WordCamp Montreal Schedule Available / Programme de WordCamp Montréal disponible

Français ci-dessous

WordCamp Montreal 2015
We’ve confirmed all our speakers and we’ve just released the tentative schedule for WordCamp Montreal. You can read all about our talks and speakers and start planning your WordCamp weekend.

How Our Talks Are Organized

This year our talks are divided into several streams: code, users, marketing, ux, theming, hands-on workshops, and special topics. We hope there will be something for everyone. All our speakers have provided prerequisites for their talks, so please read these if you want to know if a particular talk is geared towards beginners or a more advanced crowd.

About Our Workshops

This year we are organizing a number of special workshops the week before WordCamp. These are hands-on workshops. A special ticket to each workshop is required, in addition to your general WordCamp ticket. Space is limited.

Some workshops are for complete beginners and others are for very advanced users. Be sure to read the prerequisites for each workshop carefully. You will be required to bring your own laptop, and have any required software installed before arriving.

Registering for Workshops

Workshop tickets will be available for a limited time. Please do not register for workshops unless you have already purchased a WordCamp Montreal ticket. Also, please be considerate of others and do not register for two workshops offered at the same time. In both cases, your registration will be cancelled and your spot given to someone else.

Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Please double check the schedule the day of the event.


WordCamp MontréalNous avons confirmé nos présentateurs et venons de rendre public une programme provisoire pour WordCamp Montréal. Vous pouvez maintenant découvrir les conférencesles conférencières et conférenciers, et commencer à planifier votre fin-de-semaine à WordCamp.

Comment sont organisé nos conférences

Cette année, nos conférences sont organisé dans plusieurs thèmes: code, utilisateurs, marketing, ux, thèmes WordPress, alteriers pratiques, et sujets spéciaux. Nous espérons pouvoir offrir quelque chose d’intéressant à tout le monde. Tous nos conférencières et conférenciers ont fourni des préalables pour leurs conférences. Veuillez les consulter pur apprendre si un conférence en particulier vide une audience débutante ou avancée.

À propos de nos ateliers

Nous offrons cette année des ateliers spéciaux durant la semaine qui précède WordCamp. Ils seront des ateliers pratiques. Un billet spécial est obligatoire pour chaque atelier, en plus de votre billet WordCamp régulier. Les places sont limitées.

Certains ateliers vise un public très avancé, tandis que d’autres vise les débutants. Veuillez prêter une attention particulière aux préalables de chaque atelier. Vous devriez amener votre propre portable avec les logiciels requis déjà installés.

Comment s’inscrire à nos ateliers

Les billets pour les ateliers pratiques seront disponible pour une durée limitée. Veuillez ne pas vous inscrire à un atelier sans avoir déjà acheter votre billet général pour WordCamp. En plus, en considérations des autres, veuillez ne pas vous inscrire à deux ateliers offerts en même temps. Dans les deux cas, votre inscription sera annulé, et votre place libérée pour une autre personne.

Veuillez noter que le programme est sujette à modification. Assurez-vous de consulter l’horaire le jour de l’évènement.

WordCamp 2014 Planning Meeting

The organizers of WordCamp MTL 2013 are meeting up to begin planning for WCMTL 2014, this summer. We invite members of the community who want to be involved to join us to discuss logistics and programming of WCMTL as well as to accept task assignments so that we can start working on this ASAP.

If you plan to attend please RSVP on the facebook event listing for the meetup.

Thanks to all who can make it, for those who can’t we will publish a summary on the Montreal WordPress Community blog at wpmtl.org.

TIME AND LOCATION
Monday February 10th, 2014. 19:00h

RPM
420 Guy St.
Montréal , QC , H3J 1S6
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/obkiO

************

Les organisateurs de WordCamp Montréal 2013 vont se réunir pour commencer la planification de WordCamp Montréal 2014, qui aura lieu cet été. Tous les membres de la communauté qui veulent y participer sont invités à nous joindre pour discuter des logistiques de WCMTL, ainsi que d’accepter des taches pour que nous puissions commencer à travailler là-dessus tout de suite.

Si vous prévoyez assister au réunion, s’il vous plaît confirmer votre présence sur la page de l’événement sur Facebook.

Merci à tous qui pourront y assister. Pour les autres nous publierons un résumé de la réunion sur le blogue de la communauté à wpmtl.org.

QUAND?
Lundi le 10 février 2014 à 19:00

OÙ?
RPM
420 Rue Guy
Montréal , QC , H3J 1S6
Carte Google: http://goo.gl/maps/obkiO

WordCamp Montreal 2013 planning meeting

** Version française plus bas

The evening of January 23, members of the local WordPress community held an open meeting to discuss this year’s upcoming WordCamp. We talked about what went well last year, what could be improved, and what challenges we expect to have along the way.

Special thanks go to RPM for hosting the meeting.

The evening began with introductions around the table, and moved to Jeremy summarizing last year’s WordCamp, with various points of note:

  • This year’s organizers are: Jeremy Clarke, Shannon Smith (not present), Carl Alexander, Richard Archambault, and Kirk Wight, with huge input and assistance from Kathryn Presner and Alex Ruaux.
  • Last year’s largest sponsor (Telus, for $10,000) will not happen this year.
  • Last year was the first year operating under the WordPress Foundation, and we plan to do so again this year (necessary for being an official WordCamp).
  • Sponsors are more like “donors”, but we cannot offer receipts for tax purposes here in Canada.
  • Last year’s videos ended up with a faux-go, meaning they are not allowed on wordpress.tv (but are still available on YouTube). Fixing them would be a huge, expensive undertaking.
  • We have about $1000 left over from last year, that will just go to this year.
  • Hopefully we can plan WordCamp for the weekend of July 6-7, closing weekend of the JazzFest.

The meeting was over two-and-a-half hours long, with lots of engaging conversation and brainstorming. Through the evening, certain themes developed:

Likes

  • Box lunches and the catering in general
  • speakers
  • Location (UQAM Cœur des sciences is very central and surrounded by hotels, restos, coffee shops, etc)
  • Room arrangement was better than the year before
  • Alex and her volunteers
  • T-shirts
  • Lots of other little things 🙂

To be improved

  • Better signage: directions to rooms with big arrows, Happiness Bar
  • Earlier access to the venue for set-up (preferably the evening before)
  • Happiness Bar: People felt the Happiness Bar could be more prominent, with more tables and chairs. We could also make it more clear who was an expert helping out (armbands or special lanyards are options).
  • Welcome Announcement: last year’s greeting and orientation announcement was foiled by technical issues in one of the rooms; this year we’ll make sure it happens. This quick speech would welcome everyone, let them know where the rooms and facilities are, who to ask for help, etc.
  • More furniture in general for lounging and networking (maybe round tables?)
  • Speakers need to be kept on schedule
  • Better light control in the second room (screen was hard to see because of a skylight)

Possible enhancements

  • Venue: the venue is a huge part of the budget (approx 45% for 2012), so investigating venues other than UQAM Cœur des sciences is always an option. One possibility mentioned was the Centre St-Pierre.
  • Room “chair” or host: someone responsible for each of the rooms, that can make sure speakers are on time, videos are being done, etc.
  • Improved name badges: badges could better identify speakers, and an opt-in sticker system at registration could allow people to identify others with similar interests (eg. white stickers for SEO, blue stickers for devs)
  • Unconference track: small breakout groups could be organized around different topics
  • Job board: A place where clients and those available for work could post positions and meet each other
  • Hacker’s Space: it’s difficult to get really hard-core coder talks, so a dedicated area for meeting and hacking would give something more for advanced developers and others interested

Wrapping up, the priorities at this point for the organizers are:

  • Finalize dates
  • Finalize venue
  • Start looking for sponsors
  • Have the WordCamp 2013 website up in March
  • Call for speakers in April

If you have any questions or would like more detail about the evening’s discussions, feel free to reach out to an organizer, or comment on the WPMTL Facebook page.

Le 23 janvier, les membres de la communauté locale WordPress ont tenu une rencontre pour discuter du prochain WordCamp. Nous avons parlé de ce qui a bien fonctionné en l’année passée, de ce qui pourrait être amélioré, et des challenges auxquels nous nous attendons à faire face.

Un merci tout spécial à RPM qui nous a fourni les locaux pour la rencontre.

La soirée a débuté par un tour de table pour que chacun se présente, puis Jeremy a offert un sommaire rapide du WordCamp de l’an passé, en quelques points:

  • Le comité organisateur de l’an passé: Jeremy Clarke, Shannon Smith (absente), Carl Alexander, Richard Archambault et Kirk Wight, avec une énorme assistance de la part de Kathryn Presner et Alex Ruaux.
  • Le commanditaire le plus important l’an passé (Telus, pour 10,000 $) ne participera pas cette année.
  • L’an passé fut la première année où nous avons opéré sous la supervision de la Fondation WordPress, et nous planifions de le faire de nouveau cette année (nécessaire pour être un WordCamp officiel).
  • Les commanditaires sont plus comme des “donateurs”, mais nous ne pouvons pas offrir de reçus de taxes à des fins fiscales au Canada.
  • Les vidéos de l’an dernier ne sont pas utilisables, c’est-à-dire qu’ils ne sont pas permis sur wordpress.tv (mais sont tout de même disponibles sur YouTube). Les corriger serait une opération très coûteuse.
  • Il reste environ 1 000 $ en surplus de l’an passé, qui sera utilisé cette année.
  • Avec de la chance, nous serons en mesure de planifier WordCamp pour le week-end du 6-7 juillet, la fermeture du Festival de Jazz de Montréal.

Cette première rencontre a duré plus de 2h30, avec beaucoup d’échanges intéressants et de remue-méninge. Au cours de la soirée, quelques thèmes ont émergé:

Ce qui a fonctionné

  • Boites à lunch et le traiteur (nourriture) en général
  • Conférenciers
  • Endroit (Le Coeur des Sciences de l’UQAM est un endroit central, entouré d’hôtels, de restos, de cafés, etc)
  • L’aménagement des salles était mieux que l’année précedente
  • Alex et ses volontaires
  • Les t-shirts
  • Beaucoup d’autres petits détails 🙂

Ce qui peut être amélioré

  • Meilleure signalisation: directions vers les salles, Happiness Bar
  • Accès à l’endroit plus tôt pour les préparatifs (préférablement le soir d’avant)
  • Happiness Bar: plusieurs pensent que le Happiness Bar devrait être plus visible, avec plus de tables et chaises. On devrait aussi clarifier qui est un expert prêt à aider (brassard ou lanière de badge sont des options)
  • Annonce de départ: l’an passé, la présentation d’accueil et d’orientation n’ont pas eu lieu dû à un problème technique dans la salle principale, cette année on doit s’assurer que cette présentation aura lieu. On va offrir la bienvenue à tous, leur expliquer où sont les salles, comment demander de l’aide, etc.
  • Plus de tables et chaises en général pour relaxer et faire du réseautage (peut-être autour des tables?)
  • Les conférenciers doivent mieux respecter l’horaire
  • Meilleur éclairage dans la seconde salle de présentation (l’écran était plus difficile à voir à cause des puits de lumière)

Améliorations possibles

  • Endroit: la location de l’emplacement est une portion importante du budget (environ 45% en 2012), donc considérer un endroit autre que le Coeur des Sciences de l’UQAM est toujours une option. Une possibilité serait le Centre St-Pierre.
  • Moniteur de salle: quelqu’un responsable pour chacune des salles, qui s’assurera que les conférenciers sont à temps, que les vidéos sont faits, etc
  • Badge d’identification améliorées: les badges pourraient identifier les conférenciers, et offrir des auto-collants que chacun serait libre d’apposer sur sa badge, et qui aideraient à identifier des gens avec des intérêts similaires (ex. blanc pour SEO, bleu pour programmeurs, etc)
  • Piste de type ‘Unconference’: des petits groupes pourraient êtres organisés autours de gens désirant se rencontrer our discuter de différents sujets
  • Offres d’emploi: un endroit où les clients et ceux disponibles pour travailler pourraient afficher les emplois disponibles et se rencontrer
  • Coin des ‘hackers’: il est difficile d’avoir des discussions très avancées, alors un endroit dédié pour se rencontrer et programmer offrirait quelque chose d’intéressant pour les programmeurs plus avancés et ceux intéressés.

En guise de conclusion, les priorités en ce moment pour les organisateurs sont:

  • Finaliser les dates
  • Confirmer l’endroit
  • Commencer à chercher pour des commanditaires
  • Que le site de WordCamp 2013 soit en ligne pour le mois de mars
  • Commencer à chercher des conférenciers en avril

Si vous avez des questions ou vous aimeriez obtenir plus de détails sur les discussions de la rencontre, n’hésitez pas à contacter un des organisateurs, ou commenter sur la page Facebook de la Communauté WordPress de Montréal.

WordCamp 2013 Planning Meeting – Réunion de planification pour WordCamp 2013

The organizers of WordCamp MTL 2012 are meeting up to begin planning for WCMTL 2013, this summer. We invite members of the community who want to be involved to join us to discuss logistics and programming of WCMTL as well as to accept task assignments so that we can start working on this ASAP.

If you plan to attend please RSVP on the facebook event listing for the meetup.

Thanks to all who can make it, for those who can’t we will publish a summary on the Montreal WordPress Community blog at wpmtl.org.

TIME AND LOCATION
Wednesday January 23rd, 2013. 19:00h

RPM
420 Guy St.
Montréal , QC , H3J 1S6
Google Map: http://goo.gl/maps/obkiO

************

Les organisateurs de WordCamp Montréal 2012 vont se réunir pour commencer la planification de WordCamp Montréal 2013, qui aura lieu cet été. Tous les membres de la communauté qui veulent y participer sont invités à nous joindre pour discuter des logistiques de WCMTL, ainsi que d’accepter des taches pour que nous puissions commencer à travailler là-dessus tout de suite.

Si vous prévoyez assister au réunion, s’il vous plaît confirmer votre présence sur la page de l’événement sur Facebook.

Merci à tous qui pourront y assister. Pour les autres nous publierons un résumé de la réunion sur le blogue de la communauté à wpmtl.org.

QUAND?
Mercredi le 23 janvier 2013 à 19:00

OÙ?
RPM
420 Rue Guy
Montréal , QC , H3J 1S6
Carte Google: http://goo.gl/maps/obkiO

WordCamp 2012 Planning Meeting Notes

Hello Montreal WordPress Community!

bottles at wordcamp 2011 by elida arrizza
A scene of organizational bliss from WordCamp Montreal 2011 by Elida Arrizza.

On Thursday Feb 16 we had a public meeting to discuss logistics for WordCamp Montreal 2012 with the community. We went over as many issues as possible, considering questions as a group and hearing explanations of why things go the way they do from the core organizers from last year (i.e. main organizers again this year).

A notable change this year is that WordCamp Central has mandated that they play a much  more involved role in all WordCamps, including many rules about sponsors/speakers as well as overseeing our budget.

Below are various issues and what we discussed about them.

Venue

  • We are investigating pricing and availability at the renovated SAT (venue of WCMTL 2009)
    • It is unnavailable this summer unfortunately. Maybe next year.
  • Diane Bourque recommends Alfred Dallaire memorial space, but it’s probably too small.
  • Our likely venue is UQAM Coeur Des Sciences like last year. Effective, affordable and well-known to us. It has what we need and allows us to choose our own catering.
    • That said, we decided that if UQAM CDS is used again we will use the space differently.
    • Unfortunately the three rooms used last year (Agora, Chaufferie and Polyvalente, with Polyvalente being very far away from the other two) are the only ones available for rent, so we have to work with them.
    • To try to avoid problems from last year we will have talks in the Polyvalente and Agora, and socializing/food/Happiness bar in the Chaufferie (in the center).
  • NOTE ON FREE VENUES
    • WordCamp Central has a strong belief that free, appropriate venues are always available if you look hard enough, and that WordCamp budgets should be slim in accordance. While this seems to work well for many WordCamps I’ve attended, it just doesn’t pan out for WCMTL in our experience.
    • Shannon Smith, co-organizer and lead venue researcher for the last two years but who couldn’t make it to the meeting, explained the situation succinctly in an email:

The venue we have been using in the past is part of one of the 4 universities in Montreal. We’ve contacted all 4 universities in the past. We’ve gone through specific departments but none is willing to donate space for this kind of event. One of the 4 is unable even to rent space at all due to space constraints. One only allows department sponsored events, but all three departments contacted refused to sponsor our event. One requires 5$ per day per person using wifi, even for sponsored events. I’ve also contacted the city about using community space, but there are no cheap/free venues that have rooms that hold over 100 people. I’ve contacted local community colleges and language schools. They are either in use for school events or do not have large rooms. I’ve contacted over 30 venues, as well as done internet research. “

Date

  • Plan was to have it during Jazz Fest (Jun28-July7) to attract Matt Mullenweg like last year. This would mean June 30-July 1 or July 7-8.
  • July 1 is Canada Day/Montreal Moving Day and thus off the table.
  • Because WordCamp San Francisco (the main WordCamp of the world and Matt’s baby that he will both attend and organize) is likely to happen on July 14, we’ve been informed that having our WordCamp less than 2 weeks before or after that date will mean that Matt and other core developers will almost definitely not attend.
  • SO: We probably have to give up on Matt attending this year though maybe he will come to an earlier/later date, it’s hard to say.
  • CURRENTLY the most likely date is August 18-19 as that is when the UQAM Coeur Des Sciences is available (it is much more booked than last year).

Fundraising

  • WordCamp Central proposes that we should have donors, not sponsors, with the idea that it is not marketing for them, but a gift.
  • In the US they offer tax-deductible donations, so this makes more sense. In Canada we can’t offer that, so it is still more of a sponsorship.
  • WordCamp Central would prefer we have much cheaper sponsorships than we have had the last two years ($1000 or less), but we have found our former sponsors were happy with what they got for their money and never complained. (See our sponsor info from previous years here.)
  • We would like to welcome sponsors at similar rates to last year and contacting local agencies as well as former sponsors to make it happen.
  • To be involved in fundraising please sign up to the Facebook group and Twitter account, as well as this blog and wait for our announcement that we are looking for sponsors. At that point you can promote the idea of sponsoring and send potential sponsors to the form we will set up on the new WCMTL 2012 site (coming soon!)

Budget/money handling

  • Unlike previous years where the money was handled by the core team, this year all money will flow through WordCamp Central. They will accept payments from sponsors and make payments to the venue and service providers.
  • Part of this relationship is that the organizers are forced to come up with a full budget before a single dollar is collected or spent.
  • Meeting attendees agreed that this seems precarious, and as such our initial budget should be flush rather than sparse, leaving room for unforseen costs.
  • It was also emphasized by many attendants that they do not want potential fun things to be limited by the initial budget, and that if more sponsors come in later we would like to be able to add things to the event rather than being artificially limited by the initial budget.

Food/beverage

  • Everyone agrees that the caterers used in 2010 and 2011 were both insufficient and frustrating. We will avoid them both.
  • avocadotraiteur.com was specifically recommended. We will investigate.
  • As usual our intention will be to find a reasonably priced, nice meal on saturday, and probably a more compromised Pizza-style meal on Sunday.
  •  It was proposed that if we have a pizza lunch then there should be some kind of fallback vegetables for people who like that kind of thing. We’ll keep it in mind.

Swag

  • It was agreed that the bottles and bags from last year were useful and appreciated. Great!
  • Some people missed getting t-shirts, while others re-inforced the fact that not everyone wants t-shirts and we should avoid getting everyone shirts if at all possible.
  • Jer proposed that we have a mix of mementos including both things like shirts and things like bottles/bags/mugs.
  • Ideally this will be a question on the sign-up form so that people can choose either a shirt (indicating their size) OR an alternate gift. At the event only those who chose shirt will get one, which would hopefully also help to simplify issues around shirt sizing and trying to predict sizes of late-ticket-buyers.

Volunteer wrangling

    • It was agreed at the meeting that past volunteer organization was less than ideal. This year we will have one or more meta-volunteers tasked with co-ordinating the team and ensuring everything is handled during the event.
    • Zoonini’s friend Alex will be contacted as she already expressed interest.

Design (programs, shirts, signs, screensaver)

  • Historically most printed materials were assembled by Jer in the leadup to the event.
  • Last year we spent the following: Posters $205,  schedule postcards $227, stickers $150. Badges and directional signage brought the total to about $650
  • We would like to have similar stuff this year.
  • Branding/Logo
    • In past years the branding was done by the core team working together to come up with something nice.
    • We opt to not have a ‘design competition’ because administering it is complicated and we dont’ necessarily want to have to live with a submission.
    • IF YOU WANT TO BE INVOLVED IN THE DESIGN BRAND: Despite not having a competition we’re open to design ideas and submissions! Use the contact form on this site or the upcomming WCMTL 2012 site to send us your logo ideas and we’ll seriously consider them. We might use them as inspiration or ask you for more sizes etc. We might not use them at all. If we do use your design to some significant degree we’ll give you a free volunteer pass to the event.
    • Any design ideas should be focussed on the combination of WordPress (i.e. the WordPress logo should figure prominently) and Montreal (Whatever you think that means).

Website maintenance

  • The website will be hosted on wordcamp.org like last year (2012.montreal.wordcamp.org, should be available soon)
  • Like last year, the core organizers will be responsible for managing page content and posting updates whenever relevant.
  • We’ll be looking for one or more EN->FR translation volunteers to make sure that content is available in both languages.
  • Everyone agreed that the speaker interviews were good last year, so we plan to do that again.

Publicity

  • Shannon has historically taken charge of this. Creating a PDF to promote the event and sending it to mainstream media outlets.
  • At the meeting we agreed that the main ways to promote the event are by getting participants to spread the word to their friends and associates:
    • Everyone needs to retweet the notices and write about it wherever they write stuff.
    • Call your friends you think could benefit rather than assuming they’ll see it on facebook!

Speaker selection, schedule

  • Historically the speakers and schedule has been managed by Jer with help from Carl and the rest of the organizational team (especially when making tough/controvercial decisions).
  • A talk proposal form is added to the website and anyone can apply.
  • Usually the majority of talks are accepted, some with ammendments to their content to be more relevant or compelling.
  • Everyone at the meeting agreed that there were no real issues with this system and accepted that it would happen roughly the same again this year.

Afterparty

  • For the past three years we have had the party at  St-Sulpice because it is very large and can accomodate our group even if a lot of people turn out. They always find space for us and offer reasonable drink ticket specials to us (usually we buy $500 worth and spread it out among whoever is there.
  • Some people at the meeting wished that we could try a different venue this year, both because we could do better (St-Sulpice is not montreal’s classiest bar) and for variety.
  • Wherever we go needs to be able to accomodate 30-80 people and preferably give us a dedicated space.
  • If you have a location to propose please do so in the comments and we will consider it.

Speakers’ dinner/reception

  • This is a WordCamp tradition where the night before the event all speakers and organizers meet up for a free dinner. This allows them to get to know each other before the event so they can talk to attendees during WordCamp.
  • Some speakers at the meeting proposed that we go somewhere other than L’Academie, where we’ve gone for the last two years. FINE GUYS, WELL TRY TO SPICE IT UP OKAY 😛

Transportation and travel details

  • People at the meeting didn’t care much about having hotel deals for attendees.
  • Of course, they are very biased because we were all Montrealers who presumably don’t need hotels.
  • If anyone wants to contact hotels near the venue get in touch. Usually we just link to the list of hotels close to the venue on the venue’s website.

Little things that make people love WordPress more. !important

Diane brought this up and I think it’s a good place to close. The goal of WordCamp is to have an event where everyone learns about WP and also falls a bit in love with it. Once again this year that is our aim. We’re all doing it for free and trying our best. We welcome your input about anything and hope to include the community in all major decisionmaking, while also making the executive decisions necessary to keep things moving smoothly.

Big thanks to everyone who came to the meeting! See you guys soon!