce, writing style,
BuddyPress, enterprise authentication, using Ajax, creating custom
navigation and getting involved in the WordPress community.
Temple hosted the event again in 2011 and 2012. WordCamp Philly
shifted to the summer and a new venue the University of the Arts
in 2014, then to the University of the Sciences in 2015.
William Jackson started attending WordCamp conferences in
2016 the first being WordCamp Orlando and Aida Correa started
attending WordCamp conferences in 2018 the first for her was
WordCamp Miami where she spoke and was a room MC.
The local event went on hiatus in 2016 for a good reason:
Philadelphia hosted the inaugural WordCamp US in December
2015 where I attended with 2 students from Edward Waters College
driving from Jacksonville, Florida to Philadelphia over night and
having a awesome time that weekend.
WordCamp Philly has awesome networking and workshops.
The next in place was eating Philly Cheese Steaks which was Jon and
Josh first time.
Josh Professor Jackson JonHBCU students need to attend WordCamp conference for the exposure
to industry experts, web developers, coders, programmers, graphic
designers and others that are entrepreneurs and business owners.
The learning is transformative and empowering. Students attending
HBCU educational institutions need this exposure and experience to
compete in tech industries to gain access to careers in tech.
My students Jon and Josh had never attended a conference like
WordCamp and the exposure has transformed their lives even
today in 2019. The national event returned to Philly in 2016 with
rave reviews and great expectations for 2017 and beyond.
Aida Correa an Artist from Jacksonville, Florida attended and
volunteered in 2018 for the first time and is a speaker this year 2019,
she will be the closing speaker for WordCamp Phily an awesome honor
in recognition of her knowledge, skill and passion for community.
Jacksonville should be proud of two of its residents William
a teacher with Duval County Public School and past professor
with Edward Waters College and NASA. A graduate of
South Carolina State University and locally of Webster University.
Aida Correa a STEAM educator, poet, artist, actress and
community activisst. A proud Afro-Latina of Puerto Rican
heritage and business owner of LoveBuilt Life, LLC.
Sharing their Brands –
My Quest to Teach and LoveBuilt Life, LLC respectively.
They have traveled in 2019 to
and the remainer of 2019
Costa Rica, Central America
St. Louis, Mo. For the final and largest conference of the
nation WordCampUS where over 2000 attend workshops,
sessions that cover areas of interest, passion, purpose,
collaboration and growth.
As a graduate of South Carolina State University a historical
Black College I encourage those that are instructors,
administrators, support personnel and even alumni to attend
conferences like WordCamp.
In order to create generational wealth, generational stability,
generational accountability people of color and culture can
obtain this through educational, technical, collaborative
and collective engagement and attendance in areas of STEAM
and Technology. Technology conferences are the ways to go.
To see what WordCamp conferences are in 2020 access
WordCamp Central https://central.wordcamp.org/
William Jackson, M.Ed
My Quest To Teach
LoveBuilt Life, LLC