Ah, yes! Calling all developers, web designers, marketing professionals, and bloggers! The fifth annual Reno-Tahoe WordCamp will be held at the University of Nevada’s Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center April 27-28.
This unique educational event is an opportunity for WordPress developers and users of all levels to meet, share ideas, and learn more about the WordPress platform and its business applications. WordCamp features two days of conference sessions and workshops taught by local and national experts. Covering “everything WordPress,” the event is organized by the Reno WordPress Meetup Group to benefit and support the WordPress Foundation.
WordCamp attendees can choose between technical and business tracks, and the agenda includes content and forums for WordPress novices, experts and everyone in between.
“WordPress is an awesome platform that makes it easy to build a website or blog,” says WordCamp organizer Megan Duggan, a graphic designer at Innerwest Advertising and Public Relations in Reno. “The Reno-Tahoe WordCamp packages great speakers and educational content into a low-key, affordable event for the local community. If you are designing websites or using WordPress for business or personal branding, you need to be at WordCamp.”
People can register online at 2013.reno.wordcamp.org. The fee for the 2-day conference is $30, which includes lunch both days, a t-shirt, and a Saturday evening after-party and networking event. Single-day registration is $18, and student discounts are available.
Businesses of all sizes are being told that “content is king,” and WordPress is the world’s leading content management system. More than half of all websites that include a CMS are WordPress-based, as are most professional blogs. WordPress is used worldwide to anchor and streamline ecommerce, digital marketing, and business and personal branding.
The two-day Reno-Tahoe WordCamp offers technical and business tracks that include presentations, live demos, question-and-answer sessions, panel discussions, and more. The international WordCamp organization embraces an “unconference” philosophy, encouraging impromptu sessions limited only by the imagination of attendees.
The technical track is aimed at developers and designers. The program is still being finalized, but topics likely to be covered include WordPress site setup, theme development, jQuery, developer trade secrets and techniques, the latest plugins, web fonts and mobile issues.
The business track is aimed at marketing professionals, business owners and bloggers. Topics include monetization, authority marketing, blog content, branding, e-mail marketing, podcasting and social media strategies.
“Reno WordCamp is one of the best conferences in town for the WordPress community of users, developers and designers, many of whom make their living from using the software and building new things on top of it,” says Colin Loretz, cofounder of the Reno Collective coworking space. “It also showcases the WordPress talent in and around Reno by attracting attendees and speakers from other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Sacramento and Las Vegas.”
WordPress enthusiasts at all levels are encouraged to register at 2013.reno.wordcamp.org.
WordPress is a free, Web-based, Open Source software program anyone can use to build and maintain a website or blog. Originally intended as a user-friendly blogging platform, WordPress has been transformed by a large Open Source community of WordPress programmers who have improved and greatly extended its capabilities. No longer just a tool for bloggers, today’s WordPress is a comprehensive content management system (CMS) that can be used to run full-sized, media-rich websites for social businesses.
WordCamps are casual, locally organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They come in all different flavors, depending on the local communities producing them, but typically include sessions on how to use WordPress more effectively. Attendees range from blogging newbies to professional WordPress developers and consultants, and often combine scheduled programming with unconference activities. The first WordCamp was held in San Francisco in 2006, and WordCamps have since spread to more than 100 cities spread across five continents.
Hope to see you there!