We’re Sold Out! See Everyone Tomorrow!

Howdy WordCampers!

We’re ecstatic to announce that WordCamp Brisbane is sold out! We’ve had amazing support from the local communities these past few weeks, and we’ve had far more last minute tickets than we ever anticipated.

Now for some important details:

  • WordCamp Brisbane is on tomorrow!
  • Registration opens at 8.30am sharp.
  • Please bring a water bottle if possible.
  • Follow directions to P Block upon entry to QUT (Follow the main walk path between buildings and the Botanical gardens to the end, then right when you hit the Gardens Theatre at the end).

Directions: Check the Location page for a map

After party: The after party will be on Saturday night is at the Port Office Hotel. Entry will be by badge only, so please bring it along.


Panel: The Future Of Mobile / Mobile & Web

Our final speaker announcement before WordCamp Brisbane is a panel on “The Future Of Mobile / Mobile & Web”. The future of WordPress and mobile devices will be changing considerably over the next 12 – 18 months as new technology and frameworks emerge. This panel discussion will cover all things mobile from responsive design right through to mobile apps. During the session we will have an MC leading the discussion but we will be encouraging audience questions.

Our panel of our experts is James BanksLucy BloomfieldNik Cree and Ryan McCue.

Speaker: Ryan McCue – The WordPress REST API

Ryan McCue

Ryan McCue

We have our final speaker announcement for WordCamp Brisbane (apart from a panel that we have to announce too 🙂 )! Ryan McCue will be talking about The WordPress REST API. The WordPress REST API is a simple but powerful way to interact with WordPress. There is also a 2.0 Beta available of the project on Github which is being actively maintained and updated as the project works it’s way into WordPress core. Ryan started this project as a WordPress Google Summer of Code project and it has been growing in leaps and bounds since that project started.

This project will affect everyone who works with WordPress! The WordPress REST API will change the way use WordPress as it’s not only able to expose WordPress content, meta, users and media in JSON. You can easily extend the API to expose content and settings from custom post types and plugins that you have developed. Not only can you view the data but you can perform any CRUD activities provided you’re authenticated via the API’s endpoints.

This means that you can use mobile, desktop and web applications that you create in any programming language or framework and update your WordPress data without having to login to WordPress.  This will really make it a lot easier to use “WordPress as an application framework”. Ryan’s talk will cover the project goals and will make you excited about the future of WordPress!

Ryan was only 14 when he committed his first WordPress patch but he’s been contributing to open source software since he was 11 or 12. He’s also maintained SimplePie which is an RSS and Atom reader this is used in WordPress core. He’s now a Senior Engineer at Human Made and is one of the lead developers of the WP REST API project.

You can follow him on Twitter.

Silver Sponsor: OpenSRS



We’re very happy to announce another Silver sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! OpenSRS is the wholesale unit of Tucows, exclusively focused on the needs of resellers. Through a network of over 14,000 web hosts, Internet service providers and Web companies, OpenSRS manages domain names, email addresses, digital security products and web publishing tools for millions of end users worldwide. We offer white-label, brandable end-user interfaces, easy-to-use management tools, extensive technical documentation, scalable, reliable systems, competitive pricing and outstanding customer support.

OpenSRS is extending an exclusive offer for WordCamp Brisbane participants whereby the standard ($95 USD) reseller signup fee is fully waived, as well as special pricing for popular Australian TLDs. All you need to do is head over to signup.opensrs.com and use the coupon code “SRS100AUS” to sign up for a free reseller account. Drop by and say hi to get more information on the promotional pricing.

You can follow them on Twitter.

Bronze Sponsor: SitePoint


WordCamp Brisbane are happy to add another Bronze sponsor to our lineup of wonderful sponsorsSitePoint is a world leading publisher and community for web developers and designers. Founded by Mark Harbottle and Matt Mickiewicz, our mission is to deliver fundamental knowledge, new ideas, and emerging concepts to web professionals across the globe. For practical tutorials, articles, books, courses, and our Forums, if it’s got anything to do with making incredible internet things — we’ve got you covered.

You can follow SitePoint on Twitter.

Silver Sponsor: Shortie Designs

Shortie Designs

We’ve got yet another awesome Silver Sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! Shortie Designs is a Brisbane digital design studio that specialises in custom made WordPress websites and online strategies. Taking a strategic and user focussed approach, they harness the power of UX, design, and web development to create online solutions that get results. Working with small to medium business, their clients include, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, QUT and Goodlife Health Clubs.


Bronze Sponsor: Matter Solutions

Matter Solutions

We’re very happy to announce another local Bronze sponsor for WordCamp Brisbane! Matter Solutions is a Brisbane-based web design, SEO and AdWords agency focused on creating high performing WordPress websites and digital strategies for businesses. With a passion for beautiful design, strategy and results, the team love building websites that drive traffic and convert visitors. Matter Solutions have a wealth of experience completing a range of responsive WordPress websites for notable clients across Brisbane.

WordCamp Brisbane Countdown – Get your tickets!


The countdown is on, WordCamp Brisbane is on in 12 days, and I can’t wait! We’ve still got some tickets remaining – but they’re selling fast! If you (or someone you know) haven’t purchased a ticket yet, there’s never been a better time!

The deadline for a getting a shirt in your preferred size is this Wednesday the 20th psst, that’s in 2 days! which is when we’ll be sending the final order to the printers. If you purchase your ticket after Wednesday, we’ll have spare shirts, but we can’t guarantee that we’ll have them in your size (First-come best-dressed on the day!).

Every ticket comes with 2 days of over two dozen amazing speakers covering every WordPress topic you can think of, a great Morning Tea & Lunch, Coffee, and, entry into the after party which will be held nearby on the Saturday night. The after party is a time to socialise with others, talk about your WordPress projects, and network with other local professionals! (If you didn’t manage to get enough networking in between sessions).


Call for Volunteers
If you’re interested in helping us out on the day (Microphone running during Q&A Sessions? Staffing the Happiness bar serving up your WordPress knowledge? Helping get everyone checked in with a badge in the morning?) we’d love to hear from you, volunteers help make WordCamp run smoothly and we can never have too many! (If you’ve applied before, and didn’t hear back, we apologise, we’ve got your contact details and will be in touch soon)

WordPress Brisbane Meetup
WordCamp Brisbane is being run as a local non-profit event with Linux Australia in conjunction with the Brisbane WordPress meetup group, the meetup group meets once a month to talk WordPress – topics have ranged from an Introduction to WordPress, right up to how to Develop with a REST API, something for everyone. The meetup group always welcomes new members, and will always be free. If you’d like to present, or interested in helping out, get in contact with the organisers through our meetup page. There’s WordPress meetups on the Sunshine Coast & Gold Coast, and every major capital city, so if you’re not from Brisbane there’s bound to be a meetup event near you!

Photo Source: Anthony Hortin, 2013

Gold Sponsor: Human Made


We are happy to announce our new Gold Sponsor Human Made.

Human Made specialise in high-end WordPress development & consultancy for Enterprise & Big Media. Typically involving a high degree of custom development with a focus on performance & security at scale. Each project provides a different challenge. Human Made have been a WordPress.com VIP partner since 2012, with a proven track record in dealing with big clients.

Speaker: Warren Denley – Email Marketing – The Secret Weapon To Grow Your Business

Warren Denley

Warren Denley

We have another speaker announcement for WordCamp Brisbane, Warren Denley will be talking about email marketing!

Getting the right people to your site is hard enough. And making a sale to first time visitors is nearly impossible. So you need a way to build a relationship with your visitors and keep them coming back to your site until they are ready to buy from you.

You Need Email Marketing! Warren’s talk will cover:

  • Selecting an email provider.
  • Quick start guide to setting up your account and creating your first list.
  • Creating your email template.
  • Integrating your list with your site (collecting subscribers).
  • Communicating with your list.
  • Measuring, monitoring and improving your engagement.
  • Case studies – what works and what doesn’t.
  • Taking it further – segmentation and funnels.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of how to set up your email list.
  • How to integrate your email list with your site.
  • How to nurture your list to create more sales for your business.

Working as a Business Analyst on technical projects for over 15 years, Warren has developed a knack for moulding available technologies into business solutions. As a WordPress Consultant, Warren has spoken at WordCamp Melbourne (Australia) and regularly speaks at WordPress Meetups in Melbourne (for which he is a co-organiser).

When not creating websites or helping people with WordPress technical issues, Warren likes to test his physical endurance, having already completed the Oxfam 100km walk 3 times and Tough Mudder in 2014.

You can follow Warren on Twitter.