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WordCamp NOLA is tomorrow, August 13, and we’re so grateful to all of our sponsors who are making it possible.

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WordCamp NOLA is tomorrow, August 13, and we’re so grateful to all of our sponsors who are making it possible.

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Announcing the WordCamp NOLA schedule!

Here it is, the schedule for WordCamp NOLA 2016. With two tracks and twenty sessions, there’s definitely something for everyone, so get your ticket today!

Each session will last approximately 30 minutes, so we’ve built in time between sessions for chatting with the new friends you’ve made, visiting the Happiness Bar, and grabbing some swag.

Time Track One - Developers, Designers, Business Track Two - Bloggers, Publishers, Community
8:30 amRegistration
9:00 amOpening Remarks
9:20 am10 years of using WordPress at Nicholls State University Jess PlanckContent Hacking, FTW! [Grow Your Online Traffic with Epic Content] Mallory Whitfield
10:00 amHardening WordPress Security Burke IngraffiaPodcasting and WordPress: how to use WordPress for your podcast Gregory Schultz
10:40 amThe Price is…Wrong Nathan AlloteyLost in Translation: What I learned by Contributing to the Polyglots Team Sonja Leix
11:20 amWordPress for Revenue (Panel) Shercole King, Alex Geriner, Mallory Whitfield, Wendy DolanHow Photoblogging Daily for a Year Made Me a Better Photographer Luca Sartoni
12:00 pmE-commerce for WordPress (Why we wuv Woo) Jeremy DolanWe Can’t Read Your Mind: How To Find Help For Your WordPress Problems Carolyn Sonnek
12:40 pmLunch
1:30 pmBringing Order to a Content Hoarder (an Information Architecture primer) Anthony D PaulUsing Social Media to Grow your Blog Myndee Corkern
2:10 pmBeyond FTP: Moving to a Faster and Safer Deployment Workflow with Grunt and the WP-CLI tools Eli SilvermanJetpack All The Things Carolyn Sonnek
2:50 pmDesign Thinking: Keeping Themes DRY in the JavaScript Age Blake BertuccelliProtecting Your Content: Stopping Scrapers, Spammers and Plagiarists Jonathan Bailey
3:30 pmCreating In-Browser Mockups for Fun and Profit Frederick MeyerWordPress Code Snippets to Jump-Start Your On-Site SEO Douglas Thomas
4:10 pmCreating a Digital Download Business – What to sell, how to sell it and shortcuts to success Adam W. WarnerOne Dashboard to Rule Them All Christopher Harris
4:50 pmClosing remarks

WordCamp NOLA will be a safe and positive conference for everyone. Learn more in our code of conduct.

Top 10 Things to Do While Visiting NOLA for WordCamp!

With one internet search, you will find plenty of exhaustive lists on all the things you should do when visiting NOLA. While they’re probably full of great ideas, we’re guessing you won’t be here for several months in order to knock out all the amazing attractions/eats this city has to offer. In no particular order, here are some things we locals want you to experience!

1. Take the St. Charles Streetcar. Ride down St. Charles Ave. under the beautiful Oak Trees; hop off for lunch at Superior Seafood or grab a drink at The Columns Hotel.

2. Eat beignets. Lots of them. Visit the well known Café Du Monde across from Jackson Square, or if you want to avoid the lines, check out Café Beignet on Royal Street.

3. Speaking of Jackson Square, you’re going to want to walk around, soak in the sights, take a look inside St. Louis Cathedral, and maybe even get your cards read!

4. Visit Frenchmen Art Market. Frenchmen Street is filled with unique establishments, live music, street performers and characters of all kinds. Some say Frenchmen St. is the local’s Bourbon Street. Find some hand-crafted jewelry, art, candles and more made by local artisans. Frenchmen Art Market is open every night except Wednesdays.

5. Visit the Cemeteries. Sounds weird, right? But in New Orleans, we have several cemeteries with elaborate above ground crypts and mausoleums. You can visit the tomb of the famous “voodoo queen” Marie Laveau at the St. Louis Cemetery.

6. Spend a day at City Park. There, you can enjoy a wide variety of activities from a low-key picnic lunch near Big Lake, even more beignets from Morning Call, try your hand at City Putt, visit the New Orleans Museum of Art and much more!

7. Take a swamp tour. Yes, that’s a thing! Get up close and personal with Louisiana wildlife by taking a boat tour of the swamps with Cajun Encounters.

8. If swamp livin’ is not the life for you then you may want to check out a safari tour at Global Wildlife Center. About an hour drive from New Orleans, you can find yourself face to face with free roaming bison, giraffe, zebra, camels, eland and more!

9. Catch Mardi Gras all year round at Mardi Gras World. Take a tour and get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to bring Mardi Gras to life.

10. Eat local. With hundreds of local restaurants to choose from for every budget, there is zero need to eat at a chain restaurant while in New Orleans. A few of our favorites are Peche, Appoline, Willa Jean, Central Grocery (for a Muffaletta), SoBou, Jaque Imo’s, and so many many more!!

Be sure to check out some of our recommendations to get just a taste of quintessential New Orleans!

Myndee will be giving a talk on Using Social Media to Grow your Blog at WordCamp NOLA. Don’t miss it, get your ticket today!

Are you a student who loves WordPress? Get a discounted ticket!

We’re delighted that we are able to offer a $5 discount on tickets for all current students. That means you can attend WordCamp NOLA on August 13 for just $15!

For your $20 $15, you get

  • a day full of WordPress talks (two tracks to choose from!)
  • lunch
  • awesome swag
  • networking with local WordPress fans

To get this discount, use the code WCstdnt16 here.

Final round of speakers for WordCamp NOLA!

Rounding out the speakers for WordCamp NOLA are this fantastic lineup. Don’t forget to get your ticket, if you haven’t already! You won’t want to miss these talks!

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Jonathan Bailey

Jonathan Bailey is a copyright and plagiarism consultant and owner of CopyByte who spends his time tracking content on the Web, dealing with plagiarism/infringement and helping clients devise productive strategies regarding their work. He is also the blogger at Plagiarism Today and blogs there about copyright and plagiarism matters. Jonathan is a non-lawyer copyright and plagiarism expert and approaches this from the perspective someone who works with various organizations that represent content creators. He approaches this as someone who has seen the aftermath of widespread content misuse and understands the need for greater protection of original work.

Topic: Protecting Your Content: Stopping Scrapers, Spammers and Plagiarists


Carolyn Sonnek

Carolyn has been an avid user of WordPress since 2005. She also makes a mean tater tot hotdish. These two things are not related, but both impressive. She currently lives in the Minneapolis, MN area and loves all sorts of outdoor activities. She works as a Happiness Rocketeer for Automattic, the company that makes WordPress.com and plugins such as Jetpack, Akismet, and VaultPress.

Topic: We Can’t Read Your Mind: How To Find Help For Your WordPress Problems


Douglas Thomas

Douglas Thomas is the Interactive Manager at The Marketing Center for Disability Law Practices, a niche legal marketing firm. Over the past five years, he’s designed and implemented code, strategy, creative, and post-project analysis of multi-threaded lead-generating search and social campaigns across niches. Managing a team of online marketers, Doug takes his team and clients to the next level with full stack strategy and real-world development experience.

Topic: WordPress Code Snippets to Jump-Start Your On-Site SEO


Eli Silverman

Eli Silverman is the founder of Caliper, a branding, web design, and development shop that opened in 2008 when Eli moved from New York to New Orleans. Caliper works with businesses to establish strong brands and fluid workflows – Eli builds websites, designs for both screen and print, creates web-based software and business tools, and offers creative direction for digital and physical design projects. Caliper often works with top restaurants in New Orleans but serves clients in other industries and cities, as well.

Topic: Beyond FTP: Moving to a Faster and Safer Deployment Workflow with Grunt and the WP-CLI tools

 


Frederick Meyer

With his partner David Hayes, Frederick is the co-executive editor of WPShout, which offers weekly WordPress technical tutorials. They recently released an online learning package, Up and Running (upandrunningwp.com), that aims to make learning WordPress development clear, logical, and quick.

They also operate a boutique agency, Press Up (pressupinc.com) that services all kinds of web development needs, and specializes in WordPress projects.

Topic: Creating In-Browser Mockups for Fun and Profit


Gregory Schultz

Member of NOLA WordPress meetup, writes for openbayou.com, podcasts at controldaily.com. 9 years of WordPress experience.

Topic: Podcasting and WordPress: how to use WordPress for your podcast

Yet another group of speakers for WordCamp NOLA!

We’re thrilled to introduce another round of fantastic WordCamp NOLA speakers! Don’t forget to buy your ticket, if you haven’t already!

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Burke Ingraffia

Burke has been working with WordPress since version 1.5, starting in 2005. He is the owner of Point Clear Media, LLC, a consultancy that specializes in WordPress, multimedia, user experience, and, eLearning. He has been a full-time professor at Loyola University New Orleans where he taught WordPress development to students in the Department of Music Industry Studies. He is currently a UX/UI software engineer for General Dynamics Information Technology as well as a semi-professional singer/songwriter.

Topic: Hardening WordPress Security


We’re excited to have a panel discussion about WordPress for Revenue.

Shercole King, moderator

Shercole King serves as the Homeless Management Information Systems Administrator for VIA LINK. As Administrator, Shercole works with homeless programs on data quality and human services software user experiences for the Greater New Orleans region. Today in addition to her work with the homeless community, she has devoted her time to bringing technological resources to the youth in underserved communities in the area. She serves as founder of The Creative Impulse, which plans to focus on bridging the gap between technology and the arts. She is also Co-Founder of Teens for Tech, which is a program solely focused on bringing technology to youth. The program most notable is Teen Tech Day, a one-day conference, in its sixth year, which has gone from serving 15 to over 60 students each year.

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Wendy Dolan, panelist

Wendy Dolan is the founder of Get Online NOLA, a community minded company that provides affordable websites, e-commerce, branding and marketing to small businesses and nonprofits.

Before starting Get Online NOLA, Wendy worked with top brands such as Nike, Dannon, and Dr Pepper, but she feels most at home helping small to medium sized businesses develop their brands and establish a strong online presence.

Wendy has been building WordPress websites since 2008, and teaches regular workshops to help business owners make the most of the internet. She is on the board of New Orleans Women in Technology (WIT), an active member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), and was named one of Silicon Bayou’s 100 Top People in Tech and Entrepreneurship in 2014 and 2015.

Alex Geriner, panelist

Born out of a love for design and New Orleans’ soulful architecture, Doorman Designs was founded by Alex Geriner in 2011. The mission was clear – design and craft unique furnishings that evoke a sense of place and tell a story, while giving centuries old materials a new life. Alex and his small team of trained craftsmen have developed a line of furnishings that are designed, built and sourced from materials throughout the Gulf South. Alex handpicks cypress, poplar, fir, ash, pine, and wrought iron from contractors and demolition crews who no longer have a use for them.

Mallory Whitfield, panelist

Mallory Whitfield has been blogging since 2006 at MissMalaprop.com and using WordPress since 2004. Throughout her journey as a creative entrepreneur, Mallory has worn many hats, including blogger, visual artist, upcycled clothing creator, performance artist, jewelry designer, craft show vendor, creative strategist, speaker, teacher and consultant to other small business owners. By day, she specializes in SEO and content marketing as Content Analyst at FSC Interactive, a leading digital marketing agency in New Orleans.

Mallory will also be presenting the topic Content Hacking, FTW! [Grow Your Online Traffic with Epic Content]


Michele Butcher

Michele hails from the beautiful Southern Illinois and is the SLA Lead ensuring a five star support experience at Valet.io. Michele is also the Support Guru for Give, the donation platform exculisivly for WordPress. During the evenings she is a WordPress instructor for John A Logan College. In Her free time she is the Lead Organizer for the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup, loves traveling with her family, enjoys reading, and a lover of fine food and drink.

Topic: Jetpack All The Things

Stay tuned for more speakers and topics!

Announcing more speakers for WordCamp NOLA!

We’re so excited to announce another batch of amazing speakers that will be at WordCamp NOLA on August 13! Tickets can be purchased here.

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Jeremy Dolan

Jeremy Dolan was born and raised in Sussex, England. He discovered his love of engineering at a young age, and often took things apart just to put them back together again. Later, he delved deeper into the subject as he pursued Design Technology in A-levels. He graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Geology. Soon after leaving school, he was selected for the cast of STOMP, and spent almost a decade drumming for the show in London, Paris, and Boston.

Jeremy began teaching himself programming during his years as a performer. When he left the stage in 2007, he began a successful second career as a freelance web developer, and continued his education with programming classes at UCLA.

Prior to joining Faudo/Get Online NOLA full time in Fall 2014, Jeremy worked as a programmer for Peter Mayer Advertising, where he specialized in email marketing and WordPress development.
In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys playing rugby for Crescent City Blues, cycling, gardening, and going camping with his family.

Topic: E-commerce for WordPress (Why we wuv Woo)


Sonja Leix

Sonja is a location-independent WordPress designer and Digital Strategist. She’s an active member of the WordPress community, contributes to the Polyglots team, and helps out with community events such as WordCamp New York and Europe. She loves working with passionate people and sharing her experiences with the community.

Topic: Lost in Translation: What I learned by Contributing to the Polyglots Team


Blake Bertuccelli

Blake Bertuccelli is an independent web designer, developer, and strategist who has created websites and media outreach campaigns for a var arrayOfClients = {‘organizations’ : [‘NOTMC’, ‘GoNOLA’, ‘Tulane’, ‘Ragusa Consulting’, ‘NolaVie’], ‘individuals’ : [’La. State Senator J.P. Morrell’, ‘Ruby Bridges’, ‘Terry Gilliam’], ‘events’ : [‘New Orleans Navy Week’, ‘New Orleans Book Fest’], ‘government_groups’ : [Third Coast Leadership PAC, Keep Louisiana Beautiful]}.

A graduate of Tulane University, Blake is also an avid filmmaker (“A Journey West”, “El Sud”), playwright (“Waiting for the Sun”), a co-founder of Cinema Reset, founder of Open Screen New Orleans, a board member of Shotgun Cinema, and Managing Director of Lowling Company, LLC.

Topic: Design Thinking: Keeping Themes DRY in the JavaScript Age


Adam W. Warner

Adam W. Warner discovered the world of WordPress in 2005 and has been working within the community ever since. To feed his entrepreneurial spirit, he founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners. He is a true product evangelist for WordPress in spirit and personality, and that also happens to be his job title at SiteLock. In addition to WordPress, Adam is passionate about his family, robots and of course, life, the universe and everything.

Topic: Creating a Digital Download Business – What to sell, how to sell it and shortcuts to success


Christopher Harris

Born a geek, Christopher Harris coded his first website in 1997. In 2005 he launched Faith Growth, a Dallas-based consulting company that builds custom Genesis WordPress sites for domestic and international faith-based clients. Faith Growth also provides white label development service to agencies. Christopher particularly enjoys helping churches develop a digital-first mindset, to effectively engage and grow their communities online. Christopher is an active contributor to the local WordPress community.

Topic: One Dashboard to Rule Them All

Announcing our first group of WordCamp NOLA speakers!

We’re thrilled to announce our first group of speakers that will be presenting at WordCamp NOLA on August 13. If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, you can get it here.

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Anthony D. Paul

Anthony helps build great digital experiences and software through usability research, IA concepts, and prototypes. Outside the office, you’ll find him spread across regional meetups and conferences—evangelizing IA/UX, accessibility, and a variety of open source dev projects. When he’s not doing responsible adult things, he grows the world’s hottest chili peppers and bottles his own hot sauce. He’d divulge something funny from him past, but these days the Internet does a better job of surfacing our embarrassing moments; find him anywhere by Googling “anthonydpaul”.

Topic: Bringing Order to a Content Hoarder (an Information Architecture primer)


Myndee Corkern

Myndee is a 36 year old writer and Social Media Manager. She has been married for 11 years and is a mother to three young children. She started blogging in 2008 as a way to connect with others and chronicle her journey into motherhood. In 2013, she joined the New Orleans Moms Blog as a contributor and quickly began working as their Social Media Strategist. She has worked with local and national brands on social media and blog campaigns, with both on and offline components.

Topic: Using Social Media to Grow your Blog


Jess Planck

Jess has been creatively building websites for over 20 years using open source and whatever works. His background is graphic design and fine arts with a large dose of trial by fire training experiences.

Topic: 10 years of using WordPress at Nicholls State University


Nathan Allotey

Nathan is a web designer and digital marketing consultant based in Houston, TX. He first started working with WordPress in 2009 after taking a position at one of the leading web hosting companies in Houston. Since that time he founded inPhocus Media, a web design studio that uses WordPress as a part of their digital marketing strategy.

He is the author of Freelance Jumpstart, an online resource to help freelancers and creative entrepreneurs reach success in their business and avoid common pitfalls.

You can find Nathan teaching on business and digital marketing on his weekly podcast at nathanallotey.com.

Topic: The Price is…Wrong


Luca Sartoni

Luca is a Growth Engineer at Automattic / WordPress.com. He is active in the international WordPress Community, co-organizer of WordCamp Europe 2016, co-editor on http://it.wordpress.org/.

Topic: How Photoblogging Daily for a Year Made Me a Better Photographer

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements in the coming days!