Now that it is listed as pending on the official WordCamp Central site, I guess it’s safe to write about it. I have applied and been tentatively approved (along with Craig Taylor and Andy McIlwain, my co-organizers for all things WordPress Toronto) to organize a different kind of WordCamp for Toronto in addition to the “regular” WordCamp. We will be organizing a Toronto WordCamp: Developers specifically for designers and developers in an effort to address one of the common things we as organizers heard as feedback from last years event. Basically, the new users felt overwhelmed if they walked into a design/dev session and the design/dev crowd found no appeal in the new user sessions. So we will be doing a WordCamp for each group. Hopefully it will let people attend the WordCamp (or WordCamps) that has content more suited to their level/interest. Not that we are looking to draw a line in the sand and separate the two, as hopefully we will see a good sized core group attend both events. But what this does do is allow us to offer a wider variety and greater depth of content within each WordCamp.
For example, we could do a session or series of sessions in the “regular” WordCamp on things like photoblogging or real estate using WordPress as a result of having more rooms and slots to use for presentation. Conversely, we could focus WordCamp:Developers more on helping people get into designing and development using WordPress while also appeasing the more seasoned designer and developer with sessions that would draw them to the event. And this focus also allows us another advantage: the ability to include more presenters,and that means you…yes you…we want you to present at one (or both if you have the killer chops for it) WordCamps.
I’ll be taking the lead on this one in an effort to spread out the workload amongst us, which means this is going to be a very exciting (and busy) year for us WordPress users/designers/developers and all.
What we can tell you so far is that both WordCamps will take place again at George Brown College here in Toronto, as they have once again stepped up to the plate and offered to host us!
We’ll be giving out more details as we finalize them, so stay tuned!!