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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WordCamp Philippines 2010 venue announced; answer their survey

May 19, 2010 | 1 Comment

WordCamp Philippines 2010 schwag from Automattic

This week the WordCamp Philippines organizers have announced the venue for the conference to be held on October 2: it’s back to College of St. Benilde in Taft Ave., Manila in partnership with the Association of Information Management. It’s also been announced that Matt Mullenweg will be gracing the event, so better RSVP on the event page now.

You’re also invited to complete a short survey which covers your expectations for the event. Also note that the entrance fee will cover lunch, schwag, and a WordCamp Philippine shirt.

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2010

May 14, 2010 | No Comments Yet

If you missed the notes Matt’s keynote address at this year’s WordCamp San Francisco, here’s the full video finally posted at WordPress.tv and embedded above.

Look how far WordPress has come in the span of a year. We’re still awaiting the final release of WordPress 3.0 for the much-touted WordPress MU/Multi Site merge, but we’re also getting a bunch of other exciting, game-changing features such as custom post types, a new default WordPress theme every year, canonical plugins, security checks, and more.

Can’t wait to see what will be added to this keynote when WordCamp Philippines 2010 comes around in October.

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Matt Mullenweg WordCamp SF keynote & Mashable interview

May 3, 2010 | No Comments Yet

WP Tavern has posted notes from Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word at the 2010 WordCamp San Francisco. In it, Matt emphasizes the growth of WordPress into one of the most popular content management systems today: from the admin interface, to the number of plugins, to the upcoming features in WordPress 3.0: WordPress MU merge, menu navigation system, custom post types, and more.

Roughly 74% of WordPress sites are being used as blogs and content management systems. This is up from about 40% last year. It’s the fastest growing use case of the software. About 80% of people are making money from WordPress. 22% WordPress is their day job. 18% from custom development and hosting, 12%.

Other things to take from the talk:

  • A new default WordPress theme will be created every year. This year’s Twenty Ten features custom post headers and backgrounds.
  • WordPress should be as accessible as possible: the Post By Email feature will be turned into a canonical plugin.
  • WordPress.org will be redesigned.
  • Release cycles will go from 3 per year to 2.
  • On security issues: Automattic will work with web hosting companies to help protect its WordPress users, via a mailing list, security checks, and a list of best practices.

Mashable also conducted an interview with him, which covers pretty much the same things discussed at WordCamp. Watch it below:

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New date for WordCamp Philippines 2010

March 23, 2010 | No Comments Yet

There’s a new date to mark on your calendars for the third WordCamp Philippines: October 2. Last December the organizers set August 28 as the date to save, but it got changed to work with Matt Mullenweg’s schedule.

The date for the third iteration of one of the most anticipated blogging events in the Philippine blogosphere is set. Mark your calendar, folks. WordCamp Philippines is on October 2, 2010 and we’re announcing it this early — that’s how excited we are!

WordPress developer and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg will be back to attend the event.

The event is still in the planning stages and the organizing team welcomes your suggestions. Together, we can make this year’s version a community effort. So get those creative juices flowing and tell us your ideas in the comments section.

And the more the merrier, right? Help us spread the word about WordCamp Philippines 2010. Tell your friends, blog about it, plurk it, tweet it, post on walls, or make smoke signals.

Let’s get the ball rolling!

Other than that, no new details yet, but stay updated with these links:

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WordCamp Philippines 2010: save the date; Matt is back!

December 14, 2009 | 2 Comments

2009 WordCamp Philippines speakers

WordCamp Philippines organizer Ria Jose announced over the weekend that a date has been set: August 28. And even more exciting is that Matt Mullenweg will be returning to next year’s event.

There are no further details other than that, but those are the two most important ones right now, don’t you think? Kudos to Avatar Media and the rest of the WordCamp PH crew for starting the buzz this early.

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Put yourself on the WordPress World Map

November 4, 2009 | 1 Comment

The WordPress World Map lets WP people unite get themselves on a custom Google Maps interface. You can sign in with your Twitter account (there should be support for WordPress.com, and WordPress.org as sign-on identities, but you can add your respective usernames on those sites to the profile) and add yourself as a user/blogger, developer, core developer, company, or fan. See folks who are in your area and check out which WordCamps are happening near you—probably the nifties feature thus far.

Great way to get a global perspective of the WordPress community. And this project would integrate well with the WordPress.org profiles.

Put the WordPress Philippines community on the map and register now!

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 aftermath

September 21, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines 2009

WordCamp Philippines 2009 was a great follow-up to the one held last year. A lot of the campters live tweeted and plurked the event, while the videographers provided a livestream.

WordCamp had a good balance of topics for both designers/developers and bloggers. Here are the slides for two of the most awaited talks that day from Automattic and Mozilla representatives:

Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens

Note: even though Matt Mullenweg couldn’t make it, he made a special video just for the participants.

A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

(Download the presentation here)

Hope the other speakers can upload their slides as well. Congratulations to the Mindanao Bloggers for another successful WordCamp Philippines!

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 program posted

September 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

It’s one week to go before WordCamp Philippines 2009 the program is finally out:

8:00 AM – Registration

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks
Backgrounder: Mindanao Bloggers Community by Blogie Robillo

9:30 AM – Meet the WordPress Family by Beau Lebens

10:30 AM – WordPress in the Wild by Markku Seguerra

11:15 AM – Citizen Journalism in the Context of the 2010 Elections by Danilo Arao

11:45 AM – A quick look into the Mozilla community through the lens of localization by Seth Bindernagel

12:25 PM – Lunch

1:30 PM – Vlogging Mythbusters by Coy Caballes

2:30 PM – The Editorial Voice and Taste in Writing Tech by Jeff Villafranca

3:15 PM – Advanced WP: Portfolio & Directory Sites by Gail Villanueva

4:15 PM – WP: The Ultimate Content Management System by Karla Redor

5:15 PM – Q&A with WP Experts

Emcee: Migs Hipolito

Unfortunately Matt Mullenweg won’t make it this year, but we still have an Automattic guy in the form of Beau Lebens, and interestingly, someone from Mozilla, Seth Bindernagel. As for the blogging talks, the Citizen Journalism panel is more timely than ever.

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Google’s Matt Cutts praises WordPress for SEO

August 31, 2009 | 1 Comment

Take it from Matt Cutts, head of the Web Spam team at Google: WordPress is a “fantastic” choice for search engine optimization. That’s what he said at his talk at WordCamp San Francisco last May. Here’s the presentation video:

And here are the slides:

According to Matt, “WordPress takes care of 80-90% of (the mechanics of) SEO”. He goes on to explain PageRank calculation, and what you can do within WordPress to improve search engine ranking, from tweaking post permalinks (hyphens are best, followed by underscores; but no spaces are the worst) to securing your WP install (add .htaccess to your wp-admin folder and update often!).

(Via HowToMakeMyBlog)

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WordCamp Store Philippines opens

August 18, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Store Philippines 2009 t-shirt

The WordCamp Philippines Store has finally reopened its doors, with a bunch of stuff you can shop for: pins, stickers, and t-shirts—in patriotic red, yellow, and blue! With WordCamp Philippines just a month away now, this should get you right into the conference spirit.

Prices are in US Dollars and payment is via PayPal. All items are available for pre-order: you can pick them up during the WordCamp Philippines event on September 19. You can also have the merchandise delivered before said date, just contact them for further inquiries.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 early registration begins

July 14, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines is less 2 months away and registration is now open. The earlier you pay, the less you spend.

Right now it only costs Php500 or $12 for a ticket, which includes lunch and freebies. This rate lasts only until August 8. Unfortunately they only accept PayPal, but I expect that to change pretty soon.

Also watch out for t-shirts and stickers that will be sold online. Can’t wait for the e-store to come back!

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Matt’s State of the Word at WordCamp SF 2009

June 25, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Video of the annual State of the Word, delivered by Matt Mullenweg at Automattic-hosted WordCamp San Francisco 2009, is now up at WordPress.tv. It’s also embedded above for your easy viewing pleasure.

For the uninformed, the State of the Word is a fun little presentation on WordPress, of course, to see how far it’s come and what’s in store in the coming months. You might remember that one of the biggest highlights in this State of the Word was the announcement that WordPress and WordPress MU are going to merge, so now those who weren’t at the event itself can find out exactly how Matt said it.

Those who are looking for text-based summaries of the State of the Word, check out the press coverage links on the homepage of WordCamp San Francisco 2009.

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Matt Mullenweg’s “the way I work” Interview: Filipinos treated him like a rock star

June 15, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Check out this interview by Inc. Magazine with Automattic chief Matt Mullenweg on how he spends his day working on WordPress. That includes working from home (they’re a virtual company but have an office in San Francisco), tuning out all distractions through music, and traveling around the world—mostly to attend WordCamps.

He then shares a neat little anecdote about his trip to the Philippines last year (check it out on page 2):

In the Philippines, people treated me like I was a rock star. After the camp was over, I spent two hours taking pictures and signing autographs. People were like, “Will you sign my laptop?” “Will you sign my badge?” “Will you sign my body part?”

(Yes, we love you that much, Matt!) It’s nice to know us Filipinos have made that much of an impression on him. But really, it’s also about how far WordPress has come—now on its 6th anniversary, this publishing platform is absolutely huge and adored by everyone.

For WordPress, we’re trying to set up a community that will be around 10 to 30 years from now, that’s independent from the whims of the market. I feel like the nonelected benevolent dictator: It’s my responsibility to meet as many users as possible and direct the software project in a way that reflects their interests. Last year, I probably met 2,000 or 3,000 people who make their living from WordPress. We want to be like Google, eBay, Amazon — they all enable other people to make far more money than they capture. And that’s ultimately what we’re trying to do. We’re trying to create a movement.

My mom started a blog a couple of weeks ago. Six years into this, and we finally made it easy enough for my mom to use.

Here’s to 6 years more!

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 on September 19

June 10, 2009 | No Comments Yet

The votes are in and a date has been set for WordCamp Philippines: it’s on September 19, the third Saturday of that month. Mark your calendars!

No final word on the mini WordCamp that will be held in Davao, but it will most likely take place a week before.

Finally, the organizers request everyone who will be talking about and tagging the event that they use #wordcamp-ph.

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WordCamp SF State of the Word and Q&A with Matt Mullenweg

June 3, 2009 | No Comments Yet

Aside from the merging of WordPress.org and WordPress MU, many other announcements were made during WordCamp San Francisco’s State of the Word, delivered of course by Matt Mullenweg. Check out the summary posted by The WordCamp Report, including this Q&A.

Some highlights:

  • Lots of changes that caused “minor revolutions”: return of Quick Post, threaded comments, 1-click upgrades, etc.
  • WordPress core focuses on speed and simplicity, then “let the people do whatever they want”
  • WordPress themes and the GPL still a big issue
  • WordPress is the fastest growing skill on Elance
  • WordPress.tv
  • WordPress 2.8: coming soon! New features: rewritten Widgets, theme directory built into admin, CodePress syntax editor, multiple galleries per page, per page options for plugins, improved language support
  • WordPress 2.9 to focus on under-the-hood improvements

For more links, catch this round up by Weblog Tools Collection.

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WordCamp Philippines 2009 is coming!

May 30, 2009 | 1 Comment

Preparations for the second ever WordCamp Philippines have begun, as announced by Blogie Robillo and the rest of the Mindanao Bloggers. It’s pretty early to tell what this event will be like, but we’ve got several pieces of information already, like the tentative venue (Asian Institute of Management), another mini WordCamp in Davao, and a new website, WordCamp.ph, courtesy of dotPH. Expect an organizational meeting within the coming week.

How can you help? Easy peasy:

We are now calling for volunteers for the various committees (logistics, tech, food & refreshments, etc). If you would like to be a speaker at WordCamp, let me know! And if you have suggestions on topics to be presented / discussed at WordCamp, do leave a comment right here.

Are you excited yet? I know I am! New to WordCamp? Check out how last year’s went down.

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WordPress.tv and WordCamp.tv launches

January 17, 2009 | No Comments Yet

WordPress is going interactive with WordPress.tv, the official site of all video tutorials about WordPress. This new website was just announced at Las Vegas WordCamp, the first WordCamp of the year. Here’s what to expect from the site:

Installation and usage tutorials for both WordPress.org and WordPress.com users. If you’re a visual learner, you’ll enjoy this a whole lot more than browsing the Codex or the Support Forums.

WordCamp footage, including behind-the-scenes. Attend WordCamp without having to leave your desk with WordCampTV.

Slides, interviews, and audio by the Automattic team and other WordPress experts. Connect with the people that are making your beloved WordPress the most excellent blogging software out there.

Other WordPress media suggested by you! Know of a great WordPress-related video? Send it via the contact form.

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WordPress 2.7 Beta 3

November 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Beta 3 of WordPress 2.7 is out! According to Word Munger, it was actually released live during WordCamp Charlotte. Read the list of changes here.

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 in 5 minutes

September 17, 2008 | 1 Comment

Buddy Gancenia has made a video featuring highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008, all under 5 minutes. Watch it:

Until next year!

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Sticky Posts for WordPress.com users

September 12, 2008 | No Comments Yet

As Matt Mullenweg had mentioned in a demo of WordPress 2.7 “Crazyhorse” during WordCamp’s State of the Word, there will be a new feature called Sticky Posts. It turns out that feature is already installed on WordPress.com blogs. This is patterned after forum posts which you want to keep at the top of the page for everyone to see.

Chances are WordPress.org users have a blog at WordPress.com, so be sure to try out that feature as we await WP 2.7!

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WordCamp Philippines launches the Cebu Pacific Blogging Challenge

September 11, 2008 | 3 Comments

At WordCamp Philippines last Saturday, a blog contest sponsored by Cebu Pacific airlines was announced. Here’s the official announcement and mechanics of the Cebu Pacific Blogging Challenge.

All you have to do is write a blog post about the destinations of Cebu Pacific, making sure that when you mention the airline you describe it in a positive light. You must also link to them without rel="nofollow", without any other links in the entry.

The top 5 entries, picked by Cebu Pacific and the WordCamp organizers, will each win a domestic airline ticket.

This is open to all bloggers who are 18 years old and above (not just the participants of WordCamp). Contest runs from September 6 to October 31. Register here.

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WordCamp Philippines a success!

September 8, 2008 | 26 Comments

WordCamp Philippines

WordCamp Philippines 2008 is finally over, and I’m sure everybody had a blast. It feels futile to do duplicate it, so get the comprehensive list of blog posts about the recently-concluded event from Jehzlau. Both old (newspapers) and new (bloggers) media coverage can be found there, as well as photos from the event itself and the after-party.

Congratulations to the organizers, volunteers and speakers! And thank you to the sponsors! And of course, it was an honor having Matt Mullenweg fly over to the Philippines and grace this occasion. It won’t be the same without him!

Looking forward to another WordCamp next year—hopefully sooner!

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Preview of goodies at WordCamp Philippines 2008

August 29, 2008 | No Comments Yet

One week to go and the organizers of WordCamp Philippines continue to give sneak peeks of what’s ahead, this time in the form of various memorabilia:

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WordPress Admin Dashboard to be updated in 2.7

August 26, 2008 | No Comments Yet

CrazyHorse

The admin dashboard is an essential part of what makes WordPress really work, which is why the Automattic team continues to tweak it to ultimate user interface perfection. In the upcoming version 2.7 (nicknamed “Crazyhorse”), WP FUN shares a glimpse of what the new dashboard will look like:

Each of the menu items on the left open and close as needed. Templates contains everything that is in the design tab now. Utilities features the new inbox (which seems to include notifications about WordPress and maybe new comments, but it doesn’t do anything yet) and some of the contents of the manage menu.

The recently-concluded WordCamp also demo-ed Crazyhorse. You can find more pictures here. See the “Riding the Crazyhorse” talk by Liz Danzico of Happy Cog, the company who redesigned the admin interface in WordPress 2.5.

A video courtesy of socialTNT is also embedded below:

Finally, CalinSoft has also posted an in-depth walkthrough of Crazyhorse, though unfortunately it’s in Spanish. (Try Google’s translation here.)

The dashboard is just a critical part of a blogger’s workflow, so it’s a good thing that WordPress is really working hard to continuously improve it.

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Matt Mullenweg gives a shoutout to WordCamp Philippines at WordCamp SF 2008

August 18, 2008 | 2 Comments

WordCamp Philippines logo blue

Christian Cabuay reports that Matt Mullenweg mentioned WordCamp Philippines at this year’s WordCamp, held in San Francisco. Apparently the t-shirts for the local WordCamp are his favorite so far. Here’s the video:

People from the audience pointed out that the sun is from the Philippine flag. To the organizers, especially the t-shirt designer Andrew dela Serna, congratulations!

Oh, and if you still want to order a WordCamp PH tee, you’ll be glad to know that ordering has been reopened.

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WordCamp 2008 live coverage

August 17, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp 2008 is underway right now and Matt Mullenweg recommends ZDNet’s live coverage straight from University of California San Francisco.

Here’s the schedule:

9:00 a.m. The Future of Education and WordPress –
9:30 a.m. SEO Mistakes Most Bloggers Make – Stephan Spencer
10:00 a.m. Open Source Business Models – Stephen O’Grady
10:50 a.m. Andy Skelton – A musical performance
11:00 a.m. LOLcats and the Secret of Virality
11:30 a.m. WordPress & Microformats
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Switching to WordPress Painlessly – Lloyd Budd
1:20 p.m. 450 WordPress Power User Tips – Lorelle VanFossen
1:40 p.m. Hassle-free Upgrades – Sam Bauers
2:00 p.m. State of the Word – Matt Mullenweg
3:00 p.m. Get Friendly with BuddyPress – Andy Peatling
3:20 p.m. Democratizing the Web through Global Voices – Jeremy Clarke
3:40 p.m. An interview with Om Malik
4:00 p.m. Riding the Crazyhorse – Liz Danzico and Jane Wells
5:00 p.m. A musical performance by Chuck Lewis aka SEO Rapper
5:10 p.m. Kicking Ass and Creating Passionate Users – Kathy Sierra

Visit the blog post for a glimpse of what’s to come for our very own WordCamp Philippines. It’s a good read not only for WordPress fans but also for bloggers and technology enthusiasts in general.

See also the live Twitter updates coming in via its search interface.

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WordCamp Philippines camper’s passes, venue guidelines, and morning session signups

August 16, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Those who registered for WordCamp Philippines should have received their Camper’s Pass by now, which will be exchanged for the Camper’s badge and kit on the day of the event.

Participants should also take note of the venue guidelines which were emailed and posted at the website. You’ll have to register your equipment if you’re bringing gadgets larger than cellphones/PDAs. Be sure to bring a valid ID and leave your slippers at home.

Finally, please do register for the breakaway sessions in the morning so the organizers have a good idea of the audience size per topic. The complete schedule for the whole day is posted here. And if you didn’t make it to the list of registered campers, you’ll be glad to know that you can still attend those sessions.

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WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1

August 8, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordPress 2.6.1 Beta 1 is out. You might want to grab it now, or wait until an official release arrives, which Ryan Boren says will arrive around the time of this year’s WordCamp San Francisco.

Here’s another tip from him:

With 2.6.1, we’re continuing our trend of releasing a dot one release about a month after dot zero. We want to get fixes for the inevitable dot zero bugs into your hands without a long wait. If you’re happy with 2.6, you can ignore 2.6.1.

There are over 50 fixes, a lot of which address the typos in code and major bugs—like the 404 error that turns up when your permalink structure is /index.php/%postname%/.

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WordCamp SF badges will use Gravatars; What about WordCamp Philippines?

August 7, 2008 | 5 Comments

Update: Andy Peatling has released the source for generating gravatar-powered badges for conferences. Find out how.

WordCamp 2008 badge mockup

Here’s an interesting new development in the upcoming WordCamp—WordCamp San Francisco, that is. Camper badges will use the gravatars of the registered attendees.

So now I wonder if the folks organizing WordCamp Philippines will do the same. This also begs the question as to how many Filipino WordPress users—and Filipino bloggers in general—use Gravatars. Do you?

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 topics, speakers, schedules posted; sign up for the sessions now!

August 1, 2008 | No Comments Yet

Campers will now have a good idea of how WordCamp Philippines 2008 will go as the event schedule has just been posted.

In the morning there will be breakaway sessions under the deployment and development tracks. Unfortunately you can’t attend all of them and you have to indicate which one you plan to be in.

After lunch, there will be plenary sessions from Matt Mullenweg, Aileen Apolo, and Regnard Raquedan. This will be followed by a powwow with Matt, an installfest, and the after-party at mag:net Cafe.

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WordCamp Philippines 2008 t-shirts and WordPress merchandise are coming soon!

July 24, 2008 | No Comments Yet

WordCamp Philippines 2008 t-shirt royal blue

Available in royal blue and maroon (said to match the colors of the Philippine flag), the WordCamp Philippines 2008 t-shirts are now available for pre-orders at Php400 each. Since the tees will be available by August, you can have them sent via courier or pick them up on the day of the WordCamp itself.

You can also expect official WordPress goodies like t-shirts and mugs. It looks like the campers will be taking home a lot of stuff from this event!

They’re selling for P400 each — tailored, great fit, the works! You’ll also get your hands on WordPress t-shirts and mugs, but that’ll be for the event proper. For now, you can order WordCamp Philippines t-shirts ahead of September.

Click here for the t-shirt designs, measurements, and of course the ordering form.

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Take note of these reminders for WordCamp Philippines

July 22, 2008 | 1 Comment

The organizers of WordCamp Philippines have several more announcements you should be aware of:

  • There are 350 allocated slots for participants and so far, 220 have registered.
  • Only those who follow the required blog post format will get their camper’s badges and kits. This will serve as your ticket to the event.
  • Try to update your blog post with the new list of sponsors.
  • A WordCamp Philippines t-shirt will be sold for Php400, in royal blue or deep red.
  • Finally: Matt Mullenweg is coming.

I think the last bullet point is reason enough to be there.

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WordCamp Philippines Venue, Topics, Call for Sponsors

May 28, 2008 | No Comments Yet

What’s the latest with the planning stages of WordCamp Philippines? Three major things. First, a venue has been finalized: College of St. Benilde in Taft Ave., Manila. Since the actual city of this WordCamp event has been decided upon, I think it’s fair to call it “WordCamp Manila” as well, in the tradition of the first WordCamp, which was in San Francisco.

Next up are the topics. No speakers have been announced yet, although we’re expecting—right now it’s hoping—some very famous names in the WordPress community to drop by. In the meantime, some ideas for the sessions during WordCamp have been posted, and you can leave your own suggestions through the contact form.

Finally, some money matters. Sponsorship packages have been posted, which not only give you an idea of how much needs to be spent for this event to be a success, but it also hints at the goodies WordCamp participants will be receiving.

So things are finally shaping up for the very first WordCamp Philippines. If you haven’t marked your calendars yet, again, it’s on September 6th. See you there!

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WordCamp Philippines in the Works (UPDATED May 9)

May 7, 2008 | 9 Comments

It’s official: there’s a WordCamp Philippines coming this 2008. As if we haven’t had our fill of blogging events over the past few weeks! What makes WordCamp so different is that it’s solely dedicated to WordPress users. This is definitely a first here in this country.

A group of WordPress enthusiasts, developers and users are embarking on this project to bring WordCamp to the Philippines for the first time. The core of this group successfully organized the 1st Mindanao Bloggers Summit, which was held in Davao City last 27 October 2007. This time, they are targeting a more nationwide scope, but for more focused content.

There’s not much information available yet, but it’s pretty obvious who’s spearheading this initiative. Be sure to subscribe to the WordCamp Philippines feed for any new developments. I sure hope they make all those WordPress goodies available at the event!

Update (May 8): There will be a meeting on May 9 at Fagioli Coffee Club in Davao City. The core group for the WordCamp Philippines organizing committee has also been revealed.

Update (May 9): More details trickle in via this Inquirer news article. Expect highly specialized sessions on creating and running blogs with WordPress.

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