This year we’ve attended and sponsored quite a few WordCamps, and have had members of our team speak at some as well. If you haven’t attended one recently we highly recommend it. They’re a great opportunity to learn and connect with other members of the WordPress community.
While not strictly a WordCamp, in July we sponsored and attended WPCampus, “a community and conference for web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education.” We work with many educational institutions throughout the world to protect their WordPress sites, so sponsoring and attending the conference was a great opportunity to connect with our users face to face and introduce Wordfence to those who haven’t discovered us yet.
The Wordfence table was lively throughout the event, with Mikey giving impromptu lock picking lessons and Kathy going deep on how to protect WordPress at scale.
Mikey teaching lock picking to a WPCampus attendee
If you’re tasked with securing WordPress for a college or university and missed WPCampus, consider setting up some time with Kathy to discuss how best to leverage Wordfence to tackle the unique challenges you’re facing.
Those who attended the conference were treated to a presentation, “What the hack? Fortifying your security by understanding your adversary”, by our very own Mikey Veenstra. He is one of the Threat Analysts on our team who are responsible for developing the malware signatures and firewall rules that keep your sites safe. The WPCampus team was kind enough to capture the presentation and publish it on YouTube. We think you’ll enjoy it.
WordCamp Minneapolis – this weekend
Through tomorrow (August 25th), we are attending and sponsoring WordCamp Minneapolis. Tim, Matt and James from our team are there manning the Wordfence table and running a capture the flag contest. We’re giving away great prizes including a Sony Playstation with a VR Bundle. Most of you probably know Tim from his years providing excellent support on our customer service team. Matt and James are both software developers on our team.
The Wordfence table at WordCamp Minneapolis
WordCamp Omaha – Sunday (8/26)
Our very own Brad Haas, Wordfence’s Senior Security Analyst, will be speaking tomorrow at WordCamp Omaha. His presentation, “Hacking War Stories (and what you can learn from them)”, is going to be really fun.
WordCamp New York – September 15 & 16th
Our Director of Information Security Colette Chamberland and Chloe Chamberland from our Security Services Team will be presenting “How to Optimally Secure Your WordPress Environment” on Saturday, September 15th at WordCamp New York.
WordCamp Sacramento – September 15th & 16th
We will be sponsoring and attending WordCamp Sacramento. Mark Maunder, our CEO, will be attending along with Kathy Zant, a Client Partner on our team. We will be running a capture the flag contest with great prizes. Kathy will be giving a talk titled “Evaluating Plugins: Strategies To Effectively Extend WordPress”, don’t miss it!
WordCamp Los Angeles – September 21st & 22nd
We will be sponsoring and attending WordCamp Los Angeles. A number of us will be attending and we will be running a capture the flag contest.
WordCamps Later in the Year
They’re still in planning stages, but we’re planning to attend quite a few WordCamps this fall. You will most likely see us in Vancouver, Orlando, Seattle, Portland and a few other cities. Stay tuned for more updates.