Blue Zoo is proud to announce that our own Eric Huber is the new Lead Organizer for WordCamp Fayetteville!
The sixth annual WordCamp Fayetteville is scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2. Tickets are $35, which includes the full conference day and Jam Session (work/help session) on Saturday, plus the social events on Friday and Saturday evenings.
The key conference day will be Saturday, at the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development at the University of Arkansas (in front of the Harmon Avenue Parking Garage).
Those who register by July 20 will receive a WordCamp Fayetteville t-shirt!
WordCamp is a community-based conference for people who use Word Press, a popular online resource for creating blogs that powers more than 60 million websites.
Participants get together for fun and learning, finding answers to questions, sharing great ideas, getting refreshed and inspired, and meeting new people with the same interests.
WordCamp events are held all over the globe, and are designed for all levels of users, from beginners to developers. All WordCamps are organized by local WordPress community volunteers, and WordCamp Fayetteville is the only such event to take place in Arkansas.
“We’re grateful that past organizers Christopher Spencer and Angela Belford helped build this event over the past few years,” said Huber. “I’ve always loved the community of WordPress and am so inspired every year I attend by all the vast knowledge and experiences everyone is willing to share.
“I would love to see WordCamp Fayetteville become one of the best and largest events in mid-America, not for ego, but to bring everyone together and share the connection we have as WordPress users,” Huber continued. “To really show how, no matter our differences, we all really want to support our communities, our friends and our families, and to grow to be better ourselves.”
This year’s WordCamp Fayetteville will feature five ‘tracks’ instead of the traditional four. The new track this year is the Entrepreneur/Business track. The tracks are:
- WordPress 101: for the beginning WordPress user to learn the basics of WordPress
- Publishers: for bloggers, writers, and other content creators who utilize WordPress
- Entrepreneur/Business: for businesses and organizations who want to use WordPress for their website and blog
- Designers: for graphic designers and website designers who use WordPress to create websites
- Developers: for those who write plugins and themes, and create other technical aspects of WordPress
“The committee and volunteers noticed that we needed a new business angle. Some self-employed or freelance users may be doing their own development and design, and learning about new tools and receiving information on how to run a business online would be beneficial,” Huber said.
The keynote speaker for WordCamp Fayetteville will be Josepha Haden Chomphosy, who is a native of Northwest Arkansas currently living in Kansas City.
She recently joined the Automattic staff as a community organizer. Automattic operates and manages WordPress and all its properties. Haden Chomphosy will speak about several recent changes in WordPress and how those help bridge the digital divide.
Haden Chomphosy comes from a long line of writers and was raised to be a life-long learner in her hometown of Fayetteville. She has a passion for language and storycrafting, a skill she practices on starsandthemoon.com.
She has over a decade of experience using SEO, data analysis and content marketing to bring success and visibility to clients all over the world. Since 2010 she’s been working in Kansas City to increase digital literacy and get more women in tech. Haden Chomphosy can be found on Twitter as @josephahaden.
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Kelly was a Creative Content Strategist at Blue Zoo Creative. Her creative background in art, music and photography, experience in corporate HR, and Master's degree in English Literature from The College of William & Mary, she was able to adjust her style of writing for each unique client.