Slide Presentations from WordCamp Tampa 2015

We will publish all slides to this running post as they are provided by the Speakers. Stay Tuned!


Publishing Track

Design Track

Developer Track


Business Track

Freelance Track

Design & Development Track

Livestream Tickets now available

2014 was WordCamp Tampa’s inaugural event and the positive comments and feedback from attendees helped make it a huge success. It also helped us to understand that we needed to step-it up again and make our next WordCamp Tampa bigger and better.

Your organizers have been working hard all year to get to this weekend and we are sure you are going to love the surprises we have in store for you. Just like last year, we are breaking new ground.

At WordCamp Tampa 2014, we were approved by WordCamp Central to be the first WordCamp in the US to test new Video Livestreaming kits.

As with any new technology, we experienced a few minor issues and some dropped audio but for the most part the experiment was deemed a success. After our WC we reviewed the issues with Livestreams technical team and made corrections. The kits are now available for all US based WordCamps to use and several have reported great success this year, using the kits we pioneered.

This year WordCamp Tampa 2015 has stepped it up again and we were approved to add another video kit. We now have (3) state of the art Livestream kits. Additionally, with USF’s excellent A/V team on-board, our equipment has been tested with direct wired-Ethernet connections. The expected experience for all Livestream attendees is EXCELLENT.

So, if you were not able to get a ticket before they sold-out or perhaps you had other plans for the weekend but would really like to attend?

Now you can virtually.

With a Livestreaming ticket, you can watch all the events Saturday and Sunday LIVE. That’s (3) Tracks of (6) Events each day covering 24 sessions on Saturday and another 19 on Sunday, including the excellent Keynote by Carl Smith. Oh, and if you happen to miss a session, your WordCamp Tampa team has you covered as each session is also recorded as it streams. This means the video playback is ready within minutes of the session ending and available for playback at your leisure for up to 30 days after WordCamp Tampa 2015 has ended.

You can watch Livestream on most any device you have. Computer, laptop, tablet, or Smartphone. You can literally watch your favorite WordCamp Tampa sessions just about anywhere and anytime.

So be sure to pass on this SPECIAL Livestream ticket link to your WordPress friends so they can enjoy too. Livestream Access (2-Day WordCamp)

WordCamp Tampa 2015 organizers and speakers are ready when you are.

Calling All Code!

At WordCamp Tampa this year, we’re going to have a panel of industry professionals doing a live code audit. What’s a code audit? Exactly what it sounds like. The panel of experts are going to review user-submitted code ahead of time and then go over it, on screen, live with the audience. The goal is two-fold: we want people to see the mistakes that even experienced people make, and to show everyone that having your code in public isn’t something to be afraid of.

Who’s on the panel?
Helen Hou-Sandí, Josh Eaton, Devin Vinson, and Steven Word. Moderated by Andrew Norcross.

Whose code are you reviewing?
YOURS! We want you to submit your code for us to review.

Do I have to be attending WordCamp Tampa?
This is not a requirement, but we will be giving priority to those that will be there. (note: only WordCamp attendees can be at the audit)

Does it have to me my own code?
Yes. We will only review code by people who submit it.

How do I submit my code?
Fill out the form below. Include a link to the WP or GitHub repository (if public) or please provide a Dropbox link that is accessible.

How big should the codebase be?
Try to keep it to something smaller, as a large codebase usually has many moving parts and can be difficult to review. If the codebase is larger, please reference one specific part of the code that you’d like us to review. We will be giving priority to plugins (or plugin-like functionality) over themes, as a theme has many more files and has design considerations that will not be part of the audit.

Eeekkk! People are gonna see my name?
We can review the code without your name on it if you’d prefer, but keep in mind that someone may still be able to associate the code with you anyway. This is meant to be a learning experience for everyone, we aren’t here to degrade or make fun of anyone, and there will be no personal attacks whatsoever. Also, if there are glaring issues (especially when it comes to security) we will notify whoever submitted the code privately to resolve it before anything is seen by the public.

Where is the code?
Right here:

Helping Veterans Learn WordPress at WordCamp Tampa


We’re ecstatic to announce a partnership with Happy Joe, a non-profit organization that improves veterans’ lives by offering instruction for learning WordPress related topics.

We will be hosting the WP BootCamp on Friday, September 25th, all day long! WP BootCamp will be instructed by James Dalman, a U.S. Army Veteran, with support from Tampa Bay WordPress community organizers.

WordCamp Tampa is offering free WordCamp tickets to the first 30 veterans that sign up, graciously sponsored by WP Engine, a popular WordPress hosting platform.


Each veteran simply needs to fill out the entry form for approval prior to registering.

WordCamp Tampa Announces 2015 Dates & Venue


Alison Foxall
WordCamp Tampa

WordCamp Tampa Announces 2015 Dates & Venue
The conference is to be held at USF’s Marshall Student Center, Sept 25-27

Tampa, FL: WordCamp Tampa will be held at USF’s Marshall Student Center from September 25th-27th, 2015. The event is centered around web publishing, Internet marketing, design, web development, and entrepreneurial topics all utilizing the WordPress publishing platform. There will be 350 tickets available, a 40% increase from last year’s inagural sold-out event at Keiser University in Tampa. The WordPress framework has exploded in usage in the last few years, and demand for WordPress training has increased. The software currently powers almost 25% of sites on the Internet globally and is translated into 147 languages.

WordCamp Tampa attracts attendees across all industries in the Tampa Bay area, from real estate to healthcare, technology to law practices. Jim True, project management consultant and entrepreneur, remarks, “The open community nature of WordPress creates a perfect melting pot for new startups to mix with established successful businesses in a self-less open forum environment that many networking conferences just can’t achieve. That underlying sense of community is what helped this event be so successful last year.”

WordCamp speaker slots are available and anyone can submit a talk to be presented at the camp. The speaker selection committee reviews submissions and approves speakers for the schedule based on the demand of the topic by attendees and knowledge on a given topic. Speaker submissions will open up late Spring. Topics vary between Internet marketing, web development, design and business.

Sample WordCamp sessions:
• Introduction to E-Commerce and Selling Online
• Designing and Developing For Content
• Using WordPress with Microsoft Azure
• WordPress and the Enterprise: API Driven Business System Integration
• Against the Grain: Success in Publishing by Breaking All the Rules
• WordPress Empowerment: Moving from Idea to MVP

Sponsorships are available and are considered tax deductible donations. For more information see

About WordCamp Tampa: WordCamp Tampa is organized by the individuals behind Tampa Bay WordPress, an informal organization that provides WordPress training in a seminar format to all who seeks it at no cost. WordCamp Tampa is also an official affiliate of the WordPress Foundation which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the software projects it supports. It is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that it creates a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. The WordPress Foundation hopes to gather broad community support to make sure it can continue to serve the public good through freely accessible software.