As we receive slides from our speakers we will post them here:
If you are at WordCamp Miami today, in each register bag, each attendee received random WordCamp cards. Most of these cards are of WordCamp Miami speakers. The object of this game is to collect as many unique cards as possible, or to collect a certain group of special cards. Those that do will have the chance to win prizes at the networking party on Saturday night.
Each card shows a person’s picture, bio, and some of their stats.
For example, this card shows David Bisset as a developer with these skills: BuddyPress, #wcmia, and HTML/CSS.
Here’s the list of the cards that exist:
Boone B Gorges
Lisa Sabin Wilson
You can get cards from most speakers and sponsors at the event.
Skies are Clearing and Saturday Will Be a Beautiful Day!
Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, volunteers and attendees who today made BuddyCamp and the Beginner’s Workshops rock! WordCamp Miami officially starts tomorrow but today was filled with lots of good learning and community goodwill.
Those who could not be in rain-soaked Miami today were treated to our first WordCamp Miami live stream. Click the link in the menu above to watch the live stream as WordCamp Miami continues on Saturday and Sunday.
For the first time ever, there will be a livestream of WordCamp Miami (and, as already announced, a livestream of BuddyCamp Miami as well). The livestream will be at no charge (free), and a link will be available on the WordCamp Miami website during that weekend (look for ‘live’ in the top navigation).
There are many factors that go into livestreaming. We have dedicated people devoted to delivering the live stream (and thanks to the WordPress Foundation we have equipment). However, since this is our first shot please bare with us if things go a little off path. In addition, as you would imagine, we are dependent on the internet bandwidth of the venues, and some things (like quality, etc.) are out of our control. But we reviewed things prior, and we feel confident we can pull it off.
So for all those who missed a chance to attend in person – or for those who at the last minute can’t come – please tune in during WordCamp Miami weekend to catch some great presentations.
WordCamp Miami this year for the first time is having two discussion panels. We are asking for questions ahead of time, so we can have a lively discussion on Saturday. We also want your questions for our BuddyCamp panel on April 5th (Friday). To make things interesting, we are going to be giving away a WordCamp Miami prize (from one of our key sponsors) to the person who submits the best or most interesting question. How will we determine that? No idea, but you can’t be in the running without asking a question!
Please check our schedule for the latest information on times and sessions.
Here are our panels:
Answers To Common WordPress Questions
Panel #1 (11:15am on Saturday)
Now is your chance to ask a question directed to an experienced panel of WordPress users and developers. Perhaps you are looking for a better plugin for something you want to do with a WordPress site? Maybe you are looking for the best ways to integrate social (like videos or Facebook) posts into your site? Maybe you are looking to advertise on your blog and you need some tips to get started.
The Future of WordPress
Panel #2 (2:45pm on Saturday)
Our panel of experienced WordPress developers and business owners – who know how far WordPress can be modified and themed – will answer questions about some of the challenges that WordPress has ahead of itself. Especially as it transitions from being used primarily as a blog platform to a CMS platform to a “web application” platform. Perhaps you want to know how the strengths and weaknesses of WordPress vs. other similar solutions. Or maybe you have an idea for a complex app, and want to see how WordPress can be the solution for that app. This panel is primarily for those who are experienced users and developers, looking to have a lively discussion on how people see WordPress outside the “WordPress bubble” – and see if these observations have any merit. If you have a question about the road ahead for WordPress, then this is your panel.
BuddyCamp Miami Panel
(Friday, April 5th)
BuddyCamp Miami will also have a panel on April 5th. We welcome ANY questions related to BuddyPress or social network design.
Again, click here to send us your question(s). We are looking forward to having some great discussions this year at WordCamp Miami.
Yeah, we hate top xxx lists too but screw it.
11. Happiness Bar. On Saturday, we will have a fully manned and ready to help those with any questions on WordPress.
10. BuddyCamp Miami. The first BuddyCamp in the United States (the first and only other one in Canada) bringing together many of the top BuddyPress core development team.
9. Beginner’s Workshops. The workshop in Davie, FL on March 23rd was a complete success and we got amazing feedback and appreciation. We were able to help people in a more intimate setting, and some people were helped one-on-one. The next workshop in Miami on April 5th will be the same format and expecting more people able to be educated as well. The two workshops in different locations enabled people to come to the one closest to them, and we saw many new faces as a result.
8. First Ever Business Track It’s our first WordCamp with a dedicated business track. Anyone including freelancers, small business owners, and those in an agency will benefit from experienced speakers – many of whom run their own businesses. They’ll be sharing tips and lessons learned, plus at the close on Sunday we’ll have a Q&A panel where you can ask any questions you might have.
7. Ice Cream Social on Sunday. We will be giving out some great Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream from chillnicecream.com. This is happening Sunday afternoon, and will be the chance for us to relax and network a bit. Not to mention talk about the past couple of days.
6. Our Sponsors. Big or small, our sponsors are completely awesome and enabled us to provide a great experience to our attendees this year. This includes some interesting games and entertainment during the event (it’s a surprise!).
5. BBQ Lunch on Saturday. If you don’t get it, it’s not worth explaining.
4. Networking After Party. Saturday night starting at 6:30pm, we will be having our after party at Finengans, sponsored in part by MediaTemple. This is where we can meet and network with others, enjoy dinner and drinks, and have some fun winning some very cool prizes from our sponsors. WE EVEN HAVE A PARTY BUS (thanks to GoDaddy) TO TAKE YOU THERE.
3. Volunteers. The support this year has been amazing, and we thank our volunteers ahead of time for giving their support and time in areas like registration, cleanup, and lunch. Without them, things wouldn’t go as smoothly.
2. Speakers. Over 40 speakers giving awesome presentations this year. Many speakers are local, but others are from California, Texas, and as far as the United Kingdom.
1. You. And 450 of your fellow WordPress community members. Community has been one of the top reasons why WordCamps are so successful.
See you in less than two weeks.
BuddyCamp Miami sold out quickly, and we realize that alot of people wanted to come (both locally and from other countries). So we are planning on broadcasting BuddyCamp Miami via livestream on April 5th starting around 9am EST.
The livestream will be completely FREE and you’ll be able to view it by clicking the ‘live’ link on the WordCamp Miami page that morning. Please follow updates closely on our twitter account (@buddycampmia) for the latest updates. Remember – you get what you pay for, but we are hoping things go off relatively without a hitch. And you will be able to hear some great presentations from the likes of John James Jacoby, Emilio Cueto, Bowe Frankema, Tammie Lister, Paul Gibbs, Boone B Gorges, and Brian Messenlehner. Please view the BuddyCamp Miami schedule (scroll all the way to the bottom) for our proposed schedule.
See you on the interwebs!
Andy Vitale @andyvitale
Andy Vitale a UX Designer specializing in emerging technology and digital media, for web, mobile and software starting before the terms UI/UX were common to the industry. He has gained professional experience from designing and maintaining National and International brands to teaching design practices and theories on the collegiate level, spending five years as the Graphic Design Program Department Chair at a regionally accredited University. Staying on top of the latest trends, Andy has had strategic roles in managing branding and marketing projects across various platforms from traditional to interactive media.
Andy will be talking about “Using WordPress in an Agile Environment” on Saturday morning in the designer track.
Looks like many people coming to WordCamp Miami are people looking for work (freelance, contract, and full-time). It also looks like there are people looking for potential hires as well, so to encourage both groups to meet and network at the event we are planning two things:
=== Fill Out Our Form ===
If you are looking for work or to hire, please fill out this form as soon as possible:
This will allow us to compile this information and distribute it at WordCamp Miami on Saturday, April 6th. We will also provide a way for you to advertise any new availabilities and positions at the event, but having this information ahead of time gives us the chance to get it already printed and in the hands of potential employers and employees.
You can fill out the form more than once if you are looking for different hires and positions (if you are looking for work, please only fill it out once). But you must fill out the form by March 31st.
=== Networking ===
WordCamp Miami is a networking event. There are 450 attendees, and making connections should be a goal for anyone attending (for many reasons!). This year, we have extended times in the morning, during lunch, and in the afternoon for you to take a break and talk to fellow attendees. Meet new people – the next person you meet might be a new contact, friend, employee, or employer. We are also having a dedicated networking after party on April 6th. There will be food and fun, but also a great chance to relax and talk with your fellow attendances in a relaxed atmosphere.
There is NO ticket or charge to come to this networking event. It’s open to ALL. But please remember to bring your lanyard and badge for a chance to win some giveaways from our sponsors.
Thanks and see you soon at WordCamp Miami!
We are very excited at breaking a new record in time to a sell-out AND the number of tickets sold. Expect to see over 470 of your fellow WordCampers April 5-7th. 🙂