Last weekend the Mindutopia team attended WordCamp Grand Rapids, and we had a great time! If you don’t know what WordCamps are you’re missing out — “WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that focus on everything WordPress, put together by local WordPress enthusiasts” — http://central.wordcamp.org/

WordCamps are an awesome time; they give you a chance to meet great people, learn new things, share your experiences, and be part of a community that is really going some where. It is especially cool because of the tracks model they use so there is content that is relevant for any type of user. Whether you are a propeller head developer, a right brained web designer or just a first time blogger that wants to learn how to install cool templates and plugins, you’ll find something interesting and catered to you.

Remembering last year, we left WCGR and all felt like we had learned so much it was almost overwhelming — this year was no different. We had some great speakers this year who had amazing things to share. We especially enjoyed Brad Parbs’ presentation on SASS, Pippin Williamson’s on extending plugins to allow for development of mobile applications that can tie right into your plugins, Chris Klosowski’s on debugging WordPress, Lisa Sabin-Wilson’s presentation on project scoping and on Michelle Schulp’s Stop Making Things Pretty and Start Designing.

The even better part of WordCamps is the expansive wealth of knowledge gathered in one place. There are so many bright people there that are friendly and willing to share their advice, experience and friendship with you.

The whole event had some great community oriented features like WPArmchair which had updates from social media aggregated to one place for the event, a running hashtag #wcgr (see below for a complete timeline) for Twitter and an after party for connecting with other campers and enjoying a couple drinks together.

If you are interested check out the WCGR Site for more information and watch the videos on WordPress.tv, the videos from this year will be posted in the coming days. Thanks to all the people who came, spoke, volunteered, sponsor and organized — this really was a community effort and we were definitely honored to be a part of it!

WordCamps happen all over the world, and we encourage you to check one out sometime if you’re a WordPress user of any sort, you’ll enjoy it.