WordCamp Vancouver Contributor Day on Sunday July 27th

We are pleased to announce that part of this year’s WordCamp Vancouver will be a Contributor Day on Sunday, July 27th at BCIT downtown campus between 10am and 4pm. If you have ever been interested in learning about ways you can contribute to WordPress in coding and non-coding ways, this day is for you. I you have experience contributing already, we’d love to see you there as well, and maybe help others or even lead a group.

More information about Contributor Days: https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/

If you would like to join us, please sign up here:

 

http://2014.vancouver.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/

Accommodations and Transportation

Howdy all!

Every year we welcome members of the WordPress community who travel from out of town to attend our WordCamp. We try to make it easier for everyone to attend so here is our annual run down of advice and recommendation for accommodation and transportation within Vancouver.

Arriving in Vancouver

If you are arriving via air, it’s inexpensive and easy to get from the airport to any Downtown destination taking the Canada Line rapid transit rail link from the airport. In almost all cases the cost from the airport is about $9 and $3 on the way back. Ticketing machines accept bills, coins, debit and credit cards. It takes about 30 minutes to get from the Airport to Downtown. Cabs from the airport to Downtown usually cost about $40 and take about the same time, sometimes longer when there’s bad traffic. Public transit in Vancouver is offered by TranslinkGoogle Maps offers reliable public transit directions.

If you are traveling via train or bus you will arrive at Pacific Central Station which is adjacent to the Main Street Skytrain station. There is construction on that station right now but you can still catch trains to get you downtown.

Hotel Recommendations

We’ve gathered a few hotel recommendations for you:

Sandman Hotel, rooms starting around $160 per night
St Regis Hotel
, rooms starting around $179 per night
Rosedale on Robson
, rooms starting around $170 per night
Holiday Inn Vancouver, rooms starting around $175 per night
Hotel Le Soleil, rooms starting around $186 per night
Opus Boutique Hotel, rooms starting around $270
Fairmont Vancouver, rooms starting around $360 per night

All of these hotels are within walking distance of the WordCamp venue.

There is also a number of great apartments/rooms for rent on AirBnb, raging from $45 to $250+ per night. While we cannot recommend specific rentals, we’ve heard great things about using AirBnb and do recommend the service as a whole.

Transportation information

As a reminder, the venue for WordCamp Vancouver 2014 is BCIT Downtown Campus located at 555 Seymour Street - Vancouver, V6B 3H6. The venue is in the heart of Downtown Vancouver and within walking distance of several hotels.

We recommend walking, biking or using public transit to get to BCIT Downtown Campus. If you use public transit, please get off at Granville station (using expo/millenium line) or Vancouver City Center (using Canada line).

If you are arriving by car,  please note that the BCIT parking lot will be closed on July 26th. There are other public parking lots nearby, notably on Seymour St. Parking on the street may be difficult and/or costly.

Use these tools to help plan your trip to the BCIT Downtown Campus:

Map

We’ve prepared a helpful map of many key and recommended locations around Vancouver. Including the airport, venue, the after party location and all of the recommended hotels from above. We’ve also added a number of recommended activities, restaurants and attractions for out of own attendees. Please note that BCIT, the WordCamp venue is indicated by the blue WordPress logo whereas the after party location is indicated by the grey logo.

WordCamp Vancouver 2014 Speaker Schedule

This year we received over 55 speaker applications for WordCamp Vancouver. It took several hours of deliberation and a lot of difficult decisions. We are very grateful to all the amazing people who submitted talks. They really made our job hard but in a good way.

Take a look at our speaker line-up. http://2014.vancouver.wordcamp.org/speakers/  You will find that there is something for everyone, of all levels and many interests. We wanted to provide talks that would prove to be engaging to long time developers but also be accessible to people new to using WordPress or developing for the web in general. We also wanted to highlight some of the technology and tools that are available to everyone and how they can be used within WordPress infrastructure.

Schedule: http://2014.vancouver.wordcamp.org/schedule/

Have you bought your ticket yet?  http://2014.vancouver.wordcamp.org/tickets/

Announcing WordCamp Vancouver Dev 2014

WordCamp Vancouver is back for another edition in 2014! Today we’ve got a number of details to share with you!

WordCamp Vancouver Dev 2014 will be focused on topics for those who build with WordPress. If you’re a developer or designer of any level of expertise we will have topics for you. Our goal is to offer an open community environment for all to learn what tools are available within WordPress and what third party technology is available to help improve WordPress.

WordCamp Vancouver 2014 will be on Saturday July 26th 2014 at BCIT Downtown Campus, in Vancouver.

We’re still planning the event, so some details are still to be confirmed. However, here’s what we can share and ask of you, wonderful WordPress community:

  • Take a look at the About page for details on the venue, address, and other details.
  • In order to be able to fund WordCamp Vancouver, we need the community’s help. If you’re a WordPress-based business or use WordPress, or just love WordPress, please consider sponsoring WordCamp.
  • What good would WordCamp be without great presentations? If you’re interested in speaking, please apply! The deadline for speaker submissions is June 12th.
  • We need day-of volunteers to help out with all sorts of things; the event just wouldn’t be possible without some smiling faces to give us a little help. Take a look at our volunteering page.
  • Just looking to attend? Of course you are! We’d love for you to be there :). There will be talks appropriate both for designers/developers. Tickets will go on sale on May 27th, at the early-bird ultra-good-deal price of $20. On June 19th, we’ll announce speakers and sponsors; and on June 26th the price will go up to the full price (but still very affordable) of $25. Lunch as well as a drink or two at the after party will be included with every ticket. We’ll have just about 300 tickets for sale and you’ll need to purchase it in advance; no walk-ins this year.

If you’d like to get updates as we make them available, or if you want to be reminded as these dates approach, please subscribe in the sidebar. If you need to get in touch with the organizers, about anything else, please visit the contact page.