WordCamp Jerusalem

I’m excited to be attending WordCamp Jerusalem this Sunday. Check out the lovely sidebar graphic on this blog 😉

I attended WordCamp Tel-Aviv nearly two years ago, and happy to be back in Israel again for this event.

Our company Automattic will be well represented at this WordCamp — myself, Barry, Yoav, and Matt will all be speaking at this event, and Ran will be attending as well.

WordCamp NYC 2009 This Weekend

I’ll be heading to WordCamp NYC this weekend, which at present time already has 607 attendees registered!

It’s not too late to buy tickets, so if you are in the area, definitely check it out.

A few highlights include:

  • 8 tracks of content, to cover every WordPress-lover’s area of interest/expertise*
  • Over 50 confirmed speakers for Saturday’s sessions
  • Sunday morning unconference
  • Sunday afternoon “Best of WordCamp NYC” Ignite-style recap
  • Q&A with Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress.com
  • Theme/Plugin Competition, Project Runway style
  • Fantastic shirts
  • Yummy lunch on Saturday
  • Door prize raffle
  • Genius Bar to help people with their WordPress woes (meet the Happiness Engineers in person!)
  • Hacker Room for hardcore developers who want to contribute to the open source project

Should be a great event, and looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces and a few news ones too.

If you are trying to get in touch with me to meet-up during the event, feel free to drop me a note here.

WordCamp Israel

Good morning from Tel-Aviv !

I’ll be attending WordCamp Israel in a couple of hours and giving a quick presentation as well. I’ll update this post later in the day with the slides and hopefully some video footage too.

update: Great seeing everyone and hope my presentation was helpful.  We don’t have the video yet, but below is the Keynote/PPT using Slideshare.  I also generally go more visual on the slides with a photo and just a word or two, but knowing that I was going to embed it, I made it a bit more verbose.

( Download PDF version of the presentation & a cool visual representation of the presentation by dibau naum h on flickr plus the WordCamp Israel 2008 flickr pool )

Also a few things people at WC Tel Aviv didn’t seem to know about that are helpful:

Thanks to Tal, Noa, Elad Salomons, and Itai Nathaniel and all the organizers and volunteers for a great WordCamp.

WordCamp Israel 2008

WordCamp Israel will be held this year on November 16th, 2008 (english language link).

Already 250+ people have registered and looks like it will be a great event. I plan on attending and helping out where I can.

The focus this year is:

…to discuss the usage of WordPress as a tool for social change and community involvement, and to strengthen the connection between the WordPress community and non-profits.

Additional goals of the conference:

  • To strengthen the ties between Israeli WordPress users
  • To grow the Israeli WordPress community
  • To increase people’s technical understanding of WordPress

As many of you know, these kinds of events are only possible with the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of sponsors. If you are interested in either drop a note to info@wordcamp.co.il.

[ WordCamp Israel ]

WordCamp SF 2008 Coverage

We had a great WordCamp in San Francisco this past Saturday.  For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are a few sources to browse through:

– The multi-talented Adam Tow captured some great pics including a panorama of the main room: tow.smugmug.com
Andrew Mager from ZDNet.com live blogged the event and even found a good spot for the WordPress tattoo: blogs.zdnet.com/weblife
– TechCrunch coverage: techcrunch.com
– los of tweets: http://search.twitter.com/search?q=wordcamp+sf
– presentations are beginning to appear on slideshare.net

This past week, a few firsts: WordCamp, Stinson, Wii, ‘Trapped

A quick wrap-up of this past week which included a few “firsts”:

– My first WordCamp this past weekend — quite amazing.  Great to see this very active WordPress community coming together to share ideas and meet up in person.  If you take a look at the WordCamp schedule page, you will see pingbacks to lots of great coverage like Barry’s ‘high performance WordPress” presentation.   In addition, there are a ton of photos of the event on flickr,  and Brian Oberkirch has a nice WordCamp round-up.

Stinson beach.  In a word “wow”.  I’ve been up here once before for a quick lunch, but spending a few days here has really solidified this place as gem in my mind.  Even managed to boogieboard/bodyboard for the first time !

Wii.  I had played the boxing and golf game briefly while at CES last year.  But @ our off-site this week we’ve had it hooked up to a projector and loaded with sports game, notably tennis.  As a somewhat old school gamer I really loved the change of pace with the Wii.  It’s simple, fun, and way more social than most other console games.

Trapped in the Closet.  A must see hip-hopera 🙂  What was great, and a first this week, was watching it followed by “Trapped in a Drive Through“.