The first PodsCamp is completed, and was a great success. We had great talks, a big crowd and real Texas BBQ.
We’d like to thank all of our sponsors and everyone who attended for making this possible. If you were not able to make it, you can see all of the slides here. We will also be uploading videos of all of the talks to our YouTube channel soon.
We would like to thank WP Engine for being a sponsor of PodsCamp DFW 2014. In addition to providing a secure, high performance platform for WordPress sites, WP Engine is clearly committed to giving back to the WordPress ecosystem. Their support of PodsCamp is in addition to sponsoring countless WordCamps and running the WordPress news site, Torque, which features regular contributions by our own community manager Josh Pollock.
WP Engine is a leading SaaS content management platform for websites and applications built on WordPress. The company powers thousands of websites and apps built on the WordPress platform delivering a fast, reliable and secure web experience. All levels of users including bloggers, marketers, SMBs and large corporations rely on WP Engine’s platform to keep their websites up and running. The company’s exceptional customer service team specializes in quickly solving technical problems, and creating a world-class customer experience ensuring that each user’s WordPress site continues to perform at its full potential. Founded in 2010, WP Engine is headquartered in Austin, Texas and has offices in San Francisco, California.
We would like to thank our Gold Level sponsors of PodsCamp DFW 2014–10up and Chris Lema. Both have made financial and in kind contributions to PodsCamp. Their generous support of PodsCamp is consistent with both of their commitments to supporting the WordPress ecosytem.
Chris Lema is the CTO and Chief Strategist at Crowd Favorite. He helps companies leverage WordPress, and helps WordPress companies find leverage. He’s also a daily blogger, a public speaker, and product strategist. His daily blog posts are a must read for all serious WordPress professionals. Chris donated the video camera we will be using to record all sessions.
10up is a WordPress development agency and WordPress.com VIP partner. In addition to building great WordPress-powered solutions, they are also major contributors to the WordPress ecosystem, employing WordPress 4.0 release lead Helen Hou-Sandí and our own lead developer Scott Kingsley Clark. They have generously donated Scott’s entire week to work on Pods 3.0 and PodsCamp.
We would like to thank SiteGround for being a silver level sponsor of PodsCamp DFW 2014 and for all of their support of the Pods Framework. In addition to their sponsorship of PodsCamp, they also sponsor hosting for all Pods Foundation sites. SiteGround has been actively involved with the community – speaking, supporting and attending various WordCamps around the globe. Sponsoring PodsCamp is just another step to further contribute to the amazing WordPress community.
PodsCamp DFW 2014 attendees will be happy to know that SiteGround will have some cool special offers for attendees.
SiteGround, provides WordPress hosting that does not miss a thing! Their servers, available in 3 different data centers across the world, are optimized for ultimate WordPress speed and security and they provide many goodies for the WordPress fans – auto updates for the core WP and its plugins, WordPress SuperCacher for ultimate speed acceleration, staging tool and GIT integration for the coders and unique WordPress autoinstaller for the starting users – all crafted in-house by the SiteGround team. On top of that, they have an outstanding support team of WordPress enthusiasts who will help you with specific WP issues.
Want to know more about what you can learn at PodsCamp? Today we added details for most of the talks. It’s going to be a great day with awesome presentations, good food and plenty of opportunities to talk Pods with the Pods team.
Check out the schedule for more information.
Tom McFarlin wrote a very nice post about what we’re doing here, and then surprised us all by setting up a Tilt campaign for PodsCamp. We will honor tilts the same as sponsorships at the various levels, so now you can do it either way you’d like!
You may have also seen a post about PodsCamp over on WPTavern — Tickets On Sale For The First Ever PodsCamp.
Thanks to everyone so far for helping us make this happen, we’re all very excited to meet with everyone and have some great times!
We just secured our catering spot with Mike Anderson’s BBQ, my favorite BBQ spot in Dallas — they’ll be providing some yummy food and sides for lunch. Bonus points for Mike Anderson’s using WordPress for their website too!
We’ve just published our PodsCamp Schedule and opened up tickets for purchase! The price is $50, which is more than a normal WordCamp. Unfortunately, we don’t have the sponsor power behind us like those sorts of event. But an added benefit for attendees is that we are limiting our tickets to 40 so we can give each person one-on-one time from our team.
It’s official, PodsCamp will be on October 3rd, 2014 from 9:30am to 5pm! You are welcome to come early for all you can eat breakfast with the Pods Team, or stay late if you need a little more time. No one shall leave PodsCamp with questions!
PodsCamp will be held at:
Hampton Inn & Suites – Forest Hill
6555 Park Brook
Forest Hill, Texas, 76140
^^ hey look! It’s right across the highway from WordCamp DFW 2014 the very next day!
Stay tuned for the PodsCamp schedule and speakers we’ve got lined up, along with availability for purchasing tickets.