Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, Jill Binder, David Wolfpaw: Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space – Part 2

Do you run a WordPress event, but noticed only one type of person is attending? You’d love to have more diversity in your group, but folks are either not showing up – or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space? In this workshop, we’ll cover 5 topics: Shifting the way you think about diversity; how to attract and foster a diverse community; creating a welcoming environment, both in person and online; how to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to step up to be speakers and leaders; and how to be a better ally. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away. This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future! Bring an electronic device or computer: We will be working with a workbook PDF and there will be an opportunity to anonymously submit those questions you’ve always wanted to know but been afraid to ask.

Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, Jill Binder, David Wolfpaw: Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space – Part 1

Do you run a WordPress event, but noticed only one type of person is attending? You’d love to have more diversity in your group, but folks are either not showing up – or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space? In this workshop, we’ll cover 5 topics: Shifting the way you think about diversity; how to attract and foster a diverse community; creating a welcoming environment, both in person and online; how to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to step up to be speakers and leaders; and how to be a better ally. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away. This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future! Bring an electronic device or computer: We will be working with a workbook PDF and there will be an opportunity to anonymously submit those questions you’ve always wanted to know but been afraid to ask.

Allie Nimmons, Aurooba Ahmed, Jill Binder, David Wolfpaw: Creating a Welcoming and Diverse Space – Part 1

Do you run a WordPress event, but noticed only one type of person is attending? You’d love to have more diversity in your group, but folks are either not showing up – or they attend once and don’t come back. What can you do to foster, promote, and support diversity and an inclusive space? In this workshop, we’ll cover 5 topics: Shifting the way you think about diversity; how to attract and foster a diverse community; creating a welcoming environment, both in person and online; how to encourage more people from diverse backgrounds to step up to be speakers and leaders; and how to be a better ally. You will walk away with an action list to start making changes right away. This is not just for organizers, but anyone who wants to champion this kind of environment, now or in the future! Bring an electronic device or computer: We will be working with a workbook PDF and there will be an opportunity to anonymously submit those questions you’ve always wanted to know but been afraid to ask.

Sherry Walling: Feeling Fried? A WordPresser’s Guide to Preventing Burnout

I’m guessing you’ve heard of burnout. It’s all over the HuffPost twitter feed. Sounds like you might be at risk given all the demands on your time and your brain. Despite being common, burnout is much more than a self-help fad. The way that burnout can effect your brain has major implications for your creativity, productivity, relationships, and overall physical and mental health. But don’t worry… you aren’t doomed to feeling fried, jaded, and apathetic. Forty years of research have helped to clarify some key burnout prevention strategies. In this presentation, Dr. Walling will give you ideas and strategies to help you keep your creative edge, professional cool, and personal sanity.

Zack Tollman: Defining Fast: The Hardest Problem in Performance Engineering

We all want fast sites, but what is fast? What is performant? We may know it when we see; yet quantifying and communicating about web performance effectively is still a challenge. In this talk, we will discuss our ever-evolving set of standards for what comprises a fast site, how to measure it, and what to do once we have the resulting data.

Michele Butcher-Jones, Shawn Hooper, Sandy Edwards, Nathan Ingram: How to Organize Events for Youths (Discussion)

How to start and effectively run an event for youths. This interactive workshop will cover outreach, child care, possible formats dedicated to youths (both younger and older age groups), and legal considerations (wavers, insurance). We will work through a fast-paced taste of what a youth event can entail.

Dina Butcher, Ema DeRosia, Emily Lema, Sophia DeRosia, Olivia Bisset, Natalie Bourn, Nathan Ingram: How the WordPress Community Can Embrace the Next Generation (Talk + Panel)

Synopsis (Talk): This talk will explore ways the community can be more inclusive to the incoming generation of content creators and developers. Tips will be presented especially for parents and teachers how to incorporate WordPress into their home lives and educational curriculums. How local meetups, WordCamps, and contributor days can be more accommodating and inviting to young ones will also be covered.

Synopsis (Panel): This panel will have youth of various ages and backgrounds sharing how they use WordPress and what technologies other people their age are using (including some platforms or technologies that might be considered WordPress competitors).

Katherine White: Responsible Tracking: Learning from Your Users Without Being Creepy

This talk will expose some touch points that you can leverage with WordPress to help you learn about your users and how they interact with your site. We’ll discuss tools that move beyond just your analytics platform to help you gain access to these insights, and we’ll walk through some core features of Google Analytics that you may not be aware of.

Leaving this session, you’ll have a better understanding of the types of tracking tools, the information you can glean from them, and how to ensure your data tracking is responsible, transparent, and accessible.

Remkus de Vries, Ptah Dunbar, Milana Cap, Cal Evans: Running a Successful Contributor Day

Many WordCamps do not have contributor days or hackathons… many organizers hold back thinking they can’t provide a “good enough” experience or maybe their local community isn’t “developer focused.” There are also camps that have done these in the past and want to learn more ways to improve the experience for future events.

There are also contributor day / hackathons that don’t involve WordCamps (language transition day, WordPress.tv captioning, etc.). Explore the potential for local or online single-day events that cover the space between a regular meetup and an annual WordCamp.