WordCamp Philly Saturday Lunch Options

Our awesome volunteers have put together a list of lunch spots that are all within walking distance of the Saturday venue.  We have tried our best to find places that fit everyone’s food preferences, but if you think we are missing a great spot in the Temple area be sure to let us know!

Copies of this list will be available at the registration table all day Saturday.

To view the lunch list and map please click here!

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Gold Sponsor: Jetpack – Supercharge Your WordPress Website

Jetpack is a suite of features to supercharge your WordPress website with the cloud power of WordPress.com.  Jetpack is a pack of great add-ons that are fully supported by the team behind WordPress.com.

Easily install the Jetpack plugin to enable some amazing features like:

  • WordPress.com Stats
  • After the Deadline Spell Checking
  • Sharedaddy for social sharing
  • Twitter widget
  • Gravatar hovercards
  • and more!

The Jetpack plugin will help you blog better and faster.  Find out more, and download Jetpack, at Jetpack.me

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Speaker Spotlight: Owen Winkler

By day, he’s Owen Winkler — the owner/architect of Critical Hit, a web development and consulting company in suburban Philadelphia. By night, he’s known by his IRC nickname, ringmaster — an emeritus developer of WordPress core, and current project management committee member of the Habari Project. From 2005 and 2007, Owen was the organizer of the Philadelphia WordPress meetup, at the time, the world’s largest regular monthly WordPress meetup. These days, he writes about stuff and junk on his personal blog, Asymptomatic.

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Visitor’s Guide to Philadelphia

There is a lot more going on in Philadelphia besides a great WordCamp! If you are looking for the city’s best cheesesteak, interested in seeing where our forefather’s made history in historic Philadelphia or hoping to reenact Rocky Balboa running up the Art Museum steps you can find this information and more at VisitPhilly.com.  The website has a number of weekend itineraries that are sure to fit everyone’s interests.

We have also compiled a short list of major Philadelphia attractions, food options near the Comfort Inn Penn’s Landing and a few popular tour companies. Click here to view the PDF.

If you are looking for something specific while visiting Philadelphia be sure to tweet us @WordCampPhilly. We will have our WordCamp and Philly experts monitoring Twitter throughout the weekend to help you with any questions you have or problems you may run into!

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Gold Sponsor: WebDevStudios.com – Custom WordPress Development and Design

WebDevStudios.com (WDS) is a Philadelphia based website development company specializing in WordPress and related open source platforms like BuddyPress and bbPress.

WDS LogoWDS is a full service WordPress shop with a team of expert WordPress designers, developers, and a system administrator.  The WDS team has contributed to the WordPress Core, as well as BuddyPress and bbPress, and prides themselves on being well versed in the best practices and newest features.

WebDevStudios is known throughout the WordPress community for creating amazing WP powered websites.  WebDevStudios also specialize in custom BuddyPress social networks ranging from large college universities to private company intranets with collaborative working.

In short..WebDevStudios Does WordPress.

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Speaker Spotlight: Brad Williams

Brad Williams is the co-founder of Philly based WebDevStudios.com and the co-author of Professional WordPress and Professional WordPress Plugin Development.  Brad has been developing websites for more than 15 years, including the last 5 where he has focused on open-source technologies like WordPress.  He is also one of the organizers of the Philadelphia WordPress Meetup Group and WordCamp Philly.  You can find Brad on twitter @williamsba and his blog at http://strangework.com

Brad will be giving a classroom session titled: Creating Your First WordPress Plugin

What are you speaking about at WordCamp Philly?

I’m teaching a class on developing your first WordPress plugin.  The class will cover an intro to plugin development, plugin dev basics, and we’ll even create a fully functional WordPress plugin from the ground up!

What is your favorite thing about the city of Philadelphia?

I love the diversity in this city, especially in the tech areas.  There are some great tech groups in Philly centered around just about every tech topic out there.  Philly really does have a small town feel for such a large city and that’s one of the reasons it’s such a great city to live in!

Why do you love WordPress?

The Community!  The WordPress Community is like no other out there.  Everyone is so eager to help each other, it truly is amazing!


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WP Candy Attending WordCamp Philly 2011

Ryan Imel, editor in chief of WP Candy, will be attending WordCamp Philly this year as our official press representative. WP Candy is home to a team of contributors that bring you news about all things WordPress. Their website includes a vast variety of news, videos, tutorials, podcasts and interviews all pertaining to WordPress and the community.

Saturday, Ryan will have a dedicated location on the 2nd floor of Alter Hall where he will be interviewing speakers, sponsors and attendees of WordCamp Philly. If you have some news you would like to share with the community feel free to stop by Ryan’s booth!

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Speaker Spotlight: Sean Blanda

Sean Blanda handles IT, editorial innovation and client management for Technically Media. For Technically Philly, he heads up venture capital coverage and organizes the Switch Philly demo event. Blanda is responsible for most of the company’s technology needs, and can often be seen tinkering with the latest WordPress plugin. He also oversees Constitution Daily for Technically Media, training staff and dictating editorial strategy.

Sean will be giving a presentation in the Power User track titled: Facebook + WordPress = How to supercharge social on your blog

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Platinum Sponsor: WP Engine – Premium WordPress Hosting

WordCamp Philly couldn’t happen without our awesome sponsors, and this year we’re excited to have WP Engine as a platinum sponsor! You’ve heard the rumors of pages being delivered in milliseconds, blogs scaling instantly when they get featured in the New York Times, and top-tier security.

Premium WordPress HostingThis is WP Engine – the premier, managed WordPress hosting company. They serve 62,000,000 requests daily, each one carefully and continuously tuned for speed, scalability, and security. They’re beloved by hundreds of bloggers from huge, popular sites down to small company home pages who care about their SEO ranking and their users’ experience. Perhaps best of all is their tech support, where only WordPress experts answer questions.

For WordCamp Philly attendees only, WP Engine is offering their most popular hosting plan, typically $49 per month, free for life! You heard that right, WP Engine is giving ALL WordCamp Philly attendees FREE HOSTING FOR LIFE!

Hosting includes:

  • 1 Standard WordPress Installation
  • 30 GB Bandwidth including CDN
  • 50,000 Pageviews/mo
  • 10 GB Disk Storage
  • Off-Site Automated Backups
  • One-Click Staging Area
  • Managed Upgrades

You can sign up for your free hosting plan at http://wpe.wufoo.com/forms/free-hosting-for-wordcamp-philly/

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WordCamp Philly Saturday Shuttle!

We have set up a shuttle bus to help out-of-towners get from the Comfort Inn at Penn’s Landing to the Fox School of Business and Management @ Temple University.  The shuttle will leave from the front entrance of the Comfort Inn at 8:00am with a second trip around 8:45am.

At the end of the day, the shuttle will return you to the Comfort Inn with shuttles leaving at 5:30pm and 6:15pm.

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