A few weeks ago in Washington, DC, WordPress.com VIP hosted a half-day workshop focusing on WordPress in Government, which was co-sponsored by our friends at GovLoop.com. The workshop was a huge success and I wanted to take just a few moments to share with you some highlights from the day’s events.
First off, why government? WordPress powers close to 19% of the top 10 million websites on the planet and we’re seeing major growth in all areas. The government sector, from federal to the state level and all the way down to local cities and towns, is experiencing some major technology shifts which have led to big changes in the way average citizens relate to and get information from their government. It’s an exciting time to be a technologist or developer at any level of government and it’s leading to some really interesting opportunities for WordPress, as there’s real interest on the part of government to move towards open source software and the availability of responsive platforms that help deliver on-demand information and government services.
We wanted to showcase some of the innovation that’s happening with WordPress for the government sector, so we hosted a workshop at the District Architecture Center in Washington, DC. We gathered over 115 key technologists and decision makers who work inside and outside of the government to network and to hear some presentations about some innovative things happening with WordPress in government. The attendees represented a big cross-section of agencies and organizations and many discussions centered on what they’re currently doing with WordPress and how they plan to scale their platforms.
We had attendees from:
- Department of State
- Peace Corps
- Food and Drug Administration
- Millennium/Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC)
- National Cancer Institute
- Northrop Grumman Corporation
- US Navy
- U.S. Postal Service
- Patent and Trademark Office
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- Department of Defense
- Department of Commerce
- And more…
- We’ve gotten some great feedback so far on the content of the event, and over the next few weeks we’ll be posting various presentations from the workshop here on VIP News so that you can learn more what’s happening with WordPress in government.
Here are some of the presentations from the event (we’ll be adding more as they become available):
- State of WordPress in Government, Peter Slutsky, Director of Platform Services, Automattic/WordPress.com
- Scaling WordPress & Optimizing Security for your WordPress Sites, Andrew Nacin, Lead Developer of WordPress.org
- WordPress Powers the News – Publishing Inside The Washington Post, Melissa Bell, Director of Blog Engagement, The Washington Post
- WordPress Powers Sites.usa.gov, James Mathieson, Product Manager, Sites.USA.gov, General Services Administration [PRESENTATION LINK]
- From Legacy to the Future – Moving Technology Mountains, Robin Sidel, Associate Director, New Media and Marketing, Kaiser Family Foundation & Evonne Young, Associate Director, Web Development and Production, Kaiser Family Foundation
- The StartUp Agency – A Case Study on CFPB, Dan Munz, Product Director, consumerfinance.gov, CFPB; Greg Boone, WordPress Developer, Excella Consulting & David Kennedy, Interactive Designer, Rock Creek Strategic Marketing
You can read through some of the tweets and real-time reaction that was taking place through the event on Twitter (see below). #WPGov tweets can be found here, and thanks again to GovLoop.com for partnering with us on the event.