WordCamp:Developers – a WordPress conference for WordPress developers

WordCamp:Developers - the WordPress Developer ConferenceGet your calendars out and mark this date down with a pen: Thursday May 5th, 2011. In fact, mark that whole week down. Vanessa Chu, Anny Chih and I are putting on the first ever WordCamp:Developers as part of Vancouver Open Source Week and the week ends with Microsoft’s two-day Make Web Not War open-source conference. All in all Vancouver is going to be the place to be in May (Northern Voice, the two-day blogging conference is the very next week) so you might as well clear your schedule and get ready!

Why a WordCamp for Developers?

Vanessa and I have been running the Vancouver WordPress Meetup for the last 9 months and the overwhelming response we’ve gotten is that people want to learn more about web development with WordPress as a platform. They also want to know more about related technologies, future developments and things like user experience design and information architecture.

So far the only WordPress focussed conferences have been regular WordCamps. But although these conferences are great for bloggers and people who work with WordPress, their focus tends to be more on blogging and basic publishing and less on hard core development and other related topics. Because WordPress has grown from a solid blogging platform to a full fledged CMS we felt it’s time we put on a conference focusing on the people who use WordPress to build stunning, functional and ground breaking websites. Thus WordCamp:Developers was created.

What Can I Expect From WordCamp:Developers?

Like I said the focus of WordCamp:Developers will be on topics that are relevant to people who work with WordPress as a development platform every day. Right now we are scouring the continent looking for the best and brightest speakers with expertise in advanced WordPress development, Information Architecture, user experience design, security, eCommerce and so on. Based on feedback and trends in the community we are also looking for speakers to focus on new technologies like HTML5 and CSS3 as well as integrated technologies like JavaScript and AJAX.

The goal of WordCamp:Developers is to provide a platform for the advancement of WordPress as a serious Content Management System and start a discussion about how we, as web developers, can use WordPress to make the web a better, more functional and more attractive space for everyone.

If you are an expert in any of the fields listed above or anything else related or relevant to WordPress development or if you know someone who is, go fill out the speaker submission form or get in touch with us through the website ASAP.

The deadline for speaker submissions is February 28th so get crackin!

Tickets, Venue and Volunteers

We are in the process of rolling out ticket sales for WordCamp:Developers. We were going to release tickets this week but some very generous sponsors have just come onboard and with their contributions we are able to push down the prices and make the event more accessible so we need to crunch the numbers again to ensure we give all our attendees the most bang for their bucks.

We are releasing a total of 200 attendee tickets for the event. Our 12 main speakers will be added on top of that number, and if you buy a ticket and then get selected as a speaker we will put your ticket back in the general pool for someone else to pick up.

WordCamp:Developers will be held at the SFU Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver. The event will feature two main tracks, UX (Focus on Designers) and DEV (Focus on Developers) as well as an ad-hoc (un-conference) room where attendees can pitch 20 minute talks on the day of the event. We are booking a total of 12 speakers, 6 for each of the main rooms, and ensuring that each talk will be on its own topic so attendees get the most out of the event.

As part of admission all attendees will be served a great lunch in a room overlooking the harbour and we’ll have coffee, snacks and other goodies throughout the day.

This event, like all WordCamps, is a not-for-profit volunteer based innitiative and we are looking for volunteers to help both for organization and day-of management. If you’re interested in playing a part in WordCamp:Developers get in touch with us through the website.

Sponsorships and Swag

As I mentioned earlier this event could not have happened without the generous support of our sponsors. We already have a couple of big companies on board (TBA) but we are still looking for more sponsors to make this event as great as it can be. On that note I have to mention the Microsoft Canada team that is putting on the open source conference Make Web Not War and Vancouver Open Source Week. I spoke at Make Web Not War in Montreal last year and I can honestly say it is one of, if not the best conference I’ve been to. And the Vancouver edition, slated for May 6th and 7th, proves to be even better!

If you or your company is interested in being a partner please check out our sponsorship page for all the details.

Based on feedback from other events we are trying to make WordCamp:Developers as green as possible. As part of that we are being very counscious about what kind of swag we will be handing out to attendees, speakers and volunteers. To that end the focus of all our swag will be on usability. As in we will only hand out things our attendees can use and have a use for. That means if you or your company have a product, virtual or physical, that you feel would be of use to web developers, we want to talk to you. Get in touch with us through the website and we’ll get the conversation started.

Consider This Your Personal Invitation

WordCamp:Developers is a WordPress conference for developers, by developers and we put it together because we know developers like us want a place where they can talk shop. Consider this your personal invite to the conference, to attend, to speak, to sponsor, to volunteer. WordPress is an open source platform that is changing the world and we want everyone to be part of the revolution. So mark your calendars, get the word out and let’s make WordCamp:Developers and Open Source Week amazing!