NYC VIP Party – Thank You!

Hudson Hotel

To those of you who were able to join us last Thursday in NYC for the VIP Happy Hour, I wanted to extend a hearty thank you – we really enjoyed seeing so many of you there! We had about 120 attendees, ate some delicious chocolate fondue and enjoyed the beautiful courtyard space at the Hudson Hotel. We’re really looking forward to our next VIP Happy Hour – in London next February (more details on this soon…).

If you have ideas for future events that you’d like to see us host or sponsor (both social or professional welcome!), please get in touch. We really enjoy bringing everyone together and we’re looking forward to some awesome events in 2013.

WordCamp San Francisco August 12 – 14

The official annual WordPress conference, WordCamp San Francisco, is coming up next week, August 12 -14th! As of today there are still some tickets available (at $50 for the entire 3 days, it’s an incredible bargain) as well as there are some opportunities available to sponsor as well.

Many members from the VIP Team at WordPress.com, Automattic, and the larger WordPress community will be present and speaking, too. We hope to see you there!

Ready to become a VIP Services Client? Some of the world’s biggest brands rely on WordPress.com VIP Services.

Upcoming WordCamps

WordCamp logoOn the WordPress.org News blog, Jane has highlighted some upcoming WordCamps:

Looking for something fun to do during your summer vacation? Why not check out a WordCamp! WordCamps are locally-organized casual conferences of, by, and for WordPress users, developers, and enthusiasts just like you. The focus of a WordCamp is to foster face-to-face connections and collaboration among the local WordPress crowd, but there are usually some out-of-towners there as well.

Click through to see the latest approved WordCamps for this summer, and visit WordCamp Central for all upcoming WordCamps, and information on how to help organize or participate in one.

WordPress at South by Southwest

WordPress is all over the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival this year – from networking parties to a WordPress Genius Bar at the trade show, WordPress has definitely left its mark on the conference.

The WordPress Genius Bar will be at the trade show through Thursday, March 17th. Stop by and say hi, grab some swag or talk to the geniuses about WordPress. But get there early – it’s been packed! (Booth #s 829, 831, 928, and 930)

More details on the WordPress Development site

Photo by Terry Chay

The VIP Services team meets in London

The entire Automattic VIP Services team (minus Lloyd, who thankfully held down the support queue!) spent the past week in London to talk strategy, fraternize, and meet with existing and prospective VIP clients in the area.

We had a VIP meetup one night, and we were pleased by the turnout and the conversations that were flying between the guests, both VIP project owners and developers alike. We continue to expand our VIP Services offerings for both self-hosted and WordPress.com VIPs, and the response has been very, very positive. One thing to us is clear – demand for WordPress is increasing, and our clients are hungry to apply it to all their upcoming projects.

They’re even happier when we tell them, “Yes, WordPress can do that, too!” Here on the Publisher blog, we’ll continue to highlight some of those outside-of-the-blog uses of WordPress (yep, it’s a CMS, too) that are becoming the driving force behind new enterprise adoption of WordPress.

Thanks to everyone who came out for a drink & a chat – and we look forward to another VIP meetup closer to where you are!

If you’d like more information about VIP Services for your WordPress site, be sure to contact us!

Mike Pratt on BuddyPress – Social Networking in a Box

At a recent Dallas Fort Worth WordPress meetup, Mike Pratt gave a presentation on how he’s using WordPress and BuddyPress to build his very own social network:

… there are a ton of excellent needs and reasons to use BuddyPress to take your site and turn it into the community it is begging to become. That’s the killer point: there needs to be a community underlying all of this. Maybe your focused on gardeners in Texas or stamp collectors in Des Moines or people around the world dealing with Cystic Fibrosis – if you have a community in mind then BuddyPress is an amazing tool because you can shape the community according to you/its needs. Take that Facebook (or Ning)!

The slides and the full video from the presentation and more of his thoughts are available at mikepratt.tv

Upcoming WordCamps

Lots of WordCamps coming up, which are great events for publishers to learn more about WordPress and meet the WordPress community:
http://central.wordcamp.org/

This weekend, WordCamp Orange County will be held on Saturday April 24th on the UC Irvine campus.

The following weekend, WordCamp San Francisco will be held on Saturday May 1st, 2010 with a developer day on Sunday May 2nd. There will also be a party on Saturday night. If you haven’t registered yet and are interested in attending, please head over to the WordCamp SF site and register now, as these tickets tend to sell out pretty quickly.

The following weekend on May 8th, 2010 there are three amazing WordCamps happening all over the globe: WordCamp Paris, WordCamp Argentina, and WordCamp Chile.

For more information and a full listing of scheduled WordCamps, head over to WordCamp.org .

WordCamp NYC 2009

WordCamp NYC will be held this weekend, November 14th and 15th. It’s a great get together for the New York, and the extended, community of WordPress-loving bloggers and developers:
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With an amazing lineup of speakers, over 525 people already registered, and 8 session tracks – there is something for everyone.

Myself and several colleagues from Automattic are flying in for this event, and I’m personally excited to see the track devoted to CMS use featuring case studies of current publishers.

If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s $45 for both days, or just $25 for Sunday. More details available on 2009.newyork.wordcamp.org.

[ Visit WordCamp NYC 2009 and WordCamp.org for other WordCamps happening all over the world ]