Event Details

It’s happening! We’re getting set up, and we will use this post (and the Twitter account) to keep people updated everybody on the details.

Parking

The Atwater Garage is easy and relatively inexpensive (we are in downtown). Take Beaubien from Jefferson toward the river. Take the 3rd floor bridge across to the Renaissance Center, then follow the signs for the Marriott Hotel.

Photo Identification

Please bring your Photo ID. You will need it at registration.

Also, WordCamp Detroit may be the most secure WordCamp EVER. There is another major event happening at the RenCen this weekend (they can’t tell us what or who), and you may be asked to show photo ID if you venture into certain parts of the hotel.

Event Location

The conference is in the center section of the Ambassador Room. Take the elevator to the 3rd floor of the hotel. Registration and sponsor tables and food “in the style of breakfast” (food is on Saturday morning only) will be outside the ballroom.

Twitter

In case you hadn’t noticed, some of our organizers like to play with Twitter. The official #hashtag for the event is #WCDet. Or #wcdet, because WordCamp does not discriminate on the basis of case. Please remember to capitalize the “P” in WordPress.

WordPress Show -n-Tell

Here’s your chance for 5 minutes of WordPress-related fame!

What have you been doing with WordPress lately? Have a good story, a plugin you’re working on, a theme you’re designing, or maybe just an idea you want to share? Here’s your opportunity to do just that!

You must submit your idea by 7PM Saturday to be considered.

Connections

Want to learn more about other attendees? Do you want people to be able to find you? One place to do that is our Lanyrd page.

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WordCamp Detroit Is This Weekend!

Yup, it’s finally here and we couldn’t be more excited for the adventure it’s bound to become. The weekend is a jam-packed event and will definitely be an experience not to miss. Here’s the quick scoop on what’s going on and what you need to know.

Schedule
Our final schedule has been released with all topics and speakers. You can find the schedule here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/schedule/

WordPress Show-n-Tell
On Sunday we’re opening the stage to any WordCamp Detroit attendees to share their WordPress story. If you’d like to get on stage for 5 minutes and “show-n-tell”, we’re taking submissions here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/wordpress-show-n-tell/

Parking
We’ve shared parking information if you’re commuting to WordCamp Detroit. Make sure to check out parking details here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/location/

WordPress Game Show
On Saturday we’re doing the first ever WordPress Game Show! We have WordPress premium plugins, premium themes, consulting packages, signed books, and shirts to give away. We’re giving away over $2,000 in WordPress prizes! Here’s your opportunity to share what you know about WordPress and win some truely amazing prizes. At the very least you’ll come away some really great WordPress history, features, and tidbits.

Our Sponsors
It goes without saying that this event would never be possible without the following companies giving back to the WordPress community by sponsoring WordCamp Detroit. We couldn’t thank you enough for supporting us. It is, without a doubt, that the WordPress community is the greatest. Thank you to all of our sponsors: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

Tickets
As of this writing, there are still 31 tickets available, make sure to get yours before they sell out! For only $40, you can’t go wrong, make the right decision now. :) You can buy your tickets here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/register/

We’ll see all of you this Saturday in Detroit!

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Three more speakers announced!

We’re excited to share with you three more WordCamp Detroit speakers! Each of these speakers has a lot of knowledge about WordPress and is going to be here to share it with you!

1. Douglas Hanna was previously an Automattic employee, currently the CEO of A Small Orange and will be sharing with you the art of treating your readers like customers.

2. Nile Flores has been using WordPress since its B2 days (pre-WordPress) and has built a business over the years from WordPress. Nile will be sharing you a great collection of tips and tricks she’s learned over the years working with WordPress.

3. David Wilemski is a University of Michigan student majoring in Computer Science. David is a developer with Duo Security in Ann Arbor. He will be sharing with you the security of WordPress, how to harden WordPress and how to react to security incidents.

For more information about our speakers, go here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/speakers/

For more details about the presentations, go here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/schedule/

More speakers to be announced soon!

Tickets are only $40 for both days. Do you have your WordCamp Detroit tickets yet? Get yours today!

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Schedule and first set of speakers

It's been too long since our last update, but we're happy to announce our schedule and first set of speakers.

One of our goals this year for WordCamp Detroit is to provide a highly engaging experience. We're really excited about our speakers and the topics presented, but this event is really about you. That is why we've put together a schedule that really gives you the chance to EXPERIENCE WordCamp Detroit and not just "be there".

When looking over the schedule you'll notice we have a Q&A speaker panel, a trivia game show with prizes, a two-speaker led debate, an open mic, and a 3-hour community workshop. So not only will you get to see a highly talented set of speakers, but you'll also be emerged in a totally unique WordCamp experience! See our current schedule here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/schedule/

Beyond our engagement sessions, you'll get the chance to learn many different topics about WordPress from our all-star cast of speakers.  Our first 5 speakers can be found on our speakers page here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/speakers/. We will be sharing more speakers over the next few weeks.

You don't want to miss WordCamp Detroit this year, so don’t forget to register today: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/register

We couldn't be more proud of what we're doing this year for WordCamp Detroit and can't wait to see all of you in Detroit this November!

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BIG WordCamp Detroit 2011 Update!

We’ve been really busy getting WordCamp Detroit 2011 in order and are super excited to share with you so many new things!

First, WordCamp Detroit is now official, under the rules & regulations of the WordPress Foundation! It means a lot to us to have their blessing behind what we do!  Have you noticed the URL change? :)

Second, we’ve set the date and location of WordCamp Detroit 2011!  WordCamp Detroit 2011 will be at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI on November 12th and 13th, 2011.  The schedule and speakers are TBA, but will be announced in coming months.  If you’re interested in speaker, please don’t hesitate to submit a proposal here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/speakers/

Third, early bird ticket sales begin August 1st, 2011.  Early bird tickets will be $35 for the first 75 attendees!  Regular ticket sales will be available shortly after.

If WordPress has affected you personally or professionally, show us your support with a sponsorship package!  You can view are available packages here: http://2011.detroit.wordcamp.org/sponsors/

Things are starting to shape up nicely.  We’ve built out the WordCamp Detroit team this year and couldn’t be more excited to bring you a bigger and better WordCamp right here in the D!

See you this fall!

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WordCamp Detroit 2011 Coming This Fall!

Here we go again!  After last year’s SOLD OUT crowd, we couldn’t be more excited to bring back WordCamp Detroit!  We’ve been working hard to get things going again.  We’re looking at many new things this year; new format, more activities, new topics, and more!  We’re working on venues, speakers, and sponsorships right now.  As we are able to solidify more info we’ll definitely be sure to share that with you!  For now, get active, spread the word, WordCamp Detroit is coming this fall!

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Looking for Sponsors

We really excited for what’s in store for WordCamp Detroit 2011!  Given the success of last year, this year is destined to be even more amazing!  We had many generous sponsors last year and the event would have never been possible without them, so again, thank you!  To continue the success of this event, we’re actively seeking generous sponsors whom would like to be a part of the next WordCamp Detroit!  If that’s you, check out our sponsorship packages or feel free to shoot us a message on how you would like to be involved.

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Looking for Speakers

We had an all-star cast of speakers last year covering a wide variety of topics about WordPress.  I don’t we could ever thank them enough for their time and wealth of information they we able to provide, all of you are awesome!!  As we start rampin’ up this year’s event we’re looking for more WordPress enthusiasts that have something valuable to share.  Please contact us if you’re interesting in speaking.

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