Day One: A Live Streamer’s Perspective of WordCamp US

Day one of WordCamp US is complete. The event started streaming at 9AM Eastern and concluded at about 6:30PM. I was not able to attend the event in person so I spent the day watching the live stream. Although the site and streams suffered technical problems at the beginning of the event, they regained stability within an hour.

The live streams are broken up into four different links and include captions below each video. For the most part, the captions are accurate but there were many times where they generated typographical errors. However, captions are better than no captions at all.

WordCamp US Live Stream
WordCamp US Live Stream

I found the audio quality excellent and I rarely encountered buffering issues. I heard a swear word at least twice over the live stream but it didn’t detract from my experience. A number of other viewers also recognized the stream’s stability.

While I’m not able to experience WordCamp US in person, the live streams and the event’s hashtag on Twitter is the next best thing. Live streaming for day two starts at 9AM Eastern and there are still plenty of tickets available. Based on my experience today, I can confidently say the live streams are an excellent value. If you watched the live stream, tell us about your experience.

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  1. Was the live stream feed…

    1) Paid for by WordCamp Organizers
    2) A provider paid for it
    3) Someone/company that is not the providder paid for it?

    I would seriously love for the WordCamp Foundation to pay for the internet/wifi and live stream for all WordCamps. I want to attend some speakers at WordCamps but they are too far (I live in Canada).

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    1. Miroslav:
      We spent a portion of our budget on providing the livestream, as well as the wifi, coffee, lunch, lemonade, etc. *grin*

      Basically, what I’m saying is that it’s a part of our whole event cost and, as such, we’re looking to serve the WordPress community as best as we are able. We do appreciate the constructive criticism we’ve been provided and hope to have most, if not all the issues folks encountered ironed out for tomorrow’s sessions.

      Thanks for watching the stream, thanks for supporting the Camp from afar, and please excuse the inevitable hiccups. Be sure to catch the sessions you miss when they’re posted to WP.tv

      Thanks!

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      1. At WordCamp Toronto, they don’t serve lemondae *sad face*

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  2. I really enjoyed the live stream, and also found the support to be excellent and fast when their were a few hiccups in the morning getting started. I’m also looking forward to watching them later on WordPress.tv.

    I think the quality of the presentations was excellent and liked being able to change rooms during a break and catch something I missed. Of course, I’d love to attend next year’s in person, but the live stream is the next best thing.

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