WordCamp Recap

WordCamp Vancouver 2014 was a great success this weekend.  We want to give a number of thanks and share a few things with you as a way to recap the event.

First off, we’d like to give another huge thanks to all of our sponsors. Without their generous support, WordCamp simply wouldn’t be possible.

WordCamp Pillars: Bluehost and Wiredtree
WordCamp Champions: Code Poet, DreamHost and PlanetHoster
WordCamp Accomplice: WPML
Venue sponsor: BCIT
English Bay sponsors: Forge & Smith, Jukebox Print, Lynda.com, KIMBODESIGN, Washington State University, Creative Mornings and Sparkjoy Studios
False Creek: Swanton Design, iWitness Design, IvyCat and Checkfront

Additionally, a huge props to all of the volunteers and speakers. Their involvement is crucial to making WordCamp Vancouver the quality event that we’ve had since we started a few years ago.

Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who attended WordCamp Vancouver 2014 over the weekend. Without your presence and enthusiasm, we, the organizers wouldn’t be putting this together. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

Our volunteer photographer Wendy Crumpler took a series of great pictures. You can find them here: https://plus.google.com/photos/104922361296609891454/albums/6040770007690005441?authkey=CJmhx8G6yLKnvwE — thank you Wendy!

If you missed a talk you really wanted to see, or just wanted to take another look at a code example or another detail, we’re pleased to let you know that all of the talks were recorded and will be published on WordPress.tv within the next few weeks. We’ll send everyone an email once those videos are available. In addition, all of our speakers have shared their presentation slides with us. You can grab them here:

Getting Started With Unit Tests

App-ifying WordPress

How To Build A Custom Widget

Tips for writing secure plugins and themes

Functions.php And How To Quit It

Future Responsive Today – Embracing mobile-first with <picture> and FlexBox

WP <3 Elasticsearch

WordPress Single Page Web Apps

Advanced Custom Fields – Beyond the basics (lightning talk)

Introduction to the command line (lightning talk)

Responsive web development made easy with CSS and the mobble plugin (lightning talk)

How to create your own robot (lightning talk)

So you still cowboy code your infrastructure…

Magic with CSS Pseudo-Selectors

Accessibility with CSS: Making websites better for everyone

wp.awesome! WordPress JS helpers

Finally, since WordCamp Vancouver is run as a non-profit event under the WordPress foundation’s umbrella, we’d like to share our final budget numbers with the community. This is just another step by which the WordPress community demonstrates its openness and transparency:

WordCamp Vancouver 2014 Public Budget - Sheet1

Please let us know if you have any questions here in the comments or email us at vancouver@wordcamp.org.

We’ll be holding another WordCamp Vancouver in 2015 — no plans yet, but we’ll keep you posted!

WordCamp Vancouver Schedule

Time Conference Room (#280, downstairs) Atrium (#825, upstairs)
9:00 amGetting Started With Unit Tests Curtis McHaleCANCELLED – Creating Wholehearted Experiences Steve Fisher
10:15 amApp-ifying WordPress Mandi WiseHow To Build A Custom Widget Mel Karlik
11:15 amTips for writing secure plugins and themes Ben LobaughFunctions.php And How To Quit It Tabby Chapman
1:00 pmFuture Responsive Today – Embracing mobile-first with <picture> and FlexBox Morten Rand-HendriksenWP <3 Elasticsearch Xiao Yu
2:00 pmWordPress Single Page Web Apps Alessandro BiavatiAdvanced Custom Fields – Beyond the basics (lightning talk) Merrill Mayer
2:10 pmIntroduction to the command line (lightning talk) Tanner Moushey
2:20 pmResponsive web development made easy with CSS and the mobble plugin (lightning talk) Christine Rondeau
2:30 pmHow to create your own robot (lightning talk) Robert Dall
3:00 pmSo you still cowboy code your infrastructure… Zack TollmanMagic with CSS Pseudo-Selectors Morgan Kay
4:00 pmAccessibility with CSS: Making websites better for everyone Stephanie Hobsonwp.awesome! WordPress JS helpers Luke Woodward

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:


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. https://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: https://2014.vancouver.wordcamp.org/schedule/

Have you bought your ticket yet?  https://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.