WordCamp 2016!

Hey fans! Here comes Raleigh WordCamp 2016!

screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-9-35-30-amIn case you’re not aware, we (NC State’s Centennial Campus) have been hosting WordCamp Raleigh for the past several years. WordCamp is back on campus again tomorrow and Sunday for the 2016 event. There are a handful of tickets left so if you’re so inclined, grab one and come out: https://2016.raleigh.wordcamp.org/tickets/. Brian, Chris, and I will all be there so be sure to keep an eye out.

This year’s event is adding an extra track of sessions. In addition to the traditional “Beginner”, “Power User”, and “Developer” tracks there will be a “Business” track. This track is diverse – it’s both sessions about using WordPress for your business and AS a business, and there are a few education-related sessions thrown in there for good measure. If you make it to the conference be sure to stop by since I’ll be emcee-ing the track and doing all the session intros.

If you’re attended past WordCamp’s there are a few changes to mention. In past years we’ve straddled the breezeway between the two halves of Engineering Building II. This year we’ll be staying on the northwest side of the building and we’ll instead be sharing space with the neighboring Engineering Building I. This should afford us plenty of extra classrooms, plus some large hallway space for networking and hanging with your new conference besties.

The other perk for this year is our new food venue. Past attendees may recall the large tent in the expansive lawn outside the engineering buildings. While this was a workable solution you may also recall the crummy weather – Murphy’s Law of outdoor events means we almost always end up with rain, chilly temperatures and/or wind. This year we’re moving indoors to The Oval, a large cafeteria area located across the lawn. We’ll have food courtesy of NC State’s Dining services. On the menu for this year we have buffet style barbecue with Carolina pulled pork, BBQ beef brisket, collard greens, coleslaw, green beans and potatoes. We also asian stir-fry with tofu for our vegan/vegetarian friends.

Hope to see you there!