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Join Us for WordCamp Social Events: Afterparty & Brunch

WordCamp Minneapolis weekend is jam-packed with educational and informative sessions from some of the best speakers in the local and national WordPress Community. But we wouldn’t have a community at all without friendships, networks, and partnerships cultivated by spending time together in person! In addition to the time spent in sessions and during breaks, we encourage you to attend both of our social events taking place during WordCamp weekend.

Saturday Afterparty

WordCamp Minneapolis 2015. Photo © 2015 Kristine Leuze

Photo © 2015 Kristine Leuze

Wind down from your Saturday at our Afterparty, hosted at the Westwerk offices. Relax in a fun, private, professional environment that is open to all ages. We will have food for noshing, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available. Make new friends, chat with speakers and other attendees, and strengthen your network (along with your foosball skills!)

Sunday Brunch


Whether you had a little too much fun at the afterparty, or just want to get some extra sleep, WordCamp Sunday has got you covered! Ease your way into Sunday with a late morning brunch at The Fountain Room. Enjoy a delicious, filling meal in a gorgeous venue, with plenty of time to chat before our inspirational Lightning Talks begin. After brunch, head back to WordCamp in the afternoon with a full stomach AND mind!

Countdown To WordCamp With Rocket55

This is a blog post from one of our sponsors. Be sure to visit all of our sponsors at the event and thank them for their support!

We’ve seen a lot of things change within the industry since Rocket55 began in 2007. Mobile responsiveness, interactive content, HTML5, and even completely wireless functionality were just ways to complete “Wouldn’t it be amazing if…” statements. Now, as we grow and advance, we are able to do some really cool things.

Rocket55 is quickly expanding, and as the departments within the agency grow, so do the areas and levels of expertise. Our team is collaborative, passionate, dedicated, and always looking for the next best way to improve online experiences – and WordPress enables us to do that.

At Rocket55 we love talking about all things digital – especially when we can talk about it with people who are as excited about it as we are. On Foundation Friday, our Development Manager Rich will be presenting during the Intro to Development. On Saturday and Sunday, feel free to stop by our booth! We will be providing website and service consultations, and we’ll have specialists from every department available to answer any questions you might have. You can also pick up some R55 swag, learn more about what we do, chat about the latest in web design and development, or talk about anything, really (SEO… cats… beer… Star Wars…) Hope to see you there!


How to RockIT at WordCamp

  • Don’t be afraid to talk to the speakers and ask questions. They are people just like you!
  • Don’t limit yourself to just one type of session. Sitting in on a session you don’t know much about can be fun!
  • Talk to people. Then talk to more people. And then find more people and talk to them.
  • Make sure to attend Saturday’s after-party – even if you’re flying solo. It’s a good time, and you’ll be welcomed whether you’re with a big group or not.
  • Don’t miss Sunday’s lectures! They’re often some of the best. Grab an XL coffee and get your butt there on Sunday.
  • To get your hands on the best swag of the weekend, make sure to check out the booths before lunch on Saturday. Or, stay for the last session and clean house at the end of the weekend.
  • Take a cue from some of the seasoned WordCampers and put all those sweet stickers on your laptop. But be sure to leave some space for next years!

How WooThemes Gives Back to the WordPress Community (and How You Can, Too)

This is a blog post from one of our sponsors. Be sure to visit all of our sponsors at the event and thank them for their support!

At WooThemes, we are perhaps most well known for WooCommerce, the leading eCommerce platform for WordPress. I’m sure that as an attendee of WordCamp Minneapolis, you probably already know at least a little about WooCommerce (but you can always learn more right here).

What you may not be aware of is that WooThemes is not only passionate about eCommerce, but also the WordPress community itself. Without the community, we wouldn’t be the company that we are today, not by a long shot. We owe so much of who we are to the influence and support of this great WordPress community of which we are a part.

In that light, we make it a point to give back to the community as much as we can. We also encourage others to get equally involved in building the WordPress ecosystem. Here are a few of the ways that we like to give back to WordPress, and how you can get involved too.

Translating WordPress

If you’ve never done it before, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to translate WordPress into practically any language. With a team spread all over the world, we have a huge opportunity to assist with this task, and we do: a significant number of our ninjas regularly contribute to the various languages in which WordPress is available.

On top of that, a few of our team members are editors for our respective locales, which gives us the ability to confirm and merge all the community submitted translations into WordPress core.

If translating WordPress sounds like something you would like to do, then have a look at this handy post that outlines the process in detail.

Documenting WordPress

“If code is poetry, then documentation is prose.”

WordPress is a great platform for building almost anything, but any software platform is only as strong as its documentation – and WordPress is no different. A large part of contributing to WordPress involves writing documentation, both for the code itself as well as for how to use it.

This is something that we at WooThemes contribute to with great frequency. Whether it’s improving the inline code documentation (which is automatically pulled through to the new Code Reference), or assisting with writing user-facing guides on how to use WordPress, this is something that we love to do.

We are so involved in this, in fact, that one of our team members is leading the HelpHub project. This is an endeavour that is set to move all of the user-focused documentation from the WordPress Code, to a new and far more flexible WordPress platform. We also have a few more ninjas who are working on the HelpHub team to make sure it is all built and migrated correctly.

If you would like to get involved in the HelpHub project, have a look at the HelpHub page in the Docs handbook and jump in to lend a hand.

Engaging with the WordPress Community

While WordPress is great as a powerful piece of software, it is so much more than that. The community that surrounds WordPress is hugely influential, entertaining and helpful.

The easiest way to get involved in this community is to attend events like this WordCamp, but there are always additional opportunities available to get involved – for example, by organizing events for your local community. You can find out more about those on the Community blog.

At Woo, we value these community events so much that we make a point of sponsoring as many as possible. A large number of our team members are involved in organizing WordPress meetups and WordCamps in their cities. On top of that, a few of our ninjas are available as Community Deputies, which mean they are on hand to assist other community organizers around the world in a number of tangible and practical ways.

Making WordPress Accessible

It’s crucial that WordPress is as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, no matter what their situation in life is. To that end, the WordPress Accessibility team work hard to make sure that everyone has an equal chance of using and building with WordPress in whatever way they like.

One of our team members is a dedicated member of this relatively new team, and works alongside a number of other talented volunteers to ensure global accessibility for all WordPress users.

Building WordPress

Of course, with WordPress being primarily a software project, the core code itself is of utmost importance. With that in mind, we make a strong showing of contributing code to WordPress core as often as we can. In fact, the last 10 major releases of WordPress (and many more before that) all include at least one member of the Woo team in the list of contributors.

One element of WordPress core that we are particularly proud of is the menu management system. It has evolved quite a bit over the years, but the menu management page that was first included in WordPress 3.0 was taken from our very own WooNav module, which we previously included in all of our themes.

If you would like to get involved in contributing to WordPress core, have a look at the WordPress Core blog to prepare yourself for the world of WordPress core development.

We Take Pride in Giving Back

As you can see, WordPress is a broad and varied world of opportunities with many skill sets being required to make sure that the project grows at a steady pace.

At WooThemes, we take great pride in our commitment to furthering this growth, and we encourage you to do so as well. Giving back to WordPress is one of the most rewarding things you may ever do – get involved today, you won’t regret it.

Why WPML enjoys sponsoring WordCamps

This is a blog post from one of our sponsors. Be sure to visit all of our sponsors at the event and thank them for their support!

WordPress is the most widely used open source content management system in the world and WordCamp events bring together WordPress users all over the World. This is an amazing community, in which  OnTheGoSystems loves to play an active part by supporting it as it grows.

At these events, people come to share and you won’t believe what you can learn! You can have a coffee and talk with a great developer, an agency owner or just a WordPress beginner, it doesn’t matter, everyone is there to share.

We have opportunities to meet with actual clients using our plugins, especially WPML, who like to share their experiences with us. It’s awesome to hear users thanking us for our products and how their lives were saved! Two  members of our company attended WordCamp London in April 2016 where they met one of the co-founders of WordPress.  We discovered that he not only uses our plugin Toolset but he also teaches Toolset in his advanced WP class!

As a global company, with 79 members in 35 different countries, our team members are encouraged and supported to take part in WordPress related events throughout the  world and not only by attending and speaking in WordCamps. We also organize meet-ups, contribute to the core and help with support.


Here you can find some examples of the activity done by some of our OnTheGoSystems people::

The last 4 have been core contributors in the WordPress 4.5 release.

And the list goes on… 🙂

Since we all make our living out of WordPress, WordPress has a big impact on our work.  WPML and Toolset plugins run on WordPress.  Also our translation service, ICanLocalize, offers translations for WordPress sites.

We’re 79 people constantly working to improve our products and support with the aim of making users’  lives easier with each release.

There’s a good vibe in the WordPress community, which we love.  People are not only into what they can gain out of the community but also what they can give or share with everybody else.  The WordPress community has an open-minded spirit and is eager to help and share knowledge. Everyone is treated the same. All are taken into consideration and are welcomed to participate and collaborate.

Some of the best things we enjoy as a company are also reflected in the principles of WordPress and Open Source: respect for others, willingness to help and share ideas and knowledge, and the desire to create great things through collaborative work which others may use and help make greater.

Last Round of General Admission Tickets available!

We just released our last round of 40 reserve tickets for WordCamp Minneapolis General Admission (Saturday & Sunday). If you have been on the fence about attending, or procrastinating getting your ticket, now is the time to pick one up, because we will sell out! With a jam-packed schedule presented by awesome speakers, tons of networking and social events, and some fun swag surprises in store, this is not an event you want to miss!

Register To Attend WordCamp Minneapolis Now!

Our Foundation Friday Intro to Development class has also sold out, but we have a few tickets left for Intro to WordPress and Intro To Design for budding content publishers and web designers out there! Get your tickets before they’re gone!