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Here is the schedule!

Friday, September 26th

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
10:00 amRegistration
10:30 amOpening Remarks
11:00 amWordPress Basics: Setup and Installation Syed BalkhiPlugin Development from Scratch Jonathan DesrosiersSecure WordPress Workshop Joseph Herbrandson, Chris Wiegman
12:00 pmLunch
1:30 pmWordPress Basics: Setup and Installation Syed BalkhiPlugin Development from Scratch Jonathan DesrosiersSecure WordPress Workshop Joseph Herbrandson, Chris Wiegman
4:00 pmEnd Day

Saturday, September 27th

Time Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
8:00 amRegistration
8:45 amOpening Remarks
9:15 amGetting started with Plugin Architecture Rocco TripaldiGoing Places With WordPress Andy ChristianConnecting the Dots Chris Van Patten
10:00 amHooking Into WordPress Craig RalstonThe Tools and Methodology needed to work in a distributed (remote) team. Jeff GolenskiSecuring WordPress the Right Way Chris Wiegman
10:45 amContent Aware WordPress Theming Ryan KannerYou Will Never Be Good Enough Aaron WareWordPress Security: Fundamentals for Professionals Joseph Herbrandson
11:30 amGit, WordPress, Azure Stacey MulcahyYour client hired you as an expert, so be one Derek SmartHow about more eardrums for your site? Podcasting. Lydia Rogers
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pmKEYNOTE: WordPress as an API: The power of semantic data Sam Hotchkiss
2:15 pmBuilding A Career in WordPress Clint WarrenWordPress in Schools Cameron Barrett
3:00 pmBreak
3:30 pmJSON REST API Taylor LovettThe Neuroscience of Increasing Website Conversions Tom ShapiroUsing WordPress for Online Learning Renee Hobbs
4:15 pmModular JavaScript K.Adam WhiteFlexibility of WooCommerce Danny SantoroMultisite, Multinetwork, and Free Money John James Jacoby
5:00 pmLightning Talks Jesse Friedman, D.K. Smith, Amanda Giles, Matt Medeiros, RC Lations
6:00 pmAfter Party at Trinity Brewhouse


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“We have WordCamps to learn”

Jeff Golenski is one of the presenters at the Providence WordCamp September 26 and 27.    He took a few moments to answer our questions.

First and foremost, what is your topic going to be at WordCamp?
Jeff – The Tools & Methodologies of Working Remotely.

What type of person should attend your session?
Jeff – Any type of entrepreneur, designer, developer, business person, or marketer. Whether they’re freelance and have clients from all over, or they’re on a remote team in some larger organization. Everyone can get something from this talk.

What previous knowledge, if any, should they have to attend your session?
Jeff – Pretty basic. They just need to basically be alive and know how to use the internet. 😉

How much coding/web development/other will an attendee need to know to get something out of your talk?
Jeff – Nearly 0%

Why did you agree to speak at Providence WordCamp?
Jeff – I want to help others’ who have a desire to learn and better themselves, in order to make the web a better place.

What do you do with WordPress?
Jeff – We’ll leave it at… “Everything.”

For WordCamp as a whole: What would you say to someone who says: “I’m afraid to go.  I know nothing about websites and would be totally overwhelmed.”
Jeff – That’s precisely why we have WordCamps – to learn. There are different level talks for everybody. I can go sit in some talks and be completely underwhelmed and bored, or I can go sit in talks and not know a thing about what the speaker is talking about (until they say “WordPress” and my eyes light up). We all have to start somewhere, so why not make it at a extremely affordable conference with passionate people, rather than paying thousands at a tech college. It’s easier than ever to dig in and get your hands dirty, so what are you waiting for?

What would you say to someone who says: “I know so much about websites and WordPress there’s nothing I could get out of WordCamp.”
Jeff – There’s always a bigger fish. And if they truly have that mentality then they’ve stopping trying to innovate.  You can be good at a lot of things, but you can’t be the best at everything.

What impressions do you have about the other speakers/volunteers/sponsors/the organizers at WordCamp?
Jeff – I respect everyone. Whether it be 20 minutes, or dozens of hours, we’re all contributing to make a better WordPress community. Even if someone makes a mistake with logistics or whatnot, it’s not a big deal. They’re doing their best, with the best intentions.

Any advice for a first-time WordCamp attendee?
Jeff – Get off your devices and listen. Unless you’re in a workshop or the speaker is asking everyone to do some interactive stuff, you won’t fully absorb what they’re trying to teach you unless you put things down.

Jeff Golenski is a Design and Front-end Engineer at Automattic.  He received degrees at  Johnson & Wales University for Digital Media and Web Development.  Jeff went to High School at Old Colony Technical High School  in Rochester, MA.

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