Celebrate the WordPress 15th Anniversary on May 27

Celebrate the WordPress 15th Anniversary on May 27

May 27, 2018 is the 15th anniversary of the first WordPress release — and we can’t wait to celebrate!

Party time!

Join WordPress fans all over the world in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of WordPress by throwing your own party! Here’s how you can join in the fun:

  1. Check the WordPress 15th Anniversary website to see if there’s a party already planned for your town. If there is, RSVP for the party and invite your friends!
  2. If there isn’t, then pick a place to go where a bunch of people can be merry — a park, a pub, a backyard; any family-friendly venue will do!
  3. List your party with your local WordPress meetup group (Don’t have a group? Start one!)  and then spread the word to other local meetups, tech groups, press, etc and get people to say they’ll come to your party.
  4. Request some special 15th anniversary WordPress swag (no later than April 27, please, so we have time to ship it to you).
  5. Have party attendees post photos, videos, and the like with the #WP15 hashtag, and check out the social media stream to see how the rest of the world is sharing and celebrating.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in a global celebration of WordPress!

Special Swag

In honor of the 15th anniversary, we’ve added some special 15th anniversary items in the swag store — you can use the offer code CELEBRATEWP15 to take 15% off this (and any other WordPress swag you buy), all the way through the end of 2018!

Keep checking the swag store, because we’ll be adding more swag over the next few weeks!

Share the fun

However you celebrate the WordPress 15th anniversary — with a party, with commemorative swag, by telling the world what WordPress means to you — remember to use the #WP15 hashtag to share it! And don’t forget to check the stream of WordPress 15th anniversary posts.

When 30% of the internet has a reason to celebrate, you know it’s going to be great!

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Watch WordCamp Miami 2018 Via Free Livestream

WordCamp Miami Celebrates Its 10th Consecutive Year March 16-18

Tickets for the event may be sold out, but you can watch the event from anywhere thanks to a free livestream. The stream starts today and covers both the E-Commerce and developers workshops. The stream begins tomorrow at 8:30AM EDT with separate links to morning and afternoon sessions.

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WPCampus Scheduled for July 12-14 in St. Louis, MO

WPCampus Scheduled for July 12-14 in St. Louis, MO

WPCampus, an in-person conference dedicated to WordPress in higher education has announced its third annual event will be held July 12-14 at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. The call for speakers is open until April 7th. The event is two months before WordCamp St. Louis which will also be held at Washington University.

WPCampus held its first event in 2016 in Sarasota, FL, and its second in 2017 in Buffalo, NY. The schedule is not yet finalized but to get an idea on what to expect, check out the video presentations from previous events. Organizers expect about 200 attendees and are accepting sponsorship inquiries.

Tickets are not yet available but those interested in attending can sign up to the WPCampus mailing list where ticket information will be distributed first.

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WordCamp Orange County Plugin-A-Palooza First Place Prize is $3,000

WordCamp Orange County Plugin-A-Palooza First Place Prize is $3,000

WordCamp Orange County, CA, 2018 will take place June 9-10. In addition to the regular WordCamp format of speakers sharing their knowledge, there is also a mini-event called Plugin-A-Palooza. This year marks the fourth contest where plugin authors will compete for one of three prizes.

  • First Place – $3,000 cash and 1 Sucuri Business (VIP) license
  • Second Place – $1,500 cash and 1 Sucuri Business (VIP) license
  • Third Place – $500 cash

Teams will be judged live based on the following criteria:

  • Originality
  • User Experience/User Interface
  • Code Quality
  • Presentation of the plugin on WordPress.org.

Teams can have up to three participants, are required to build their own plugin, and upload it to the WordPress plugin directory by May 18th. Teams will present their plugins to the judges and audience on June 10th.

Previous winners and plugins include:

Bridget Willard, WordCamp Orange County organizer, says the event encourages innovation and personal development which are important parts of WordCamps. “The first plugin that won was WPRollback by WordImpress,” she said. “It’s widely used in the community now. We’d love to see other camps doing this.”

If you’re interested in participating in Plugin-A-Palooza at WordCamp Orange County this year, you’ll need to fill out this entry form. The deadline for submissions is March 5th.

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WordCamp Incubator 2.0

WordPress 4.9 Release Candidate

WordCamps are informal, community-organized events that are put together by a team of local WordPress users who have a passion for growing their communities. They are born out of active WordPress meetup groups that meet regularly and are able to host an annual WordCamp event. This has worked very well in many communities, with over 120 WordCamps being hosted around the world in 2017.

Sometimes though, passionate and enthusiastic community members can’t pull together enough people in their community to make a WordCamp happen. To address this, we introduced the WordCamp Incubator program in 2016.

The goal of the incubator program is to help spread WordPress to underserved areas by providing more significant organizing support for their first WordCamp event. In 2016, members of the global community team worked with volunteers in three cities — Denpasar, Harare and Medellín — giving direct, hands-on assistance in making local WordCamps possible. All three of these WordCamp incubators were a great success, so we're bringing the incubator program back for 2018.

Where should the next WordCamp incubators be? If you have always wanted a WordCamp in your city but haven’t been able to get a community started, this is a great opportunity. We will be taking applications for the next few weeks, then will get in touch with everyone who applied to discuss the possibilities. We will announce the chosen cities by the end of March.

To apply, fill in the application by March 15, 2018. You don’t need to have any specific information handy, it’s just a form to let us know you’re interested. You can apply to nominate your city even if you don’t want to be the main organizer, but for this to work well we will need local liaisons and volunteers, so please only nominate cities where you live or work so that we have at least one local connection to begin.

We're looking forward to hearing from you!

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Free Virtual WordPress for JavaScript Conference June 29th

Free Virtual WordPress for JavaScript Conference June 29th

Zac Gordon, who launched his Gutenberg development course earlier this year, is organizing a virtual conference called JavaScript for WordPress. The conference will take place June 29th and is free to watch.

“Making the event free and online was really important for me so we could have as few barriers to entry for folks wanting to learn,” Gordon said. “I have a feeling a lot of folks who can’t tune live will still appreciate having all the talks available on YouTube for free.”

So far, 15 speakers have been confirmed with more to be announced soon. The speakers include WordPress core developers, theme and plugin developers, agency owners, and educators. Some of the talks will be from designers allowing user experience and usability to be part of the conversation.

Gordon says he’s been wanting to an in-person event for a while but considering the challenges involved, a virtual conference was the next best thing.

“I used to run in-person workshops in the Washington DC area, which I miss, and have wanted to do an event for a while,” he said. “But doing in-person events is so difficult, so the online format seemed like the best option to go with. I got some good advice from Human Made and WP Campus, who both have experience doing online events, so hopefully everything will go smooth.”

To reserve a seat and receive updates, visit the JavaScript for WordPress conference site.

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WordCamp Miami Celebrates Its 10th Consecutive Year March 16-18

WordCamp Miami Celebrates Its 10th Consecutive Year March 16-18

WordCamp Miami is celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 16-18th. This year's event is organized by twelve people and organizers expect more than 800 people to attend. Speakers will arrive from Italy, Germany, London, Brazil, and other international locations to share their knowledge.

In addition to a two-day Kids Camp with a Kids Panel, WordCamp Miami will feature two new workshops. The first is developer focused and will prepare developers for the future of WordPress. The second is focused on eCommerce.

Attendees will receive their own site and be able to apply what they've learned to it. The sites will have pre-installed plugins and access to various tools mentioned by the workshop teachers.

The 'Learn JavaScript Deeply' track is returning this year, featuring local and international JavaScript developers. This is the third time WordCamp Miami has had this track and according to David Bisset, one of the organizers, the focus will be on JavaScript basics, React, plus using JavaScript to create 'cool and unique' projects with or without WordPress.

Joshua Strebel, Syed Balkhi, and Christie Chirinos will highlight Saturday's business track.

For the first time in recent years, WordCamp Miami will have a closing keynote on Saturday, March 17th by John James Jacoby. Jacoby was one of the founders of WordCamp Miami a decade ago, and his talk will cover both nostalgic moments and what the future of WordPress holds for users.

Finally, WordCamp Miami will be doing a 'game show hour' before the official after party. "We wanted to do something fun and interactive for everyone – and we think we found a great way to segue people from the talks to unwinding at the after party," Bisset explained.

"We are even planning on having our sponsors form teams in a trivia contest battle. There will be provisions at the party for those who want to network or just relax in a quiet setting."

Bisset praised volunteers and organizers for helping make 10 years of WordCamp Miami a reality.

"Each and every one of our organizers and speakers deserve a huge amount of thanks and praise for their hard work." He said. "We couldn't have done ten years without the support of the WordPress community."

Tickets are on sale with a number of purchasing options. Workshops cost $15 each and general admission tickets are $40 each. General admission tickets provide access to Saturday and Sunday sessions, lunch, swag, and the after party.

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Free Conference Dedicated to WordPress in Higher Ed Takes Place January 30th at 9AM CST

Free Conference Dedicated to WordPress in Higher Ed Takes Place January 30th at 9AM CST

If you’re interested in learning how WordPress is used in Higher Ed, tune in to WPCampus Online, January 30th at 9AM Central Standard Time. WPCampus Online is a virtual conference that people can watch for free, no traveling necessary. The event uses Crowdcast allowing viewers to switch between rooms, interact with each other, and ask questions.

Some of the topics that will be presented include, WordPress and Real-World Data with Students, Headless and Brainless WordPress, and Using WordPress to Support and Run Student Government Elections. If in-person conferences are more your style, keep an eye out for information on WPCampus 2018 tentatively planned for this Summer.

To learn more about WPCampus and the people behind it, listen to our interview with Rachel Cherry on episode 301 of WordPress Weekly.

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