New York City’s 2009 WordCamp is going to be two full days of WordPress-related sessions, announcements and fun. Here’s an overview of what we have in store for you. You can also check out the Speakers page to see who’ll be leading the sessions. Links on the right lead to individual session descriptions and the schedule grid.
SATURDAY: A full day of presentations, workshops and demos related to WordPress. There will be eight (8) tracks running at once (plus unconference sessions), so you can choose the topics that appeal to you. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced user, a blogger or a developer, we’ll have something for you. Including a t-shirt. And lunch.
- Newbie – Bring your laptop and we’ll get you a WordPress blog set up before lunch on Saturday.
- Blogger – Learn about cool WP features you might be missing, plugins, themes, creating content, etc.
- CMS User – Get to know the plugins and themes and strategies that make it easy to run a large-scale non-blog web site using WordPress. Case studies galore.
- Advanced Developer - Sessions will be dedicated to more in-depth topics like plugin unit testing, security issues, etc.
- Education – Academic users will discuss issues unique to using WP in academic environments (like CUNY!)
- BuddyPress/MU – Looking for a new challenge? BuddyPress is the new black.
- Open Source Community – How can our community be more welcoming, productive, and enjoyable?
- Hacker Room - Just want to code? A special room will be set up just for people to work on core patches for bugs to version 2.9. Trusted core developers will be on hand to provide guidance as needed.
SUNDAY: In the morning, Saturday session attendees will have a chance to network and participate in various discussion sessions, then will break for lunch at 11:30. Lunch will be on your own in the city. After lunch, attendees will go to Mason Hall Auditorium for the afternoon program:
- Project WordCamp – Theme and plugin competition judging by a panel of WordPress luminaries.
- Ignite Sessions – Get a “Best of WordCamp NYC” experience with some of the more popular presenters from Saturday doing abbreviated versions (5 minutes, 20 slides) of their earlier talks.
- WordPress 2.9 Preview – Get a firsthand look at the changes coming in version 2.9, which will be close to release at this time.
- Q & A with Matt Mullenweg – Co-founder and project lead of WordPress will talk about the vision for WordPress moving forward and take questions from the audience.
We’re selling two types of tickets to cover all the bases.
- Full Pass: This ticket entitles the holder to entry for all sessions on Saturday and Sunday, including Mason Hall. You’ll also get a T-shirt, and lunch on Saturday.
- Mini Pass: So you love WordPress but you can’t commit to a full weekend. Why not buy a Mini Pass? This ticket entitles you ONLY to entry for the Sunday afternoon program in Mason Hall beginning at 1pm. This includes the Q&A with Matt Mullenweg. We’ll give you a T-shirt, but you should eat before you come.
So what are you waiting for?!? Go buy your ticket!
Oh, wait! We almost forgot. Bringing all this together is crazy expensive. If WordPress helps you do your job, forms part of your business, or just plain makes you super happy every day, please consider becoming an individual ($250) or consultant ($500) sponsor. These tickets will get you full pass access and goodies, plus a little publicity and public thanks.
If you have a small business, agency, or larger company and would be able to sponsor on a higher level, please visit our Sponsors page for more info before you register, as sponsors at these levels will be registered separately.
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