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WordCamp US 2016 Recap

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*The collage you see above this post was made by @WPSiteCare. It is made up of some of my images from WordCamp US 2016*

The Second Annual WordCamp US was held this past weekend in Philadelphia. What an event!

The City of Brotherly Love has had the privilege of hosting both the inaugural and the second annual national WordCamp. While the first one was amazing the second went so far beyond expectation, it blew my mind. Everything from the talks, to the organization of how it was run, to the SWAG, was leagues above last years event. Great job organizing team!

As I was last year, I again was honored to be one of the official WordCamp US photographers. Can I tell you something? Taking photographs at a conference is not easy and extremely tiring. But in the end totally worth it.

Well All This Is Great, But What Is A WordCamp and What Is WordPress?

Oh sorry, I should have explained that sooner. A WordCamp is a small one or two day conference held across the World to talk about, educate, and contribute to the open source content management system called WordPress. WordPress powers more than 26% of the Web (*According to the co-founder of the project, Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word talk that rounds out the conference). These conferences are held around the World in cities and towns of all sizes. WordCamp US is the national, “big boy” version of the these conferences. There is a European version. aptly called WordCamp Europe.

Off To Nashville

In 2017, the conference will be leaving the nest and heading to Nashville for the next two years. On a side note, unlike WordCamp Europe that has its conference in a different city every year, WordCamp US will for the foreseeable future be in a host city for two years.

So am I planning on going to Nashville? Quite possibly? I’ve talked to the organizing team for next year and they say they’d love to have me take photos, so we’ll see.

On To The Photos

Now, I was a photographer at the event, so enough writing! On to the photos. You can see every photo over here.

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Contap – A New Way To Network and Connect

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Contap is a Philadelphia-based startup focused on revolutionizing the way people connect and share information.

I recently joined an amazing startup here in Philadelphia called Contap, as their marketing lead.

Some Background On My Obsession With Networking

Since graduating college, I’ve always been into networking and meeting new people. This increased exponentially after I left the field of journalism and entered into the business world. Networking became, and still is, a crucial part of my business development activities.

I’ve always loved business cards, since I was young, I always designed my own business cards. In high school I studied the business card culture in Japan and that fascinated me even more with connecting and networking.

Flash-forward to 2006, I had just joined Mobile Mini, so networking and connecting with business owners (construction and otherwise) became a crucial part of my business. This only increased when I opened up Goldstein Media in 2007, and then as an entrepreneur, I faced the reality of connecting with new people all the time. Over subsequent years, I’ve tried lots of different technologies (apps, binders,. gadgets, gizmos) to keep my contacts organized. I found a great app called FullContact, which I used to this day, to keep my contacts up-to-date across my email accounts.

But, something was missing. As much as I loved the business card, I wanted something that would utilize the power of my smart phone and integrate my social platforms, documents, etc,. Enter Contap.

When Seth Met Jason

I first discovered Jason Craparo, the CEO and founder, when I read an article in a local technology blog, where they were outlining the early version of Contap. I wrote a message in the comments and Jason and I met up for coffee. During this meeting, Jason shared with me the vision for what Contap was going to be in the future, I wanted in. This was more than a year ago. The team at Contap has been heads-down completely redesigning and rebuilding the application from scratch. Now we’re in July 2016, funding is coming in from all over the country. I’ve accepted the position of Marketing Lead (contract for now).

So What Exactly Is Contap?

“We’re a Philadelphia-based startup focused on revolutionizing the way people connect and share information,” Jason says. “We want our app to be the go-to app used at networking events across the world and facilitate every new connection that happens. Wherever connections are made (happy hour, conference, Meetup event), that’s where we want to be.”

Users load up their contact info, documents, CRM, social platforms, etc. and when they meet new people they can easily tap on whatever icons they’d like to share with their new Contap. All their Contaps are then stored in the app, and they can easily call, text, email, view social media, and documents right from the app. If you want to add a new Contap to your Salesforce.com, simply tap on the CRM button and they’re added.  More CRM integrations and more cloud-based document storage options (Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, iCLoud) are on the roadmap as well as other social networks and functionality.


Think sharing Instagram, Twitter, cell phone with the happy hour crowd, but Linkedin, Resume, Website, and Business number at a networking event. Two different audiences, separate information.

The app is now available on the Google Play store for Android, with iOS version coming in a few weeks.

I’d love for you to try out Contap and let me know what you like, dislike, would want to change, etc. Post your thoughts below or email me directly at em.patnoc@kcabdeefpatnoc.

 

 
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Tour de Cure Philadelphia 2016 – Fighting For A Cure To Diabetes – Recap

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Saturday I was honored to be able to participate in the 25th Annual Tour de Cure, Philly edition. The event took place at Temple University’s Ambler campus and the turnout was fantastic.

Originally I was aiming to do the longer 35 mile ride, which would go from Ambler to Doylestown and back. But since I didn’t get any training in this year, I opted for the 12 mile ride. And though I finished 2nd, after a rider bolted around me at the last minute, it was a challenging course (the rider and I had a fun little competition going). The 12 mile ride took us around Ambler and it definitely wasn’t flat.

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Toward the end I felt like I was in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, because the route kept zigzagging Susquehanna Road.

There were three other options for rides. A full century (100 miles), a metric century (63 miles), the 35 mile ride, the 12 mile ride that I did, and a 3 mile family ride.

All-in-all, it was a great experience. I raised more than $600 for the American Diabetes Association’s quest to cure diabetes. Thank you all who donated. I plan on participating again next year. I’d like to form a team again, this time with more than just me. If your interested hit me up. For more information about the Tour de Cure check out the website. It’s a great cause and a lot of fun.