Thank You for a Big Success

Watercolor Spectrum Thank You CardWordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012 has come to an end. It’s been a resounding success, bigger and better than could have ever expected. As far as we know, this was a first for any city in the world – nobody else has put on two WordCamps back-to-back in the same year.

We sold out in September, we sold out in November. Combined, we had nearly 600 registrants for 2012, with folks coming in from around the globe. (A shout out to our brothers-in-WP from Montreal, Quebec!)

To our speakers, volunteers, sponsors, and — most of all — everyone who attended: thank you! We could not have pulled this off without your support. An especially big thank you to Tailor Made Café, who spoiled us with amazing food – pop into their location if you’re ever around Davisville and Yonge!

What’s Next?

Have any other comments? Contact us and we’ll get back to you when we can.

Thanks again, from your faithful organizers,
Al, Andy, Craig, and Val

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Feedback Survey Results

Results are in! Here’s a rundown of what you thought about WordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012. A big thank you to everyone who took some time to fill out the survey – your feedback will help us make our events in 2013 even better.

Overall Impressions

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Last Minute Items

Tomorrow is the big day! WordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012 kicks off at 8:00am in the morning @ George Brown College. Registration is on the 4th floor, along with coffee and breakfast goodies.

Here’s our latest batch of updates:

The final schedule (PDF) and mobile schedule are now available on our schedule page. The printed agendas we provide tomorrow morning will be *mostly* up to date, but there will be a few changed speakers in the Beginner’s Track.

Introducing new speakers: Chad Mohr, Christopher Ross, and Sam Xu. Chad and Christopher will be familiar faces for anyone who has attended WordCamp Toronto in the past. Sam is a regular attendee at Toronto WordPress Group meetups. Check out their presentations on our Sessions page.

If you have any questions, contact us and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can. See you tomorrow!

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Ladies Learning Code seeking WordPress workshop mentors.

Ladies Learning Code is looking for experienced WordPress mentors to help out with their upcoming WordPress for Beginners workshop on November 10th:

This workshop has been designed for absolute beginners. If you know absolutely nothing about coding or computer programming or WordPress, you’ve come to the right place! Our only expectation is that you know how to open up a web browser and do something online like checking your email. (But if you’re reading this, we’re pretty sure you know how to do that.)

This is an excellent opportunity for you to increase your exposure as a WordPress expert, get some hands-on training experience, and indulge in a free lunch.

Interested? Fill out the application!

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Hurricane Sandy = No Moo Cards This Weekend

We’ve just been told by our contact at Moo that the mini business cards for this weekend’s event will not be shipping on time, thanks to the delays caused by Hurricane Sandy’s ravaging of the east coast.

Instead, the customer service team at Moo will be contacting each recipient individually to arrange alternative delivery. You won’t receive your cards in time for this weekend, but you will receive your cards.

Moo’s customer service team is available if you have any questions or concerns about your order. Alternatively, if you’d like to voice a complaint about the hurricane, please scream loudly into the wind – Mother Nature will take your call in priority sequence.

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Seven Day Countdown: We’re only a week away!

Seven DaysWe’re in the home stretch for WordCamp Toronto: Developers 2012! Seven days from now, we’ll be bringing together nearly 200 novice, enthusiast, and professional developers for (another) weekend of WordPress.

Get your ticket today!

NOTE: We’re looking for someone to replace Joe Rozsa’s Beginner session on Saturday morning. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us ASAP. Your session should be a basic, 101 introduction to development and complement our current session lineup.

What’s new this week?

Speakers

Joe Rozsa and John James Jacoby have fallen victim to other obligations, and we mourn the loss of these two noble speakers. (Next year, gentlemen!) But we do have new additions to the roster: Trevor Mills, Jonathan Davis, John Hartley, and panel moderator Brent Kobayashi have confirmed their attendance. Huzzah! Check out the Speakers page for more details.

Sessions

You know the drill – new speakers, new sessions. We’ve updated our itinerary to include presentations from our new presenters, plus some missing descriptions that should have been posted already but weren’t. (Yup, my fault.)

Schedule Update

We’ve updated our Schedule page with the latest version. (PDF!)

Moo Cards

If you haven’t ordered your business cards yet, you have a day to sneak the orders in! The cut-off date for Moo cards is tomorrow (October 27th) at 8:30PM EST. Please note that a rush print fee is required. Check our sponsor page for more details.

Tickets to AngelHack Toronto

We have six tickets to give away for AngelHack Toronto! This is the first year that Toronto has been included in the international coding competition. Winners will be selected at random tomorrow evening, so if you’re interested in winning, simply fill out the form.

ALSO: Use coupon code ILOVEWPTORONTO to save 30% on the cost of registration for AngelHack Toronto! This code has a 30 use limit, so first come, first serve. Get your tickets today!

Thanks to Hackernest Toronto for providing these awesome perks.

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More Updates: Only Two Weeks to Go!

Good afternoon, developers! We have a bunch of new updates for you this week.

A Shout Out to AngelHack, the world’s largest hackathon, coming to T.O.!

We have free tickets to give away to six lucky WordCamp Toronto: Developers attendees! Want to enter? Simply fill out this form. Winners will be chosen at random next week.

Massive hackathon comes to Canada. Hack the planet!

AngelHack, the world’s largest (and 1337est) hackathon, is coming to Toronto December 1st - 2nd, 2012. Connect with a couple hundred of Toronto’s finest devs in a massive 24-hour coding competition involving 2,500+ hackers in 11 major cities around the globe. In addition to over $650,000+ in prizes to be won, top teams will be flown to Silicon Valley to showcase their hacks to major investors and news media. Come be a part of Canada’s epic inaugural event. Space is limited; register now to secure your spot!

http://torontoangelhack.eventbrite.com

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First Wave of Speakers

Good morning! Our first wave of speakers are confirmed. Say hello to:

  • Kirk Wight: Member of the WordPress Theme Review Team and organizer of WordCamp Montreal 2013 (they like to plan early).
  • Taylor Dewey: WordPress developer with 10up LlC, a high-end WordPress.com VIP development partner.
  • Arley McBlain: A talented front-end developer and contributor to CSS Tricks. Imported straight from Burlington, Ontario exclusively for WordCamp Toronto: Developers!
  • Jeremy Clarke: WordPress developer & WordCamp Montreal organizer from the beautiful province of Quebec. (Welcome back to Toronto!)
  • Shannon Smith: A seasoned WordCamp presenter & WordPress developer from Montreal.
  • Erick Hitter: Erick is a Design Engineer with Automattic and the author of numerous WordPress plugins. Erick’s presentation in September was well received, and we’re very excited to have him join us again in November!
  • Marko Heijnen: Contributing developer to the WordPress Core hailing from the Netherlands.

The Speakers page will be updated as more confirmations roll in.

In other news, we’ve compiled our survey results for WordCamp Toronto 2012. You can check out the feedback on the WordCamp Toronto 2012 website.

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Rooms no longer held at Holiday Inn Express

The block of rooms that were being held for us at Holiday Inn Express on Lombard St. have now been released, so if you haven’t booked a room yet, you should move quickly!

The promotional discount — $119 per night — is still active. To get this discounted rate, you must call the hotel directly at 416-367-5555 and request the discount group rate for WordCamp Toronto.

Please note that cancellations may be subject to a one-night penalty fee. The staff at Holiday Inn Express can provide more details about their policy when you call.

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Gearing Up for WCTO:DEV 2012

With September’s user conference now in the bag, we’re setting our sights on November. This 2x WordCamp approach is a first for any city, and we’re really interested in seeing how this turns out.

We’ll start confirming speakers in the next week or so. Along with speakers, we’ll be adding to this website as other details are settled.

Interested in presenting? Check out our Become a Speaker page for more information and fill in the form.

Subscribe for updates! If you haven’t already, sign up for our mailing list. It’s the best way to keep up-to-date on important announcements. We don’t spam (one email a week, max!), and you’ll never have your address handed to a 3rd party.

And, of course, don’t forget to pick up your tickets! September sold out really fast, and we suspect that November’s tickets will go flying when we start announcing speakers.

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