What is WordCamp, and especially what is WordCamp RI?
What to Expect at WordCamp RI
- It’s about everything WordPress
- The content of sessions is firmly focused on using, and developing for, WordPress
- For using WordPress there are sessions about Blogging, Business, and Creating content
- Developing for WordPress means sessions about how to use code to create a unique website
- Create your own apps
- Learn the latest in online security
The best bargain you’ll get all year
WordCamps are meant to be low-key local gatherings that are affordable — cheap, even — to allow people from all walks of life to attend, meet, share, and learn. Sponsorships and donations make this possible, keeping ticket prices low. WordCamp RI is one of the best bargains around.
John Maeda, the Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic (the company behind WordPress and numerous other web platforms), will be speaking on Saturday, October 1st. Maeda is an American executive spearheading a new convergence across the design and technology industries. He previously served as President of the Rhode Island School of Design and also as Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, a world-leading venture capital firm. An internationally recognized speaker and author, his books include The Laws of Simplicity, Creative Code and Redesigning Leadership. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, an MBA from Arizona State U, and a PhD from University of Tsukuba in Japan.
Making connections, promoting collaboration
Getting to meet and learn from other WordPress users face-to-face is one of the main reasons people attend WordCamps. In addition to the workshops and sessions, WordCamp RI has a Happiness Bar staffed with experienced WordPress volunteers who try to help fellow attendees with their WordPress questions. Not only learning from each other, attendees often find new collaborators, employees/employers and potential co-conspirators in the WordCamp crowd. These new relationships can lead to exciting WordPress projects throughout the year.
Locally organized and focused
Each individual event is organized by local WordPress users, developers and fans.
It is generally acknowledged that participating in WordCamps is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to give something back to the WordPress community. Each WordCamp is operated by tireless volunteers, from the organizers who plan it all to the volunteers who work the event and the speakers who donate their time to teach you new things. It takes a lot of people to make a WordCamp happen, so remember to thank the volunteers who made it possible.
Fun. Fun! More fun!!
We almost forgot to mention the most obvious part of WordCamps: they’re fun! You’ll meet people who are crazy smart, insanely inspired and inspiring, and maybe even a handful of talented singers. Most WordCamps follow the conference with an After-Party at a nearby location where you can mingle with your new friends and hatch your (WordPress-based, of course) plot to take over the world.
What will happen at WordCamp RI
Both Friday and Saturday there will be the Happiness Bar (a.k.a. Help Desk) where you can sit down with a volunteer and work on the answers to your WordPress questions. Laptops are welcome!
Friday is Workshop Day
Make sure you bring your laptop!
There will be both intermediate and advanced coding sessions going on all day Friday. In addition, there will be two beginner workshop tracks. Each track will take you from start to finish for your very own blog, website, or online portfolio.
One beginner workshop will be for those who want to focus on what they put on their website or blog or portfolio. They want to leave coding to someone else. By the way, these websites range in price from free to moderately priced.
The other beginner workshop is for those who like a little more control over how their website will operate. These websites range from very low to moderately priced.
Information about the price is provided during the workshop so that you’ll know what your options are. WordCamp RI will not be collecting any money, nor does it receive any compensation, for any website services you might decide to purchase.
Saturday is Seminar Day
Saturday you’ll have the chance to attend a variety of 45-minute seminars throughout the day. The topics will range from developer coding to creating content to best business practices.
- Lunch is included each day
- There is an After-Party at the close of the conference on Saturday.
- All of these elements are included in the price of your ticket!
About the Venue
New England Institute of Technology is hosting WordCamp RI for the second year at its newest campus. The address is One New England Tech Boulevard, East Greenwich, RI.
Past attendees have raved above the facilities. Many positive responses included:
“New England Institute of Technology was without doubt *the* best host possible.”
“Parking was superb. Location superb. Size of building was fantastic.”
“This venue was very nice and the facilities were top notch.”
“The venue was the best I’ve ever been to for Wordcamp, particularly because of free parking how easy it was to find. There were screens all over the place with helpful event information.”
“Everyone was helpful, nice and cooperative. I could easily tell where to go and the venue was AWESOME!”
“Wifi access was good. There were both stairs and elevators. Facility clean and neat. Good restrooms. Free parking. Easy to find.”
“Wonderful facility, everything was easily accessible, volunteers were extremely helpful.”
“Extremely helpful & friendly volunteers, gorgeous facilities, delicious lunch.”
“The venue, NEIT was really comfortable, and the staff helpful.”
“New England Tech was a beautiful, modern locale that accommodated all the concerns of WordCamp.”
“Perfect setup for this conference – places to congregate informally, theater was the right size. Plenty of places to plug in in classroom and theater. Lots of opportunity and incentive to meet and talk with new people.”
“I wish we could have one at this venue every 3 months!”
We look forward to seeing you at WordCamp from Friday September 30 to Saturday October 1, 2016. For more information and to register, visit https://2016.rhodeisland.wordcamp.org.
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