In March of 2013 Justin Sainton had a random thought: How cool would it be to get a bunch of WordPress freelancers together at a beach house for a week?
So he tweeted it:
Pondering the idea of a Pacific NW "Cowork-at-the-beach" WordPress developer retreat. Massive beach house, work together, learn together…
— Justin Sainton (@JS_Zao) March 7, 2013
And BeachPress was born.
BeachPress Founder: Justin Sainton
So bringing people together, in person, sounded like a great idea.
“That’s one of the things I like to do, bring people together and see what happens,” Justin tells us. “As Cory says, you go far together. The more you can bring people together the better, and BeachPress is a nice avenue for that.”
What Is BeachPress?
“People described it as nerd summer camp,” Justin says. He rented a multi-million dollar beach house on the Oregon coast and welcomed a bunch of WordPress developers. Everybody pitched in, and they used it as a co-working space and retreat.
Sixteen people showed up for the three-day BeachPress in 2013, and 29 showed up for the six-day event this year in June. It even inspired a separate event in Australia. The fun has included a photo booth, brewery tours, massages, whale watching from the deck and more.
The whole idea of BeachPress is to gather people who don’t normally have a team to work with. They work alone or remotely, and might connect with a lot of people online, but miss the camaraderie that develops by working together in the same physical space.
“My thought was what happens when you get these people together?” Justin says. “What good will come of it?”
The blog reviews have also had plenty of good words and lessons from BeachPress:
- Grant Landram: “These days it seems like we have an overwhelming amount of opportunities to network, but fewer and fewer ways to connect.”
- Daniel Espinoza: “Good events motivate and educate you. Great events leave you changed.”
- Curtis McHale: “BeachPress allows you to sit and talk and truly become friends with people in the WordPress community.”
BeachPress is a great example of the WordPress community coming together. The open-source nature of the platform encourages community instead of competition, and that’s fun to see. We truly can go far together.
And if you’re really dying for the beach right now, enjoy the sunset at this year’s BeachPress: