Up in New England at WordCamp Maine, CEO John Eckman presents, “The Four Agreements and Client Services,” covering core tenets from the popular self-help book (The Four Agreements). Jason Clarke and Jason Boyle will also be attending.
This weekend I’ll be giving the (very early!) keynote at WordCamp Minneapolis, on “Building Software, Building Community.” I’ll be talking about the really unique opportunity WordPress presents as a platform and a community capable of changing your own career – and potentially the world.
I’m very much looking forward to my first WordCamp in the twin cities, which has a special meaning for me since the venue is less than 10 miles from where I lived through all of middle school, junior high, and high school.
The schedule is impressive: a full day of four tracks on Saturday plus two tracks on Sunday, plus an after party Saturday night and brunch on Sunday.
If you’re attending, and are interested in learning more about 10up or working with us (as an employee, partner, or client) I’d be happy to chat with you.
WordCamp London is happening this weekend, March 20-22, and our CEO John Eckman and I will be flying over the Atlantic to join in on what is sure to be a fantastic event. I’ll be speaking on Saturday on what it means to apply a user-first approach to metadata and fields, a topic that is near and dear to anyone who’s extended the WordPress admin, as well as on a core developer Q&A panel on Sunday.
The entire schedule looks great, in addition to Friday’s Contributor Day. We’re especially looking forward to seeing:
- Indie Design (Laura Kalbag)
- Building a Scalable WordPress at News Corp UK (Luke Wheatle, Sophie Plimbley)
- <picture> and Friends: HTML Responsive Images (Bruce Lawson)
- From Web Address to Web Page – the Humble URL in WordPress (Simon Wheatley)
- Think Big, Grow Fast. Breaking Into The Enterprise Market (Fabio Torlini)
- User Experience in WordPress (Sara Cannon)
- Hiring Employee Number One: From Freelancer to Agency (Brad Williams)
- How We Built a Market-Leading WordPress Agency; And Why We Walked Away (Simon Dickson)
Between all of the great talks, networking, and delicious food (who says the British don’t have good food?), this will definitely be a memorable WordCamp. If you’re on Twitter, follow along with WordCamp London on Twitter and via the #wcldn hashtag.
On December 16-17, the third annual BackboneConf will take place in Cambridge, MA. BackboneConf is conference about building real-time applications for the web, with a focus on the Backbone.js library.
I will be giving a talk on the WordPress JSON REST API. I have been actively involved in the REST API project over the past year, and I am excited to share our efforts with a new community. In my presentation I cover some of the challenges building an API for 23% of the web brings, and what the project means to the future of WordPress.
If you are interested in getting involved with the WordPress JSON REST API proejct or working for 10up pull me aside.
I’ll be headed to Atlanta today for Confab Higher Ed, where I’ll be speaking tomorrow on “Engineering Influence: Talking to Developers About Content.” It’s part of the confab series of events which I’ve always found to be very well put together, and I’m proud to be part of it.
This weekend I’m speaking at WordCamp Raleigh, at North Carolina State University’s Centennial Campus. Centennial Campus is a research park and campus that is home to the NCSU School of Engineering along with the Hunt Library, ABB, and Broadband.com.
Saturday Afternoon, I’ll be presenting my talk, “The Art of Untethering: How Is Your Work/Life Balance?”, on the Power User’s Track.
In this talk, we will discuss what work/life balance is; how to see the warning signs that the paths are crossing; and how to maintain the balance so that both work and life are enjoyable and fulfilling.
Also in attendance, you’ll find 10up Web Engineer Amy Hendrix.
There are still tickets left, so come out to the Oak City this weekend and catch myself and Amy at WordCamp Raleigh.
WordCamp San Fransisco was the first WordPress conference, has historically remained the largest (certainly on the North American continent), and is home to WordPress co-founder and project lead Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word address.
In 2012, we brought the “whole team” out (all 14 of us), and watched with delight as our own Helen Hou-Sandi was called out in the State of the Word as a rockstar. In 2013, we decided that taking a team of ~35 was neither logistically practical nor a great way for us to focus on team building, so we brought a contingent of 8, and were proud to showcase four speakers and see Drew Jaynes called out as a rockstar.
WordCamp San Francisco 2014 is this weekend, and this time you’ll find a dozen (12) 10uppers roaming the conference. This year we’re proud to have 5 speakers participating:
- On Saturday, Helen Hou-Sandi connects her training as professional musician with her career as a code poet.
- Kicking off Sunday, Paul Clark inspires us by reminding how web publishing and WordPress can save lives and move governments.
- The three “WordPress in Context” lightning talks on Saturday feature 2 10uppers – and one 10up alumnus! 10up CEO John Eckman and Senior Engineer Rachel Baker are joined by former Engineering Director (now a leader in the university system) Jeremy Felt.
- Finally, our Creative Director, Taylor Aldridge, joins a set of Saturday lightning talks on Design & Business.
This week I’ll be representing team 10up at CSS Dev Conf in New Orleans. I’m honored to be speaking alongside industry luminaries like Chris Coyier, Dan Cederholm, and Rachel Nabors. On Monday afternoon, I present Embracing Performance Optimization, an essential ingredient for great user experiences. I’ll cover optimization of the critical rendering path, elimination of unnecessary roundtrips, and leveraging caching… And since it is CSS Dev Conf, I’ll dive deep into the keys to CSS performance.
This weekend over 200 Volunteers and 28 Non-Profit Organizations are expected to gather on Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington for the annual Seattle Givecamp, a weekend-long “hackathon” style event where software developers, website wonks, project managers and designers donate their time to design and build solutions for non-profit organizations in need. From health and wildlife outreach programs to community food coalitions, participating non-profits submit technology projects that require assistance they don’t have funding or expertise to carry out. Volunteers will gather on Friday to learn about each Organizations’s Project, form teams, and spend the rest of the weekend (often working through the night) hacking together solutions.
On Saturday morning I will be returning for a 3rd year to lead a workshop for participating organizations and volunteers on how to better leverage WordPress on their projects during the weekend and beyond. Many of the participating organizations are either already using WordPress, or have identified their project as requiring a WordPress component. In my session I will cover a variety of WordPress topics ranging from how to start using WordPress for the first time, to using some it’s more advanced APIs, to simple every day tips and tricks. The session will be Saturday morning at 10:30am and is open to the general public.
For more information about Seattle GiveCamp visit http://seattlegivecamp.org/ and follow them on Twitter @SeattleGivecamp. Best of luck to all the project teams this weekend, and if you’re in the Seattle area I hope to see you there!
I’m proud to be joining my fellow 10uppers for not one, but two WordPress-focused conferences in Dallas, Texas this weekend!
Scott Kingsley Clark, Lead Developer of the Pods Framework for WordPress, will kick things off with several talks on Friday at PodsCamp, which focuses on the flexibility and varying use cases for the Pods plugin.
If Scott doesn’t collapse from exhaustion after giving four talks, he’ll join Corey Ellis, Jon Bellah, and myself at WordCamp Dallas the next day. Come say hello between sessions, or join us at one of our talks listed below!
Between the four of us, there’s content for WordPress developers of all skill levels: Corey will dig into WordPress themes for those just getting started. I’ll cover the benefits and trade-offs of several WordPress career tracks, while Jon will bring your development skills to the next level for high-performance sites. Want to know how to quickly extend WordPress to manage almost any type of content? Any of Scott’s talks at PodsCamp will fit the bill!
PodsCamp Dallas — October 3, 2014
Scott Kingsley Clark will be presenting four (yes, four!) talks on the popular Pods plugin:
- Introduction to Pods
- Pods and Gravity Forms
- Tweaks, Optimizations, and Workflow — Oh, My.
- Undercover Pods / WP Functions