If you follow us here on the blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram then you already know that we brought half the team (Leila, Drew, Harris, Vivien, Laura, and Justine) up to Ottawa this past weekend for WordCamp Ottawa 2014.
This year I (we) had the opportunity to speak at WCOttawa and get to know our capital city a bit better, plus it was a great team bonding experience. Last year I did a talk at WordCamp Montreal entitled “Build a Responsive WordPress Theme with ZURBs Foundation 4 Framework“. A year later we still get emails in regards to this presentation, questions on Facebook and twitter, and it currently has over 10,000 views on slideshare (it’s been promoted to the front page of slideshare twice).
Considering how important the responsive web is to us and everything we do for our clients we decided to update the presentation to F5, look at some new sats, and dig a little deeper into media queries, SASS, and child themes. And, it was a great excuse to take a road trip and meet the Ottawa WordPress community 🙂
If you’re familiar with or attended my talk last year you will find a few re-purposed slides, but there’s plenty of new stuff – enjoy!
Highlights from the event
It was a great team bonding experience! We rented a car, a condo, and hit the road. We learned a lot about each other and our company. Check out our Fun Friday Post “B&B Road Trip to WordCamp Ottawa” to see what we learned and check out the hashtag #BnBroadtrip for the inside scoop.
We learned about our nation’s capital! Surprisingly this was almost everybody’s first time to Ottawa, we realized very quickly how little we knew about our own country and its history so we decided to take a walk up to Parliament Hill with Drew, who’s from the area, as our chaperone and toured the grounds.
We love meeting new WordPress communities! I’ve been doing the WordPress thang since version 2.1 and as an ex WordCamp organizer and active community member online and offline I always appreciate the opportunity to meet new WordPress communities, connect with old friends, and give back – this year was no exception! The Ottawa WordPress community is passionate, motivated, friendly, and they put on a great WordCamp, can’t wait for next year!
Bouncers in Ottawa are not friendly or smart! This may not be the most appropriate venue for this topic, but, I’ve unfortunately had my fair share of run-ins with bouncers over the years – I like to party, what can I say – and Friday night at Hooley’s took me back to my college years with a rather unintended face to face with some 19-yr-old hot shot. I’ll say no more…
B&B’ers love karaoke! Who doesn’t love karaoke? The night before my opening talk at WordCamp we decided to paint the town Quebecois and hit up one of Ottawa’s popular karaoke joints – see above highlight – and we ROCKED it our with our rendition of “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” sung by yours truly and Laura. This became the official #BnBroadtrip theme song.
Here’s a snippet of what you missed…
Leila makes a great alarm clock! Without Leila I’m not sure if any of us would’ve made it out of the condo in time for WordCamp Saturday morning. She managed to get 7 very groggy people dressed, packed, cleaning the condo, and in the car in less than an hour – bravo!
The beard is always epic! Where ever I go my beard eventually makes its way in to conversation and this week was no exception.
— Reinier Kaper (@TheDutchCoder) May 3, 2014
What’s next? I plan on taking this topic even further at WordCamp Montreal this year, if they’ll have me 🙂 . After speaking with Troy Chaplin and Michael Corkum, two talented WordPress developers and active WPOttawa community members, we’re hoping to run a WordPress on SASS workshop before or during WCMTL this summer.
The Brendan & Brendan team is excited to continue working with the WordPress community at large and we’ll be representing in full force at WordCamp Montreal this year.
On a final note, thank you Ottawa for your support and feedback! Thank you for having us and we hope to see some of you in Montreal and next year at WCOttawa.