The WordCamp London After-Party!

No WordCamp is complete without a social event where everyone can hang out, chat, and have even more fun. WordCamp London is no different. The after-party will take place in the Rocket Complex at London Metropolitan University, which means that you don’t need to go anywhere, since it’s the same venue as the WordCamp!

The party will start straight after the conference ends on Saturday, from 6pm in the bar at the Rocket Complex and will wind down at midnight. We’ll be providing dinner, which will be served at around 7pm. Food will be provided according to the dietary requirements you filled in when you bought your ticket.

Not bought your ticket yet? What are you waiting for?!

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Finding a place to stay

We have comprised a list of hotels which are within walking distance or are within a tube ride to our venue.

Please note that the hotels are in no particular order and the travel time shown is based off Google Maps calculations.

Charlie Hotel

  • 63 Anson Road, London, N7 0AR
  • 23 minutes walking  : Google Maps
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 607 8375
  • www.charlieshotel.com
  • There are also other B&B’s on Anson Road that you can book if Charlie Hotel is full. Queens Hotel and Five Kings Hotel.
  • It is budget accommodation though so look elsewhere if you prefer modern and shiny hotel.

Queens Hotel

Marion Barnes B&B

  • Highbury Terrace, N5 1UP
  • 10 minutes walking : Google Maps
  • Tel: +44 (0) 207 354 3210

Tune Hotel – Kings Cross

Premier Inn

  • Chain hotel with three locations all within seconds of each other.
  • Kings Cross:
    • 26-30 York Way, Kings Cross, London
    • 11 minutes via the Piccadilly line : Google Maps
    • Tel: +44 (0) 871 527 8672 . Please note that this is a premium number: Calls cost 10p per minute & network extras.
    • Premierinn.com – Kings Cross 
  • Other close locations:

There are other hotels around the Finsbury Park and Kings Cross tube stations which are all within 10 minutes ride on the Piccadilly line.

Feel free to use the comments below to share any good hotel venue deals with the rest of the attendees.

 

 

WordCamp London Lightning Talks

We had a fantastic session of lightning talks at the last WordCamp London, and this year we’re going to have even more. We’ve split the lightning talks up across three tracks on Sunday – they were a really popular sessions last year and we hope you enjoy them just as much in 2015.

Here are our 2015 lightning talkers:

Design

  • Dave Redfern is a digital designer at iWeb and co-founder of the Staffs web meetup.
  • Julio Potier is a security consultant and developer of the WP Rocket plugin.
  • Scott Evans is a designer at Automattic.
  • Lance Willett is a WordPress core committer for the default themes.

Development

  • John Blackbourn was release lead for WordPress 4.1.
  • Kirsty Burgoine runs a web design studio based in Shropshire
  • Tom Nowell is a developer at Automattic.
  • Miles Stewart is a developer specialising in WordPress and PHP.
  • Mark Wilkinson is a freelance WordPress developer.

Business

  • Tom Greenwood is the Managing Director of Wholegrain Digital.
  • Annabel Kaye is the founder of Irenicon.
  • Michael Killen is the founder of Sell your Service.
  • Rachel McCollin is a WordPress developer and author.
  • Franz Vitulli is a Product Marking Specialist for Human Made.

 

Call for Volunteers

Do you want to be part of the amazing team of people making WordCamp London a success? Discover even more of what WordCamp London has to offer by signing up to be one of the crucial volunteers making it all happen.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities, each with different time commitments, experience requirements, and logistics. The only two requirements for all volunteers are to be reliable and to be friendly. If that sounds like you, fill out the volunteer application form to express your interest and our fabulous volunteer coordinators will get back to you to discuss making it happen.

Want to know more about what you’d actually be doing as a volunteer? Check out the list below to see more details about the different volunteer opportunities:

  • Registration & T-shirts – Check in registered attendees and hand out name tags. Not for those who are alphabetically challenged. In the afternoon the registration desk converts to the t-shirt handout station.
  • Happiness Bar – Help other WordPress users with their sites.
  • Room Moderator & Time Keeper – Work with the emcees, video people, speakers, and everyone else working in the room to keep things running smoothly and on time!
  • Mic Runner – During Q&As run the mics around the room to wherever the next question is.
  • Green Room Guard – Keep a watch over the room where speakers and volunteers leave their stuff.
  • Hall Monitor – Answer attendees’ questions about the schedule, the venue, etc, and help direct traffic to the various conference rooms.

As a thank you to the folks who fill these crucial jobs, WordCamp London tickets will be free to anyone who volunteers for 4 or more hours, and all volunteers will receive a free, volunteer t-shirt. If you’re interested please don’t delay, fill out the volunteer form today. Thank you everyone; we could not run our WordCamp without you and we can’t wait to see you there.

Welcome our next group of WordCamp London Speakers

It’s just over 6 weeks until WordCamp London. We’re getting pretty excited about it and thought it would be a good time to introduce you to our next group of amazing speakers.

  • Lorna Jane Mitchell is the Principal Developer at Siftware, a published author, web development consultant and technical trainer.
  • Adrian Zumbrunnen is a User Experience Designer, Writer, Speaker and Coffee Enthusiast.
  • Sophie Plimbley is an Operations Product Owner for News UK based in London.
  • Luke Wheatle is the Platform Owner at News UK, based in London.
  • Kathryn Reeve  is a PHP developer who’s been working for PHP since early in PHP4’s lifespan.
  • Jo Waltham is a freelance WordPress developer at Callia Web. She specialises in building websites with the Genesis Framework for bloggers and small businesses.
  • Brad Williams is the CEO of WebDevStudios and co-presenter on the DradCast.
  • Fabio Torlini is MD for WP Engine, based out of Tech City in London.
  • Sue Keogh is director of Sookio, who offer web content and social media services to small businesses and big brands.
  • Simon Wheatley is the co-founder of Code for the People, which was recently acquired by Automattic.
  • Joel Bronkowski works at WooThemes where he pioneers WooCommerce partnerships with global ecommerce services and the developer community.
  • Lily Dart is the Head of Service Design at dxw.
  • Ben Furfie is a web designer and front-end developer specialising in building lead generation websites for businesses.

Welcome to our next group of speakers!

Excited about WordCamp London yet? We are! In just a couple of months we’ll be running around like crazy people, trying to keep things running smoothly while you listen to some amazing speakers from across the WordPress community and beyond. Say hello to some more of them:

  • Helen Hou-Sandi is a WordPress core committer and Director of Platform Experience at 10up. She was release lead for WordPress 4.0.
  • Laura Kalbag is a designer with a thing for the web. She works at Ind.ie.
  • Simon Dickson a Director of Platform Services at WordPress.com VIP.
  • Adrian Restantia is Art Director for Moove, a London-based WordPress agency.
  • Daniel Westall is a web developer and co-founder of webmatics.
  • Davide Casali is an experience director and startup advisor working in Automattic with 11+ years of experience.
  • Jo Petty is a freelance copywriter who has worked in the industry since 2010, specialising in content strategy and crafting copy for websites and blogs.
  • Jessica Rose is a self taught programmer and general tech enthusiast. Focuses include SEO, community education initiates for technical skills, technical writing and planning hacks.
  • Corinne Welsh runs a small training and development company specialising in free and open source software.
  • Graham Armfield is a Web Accessibility Consultant with his own company Coolfields Consulting and member of the WordPress accessibility team.

Watch this space for more announcements soon!

Speakers on the WordCamp London Non-profit Track

This year we’re hosting a non-profit track along with our venue hosts – London Metropolitan University. London Met has a strong record of research and teaching in social entrepreneurship, community and international development – as well as in computer science and web development. We’re pleased to welcome a group of speakers to share their experience of using WordPress in a not-for-profit context.

  • Jim Bowes is the CEO of Manifesto Digital. He has worked with non-profits such as Cancer Research UK, The Children’s Society and National Trust.
  • Paul Clark  is the Director of Recruiting at WordPress web agency 10up. He built the website for the Free Burma Rangers.
  • Bowe Frankema is a WordPress and BuddyPress developer. In 2014 he ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to set up CFCommunity.
  • Matt Haworth is a co-founder of Reason Digital, an award winning social enterprise which works with charities to help them do a little good with digital.
  • Petya Raykovska is the co-founder of Bulgarian media non-profit the Open Media Foundation.
  • Matt Radford is a full-time WordPress developer based in the UK. He works with Abortion Support Network.
  • Jason King is a freelance WordPress developer with more than twenty years experience working with non-profits.