Last Minute Event Info

last minute event info

We are so excited to see you at WordCamp on Saturday, April 30th! We’ve put together some pre-event logistics-related information for attendees so you’re ready to get the most out of the day’s activities.

Registration and Parking
Registration will be at WESST’s main lobby from 8:30am-9am, with sessions starting at 9.  There will be a sign on the lobby door indicating where to enter.

The address for WESST:
609 Broadway NE
Albuquerque, NM 87102

WESST has plenty of free parking located directly in front of the building, just off Broadway.

We will have two registration tables for you to check in at. They will be separated as follows: (last name) A-L and M-Z. At the registration table we will give you your swag bag. You do not need to print your ticket. We have a list of registrants at the desk. However, if your ticket is under someone else’s name we’ll need to know that name to verify you purchased a ticket. (For example if your boss purchased tickets with her name and email for her employees, we’ll need that name.)

Please keep your name tag visible throughout the day so we know you belong to our group.

Attire
WordCamps are casual. Please dress comfortably. Consider bringing a sweater if you tend to get cold as it can be cool inside.

Wi-Fi and Power
WESST has free wi-fi and connection information will be posted on signs in both session rooms. Note that we’re expecting 100 people so other than speakers we can’t guarantee anything. You may also be able to configure your laptop to tether to your smartphone’s internet connection. We’d appreciate it if you only connected one device at a time to the wi-fi (i.e. laptop OR smartphone).

If you are on the WESST Wi-fi and having issues during a session please get the attention of the room host and we’ll see what we can do. We cannot however help with general computer issues you may experience with your own laptop. There are electric outlets throughout the building. Feel free to use them if your battery isn’t holding up. If you plan on being able to charge devices throughout the day, we recommend bringing along your own power strip to have better access to power outlets.

Doors
WESST is a secure facility.  All doors will lock behind you.  If you need to re-enter the building at any time, use the front lobby door (main entrance).  We ask that you don’t prop open any of the doors as alarms will be triggered.

Building Layout and Seating
Both of our session rooms are on the main floor of the building.  The Happiness Bar (which will run during lunch) is located upstairs on the second floor, right at the top of the stairs. An elevator is available. Maps will be posted indicating where the various rooms and restrooms are.

Seating in the sessions will be first come, first served.

What to Bring
Check out our recent post on what to bring with you to WordCamp.

Special Accommodations
If you need special accommodations and have not yet let us know, please email us. We’ll do our best to help out.

Food and Beverages
We will provide lunch and water on Saturday to all registered ticket holders. You are welcome to bring in your own lunch or drinks.  To make sure we keep WESST in its pristine state, we ask that you dispose of all trash in the designated trash receptacles and place all recyclable bottles and cans in the designated recycle bins.

Time
In order to ensure you get as much great information as possible we have minimized breaks and time between sessions. Please be mindful of the session following you and exit the room promptly when your session has ended. There will be room hosts available if you have questions.

Evaluations
At the end of each session you will be provided with an evaluation. It would be very helpful to us if you could fill these out and give them to your room host before you leave. This will help us make next year even better than this year is going to be! We will also send you an email evaluation after the event asking you to give us your impression about the event in its entirety. Your responses are anonymous and greatly appreciated.

Questions During the Event
If you have questions during the event, look for an attendee wearing a “volunteer” or “organizer” badge, and they should be able to help you.

Social Media
For those who wish to tweet or post to other social media during the event, the event hashtag is #WCABQ.

Code of Conduct
WordCamp Albuquerque believes our community should be truly open for everyone. As such, we are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity, religion, preferred operating system, programming language, or text editor.

This code of conduct outlines our expectations for participant behavior as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior. Please take a look at it before you register.

After-Party
WordCamp will conclude with an after-party in the atrium, with some light snacks. Please stick around and chat about the day with us.

See you on the 30th!

After Party brought you by Siarza Social Digital

If you are one of the lucky folks that have your ticket to WordCamp Albuquerque 2016, you’re in for a treat! At the close of the day, after a fun and instructive day full of presentations and panels, plan to join us for a social hour.

Stick around and talk to your colleagues and new friends about the new ideas and wisdom you gained throughout the day. Appetizers and beverages brought to you by Siarza Social Digital.

Where: WESST, back of the atrium

When: 5:00pm – 6:30pm

Thanks again to Siarza Social Digital. We love our sponsors!

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Two more sponsors

As we get closer to WordCamp Albuquerque 2016 we see more and more how amazing it is to be able to count on the support of our community, both here in New Mexico and around the world. Join us in thanking two more amazing sponsors:

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GoDaddy’s mission is to radically shift the global economy toward small businesses by empowering people to easily start, confidently grow and successfully run their own ventures. With more than 12 million customers worldwide and 57 million domain names under management, GoDaddy gives small business owners the tools to name their idea, build a beautiful online presence, attract customers and manage their business.

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The website management platform for Drupal & WordPress, Pantheon provides web teams with the hosting, cloud-based developer tools, and scalable infrastructure needed to run awesome websites. Serving billions of pageviews a month for over 100,000 websites, Pantheon’s container-based infrastructure allows you to launch websites faster, without worrying about traffic spikes, security or performance. It’s free in development. Create your free account now!

Sponsors make WordCamp happen

We all know how important sponsors are to making WordCamps come to fruition. The support that comes from our sponsors is what makes this all come together. Not only does WordCamp Albuquerque 2016 have some fantastic local sponsors, we also can count with the support of companies outside of New Mexico that recognize the value of the WordPress community both here in New Mexico and around the world. Here’s a shout out to those great folks:

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Bluehost powers over one million WordPress sites. Their goal is to provide outstanding hosting services and customer support for the best possible price. Bluehost is also constantly innovating and upgrading their services and infrastructure at no additional cost to their customers. You can join the millions of other website owners that have already chosen Bluehost and see how they can help you with your site.

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Jetpack is a free WordPress plugin that simplifies managing your sites. This single plugin enables Photon (a global CDN for images), uptime monitoring, brute force protection, traffic-boosting tools, single sign on, multiple-site management, and automatic or bulk plugin updates. Additionally Jetpack includes several features that help you customize the look and feel of your site without installing other tools. More information can be found at jetpack.com.

 

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WooCommerce is the fastest growing eCommerce software/platform, powering over 30% of all eCommerce stores with over 1 million active installations. It is is built to integrate seamlessly with WordPress, making it the obvious eCommerce choice for existing WordPress users and connects you to the fast-growing WordPress ecosystem which now powers over 25% of all websites on the internet.

 

Interested in becoming a global community sponsor of WordCamps everywhere? Read about the program here!

 

Three New Sponsors!

A special thanks to our three most recent sponsors.

Noventum

Noventum Custom Software Development is a long time supporter of the WordPress community in Albuquerque. They create and modify custom software solutions. Mainly focused on web development, they also support mobile app development and desktop application development.

LDD Web Design

LDD Web Design is no stranger to WordCamp Albuquerque, having sponsored previous years by helping with wireless solutions. They provide Web design solutions, IT Services, Networking & Computer Maintenance to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Rio Rancho, Los Lunas and Belen.
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Ndevr is a consulting firm out of Denver, Colorado. They have a wide variety of expertise from WordPress, Drupal, and Javascript to database administration, server administration, and more. We’re happy to welcome them to our illustrious group of sponsors this year.

A Huge Welcome to Hermes Development

Please join us in welcoming a new sponsor for WordCamp Albuquerque, Hermes Development. Business partners Alonso Indacochea, Florian Goussin, and Jay Renteria, believe that WordPress is an integral part of their business and they love the spirit of the WordPress community at large and the Albuquerque WordPress community specifically. They’re proud to have the opportunity to return the favor in through sponsorship.

Hermes Development builds professional, responsive, and secure websites and software.

Please join us in welcoming Petroglyph Creative

We’re excited to announce a new sponsor for WordCamp ABQ 2016, Petroglyph Creative. Thanks for supporting us, we couldn’t have our WordCamp without our sponsors!

Petroglyph Creative, Inc is a woman-owned web studio in and consultancy in Albuquerque offering websites built in WordPress for small businesses and not-for-profits. Petroglyph’s core values go far beyond websites: to help our clients’ values and missions shine! Websites produced at Petroglyph are platform-agnostic, content-forward, and easily navigable. Additionally, Caroline C. Blaker (founder) is committed to the greater local web design and development community, co-coordinating the local metope ABQ WebGeeks on a volunteer basis.

 

Welcome Southwest Cyberport

We’re so excited to introduce another wonderful sponsor to #wcabq2016. Please join us in welcoming Southwest Cyberport, a long time friend of the Albuquerque WordPress community and New Mexico’s Expert Internet Service Provider since 1994.

They have tech experts who provide personalized services and support from their Albuquerque headquarters to thousands of New Mexicans. They also offer state of the art web-publishing services and other internet-services for small businesses and homes as well as commercial enterprises large and small.

 

Introducing #wcabq2016 Sponsor easyname

We’re excited to welcome easyname to our list of sponsors for WordCamp Albuquerque 2016. Easyname is one of the oldest webhosting and domain providers in Europe. They offer high performance webhosting and reliable domain registration services for over 400 different top level domains. Their real time Ajax Domain Check is second to none.

Florian Schicker founded easyname in 2006 as part of Nessus GmbH with the mission, to develop a fast domain check. Ever since then, easyname has grown continuously and is now one of the biggest domain and hosting providers in europe.

The company currently employs 20 staff members and provides services to approximately 50.000 clients around the world.

Call for Speakers

If you’d like to propose multiple topics, please submit the form multiple times, once for each topic.

Some guidelines:

  • We’re looking for talks that are immediately relevant (or directly applicable) to intermediate users.
  • We’re looking for presentations that are hands-on or workshop style, and we’re looking for panels of speakers to discuss topics of interest.
  • Talks will be allotted 45 minutes. You can use that time however you like (30 minutes for talking and 15 minutes for questions, 25 for talking and 20 for hands on, etc.).
  • Speakers will be offered free admission to WordCamp Albuquerque 2016 and get to attend a speaker dinner, but we can not reimburse travel, lodging, or other expenses.
  • As a disclaimer, all sessions will be video taped. You will need to sign and return an A/V form prior to speaking.

You will be notified when a decision about your submission is made.