Stricter guidelines for WordCamps

May 20, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There are a lot of helpful tips for organizing a WordCamp that can be found at the official WordCamp how-to site, but what’s got people buzzing is the announcement of stricter guidelines about who can and can’t be associated with an event, from individuals to companies in various roles as organizers, speakers, and sponsors. This all depends on whether they comply with WordPress philosophies.

Lately there have been a number of WordCamps accepting speakers, sponsorships, door prizes, etc from people/companies acting in violation of the WordPress license (GPL v2) with regard to their themes/plugins. It is the official policy of WordCamp that WordCamps not provide publicity/a platform for such individuals/businesses. They are welcome to attend, but WordCamps may not have non-GPL-compliant people as organizers, sponsors, or speakers.

It’s only fair that WordPress stand its ground on matters relating to the GPL, WordCamps included. For participants who aren’t as familiar with the software, its community, and philosophy, WordCamp is the perfect venue to discuss those things.

I’m curious to see if any part of this controversy will affect the upcoming WordCamp Philippines 2010.

The complete list of guidelines can be found at WordCamp Central.

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iBlog6 call for speakers/topics and logo contest

January 21, 2010 | 1 Comment

iBlog6: the 6th Philipping Blogging Summit is happening on April 16 and 17 at the Malcolm Theater, UP College of Law, UP Diliman, QC. Here’s what to expect in this two-day event:

iBlog6 is targeted to take place on April 16 and 17. The first day will focus on Blogging for Business (entrepreneurs, corporation, non-government organization, and the likes). We would like to receive proposals that can help businesses understand better on how blogs can be tapped as a tool for promotion and how to work effectively with bloggers (through events, contests, advertising, and the likes).

The second day will focus on topics for Bloggers that includes introduction to blogging, use of photos and videos, policies, and promotion. We also want to look at political blogging, election coverage, and building offline blogging communities.

Interested speakers may now submit topic proposals before the January 31 deadline here.

iBlog is also launching a contest for the redesign of its logo. The mechanics are listed here. Submission of entries runs from February 1 to 15 and the winner will win an 8 GB iPod Nano.

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