I was contacted the other day by one of the organizing team members of WordCamp Phoenix to let me know that they have released a press release that contains all the information you need if you plan on attending the event. I should attend this event based on the fact that it’s being held in a city that’s the same as my last name. The press release is as follows:
WordCamp Phoenix Returns to Chandler as
One of the Nation’s Largest WordPress Education Events
Chandler, Ariz. — There’s a good chance your favorite blog, website or online store is powered by WordPress, the free online DIY website software that has put web publishing power in the hands of anyone with a keyboard and Internet access. February 24th-26th, more than 650 small business owners, non-profit agencies, realtors, photographers, designers, journalists and even kids will swarm downtown Chandler to learn easy website publishing and development at the 2012 WordCamp Phoenix.
The non-profit event brings together WordPress enthusiasts from around the globe to share best practices and strategies for a wide variety of businesses. Headlining speakers include Lisa Sabin (@lisasabinwilson), author of WordPress for Dummies, Sean Herron (@seanherron), Technology Strategist at NASA Headquarters and Jane Wells (@janeforshort), Head of User Experience at WordPress.com. Users of all skill levels and backgrounds are encouraged to attend.
“It’s an amazing mix of folks at all ability levels,” said Dallin Harris, one of the event’s organizers. “I’ve watched small business owners go from zero net knowledge in the 101 class to publishing their own business website by the end of the conference.”
Not just for novices, WordCamp Phoenix has become the valley’s must-attend networking and continuing education event for professional web developers. A series of panel discussions and workshops aim to cultivate a creative community among design, web development and communication professions.
Several of last year’s popular activities will return, including FREE Friday workshops and an after party hosted on the beautiful grounds of Chandler’s new City Hall. Other highlights include:
• Saturday classes and talks geared toward specific industries such as publishing & media, eCommerce, visual arts, education, government, nonprofit and real estate
• Developers’ Day and WordPress for Kids hosted at Gangplank on Sunday
• And for networking fun, a Friday evening bar crawl and ice cream social
Tickets are $35 and are available at 2012.phoenix.wordcamp.org/attend/register/. Ticket
Ticket holders get access to more than 30 sessions, classes and networking events across 3 days. As an added bonus, event sponor WP Engine will supply each attendee with free lifetime website hosting.
The Friday workshops are open to the public at no cost. For updates on speakers and scheduling, visit 2012.phoenix.wordcamp.org.
WordCamp Phoenix 2012
Friday, February 24 – Sunday, February 26
Chandler Center for the Arts | 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225
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