January 7, 2009
The year is off to a great start for WordPress fans with WordCamp Las Vegas, WordCamp Indonesia 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia, a snow-filled skiing and photography WordCamp Whistler, two WordCampED educational WordCamp events in Worcester, Massachusetts and Vancouver, BC, Canada, WordCamp Jena in Germany, a warm WordCamp Miami, followed by a wintery WordCamp Denver.
In between the conference style WordPress events called WordCamps, intensive one to two day events with top notch WordPress and blogging experts, are a bunch of WordPress Meetups, community social gatherings to talk about WordPress and blog related issues.
WordCamps began in 2006 after Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress, attended some of the earliest BarCamp events which were the start of the “unconference conference,” an informal gathering of like-minded folks who let the natural course of a gathering happen, where experts share what they know with anyone interested and willing to listen and learn.
While WordCamps were meant to follow an unstructured format, they quickly evolved into serious conferences, ranging from a couple dozen to hundreds of participants with workshops, special sessions, multi-track sessions, and a lot of events in and around the WordCamp program.
In 2008 Year-End Wrap-Up, Matt Mullenweg said there were 29 official WordCamp events in 2008. There are expected to be almost double that number this year.
From those reporting in to the WordPress staff, approximately 3,400 people attended the various international events, and Matt Mullenweg was there for most of them giving his famous “State of the Word” address on where WordPress was, is, and the future of WordPress. That’s an average of 117 people per event, and while I don’t have the specific numbers for all the WordCamps, Podcamp and WordCamp Hawaii in October had more than 600 registrants at the Hawaii Convention Center, WordCamp Israel 2008 (English) in Tel Aviv had over 500 for their second WordCamp event. read more
Tags: BLOG EVENT, blog events, blogs conference, Conference, Events, wordcamp, WordPress, wordpress events, wordpress meetups, wordpress news
December 20, 2008
The first ever Teens in Tech Conference is January 31, 2009, at Microsoft San Francisco.
This unusual event, the brain child of Daniel Brusilovsky of Daniel Brusilovsky of Teens in Tech and Apple Universe, and his business partner, Sam Levin, will gather together some of the most brilliant teen minds, and former teen minds, in one room to talk web and multimedia technology.
This one day event in San Francisco will bring teen and adult participants together with some of the hottest teens and former teens in web technology, development, and multimedia technology. Speakers include:
There are still some seats available, but the expectation is that this will quickly fill up. Register now. Ticket prices are USD $20 – 30 for those under 18 and those over, respectively.
The Twitter account to track for the Teens in Tech Conference is @teensintechconf. The hashtag is #teensintechconf.
Tags: event news, Events, News, san francisco event, tech conference, tech news, teen event, Teens in Tech, teens in tech conference, web conference, web tech conference
December 1, 2008
In case you haven’t visited the Google homepage today (as if that were how you got all your news), it’s World AIDS Day today.
According to Google Blog Search, over 13,000 blogs have talked about World AIDS Day in the last 24 hours. That’s more than participated in Blog Action Day 2008, which focused on poverty.
Some indications of mass blog participation and the impact of social media on this event:
- BlogPulse is showing a major spike in mentions of “aids” or “World AIDS Day.”
- AIDS.gov has a blog at the official website for the US government’s AIDS prevention and information resource.
- Bloggers Unite, a service of BlogCatalog, has recruited the BlogCatalog user base of tens of thousands of people to participate in World AIDS Day.
- Technorati shows dozens of high-authority blog posts discussing World AIDS Day 2008 in the past couple of days.
- “World AIDS Day” is one of Twitter’s hottest phrases right now.
Tags: AIDS, Blogosphere, Events, News, Social Media, World AIDS Day
October 21, 2008
Mactoberfest in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Saturday, October 18, 2008, started the first of a week long celebration called Hawaii Geek Week.
Designated by the governor of Hawaii, there is a week of tech events all over Honolulu, ending with PodCamp/WordCamp Hawaii.
The first event, Mactoberfest, was a great success with a photography and computer tech swap meet and a day of speakers covering web technologies and applications. It began with myself, Lorelle VanFossen, speaking about how WordPress changes lives, followed by Lorenz Sell of iLovePhotos, John Dalton of Studio Artist, and a great panel discussing the past and the future of web technology, blogging, and journalism. OhScrap has some pictures of Mactoberfest. read more
Tags: artist studio, blog conference, blog events, Conference, Events, hawaii, hawaii bloggers, hawaii events, hawaii geek week, ilovephotos, lorelle, podcamp, Social Media, wordcamp
October 15, 2008
WordPress 2.7 feature freeze announced. Parent/child WordPress Themes change how Themes will work in WordPress 2.7 – are you ready? WordCamp Bangkok this weekend, Hawaii next weekend. WordPress Weekly Podcast talks SEO. WordCast Podcast talks about influential bloggers and WordPress folks. And more WordPress and WordCamp news.
WordPress 2.7 Development: As of October 14, 2008, WordPress 2.7 has frozen all features to prepare for the first round of release candidate testing. The announcement of the first release candidate should be out any time for those willing to risk their blogs and their lives to test this new version. read more
Tags: Events, wordcamp, wordcamp events, wordcamp news, WordPress, wordpress events, wordpress news, wordpress plugins, wordpress themes, wordpress tips, WordPress Wednesday, wordpress wednesday news
October 9, 2008
More WordCamp announcements and news. WordPress 2.7 information such as impact on Theme developers with comments and parent/child Themes. Lester Chan’s WordPress Plugins can be found on famous blogs. WP Super Cache updated and faster than ever. And more WordPress news.
Things You Need to Know About WordPress 2.7: The following are articles and posts with information you need to know for WordPress 2.7 if you are a developer, WordPress Theme or Plugin author.
WordPress 2.7 Development: As development of WordPress 2.7 nears the freeze date, the WordPress Development Updates is firing up with a lot of action. Some development news includes threaded comments and the new Comments API, Quick Edit for Tags, Categories, and Link Categories, TinyMCE updated and improved for caching in Google Gears and browsers resulting in speeding up Write and Edit page by 40%, increasing content area for writing blog posts, implementation of some WordPress 2.7 Wireframe features, a comment type filter for the
edit-comments.php Comments Panel to view all types of comments including trackbacks and pingbacks, batch editing for posts and Pages, comment paging, drafts now have real timestamp, drafts now ordered properly in the All Posts timeline, improvements in custom fields, the addition of “Close comments for old posts” to the Settings > Discussion, a Themes update API, and improvements to the Administration Panels and styles.
Portland, Oregon, Having a WordPress Upgrade Party: After the very successful WordCamp Portland, Portland WordPress fans are having a semi-un-not-so-official WordPress Upgrade Party at CubeSpace on Nov 10, 2008. Are you having a WordPress Upgrade Party with your community’s WordPress fans? read more
Tags: blog events, Events, wordcamp, WordPress, wordpress 2.7, wordpress events, wordpress meetups, wordpress news, wordpress plugins, wordpress podcasts, wordpress themes, WordPress Wednesday, wordpress wednesday news
September 17, 2008
Blog World Expo is in Las Vegas this weekend, September 20-21, 2008. I’m going to be there with Woopra, Layered Tech, and WordPress, and from the look of the Conference Schedule, so is everyone else.
The list of Exhibitors in the Exhibition Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center this year is incredibly diverse. So many companies want to reach out to bloggers, and so many blog, social media, and web technologies are popping up everywhere – it’s going to be interesting to learn what’s hot, what’s not, and what will be the future of the web.
Some of the exhibitors I hope to meet up with include: read more
Tags: BLOG EVENT, blog seminars, blog world expo, blogging experts, blogging tips, blogworldexpo, blogworldexpo2008, Events, las vegas, News, seminars, workshops
August 28, 2008
I’m going to be at Blog World Expo in Las Vegas on September 20-21, 2008, and so is David Peralty, who listed “Some People I Hope to Meet at Blog World Expo.”
The list of Exhibitors and Speakers at Blog World Expo this year is incredible. A veritable list of whose who.
His list of people he’d like to meet got me thinking about my list. And then I started thinking about all the conferences I attend and speak at every year and all the fantastic people I meet, some famous and some not, who change my life in those few minutes of meet and greet.
I love blog and web conferences. I learn so much. While many think that I am there to be the educator, I enjoy them because of the lessons I learn from fellow speakers, but most of all from fellow attendees. Those quickly caught moments in corridors, exhibition halls, at my book table, or even in the restroom. Those are where the real business of a conference really happens. Those quick moments of connections made that last long after the conference. read more
Tags: blog experts, Blog Relationships, blog world expo, Bloggers, conferences, Events, meetings, speakers, wordcamp
August 22, 2008
I’m still reeling and processing all the exciting events associated with WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco. Saturday was packed with so many of the best speakers – the best of the best in blogging, SEO, WordPress, PHP, Theme and Plugin development – it was blogging and WordPress overload.
Today’s conferences and events are true definitions of information overload and blogs and social media play important roles in the over-abundance of input. They are also part of the new online social networking surge, allowing attendees to share their experience of the event with the world through various media and social networks.
While attending the conference and afterward, there was so much information being shared on different services – it was difficult to keep up. Many were live blogging the WordCamp event on their blogs while others were using Twitter, Tumblr, and other microblog services to share the event. Many were also discussing the event on Twitter, Pounce, Plurk, and other social services.
It used to be that event coordinators would put most of their energies into the event specifics, corrdinating speakers, attendees, social functions, and logistics. Today’s events must also prepare and monitor the online world to help coordinate and track discussions, news, and feedback before, during, and after the event.
Here are some of the coverage from different services about WordCamp 2008 in San Francisco, a mere sampling of all the coverage.
Tags: Events, News, wordcamp, wordcamp 2008, Wordcamp2008, wordcampsf2008, WordPress, wordpress news
June 19, 2008
Layered Technologies, one of the world’s leaders in web hosting and server technology, is hosting a two day conference in Las Vegas, June 26-27, 2008, called the LT PACT Conference 2008. The two-day event is free, but registration is recommended.
As bloggers become more server savvy, challenging web hosts to keep up with their growing demands, this is a great opportunity to meet and learn from the industries’ leading experts on SEO, industry trends, virtualization trends and technology, site optimization, web hosting, cloud/grid hosting technology, online storage technology, intellectual property, email and mailing list management and business practices, site automation, business of blogging, security vulnerabilities and threats, backups, and more.
The list of whose who among the list of speakers and the event activities and seminars includes:
- Matt Mullenweg of Automattic and WordPress
- Barry Abrahamson, the server guru of Automattic and WordPress.com
- Andrew Skale, Attorney, Mintz-Levin and expert in patent, trademark, copyright litigation, and entertainment law
- James Staten, Principal Analyst of IT Infrastructure and Operations at Forrester Research, a leading expert on x86 servers and infrastructure and trends
- John Pozadzides of One Man’s Blog, Layered Technologies, and Woopra
- Chris Samson, the Senior Hosting Technology Specialist from CSNA and Microsoft
- Deven Kampenhout, Web Platform Architect Evangelist at Microsoft, Tim Johnson, Senior Manager of Channel Market Development, Global Marketing, at Seagate
- Jonah Stein, blogger of It’s The ROI
- Jimmy Guerrero, the Senior Product Marketing Manager in the Database Group of Sun Microsystems coordinating MySQL’s Web 2.0 and SaaS marketing programs, Dennis Dayman, Chief Privacy Officer of Eloqua, an expert in security, legal, privacy, and public relations issues
- Barry Lynn, the Chairman and CEO of 3Tera, expert on data center innovations
- Andy Schroepfer, the Founder and Hosting Visionary of Tier 1 Research, an expert in the hosting industry
And me, Lorelle VanFossen. I’ll be joining a panel discussion on the Business of Blogging with Matt Mullenweg and John Pozadzides on Thursday.
Jad Younan and Elie Khoury, the co-founders and lead developers of Woopra, a new and popular web analytics program currently in beta, will be flying in from Lebanon for the event, giving everyone a chance to meet these innovators.
There will also be a lot of fun and social interaction, and a lot of food. Among the fun is the LT PACT Poker Tournament hosted by Master of Ceremonies Robert W. Thompson II of NBC’s BravoTV Celebrity Poker Showdown with a total purse of USD $5,000.
Hope to see you there!
Tags: Blog Networks, conferences, Corporate Blogging, Events