WordCamp: Developers is an one-day technology conference by developers for developers. Held in Vancouver, BC, WordCamp: Developers is slated to take place as part of the Vancouver Open Source Week on May 5, 2011.
The conference will feature 2 tracks, one targeting WordPress UX topics and issues, and the other targeting strictly development issues. The day will also be host to a WordPress Un-Conference where participants are encouraged to pitch talks and join in discussion.
The conference is open to all WordPress Developers and Designers interested in learning about practical, applied WordPress development by industry thought leaders and local WordPress practitioners.
We took a break after day one of the Codeworks DC conference and went to the Brickskellar. The Brickskellar is a famous institution of beer in Washington DC, noted in the Guinness Book of World Records as been the place selling the greatest number of different beers of any drinking establishment on the planet earth. We met up with the group going there in the hotel lobby. We had originally scouted out the fine dining in Alexandria, of which there is plenty. We were thinking of Overwood, 219, The Flying Fish, or others, but on a whim we decided rather to join the conference folks down at The Brickskellar. We got the address from the hotel, entered it in the TomTom, and made it there before the main group did.
We had thousands of possible beers to choose from, but we were most attracted to the pumpkin beers from local microbreweries from the taps. We enjoyed a down home meal of mussels, beef, and a crab cake sandwich and fries. A few things to point out in the pics above: Not the skull foam in the beer glass, the chocolate cake, the double chocolate stout, the elephant tap, the cans in the wall, some familiar faces from the php community, and the trappist ale. So never mind the fine dining in DC, go for the soul food and beer.
I am back recently from Codeworks 2009 in Washington, DC. It was in Alexandria, Virginia actually, but close enough, its a big place and its the same thing. This is the first time I have been able to go to a conference without being involved at all in its planning and organization. I know from experience that a lot of work is put into organizing and hosting a two day event with top-level speakers from all over. The DC Codeworks event was just one event in a series of dates in major cities across the us. Yep, php has gone rockstar. I am proud of the work I have done in the past but I found that by the time the conference came around I was too tired to absorb the lessons as I would like to. So while I am busy recompiling notes from the talks I attended, here are some photos from the conference I would like to share.
The conference was great, I learned stuff, I learned what I know, what I dont know, what I need to know, and more. I met a great group of people and traded lots of business cards.
The BCCLA, in partnership with the UBC School of Journalism and the Tyee, will be hosting renowned copyright and internet law expert Dr. Michael Geist at the Wise Hall in Vancouver on October 1, 2009 for a unique evening lecture.
Dr. Geist is Canada’s leading technology law expert and the guru of the Canadian movement to prevent copyright restrictions from infringing on key free speech principles including parody, artistic use, fair use, and device transferability.
A national innovator in using Web 2.0 tools like blogs and Facebook for campaigns for law reform and policy change, Dr. Geist’s advocacy, in partnership with Cory Doctorow, resulted in more than 30,000 people joining a Facebook group opposing proposed Canadian copyright law changes and ended in the tabling of the proposed changes by then Industry Minister Jim Prentice.
Freegeek Vancouver is technology heaven and I can prove it. I took photos. It is thriving. It is a beehive of activity. FreeGeek is a ‘non-profit computer re-use and recycling centre’ that only opened in Vancouver a couple of years ago as a branch of the original operation in Portland, Oregon. They have expanded their facilities at least a couple times that I know of just to keep up with the community need to properly recycle computers. If you want to learn about technology, if you want to work in technology, if you want to learn about Free Open Source Software, FreeGeek Vancouver is the place to be. It is computer heaven, because that is where computers go to die and are reborn again.
What you can do at FreeGeek:
Donate hardware, books.
Take short courses in hardware and software, or teach them if you have the background.
Volunteer for 24 hours and take away your own computer.
Shop the computer thrift shop, for super affordable computers and peripheral devices.
Learn to hack computers and technology, everything an engineer learns how to do.
Learn about Ubuntu Linux, and attend the Vancouver Ubuntu User Group meetings.
Take part in cleaning up the environmental problems generated by e-waste.
Receive a grant of computer hardware as a non-profit community organisation.
Donate money or materials for the FreeGeek wish list.
Apply for a paid position, or join it as a board member.