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A wee nip of culture at WordCamp Edinburgh 2017

Over the weekend of July 21st/23rd Make Do traveled North to Edinburgh for a weekend of Scottish culture, WordPress-based learning, networking, remote working and some fun and games at the third WordCamp Edinburgh.

Make Do are a remote organisation, freedom to travel and work from anywhere is baked into our culture, which is especially enjoyable when soaking up the sights and sounds of the Edinburgh festival.

The venue

Codebase in Edinburgh is located at the foot of the beautiful Edinburgh Castle and provided a brilliant space for WordCamp-ers to hang out.

CodeBase Edinburgh
Image lovingly borrowed from the CodeBase website

A few photos

As well as seeing, and presenting some fantastic WordPress based talks, we had plenty of time to embrace the city of Edinburgh. Most of these photos are ours, some have been lovingly borrowed from the #wcedin Twitter hashtag.

The sessions

Talks and presentations covered many WordPress-related topics and spanned over two days (Saturday and Sunday). The team spread around the sessions and even joined in with Dave speaking (scheduled) and Kimb jumping in to do a lightning talk.

A few standouts from the weekend:

Boilerplateing WordPress

Our very own Dave Green described the process around how and why he made the Kapow! WordPress development boilerplate which was recently re-built from the ground up and allows our team to quickly spin up new development environments that have modern workflows and tools built in. This allows us to save 100s of hours on every project we work on. View the slides from the Boilerplating WordPress talk.

Dave Green - Boilerplating WordPress
Our very own Dave Green performing his ‘Boilerplateing WordPress’

How to maximize productivity while working remotely

This was an interesting talk filled with tips on setting working hours and goals, sleep patterns and getting things done while working as part of a remote team. The speaker Kat Christofer had some really great tips and tricks to finding a natural rhythm for your working day and getting the most out of every hour you work. Kat, who works on the Woo team at Automattic, also revealed that she gets by on just 3 or 4 hours of sleep per-night!

How to Survive as a New WordPress Service Provider

CJ Andrew proved to be one of the most memorable speakers of the weekend and provided a charismatic and insightful tour of how he runs his freelance consultancy. You can view his slides about surviving as a new WordPress Service Provider on Speaker Deck.

Agile development for the self employed

Daniel Casserly’s honest overview of Agile broke down a lot of the hype and buzzwords which surround the topic and also challenged perceptions of how to run a truly Agile project in a team of any size.

Using a REST API for Absolute Beginners

It’s always a pleasure to see Tom Nowell speak and the REST API is a topic that he is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about. Although the content of the talk wasn’t anything new to our team it was something we made sure not to miss. You can view Tom’s slides about the REST API on Speaker Deck.

‘Gutenberg’ Lightning talks

These short 10min talks are an excellent addition to the agenda – Kimb Jones did a quick overview of the new ‘Gutenberg Editor‘ which divided the audience into equal parts excitement and terror of the impending change and Kat Reeve gave a live demo of how the new editor works and how you can start testing it today on any WordPress site.

Kimb Jones did a quick 10min overview of the new WordPress Gutenberg editor
Kimb Jones did a quick 10min overview of the new WordPress Gutenberg editor

We love Edinburgh!

Edinburgh holds a special place in Make Do history with the 2012 WordCamp helping drive Kimb’s decision to form a client-services agency and step back from selling WordPress themes and running events (which were our main areas of business at the time).

Since then the team have been back to Edinburgh a number of times to conferences and holidays. It really does feel like home whenever we talk a walk down the Royal Mile or wander past Holyrood Park.

If you’ve never visited this wonderful city you are missing out!

See you at the next one…

It was a pleasure to attend, speak and sponsor WordCamp Edinburgh 2017 and we are sure to be back next year! Well done and thank you to everyone involved!

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