WordCamp Miami Wrap-up
I also had the privilege of speaking, on “Technology of the New News Workflow”. I went over several of the WordPress MU customizations that we’ve done to keep the news flowing smoothly here on True/Slant. My slides are on SlideShare and I promise we’ll get into details of the features I presented on, in future posts right here at Inside T/S Tech.
There were three tracks, 200 attendees, several sponsors, and we were fortunate to be at the University of Miami School of Communication. Their facilities were great! And I’m not just saying that because I’m a ‘Cane. The organizers did a terrific job, and it seemed like every person there was learning something they could use on a project or on their blog.
Pete Bernardo gave an excellent roundup – and demo – of handy plugins for designers, developers, and bloggers. Jane Wells, a WordPress core team member, outlined what’s coming in WordPress 3.0 (nitty gritty details of the development effort on wpdevel.wordpress.com) and how people can contribute to this great open source project. Syed Balkh talked about security and WordPress; very useful tips for everyone – is your blog as secure as it could be? Lead WordPress developer Mark Jaquith presented some WordPress tricks for plugin and theme developers, and answered techie questions. Designer Tammy Hart spoke on working with clients – to a packed room. Shayne Sanderson summarized the features of WordPress e-commerce plugins. I had no idea there were so many, now I want to sell stuff!
Those were just the presentations I was able to attend out of the three tracks; unfortunately nobody could get to all of them, but there was something for everyone. Most of the presentations are online, and are listed on the WordCamp Miami website or in a SlideShare search.
The other great thing about attending WordCamp is – you get to meet all these other WordPress geeks, bloggers, journalists, designers, developers, and generally bright friendly people. I think that was the highlight of my experience, meeting some of the folks who create or use WordPress, finding out what interests other developers and designers.
Here are highlights of the WordCamp reviews and news coverage. Check out the WordCamp Miami website for a more up to date list.
Go Live Miami has video interviews with Wordpress developers; Jane Wells even shares an as-yet-unannounced plugin for BuddyPress.
The Flickr group “WordCamp Miami” has several photos from attendees and speakers, showing the people, sessions and facilities.
Speaker Angie Moncada, who presented “Writing for a Professional Blog”, wrote not just about WordCamp but on social media interactions. Thanks Angie, your post convinced this skeptic to get on Twitter. Angie said:
The good thing about social media is that it helps us have conversations we’d never have otherwise and collaborate with people we’d never know well enough to without it.
The event lit a fire under my ass. For the generously cheap $30 attendance fee, I was able to accumulate a list full of things I can’t wait to tinker and play with. The brain cogs are turning with full speed and the inspiration is flowing rapidly through my veins.
Ileana Ortiz (Country Cuban) has “Reflections of WordCamp Miami”, with notes for each session she attended. Chelsea Duran has her impressions of her first ever WordCamp. Jane Wells’ comments during a Q&A sparked a few lighting bolts for Lori Todd.
And UM communications senior Jess Jurick, who helped plan the event with organizers David Bisset, John James Jacoby, and John Carcutt, had some things to say about organizing an event for 200 geeks. Jess also had time to present “Find your blogging voice”!
Thanks to all the organizers, volunteers, speakers, sponsors and attendees for making my first WordCamp a great one; I’m sure there’ll be many more. I’m looking forward to next year’s WordCamp Miami, and to meeting more WordPress folks.
Finally, speaker and designer Tammy Hart, who flew down from Alabama with her husband and made the weekend a mini-vacation (in addition to presenting a great talk on how to work with clients), summarized her impressions of Miami.
Want to go to a WordCamp? You don’t need to wait; no need to travel to sunny South Florida in the winter – unless you want to. WordCamps are happening all the time, all across the globe; check out WordCamp Central for the schedule. There just might be one closer than you think.