In the coming week we’ll be filling in more and more details as we confirm featured speakers, unconference time blocks, workshop instructors, etc. For now, if you want to buy a ticket because you know in your heart (as we do) that WordCamp NYC will be awesome this year, here’s the rough schedule format we’re planning. We’ve switched things up a bit from last year based on attendee feedback of what worked and what didn’t, so we think it will have a more relaxed flow.
|Friday||Saturday 8-6||Sunday 12-5|
|Afternoon/early evening: volunteers come help set up, bring in donated items etc.||8 – 9am: Registration
Morning: Lightning sessions on variety of WordPress topics, everyone in one big auditorium
|We won’t start until noon, so that neither hangovers nor chuch attendance will prevent someone from attending WordCamp.|
|Evening: casual meet and greet at a local bar to see who’s coming and make some early connections.||Afternoon: Regular 30-minute sessions on specific topics in tracks
Evening: Afterparty (similar to last year)
|Afternoon: Unconference sessions, genius bar, and maybe a ‘best of’ selection of videos from other WordCamps playing in the auditorium (or something fun)|
|Blogger||Business/Publishing||Academic||Developer A||Developer B|
|Lightning Sessions 9am-1pm (includes breaks). All speakers will do a lightning session version of their talk. They will do their lightning talks in random order, so that people will get a variety of content, rather than picking and choosing only a few to listen to (that’s what the longer afternoon sessions are for!). If you aren’t interested in one of the lightning presentations, well, it’s only 5 minutes, right?|
|Bare Bones Blogging
|WP for Small Business
Jacqueline Lee DeVito
|Theming Best Practices
|Performance + Optimization Panel
Matt Martz, Scott Taylor, Matt Dorman
|Hidden Gems, Favorite Features
|WP for Cultural Orgs + Non-profits
Joe Ugoretz, Rich Dikeman
|WP + Multimedia
|Managing WP Projects
|Vassar Digital Commons
|HTML 5, CSS3 + WP
|Document Your Code
|Using Featured Images
|WP for News Sites
William P. Davis
Jahn Golden, Ben Guttmann, Steve Guttbinder
|From Thesis to Genesis
Eric Buth, Patrick Carey
Kenny Katzgrau & John Crepezzi
|WP vs Traditional Online Courses
Mikhail Gershovich, Joe Ugoretz
|Advanced BuddyPress Components
John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges
|WP + SEO
|WordPress in Education, Open Forum||BuddyPress Q&A
John James Jacoby, Boone Gorges, Paul Gibbs
|Closing Remarks, Sunday Unconference Voting|
Stop in at the main registration area to get room numbers for each area.
Main Registration Area - Pick up your t-shirt anytime between 12 and 4pm. Also, as of today we’ll now be selling extras, so if you want to get one for a girlfriend, your kids, or just extra colors for yourself, you can buy additional shirts for $15. Proceeds go to the WordPress Foundation, which is currently raising money to buy professional video kits to send to WordCamps to capture their sessions in high-quality video to post to wordpress.tv for the benefit of the broader community.
Hacker Room – Core developers will be working on patches for WordPress 3.1. If you want to participate, bring your laptop (and evdo card if you have one).
Genius Bar- Experienced WordPress users, developers and consultants will be on hand to help their fellow WordCamp attendees with their WordPress puzzles. May span two rooms, depending on demand.
Hangover Room- If there’s interest, we can use the main room to play videos from WordPress.tv for those who want to come and learn more, but aren’t quite up to human interaction yet.
Unconference Rooms- Unconference sessions were voted on at the end of Saturday’s WordCamp. The following sessions have been assigned rooms/times. There will be several free rooms available for ad-hoc unconference sessions/birds of a feather discussions, which you can propose at the event on Sunday by writing your topic in one of the blank schedule slots on the posted unconference board in the main registration area. Since people tend to trickle in over the first hour, we’ll officially begin scheduled unconference sessions at 12:30pm. Since there were not that many proposals, scheduled unconference sessions will be finished by around 3:30pm. We have the space at Baruch until 5pm, so people can continue to talk, join the hackers, work on their WordPress sites, etc in the company of their peers. Please help us start closing up shop/cleaning up the spaces we’ve used at around 4:30 or 4:45 so we can get out on time.
|Unconference Room 1||Contributing to WordPress
Andrew Nacin, code; Jane Wells, non-code
|BackPress||Themes, Present and Future
|Unconference Room 2||WordPress + Windows
|Running WP in Large Corporations||available|
|Unconference Room 3||Using WordPress as a CMS||Academic Community||Student Mentorship Programs
|Unconference Room 4||Incident Preparedness Plugin Competition
|Genesis Theme Framework
|RoloPress Contact Manager Plugin
|Unconference Room 5||available||available||available||available|
|Unconference Room 6||available||available||available||available|