Contributor Day — Sunday July 23th

Whether you’ve never contributed to WordPress before, or if you’ve done so for years, you’re invited to WordCamp Boston Contributor day. This is your chance to learn out how to contribute from the experts, hang out with others who love to contribute, and push some of your own contributions — all in one (well, really less than one) day.

We’re planning a fun, active and intense day of learning, coding, testing, documentation and hanging out. WordPress experts and contributors will be present to help you get up to speed quickly with how to contribute to WordPress. Don’t know exactly what you want to do? No problem! Just show up and we’ll get you plugged into a team that needs your help. Not a coder? That’s okay too — there are plenty of non-dev ways to contribute to the WordPress community, including documentation and more.

Just bring your own laptop and we’ll take care of the rest

Sessions for Business and Entrepreneurs

If you are a business owner or entrepreneur we have scheduled several great sessions both Saturday and Sunday to help you along. You can just park yourself in the Ballroom or Balcony 2 for 8 great sessions designed for you.

Saturday Sessions

Sunday Sessions

Of course if there are other areas of WordPress you want to learn about, there are 5 other tracks you can go to over the weekend! You can see the full schedule here.

WordCamp Boston After Party

No WordCamp is complete without an After Party! Many of the speakers and local WordPress Community go. It’s a great place to network and make new connections to help you along.

The afterparty will be at White Horse Tavern (link is to yelp page), from 5:30-9pm. The address is 116 Brighton Ave. From the venue, this is a 1.2mi walk; or you can hop on the 57 Bus to Brighton ave @ Linden st (mbta website). Lyft, Uber, or Fasten are also options. There is only street parking nearby, but you can leave your car in the venue parking lot.

We’ll have heavy appetizers and drinks (free non-alcoholic & a limited amount of tickets for beer/wine). There will be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free & dairy free options.

Your name badge for the event is your ticket, so why not register today.

Higher Education Sessions

So, if WPCampus in Buffalo last weekend was a little to far to go to this year, or you just need a little more we have some great WordPress for Higher Education! Here’s what we have lined up:

Of course if there are other areas of WordPress you want to learn about, there are 5 other tracks you can go to over the weekend! You can see the full schedule here.

Designer Sessions

We have about the best set of sessions for WordPress Designers we’ve ever had! Just park yourself in the Balcony 2 room Saturday – there will be designer sessions there most day! Here a list of the sessions.

Of course if there are other areas of WordPress you want to learn about, there are 5 other tracks you can go to over the weekend! You can see the full schedule here.

Register Today and Get Feed

You won’t go hungry at this years WordCamp! Included with registration, start the day with coffee and pastries sponsored by Jetpack. Lunch, sponsored by A2 Hosting and SiteGround, will have choices for omnivores, vegans, vegetarians, along with gluten free, dairy free and kosher options. We’ll have a fun surprise for an afternoon snack, sponsored by WP Engine and Bluehost 🍨 And of course, coffee all day, sponsored by GoDaddy & CaptainForm.

After the sessions are done, head to the afterparty, sponsored by Pantheon and SiteLock, for appetizers and a no-host bar.

Grab lunch (brunch!) before coming on Sunday, there won’t be a full meal. But we will  have an afternoon snack, sponsored by BoldGrid, and more coffee all day (thanks WooCommerce!).

To guarantee food and any special preferences for you, please register today!

Developer Sessions

If you are a developer coming to WordCamp Boston this year we’ve got a great set of sessions for you. This year we’ve got sessions for advance developer to those just starting out. Come back Sunday and you can put some of the great new things you learn at the contributor day session.

Intro to Development

Playing ball with Plugins – Marc Gratch

Level Up! Taking your WordPress Code up a Notch – Amanda Giles

It’s never too soon to be fitted for a tinfoil hat – Jim Reevior

Development

Performance Under Pressure – Mat Marquis

Time to Publish – Bradley Jacobs

Why Can’t I Do X in my plugin? – Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

Searching for the Perfect Search – Jon Heller

Woo for You: Customizing WooCommerce – Gary Thayer

Advanced Development

Building an App with WordPress’ REST API – Greg Opperman

Functional Programming for WordPress Developers – Dave Ross

Enterprise-Grade WordPress Development: Building Bulletproof Software that is Ready for the Masses – Steven Word

Of course if there are other areas of WordPress you want to learn about, there are 5 other tracks you can go to over the weekend! You can see the full schedule here.

Need Extra Help With Your WordPress Sites?

Need more help than just attending sessions? Get some extra help with your WordPress sites at the Happiness Bar! This is the place to come and get your WordPress questions answered by knowledgeable WordPress experts and Happiness Engineers. This is one of the best aspects of WordCamp!

The Happiness bar is available all day Saturday in the Metcalf Auditorium and Sunday in the Ziskind Lounge.

Your can purchase your tickets here.

Where to Eat Around Town

Originally Posted By Mel Choyce last year for WCB 2016.

Coming in early or staying in town an extra day and wondering where to eat around Boston? Here are some of our favorite spots.

Coffee & Breakfast

We’ll have coffee all day Saturday and Sunday, but when you’re in Beantown, sometimes you just want a couple cups. Here’s some of our favorite coffee (and breakfast) spots around town:

Pavement Coffeehouse

736 Commonwealth Ave, Boston

This one is literally across the street from BU. We’re especially fans of their cold brew and affogato. If you need a quick break from WordCamp, this is the place to go.

Refuge Cafe

155 Brighton Ave, Allston

About a mile away from BU is Refuge Cafe in Allston. Take a nice walk, or hop the 57 bus for a quick trip. Refuge is a fun little space with plenty of seating if you want to work for a little while with your laptop or tablet. Be sure to try their Allston Sunrise breakfast sandwich or their vegan breakfast burrito.

1369 Coffee House

1369 Cambridge Street, Cambridge
757 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

If you’re staying in or around Cambridge, check out 1369 Coffee House in Inman or Central Square. This is a daily favorite for some of our team! They make great cold brew and iced lattes, or if you’re looking for something caffeine-free, check out their seasonal lemonades. Their daily scone selections are to die for.

Kupel’s Bakery

421 Harvard St, Brookline

Do you like bagels? We love bagels. Get ’em untoasted with cream cheese or try one of their great bagel sandwiches, like the Coolidge Corner. We’ve heard the bear claws are delish.

Lunch

Enjoy some of our favorite lunch spots:

Clover

Multiple locations

The Great Boston Area’s favorite local vegetarian chain of restaurants and food trucks, Clover is the perfect place to grab some lunch if you’re out and about town. You can’t go wrong with any of their sandwiches. If you’re looking for a larger lunch, try one of their awesome platters.

Paris Creperie

278 Harvard St, Brookline

If you’re staying at the Holiday Inn, Paris Creperie is a quick C (Green) Line train away. With a selection of sweet and savory crepes, Paris Creperie is sure to please. Try the Kale’n It or Lilli’s. If you have a strong sugar craving, try the Frozen Nutella Hot Chocolate or Latte.

Dinner

Need something a little more filling? Here are some dinner spots to check out:

Sunset Grill and Tap

130 Brighton Ave, Allston

This one might sound familiar — it’s a sibling restaurant of our after party venue, Sunset Cantina. With hundreds of beers on their menu, Sunset Grill and Tap’s a great place to head out with your friends for burgers and brews.

Otto Pizza

888 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline

If you’re into non-traditional pizza, Otto is the way to go. Be sure to grab a slice of the Mashed Potato, Bacon & Scallion pizza, or our other favorite, Pulled Pork & Mango. If you’ve been to WordCamp Maine, this Northeast pizza chain should be familiar to you.

Island Creek Oyster Bar

In the mood for something a little fancier? Island Creek Oyster Bar is the place to be. With a magnificent raw bar, killer lobster rolls, and a full cocktail menu, Island Creek is the foodie’s paradise.

Just a tip: try to check this one out Friday or Monday; with home Redsox games on Saturday and Sunday, it’s sure to be packed. If you can, make a reservation online.

WordCamp Boston 2017 Schedule

We’ve posted the schedule for WordCamp Boston 2017, you can see it here.

As always we have great sessions planned, With Keynotes from John Maeda, Global Head – Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic on Saturday, and K.Adam White, formerly a Senior Web Engineering Consultant at Bocoup  and the lead for the REST API on Sunday. We couldn’t ask for better keynotes

This year we are running 4 tracks. We have 47 sessions scheduled – the most we’ve ever offered, so whether you are new to WordPress, an advance developer, beginning developer, designer, or a blogger/user -we are sure there are many sessions that will make your business more successful!

This WordCamp Boston will be as accessible as ever! With live captioning of all the presentations, quiet rooms, and more!

WordCamp Boston has several great sponsors to help make it a success. With major sponsors like WooCommerce, SiteLock, BoldGrid, Bluehost, Jetpack, WPEngine, A2 Hosting, GoDaddy, Pantheon, SiteGround, Captain Form along with several others. You can talk with them directly about ways to improve what you are doing. You can see all of them here.

Register Today! It’s the best $40 you’ll invest in your business.