Getting ready for #WCPUB: 5 things to look forward to at WordCamp for Publishers

WordCamp for Publishers is less than one week away!

For us at Shifter, this is our second time there as a sponsor and based on our experience one year out, here’s what we look forward to the most.

1. The Speakers

What we find very unique about #WCPUB is the quality of speakers and topics. There is no shortage of experienced professionals working at some of the largest media companies using WordPress presenting at this event.

Some presenters include software developers and engineers working on BuddyPressTechCrunch and USA Today Sports, and FiveThirtyEight just to name a few.

2. Chicago

The first WordCamp for Publishers kicked off in Denver last year so the move to Chicago is also new. The event is taking place in the heart of downtown Chicago aka The Loop, which also puts conference attendees close to the waterfront, city nightlife and some of the best city parks available.

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3. Session Topic: Press, Publish, React: Rebuilding TechCrunch

We are looking forward to the session, Press, Publish, React: Rebuilding TechCrunch presented by Libby Barker and Mike Selander because we are also advocates for React and the practical use of the WordPress REST API.

While rebuilding our own site, we decided to give this a try. Considering that Shifter is a part of a suite of products created by DigitalCube, including our sister product AMIMOTO, we could start by building a central place for our team to manage content and distribute to our front-end sites using React.

Each project is unique and how they accomplished this task for TechCrunch is sure to be an interesting story!

4. Session Topic: Up to 85% faster with minimal code changes

The session, Up to 85% faster with minimal code changes, is presented by Leo Postovoit, a familiar face at WordCamp for Publishers.

Leo’s experience as the Product Owner on the AMP for WordPress project gives attendees a chance to ask a developer tough questions with first-hand knowledge of their session topic. While AMP is becoming more common knowledge in the WordPress community, it’s crucial that developers and users understand what the projects intended purpose is and how it works.

Becoming more familiar with these tools and taking a deep look at what powers them opens up the opportunity to give valuable feedback and make that technology go even further.

5. The Game! Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox

There are few things more midwest-Americana than baseball. Early WordCamp ticket holders are invited to attend the game. It’s going to be an answer week in Chicago for WordPress community and we hope to see you there!