Posts Tagged ‘wordcamp’
Jane Wells from Automattic published an update on the WordCamp How To blogtoday which is a warm welcome to anyone wanting to host a WordCamp. I have been lucky enough to help organize a WordCamp here in the Netherlands last year and hope to repeat that this year -yes, you’re all invited – and anything and everything is welcome to help make that a smoother experience for all attending.
The newly drafted guidelines are in fact pretty much straight forward on most topic such but there there are some questions it raises.
- Itâ€™s about everything WordPress. The guidelines state that it for 80% should be about WordPress.
- Open to all, easy to access, shared with community.WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable â€” cheap, even â€” to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn.
- Locally organized and focused. Showcasing local talent and helping local practitioners connect is one of the best things about WordCamp. The best WordCamps tend to have both local and visiting speakers.
Found this great video of John Lilly (CEO of Mozilla) giving a talk at WordCamp San Francisco via WordPress.tv. It’s packed with great stuff about community, and open-source, and all that fun stuff.
Check it out below or at WordPress.tv
So today I hit the road to attend the first annual WordCamp Chicago, an event that is sure to be fun and interesting. Many of the people online that I connect with on a fairly regular basis will be there, some have already arrived in the windy city, while many more will be arriving throughout today and early tomorrow.
My wife is coming along with me, not to attend the conference, but because this might be the only “vacation” we get this year, so more than just the conference, we are going to try to make the most of our trip.
I am looking forward to interacting with the people that attend, and hope that everyone is half as excited as me (I could barely sleep last night, it was like waiting for Christmas morning).
If you want more information on what’s going on, Jeff Chandler has already started a back channel on his WPTavern Forum. This is a great place to list where you’ll be, what you want to do, and what you thought of sessions as we go through the one and a half days.
While there is no plan for video recording of the sessions, Jeff might also be live-streaming some of the sessions over UStream.
Lastly, and most importantly, if you see the guy in the picture with this post, wish him a Happy Birthday. It will be Jeremy Wright‘s 30th birthday!
So, WordCamp Toronto 2009 is officially over, and what ended up happening? If you’ve listened to my first day summary on WordPress Weekly, you might have thought that I disliked the event, but my critiques were really only for other organizers, not an overall “look” at the event, and I have to admit, the organizers quickly fixed many of the issues surrounding the conference. By Sunday, many of the issues I had first complained about were fixed.
All in all, it turned out to be a great event. I really enjoyed speaking, despite a few problems, I am happy to say that it was a very successful WordCamp. I can’t wait to see the next incarnation in Toronto, as Brendan did a great job in fixing anything that people critiqued. The only sticking point from the event was the lack of video recording, something I held to be a “must have” at every WordCamp, just didn’t happen.
So there isn’t any video or audio of my session, and not much of any other one, which is a shame because there were some great presentations, as well as some poor ones, and I think both are needed for people to see the vast variety of what a WordCamp can bring, as well as give insights on who to invite to speak (me, pick me!).
I am now even more excited about the upcoming WordCamp Chicago, despite not being a speaker (they have an all-star line-up), I think it will shape up to be the best in the history of the WordCamps held on the eastern side of North America.
If you are looking at making a WordCamp event, please listen to the recent WordPress Weekly podcast, where I harshly critique WordCamp Toronto, as there are some things that every organizer should think about.
I want to thank Brendan and PicApp for letting me speak at the event, as without both of them, I wouldn’t have been able to attend.
If you want to see photos from the event, check out the WordCamp Toronto Flickr Pool.
Word Camp Toronto starts in about 15 minutes, goes until the 10th, and it should be a good one.
From the Site…
BackSpaceStudios and PHUG – Open Source Culture, will be hosting WordCamp Toronto 2009! We want to explore WordPress to a higher degree and we’re looking for a bigger venue, sponsorships and more! In 2009, we would like to expand the conference to include all walks of WordPress life, from commercial to non-profit, from amateur to professional bloggers, designers and developers, and explore other ways in which WordPress is being used outside the blogging community.
Speakers will include Nick La, Peter Flaschner, the makers of the FlashPress plugin, Dan Zen, David Peralty (oh look, that’s ME!), and whole boatload of other great presenters.
I’ll be sure to post some of the presentations once they pop online, as most inevitably will.
Weblog Tools Collection has posted a great rundown of what WordCamp is including some details on what Dallas WordCamp attendees can expect. As WordPress continues to grow in popularity, I expect to see many more WordCamps being created around the world, so if you haven’t attended one already, maybe it is time for you to create one?
WordCamp is a spin off from the popular BarCamp which was a spin off of FooCamp. Each one of these events are smaller in nature when compared to your particular conference, but they are usually focused on a particular subject. So what can you expect when you attend a WordCamp event? Based on the numerous amounts of videos and photos taken from attendees, you can expect a whole lot of fun in an atmosphere that promotes social interaction.
The first WordCamp conference was held in July of 2006 in San Francisco. Matt Mullenweg pulled this event together in only three weeks time and ended up with about 300 people in the Swedish American Hall. The first international WordCamp event was held in Argentina on October 31, 2007 in Buenos Aires. Since then, there have been WordCamps all across the world including Hamburg, Israel, Melbourne and soon to be Dallas.
I really enjoy the BarCamp nature of these events, and hope they continue to experience continued growth. I also think that someone should organize a WordCamp Toronto, so that I can easily attend.
Charles and Aaron are finally back with another episode of the WordPress Podcast. This episode covers the WordCamp Event, Charles’ wish to hold one in Texas, and some news and announcements relating to WordPress.
I think there should be an East Coast WordCamp and a West Coast WordCamp because I want one closer by to me.
Besides that point, it is great to see the WordPress Podcast come back to life. Check out Episode 28 and let Charles and Aaron know what you think.
WordPress developers returning for day 2 mostly arrived bleary-eyed and tired (and possibly a little hung-over) from the previous day’s activities, yet promptly launched into some heavy-duty geek-speak.
First up was Barry Abrahamson and Matt Mullenweg discussing the high-end server tuning that makes WordPress.com and other high-volume multi-user blogs hum. Abrahamson explained that WordPress installed on an un-tuned LAMP system could be expected to handle as many as 691,200 page views per day or roughly 8 requests a second. This type of installation is adequate for about 99% of the WordPress installs. He also explained that if you were to implement APC you might expect roughly 1,036,800 page views per day or about a 50% performance increase to about 12 requests per second.
Abrahamson recommended the installation of WP-Cache, saying that most users have no reason not to install it. His benchmarks demonstrated that a WordPress install using WP-Cache could handle 300 requests per sec or roughly 25,920,000 page views per day, yielding an increase over 25 times as fast as an un-tuned system. He later went on to discuss alternatives to Apache, PHP 4 and 5, load balancing, caching and memcache.
It looks like the WordCamp schedule is live, and it is amazing. I won’t be able to head out west to enjoy the event, but Bloggy Network is working on having someone report from the field for us.
People like Om Malik, Jeremy Wright, and Lorelle Van Fossen will be speaking on a variety of topics over the course of the two days. The schedule is very good, and well worth the wait.
Check it out on the WordCamp site and let me know if you are impressed with the schedule and its speakers.
Martin Neumann has compiled a great list of WordCamp information and posts on WordCamp from around the web. His thoughts on the event and those that covered it is not only amusing, well written, and fun to read, but very true.
Firstly, for those outside of America, I must give great kudos to Matt over at The Blog Herald who sent a couple of citizen journoâ€™s on the ground reporting it live.
Iâ€™ve been a bit disappointed with The Blog Herald ever since they took over from Duncan Riley earlier this year, but this effort puts them back on the map for me. Together with their recent introduction of podcasts Iâ€™m back on the bandwagon.
As far as I know, the only real competitor to The Blog Herald is The Blogging Times. Iâ€™ve been quite disappointed with their coverage of this event. And here I thought they were going to kick Blog Heraldâ€™s ass covering the blogging industry â€¦ and this WAS a blogging industry event! Iâ€™d suggest Chartreuse (whoâ€™s now a part owner of The Blogging Times) start slapping them around a little and start focusing more.
The list of sites and posts at the end of his post shows you a little of just how far the WordCamp word spread. Kudos to Automattic and those that reported on the great event. Maybe next year I will be able to come.
Check out the full post at his site gonzoblog.wordpress.com.