[wp-edu] Hosting WordCamps

James Wanless james at wanless.info
Tue Nov 16 17:12:02 UTC 2010

I'm a Senior Analyst at BCIT and would be interested in spearheading
something here as well.  Perhaps, given Michael's interest, a lower mainland
Word-edu-Camp might be doable.

We haven't gone as far down the Wordpress road as UBC, but do have it in
place and are slowly moving forward.  I'm trying to push forward with a
Wordpress strategy, so a WordCamp would be ideal!

James Wanless  |  Senior Analyst  |  User Experience Design & Project
Web Services  |  IT Services  |  British Columbia Institute of Technology
T: 604.456.1119  |  E: jwanless at bcit.ca

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 10:33 AM, Ha, Michael <michael.ha at ubc.ca> wrote:

> Hi Jane,
> I'm a developer at UBC Vancouver and I am really excited about the
> opportunity to get WordCamp hosted on my campus.
> Michael Ha, Web Applications Developer
> Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, UBC
> Tel: 604.822.9897
>  http://blogs.ubc.ca | http://sites.olt.ubc.ca/
> On 2010-11-15, at 10:27 AM, Jane Wells wrote:
> One of the biggest hurdles for organizing a WordCamp in any city is
> finding a venue. Ideally, venues are donated, so that the organizers can
> focus on content rather than raising lots of money for room rentals, and
> one of the best sources of venue donation is college and university
> campuses. They tend to have various room sizes, projectors, etc. and are
> usually easy to get to. Since academia is a growing area of WordPress
> use, it frequently happens that hosting a WordCamp at a college campus
> is possible because someone at the college wanted to be involved in
> bringing a WordCamp to their school. A faculty member who wants his/her
> department to host/sponsor a WordCamp has built-in access to facilities
> and services, while an outside organizer would be handed off to
> conference rentals, when what is usually appealing about campuses is the
> classroom format.
> Why am I telling you this? If you are on this list, chances are you're
> using WordPress in an academic setting. Some WordCamps, like New York
> City, feature an academic track due to close collaboration with college
> personnel, and I'd like to see this trend continue.
> If you work for a college with a campus that would make a good setting
> for a WordCamp and would be interested in getting involved, let me know.
> I can try to put you together with local people who are also interested
> in organizing a WordCamp. Whether you try to include an academic track
> or not, bringing WordCamp to your campus has benefits on all sides.
> While I'm at it, is anyone here affiliated with any San Francisco
> universities? :)
> Jane
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