WordPress in Government Workshop

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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):

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.

Here are some pictures from the workshop:

If you have any questions about WordPress inside your government agency, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Read more about WordPress in Government.

NYC VIP Party – Thank You!

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To those of you who were able to join us last Thursday in NYC for the VIP Happy Hour, I wanted to extend a hearty thank you – we really enjoyed seeing so many of you there! We had about 120 attendees, ate some delicious chocolate fondue and enjoyed the beautiful courtyard space at the Hudson Hotel. We’re really looking forward to our next VIP Happy Hour – in London next February (more details on this soon…).

If you have ideas for future events that you’d like to see us host or sponsor (both social or professional welcome!), please get in touch. We really enjoy bringing everyone together and we’re looking forward to some awesome events in 2013.

WordPress.com VIP Heading To The Democratic National Convention: See You There?

As many of you know, I recently joined the WordPress.com VIP team to focus on expanding the WordPress footprint in government, politics and in the nonprofit space. Today, WordPress powers hundreds of political websites across the world – I’m coming across new ones every single day. In fact, both the Democratic National Convention, as well as the Republican National Convention are running their websites on WordPress.

I’m very excited to announce that we’ll be heading down to Charlotte during the first week of September for the Democratic National Convention and will be sponsoring StartUp RockOn, a new movement that will officially launch in Charlotte, but will a long-term effort to bring together the enthusiasm and excitement of the start-up community with music and entertainment to create experiences that showcase start-ups and what they bring to our world. You can read more about StartUp RockOn here.

On Monday, September 3rd, StartUp RockOn will officially open the festivities with a concert, featuring one of my all-time favorite bands – The Roots. As a Philly native, I have been listening to these guys since they first got together, so I’m all kinds of fired up for the show.

If you or your team will be in Charlotte and would like to attend any part of the StartUp RockOn festivities, including The Roots concert, please shoot me an email.

Oh, and another quick favor. We are looking for a couple of credentials for the DNC events on Tuesday and Wednesday night. If you or your company have access and can help us out, we’d greatly appreciate it. I’ll continue to post more details about the events as they unfold. If you have leads on great parties, panels, events, etc. or if you have access to some extra credentials – please let us know. Hope to see you all in Charlotte!