WordCamp New York City 2009

November 14–15, 2009
...was awesome!

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Lightning Round Speakers

A few people have asked that I publish the names of the lightning round speakers from Sunday afternoon at mason Hall. I guess they were a little too lightning fast when they introduced themselves! Here’s the list:

Round 1
Andy Peatling: Intro to BuddyPress
John Hawkins: Canonical Plugins
Lin Chen: Harvard Gazette (CMS Use)
Jeremy Clarke: Using IDE
Scott Kingsley Clark: Complex Content Types/Pods Plugin
-Also, “WordPress as CMS” song

Round 2
Jim Doran: jQuery and Themes
Ted Mann: Hyperlocal Journalism with BuddyPress
Daisy Olsen: Making a Child Theme in 4 Minutes or Less
Daryl Koopersmith: Intro to Elastic Theme Framework and WYSIWYG Child Theme Generator
Brad Williams: WP Security
Beau Lebens: Intense Debate Plugin

Round 3
Stephane Daury: My Favorite Feature (Press This)
Raphael Mudge: After the Deadline
Andrea Rennick: WordPress MU
Mushon Zer-Aviv: Open Source Design
Noel Jackson: Advanced Theme Development (P2)

Theme/Plugin Competition Finalists

These teams will be on stage at Mason Hall today to get their entries judged:

1. A fork of the Thematic Framework (by Ian Stewart) and an original child theme.
– Daisy Olsen http://wpmama.com/ (Metro NYC)
– Ron Rennick http://ronandandrea.com/ (New Brunswick, Canada)

2. Italic Smile. This theme helps travelers or photographers easily create a site to share their journey.
http://italicsmile.com (with theme test data)
– Jake Snyder http://labs.jcow.com/ (NYC Resident)
– Tim Bowen http://CreativeSlice.com/ (Tucson, AZ)

1. WP Manage Plugins. An easy way to give you more control over the plugins section of WordPress.
– Matt Martz: http://sivel.net (Baltimore, MD)
– Brad Williams: http://webdevstudios.com (Metro NYC)
– Brian Messenlehner: http://webdevstudios.com (Metro NYC)
– Scott Basgaard: http://webdevstudios.com (Metro NYC)

2. Badge Grab. This plugin is designed to make it easier for bloggers to offer image link code that other bloggers and websites can place on their own sites to link back.
– Daisy Olsen: http://wpmama.com (Metro NYC)
– Lisa Boyd: http://www.lisaboyd.com/ (North Carolina)

3. We’ve created a plugin that attempts to spur conversations. This plugin allows you to prompt your readers to comment by asking them to answer a question specific to that post.
– Brandon Dove: http://www.think-press.com/ (Tustin, CA)
– Jeffrey Zinn: http://www.think-press.com/ (Huntington Beach, CA)
– Andrew Christian: http://www.pharmcountry.net/ (NYC, NY)
– John Hawkins: http://www.johnhawkinsunrated.com/ (Las Vegas, NV)

Finalists, be at Mason Hall (17 Lexington Ave, at E 23rd St) stage at 12:45.

Speakers Announced!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for: the speakers list is up! There are a few people we’re still talking to, so there will be a few additions over the next couple of days, but the bulk of our WordCamp NYC speakers are listed. Behold the magnificence that it possibly the biggest speaker list of any WordCamp ever! Close to 50 knowledgeable WordPress users, designers and developers from near and far have signed up to share their experience with you.

Now if that doesn’t get you off your butt to go register, I don’t know what will. Go buy a ticket!

And seriously, with a fantastic lineup like this, don’t you want to become a sponsor?

Vote on Topics and Tracks

It’s time to start nailing down the schedule. As the venue has a large studio, a couple of smaller rooms, and a couple of even smaller rooms, we need to figure out how to divvy up the space and allot it to various presentations, workshops, discussions, etc. If you are planning on attending WordCamp NYC in November, please fill out this survey and let us know what topics most interest you. This will help us in confirming speakers and creating the tracks.

As a thank you, when we open registration in the fall, you’ll get an email giving you a heads up the week before we make a public announcement. Let’s face it, NYC is big, the venue only holds a few hundred people, and we will undoubtedly sell out within a week or two of opening registration. Filling in the program survey will give you an edge in terms of beating the registration crowd.

So go on and tell us what you most want to see/learn/do at WordCamp NYC!

Matt Mullenweg Confirmed

We just received confirmation that Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress, will be delivering the keynote at WordCampNYC. Last year Matt did an awesome job delivering the “State Of The Word”, which featured a preview of WordPress 2.7 and BuddyPress.

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