This was my second WordCamp San Francisco, and I absolutely loved it. I haven’t attended too much of the sessions, most notably: Mark Jaquith on deploying, code UX by Nikolay Bachiyski, funny theme stories by Ian Stewart, introduction of the O2 theme by Beau Lebens, roles and caps by Andrew Nacin and obviously State of the Word, by Matt Mullenweg, speaking of which, I was named “recent rockstar” for the 3.6 release cycle (along with quite a few other awesome folks), which I’m so proud of.
I’m speaking about theme development at WordCamp San Francisco this year. I would love to tell you more about it, but I should probably go work on my slides.
Austin has always been on my list of places to visit, and now that I did I know it was totally worth the long travel. Huge WordPress community, very friendly people and a well organized WordCamp, not to mention that wonderful food experience.
I met and chatted with a lot of new folks – developers, designers, bloggers, business owners and beginners eager to use and learn WordPress. It was so overwhelming, in a good way obviously, and the BBQ – so delicious! The unofficial CigarCamp was the perfect way to end the day.
Dev Day on Sunday was a total blast, that’s where all the super geek talk happened over pizza. That’s where I was able to get a few minutes on stage to talk about contributing to WordPress and encouraged people to chime in.
Hope to make it next year!
Texas has been on my list for a while now and Austin sounds like a great place to start. Looking forward for some sunshine, good company, great food and an exciting WordCamp Austin 2013. Maybe even a roundhouse kick to the face.
I gave this talk at WordCamp Norway 2013. It covers several tips and tricks that will make you a better theme developer.
You can follow the slides and the notes/transcript below. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to ping me here or on Twitter, I’m always happy to help :)
In 2011 I spoke at zero WordCamps. In 2012 I spoke only at WordCamp Sofia. One of my goals for 2013 is to speak at five different WordCamps, and it all starts as early as January with WordCamp Norway.
WordCamp Norway is January 26th in Oslo, and I’m really excited since I’ve never been anywhere near Norway. Flight tickets ready and hotel booked, the only thing remaining is the presentation. I’ll have a 25 minute slot and will probably be talking about tips and tricks to make you a better WordPress theme developer. If you’re not attending, you’ll most likely be able to catch all the talks on WordPress.tv after the event.
I haven’t made any specific plans about the other four WordCamps, so if you’re organizing one in your area this year, and have a slot for an extra speaker, don’t hesitate to ping me. Make sure you do that at least a month prior to the event, since I’ll have to apply for a visa and all those boring things.
Are you speaking at any events this year?
Update: slides and notes for 7 Tips for Better WordPress Theme Development.
WordCamp Sofia 2012 was held this weekend and it was awesome. Over two hundred attendees, over ten sessions, a speakers dinner and an after-party. Big shout-out goes to Nikolay, Veselin, Iliya and Mario, for putting the whole thing together, and making such a great event.
It was a long weekend for me with all the flights, but it was totally worth the travel. I stayed at the beautiful Grand Hotel Sofia, which was close to the event venue — the Telerik Academy in the Wedding Mall.
The event was split into two tracks — a users track and a developers track. My friend and coworker Sara Rosso gave the first, not too technical session, about some of the things WordPress can do, which was amazing. My session about the Settings API was the last one in the developers track. All the other sessions in between were in Bulgarian, so I couldn’t understand much, but from what I heard, some of them were terrific.
I met a lot of people at the event and made a lot of friends. Some of them were people with whom I interacted for a long time on Twitter, others were new friends, working on interesting projects around WordPress. I was surprised to see how big the Sofia WordPress community is, especially compared to Moscow.
The after party was great for non-work related chatter, found out a great deal of interesting stuff about the culture in Sofia and Bulgaria. Was thrilled to see how well Mario and Petya can play the piano :)
I hope to see everyone again next year, and maybe a couple more sessions in English, since most of whom I met with were fluent in English. Thanks again to the organizers, sponsors, speakers and everyone who attended the event. Can’t wait to see the videos pop up on WordPress.tv!
This weekend at WordCamp Sofia 2012, I gave a session about the Settings API, which is a way to create simple, flexible and secure options pages for your WordPress plugins and themes. The session covered the basic usage of the API along with a few more advanced topics. Here are my slides and notes/transcript.
I’ll be travelling to Bulgaria and speaking about the Settings API at WordCamp Sofia this weekend. There are still tickets available if you’re willing to come.
Videos from WordCamp San Francisco 2012 are being published to WordPress.tv. Time to watch those sessions you missed during the event, or watch the ones you enjoyed most :)