Keynoting WordCamp Philly 2014

WordCamp Philly

Philadelphia, PA

Attending Speaking

I’m really excited to debut my first WordCamp keynote this coming weekend at the illustrious WordCamp Philly! I’m presenting a remix of a my WordCamp Connecticut talk, “How I convinced my boss to let me work on WordPress full-time”, arguing for personal and company investment in open source. I’ll look at how and why teams like 10up donate back to the community, and offer ways that attendees can give back, too.

10uppers will also be quite well represented: Dave Ross will be speaking on “Easier, More Secure Deploys with Docker and Dokku“, Doug Stewart pulls double duty as co-organizer and “working from home” panel moderator, and Cindy Kendrick and Spencer Hansen will be in attendance. Hope to see you there, whether in a session, Sunday’s contributor day, or in the hallways.

I have the pleasure of speaking about Designing a Theme in the Browser next week at WordCamp Orange County. With In Browser Design gaining popularity on the web and here at 10up, we began to ask ourselves, “What is the best way to present a design to a client?” We use WordPress, of course! In my talk I’ll be showing how you can use the most basic of templates and functions to move your design out of it’s initial creative phase and into the browser where pixel perfection lives and where responsive layouts and interactions really come to life.

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10up’s John James Jacoby is the guest for this week’s episode of WordPress Weekly, WP Tavern’s live Friday night podcast (think Wayne’s World for WordPress, but smarter), airing this Friday, September 13th at 9pm EDT. Likely topics of conversation include John’s move from Automattic to 10up and what’s in the cards for BuddyPress and bbPress. Submit your questions for JJJ via a comment on WP Tavern, and be sure to tune into WordPress Weekly this Friday the 13th at 9pm EDT!

Meet a few WordPress filters (and folks) in Albuquerque

WordCamp Albuquerque logoAfter a rare couple of weekends in a row with no 10uppers speaking at a WordCamp (largely because there were none in session!), we’re back in action this weekend at WordCamp Albuquerque, happening Friday through Sunday, September 13-15. Located in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, this particularly packed WordCamp features three days of programming, including a Sunday Hackathon and a WordPress for Kids session. Not to mention, a new talk by yours truly!

On Saturday morning, I’ll be presenting There’s a Filter for That, focusing on the ins and outs of the WordPress Filters API. In this developer-focused talk, I’ll introduce some common (and uncommon) filters designed to spark discussion.

The timing of this talk is exciting for me, in part due to my heavy involvement in the inline-docs initiative planned for WordPress 3.7. In this new and, frankly, huge undertaking, the team is attempting to document all actions and filters in WordPress core in the new WordPress Developer Resources announced at WordCamp San Francisco this year. This talk also goes hand-in-hand with the Filters of the Day blog series I started earlier this summer.

There are still a few tickets left, so come out to the beautiful Duke City this weekend and catch me and my fellow community members at WordCamp Albuquerque!

WordPress Providence Meetup Kicks Off

Inspired by a few WordCamps that built themselves up from local WordPress meet ups, I finally got a few locals together at the beginning of April (Ken DeBlois of Brown and Suzanne McDonald, a freelance writer) to help organize a Providence Meetup. A couple of planning meetings, a new website, a Twitter account, and some local marketing later, we had our first meet up on April 26th.

I’ll be blogging over at the WordPress Providence website, so I won’t say too much about it in this forum, but the headline is that I was thrilled by the turn out and energy at our first event. We had about 30 attendees, a lot of buzz during the hour of networking, a nice and short presentation by DandyID (a local firm with a popular plug-in), and a great after-presentation brainstorming / discussion session.

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WordCamp Miami, The Great CMS Debate

I will be talking WordPress at two upcoming events, on opposite ends of the U.S. east coast this month.

WordCamp Miami. Never a big fan of winter, I’m definitely looking forward to a breather in sunny Miami, Florida. I’m flying down the evening before (this Friday, the 19th) and returning the following Tuesday. It’s actually more economic to stay a couple of extra days at the hotel as compared with taking a Sunday flight back. In any case, I’ll be speaking at Miami’s WordCamp, which takes place on Saturday the 20th at the University of Miami. I’ll be presenting a revised version of Themes 101, which “premiered” at WordCamp Boston. It will incorporate new information on the upcoming “default” theme, along with some feedback from Boston. If you’re in the area and interested in meeting up on Sunday or Monday, send me a note.

Boston North Shore Web Geeks’ “Great CMS Debate”. I’ll be representing WordPress on a panel debating the merits of a few popular web content management systems (CMS). Other panelists include Boston Web Studio’s Marc Amos (Expression Engine), Jay Batson (co-founder of Acquia, a widely known Drupal consultancy), and Fidelity’s Tom Herer (representing Kentico). My friend, founder of WordCamp Boston, and strategy guru at Optaros, John Eckman, moderates. It takes place on February 25th, at 7 ,pm in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

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