WordCamp Auckland in a nutshell!

We’ve been feverishly planning all the things to WCAKL and are just so happy with how things are turning out. Here’s a summary of the last minute jobs we’ve been working on this week:

  • Confirming all the things.
  • Locked in schedule.
  • Signed for about 50KG of swag deliveries!
  • Rallying our volunteer crew! Y’all are amazing!
  • Running last minute Advertising on FB/ Linked in
  • Printing lanyards : seriously, props to Dan Matthews our unofficial, but totally amazing designer!
  • Wrangling copy, content and all the things we aren’t so savvy with!

It really takes a team to run a WordPress, huge props to our organiser team Ralf Klis, Tarei King, Dan Matthews and special guests Dee Teal and Jason Kemp for the huge commitment put in!

Huge props to all our volunteers and the people who volunteered to help out! The WordPress community in Auckland, although small – is full of people willing to lend a hand!

Last 48 hours of ticket sales!

Source: WP Tavern

We’ve got the last influx of swag boxes, lanyards almost printed and speakers all locked in – now it’s up to you to get the last few tickets.

It’s going to be a WordPress filled weekend, so dust off your side-projects, grab your wapuu’s, capitalise your W and P and join the other 70 attendees at WordCamp Auckland.

Get your tickets here

Ticket sales will be closed on Friday, so thursday is your last day! We can’t wait to see you there.

 

After Party – Saturday night’s social event!

La Zeppa

As is tradition in many WordCamp’s, the after party is a social event held in the middle of the conference, typically on the evening of day one. It’s a chance to interact socially with attendees, speakers and sponsors – in a relaxed environment.

This year we are being hosted by La Zeppa in Victoria Park Market (click for details) – a short walk from the venue! We have reserved a roof top area which is a little quieter, allowing everyone to talk and catch up.

Discuss the highlights from day one and generally relax a little bit.

Light refreshments and nibbles are provided. You’ll need your WCAKL lanyard to gain entry and freebies!

We are still looking for a sponsor for the after-party (don’t worry, it’s still going ahead)… so if you or your company would like to sponsor register your interest on our call for sponsors page.

Call for panel topics and questions

WordCamp Auckland is happening this weekend (need tickets?) and on Saturday 11 march we’ve got a Panel Discussion. However, we need your help in coming up with a core discussion topic.

WordCamp Calgary 2014” (CC BY 2.0) by Reg Tiangha

Additionally, we will be asking the panel your questions – so get them in early to ensure we have everything lined up perfectly.

Our panel isn’t selected yet, but we will be asking from a selection of our speakers whether they would like to be apart of our panel and share their opinions. So if your question is better suited for a particular speaker – let us know who that is.

TL:DR; Get in touch, ask a question – all from the safety of twitter/facebook or in person.

  • How to ask a question? Twitter with the hashtag #AskWCAKL
  • Below with a comment
  • Leave a comment on our facebook page.
  • Slack us in #general on http://wpnz-slack.herokuapp.com / #WPNZ

Questions from all over New Zealand and the world are welcome!

The first WordCamp to have a hangi for lunch?

We can’t confirm whether we are the first WordCamp to cater a traditional maori hangi for lunch, but we definitely are the first in 2017!

Attendees of WCAKL17 will be treated to an traditional hangi prepared offsite and served buffet-style on saturday for lunch. We’ve called in a few favours and Riki Bennett, the Hangi Master – will be serving up this awesome feast!

For more information on how a hangi is prepared or what it is, visit: http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/maori-hangi/

Vegetables prior to being cooked underground!

Be sure to include any dietary requirements when purchasing your ticket – we will do our best to accommodate everyone.

Need to know more about WordCamp Auckland? Review the schedule of talks, or the list of wonderful speakers this year!

Call for volunteers!

With WCAKL17 fast approaching, we’ve need a helping hand.

If you want to contribute to the WordPress community, meet awesome people and get a backstage peek into how everything works at a WordCamp, this is for you!

We need volunteers to make WordCamp awesome and this could be you! We will throw in a free t-shirt, a free ticket for the event (so you can attend when you’re not busy) and meals as well!

Wanna apply? Read more and fill out the application form here: Volunteer at WCAKL17

Need to know why volunteering rocks?

The volunteers of WordCamp Europe share their thoughts on an excellent blog post here https://2017.europe.wordcamp.org/2017/01/19/what-have-past-wceu-volunteers-learned-from-their-experience/.

Don’t miss out on a T-shirt! Get your ticket before March 1st.

tl;dr: Buy a ticket before 1 March to get your t-shirt guaranteed. Trust us, these t-shirts are slick!

Dan Matthews from Design Cabin has been creating amazing designs for WCAKL. We’ve seen so many great designs from website, identity and wapuu, but the latest designs are exciting – T-shirts! If you see him at WCAKL – give him some massive props, he’s also a freelance designer if your project needs one!

We haven’t yet confirmed whether t-shirts are 100% budgeted for – we need more ticket sales and more sponsors, but if we can wrangle another $5,000 in combined sponsorship and ticket sales, we will have these amazing t-shirts available to all attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers (who have their information to use before the 1st of march).

But, if we don’t have your ticket + a t-shirt size confirmed, we won’t be able to promise you’ll have a t-shirt on the day, so get in quick!

Now, we can’t confirm whether this is the t-shirt design or not for this year’s #WCAKL event.. so you’ll just have to GET YOUR TICKET and find out on the day.

Why the 1st of march? Well – printers have to print. So all the t-shirt sizes we have by march first, will be printed. No promises after that.

Does your company want to sponsor? We’d love you too – take a look at our sponsors page to find out how!

Calling all sponsors!

Be apart of something unique this year!

Sponsor WordCamp Auckland 2017, the first WordCamp in 3 years in New Zealand – in an wonderfully intimate return, #WCAKL2017 is going to be amazing.

Sponsoring a WordCamp is a great way to support and give back to your local WordPress community. This conference features two days full of speakers, from America – Australia and of course, right here in NZ.

We’ve also got a PDF to print out should you feel really adventurous.

Mt Cook – $3,000, 1 available

  • 2 Complementary Tickets
  • Link on the WordCamp Auckland website
  • Company name on the website
  • Company logo on the website
  • Company description on the website
  • Blog post thanking the sponsor before event
  • Promotion on social media channels
  • Logo on slide projected between talks
  • Foyer table for representative/signs
  • Email thanks pre / post event
  • Logo on program lanyard insert
  • Sponsor level on name badge
  • Logo on name badge
  • Signage & representation at party
  • Thank you in opening & closing remarks

Mt Ruapehu – $1,500 – 2 1 available

  • 1 Complementary Ticket
  • Link on the WordCamp Auckland website
  • Company name on the website
  • Company logo on the website
  • Company description on the website
  • Blog post thanking the sponsor before event
  • Promotion on social media channels
  • Logo on slide projected between talks
  • Foyer table for representative/signs
  • Email thanks pre / post event
  • Logo on program lanyard insert
  • Sponsor level on name badge

Mt Eden – $500 – 3 1 available

  • Link on the WordCamp Auckland website
  • Company name on the website
  • Company logo on the website
  • Company description on the website
  • Blog post thanking the sponsor before event
  • Promotion on social media channels
  • Logo on slide projected between talks
  • Foyer table for representative/signs
  • Email thanks pre / post event
  • Logo on program lanyard insert
  • Sponsor level on name badge

After party sponsorship – $2,500

  • 1 Complementary Ticket
  • Link on the WordCamp Auckland website
  • Company name on the website
  • Company logo on the website
  • Company description on the website
  • Blog post thanking the sponsor before event
  • Promotion on social media channels
  • Logo on slide projected between talks
  • Foyer table for shared swag
  • Signage & Representation at party

Speakers Dinner sponsorship – $770

  • 1 Complementary Ticket
  • Link on the WordCamp Auckland website
  • Company name on the website
  • Company logo on the website
  • Company description on the website
  • Blog post thanking the sponsor before event

Tickets, on sale!

Well, we are pretty excited to announce that WordCamp Auckland tickets are on sale now, in two stunning variations:

Purchase tickets here

  • Community Sponsor Tickets: $150
  • Standard Tickets: $50

Both tickets include:

  • 2 WordPress-filled days of WordCamp Auckland 2017, speakers, social times and great food!
  • Optional attendance at the Social event on Saturday night
  • Some awesome speakers on a variety of topics from Business, agency, development, design and how-to use WordPress.
  • Lunch and afternoon tea for both days
  • An amazing conference and experience to get involved in the most WordPress thing in you’ll attend this year (short of WCEU or WCUS).
  • Oh, a **sweet t-shirt** – we are still ironing out the details
  • Swag bag of goodies!

Community sponsor tickets include the above with some bonus karma perks:

  •  Your logo and URL on the website
  • A mention on Social Media, and a pat on the back (metaphorically, if not literally).
  • Good local karma!

We really are looking forward to meeting you there! Drop us a line in the comments, tell us what you want to see at #WCAKL2017.

Hear from first timers at WordCamp Sydney 2016!

Want to attend WordCamp Auckland 2017?

The organiser team is busy setting tables, herding vendors, gathering sponsors and speakers and designing the site.

But you might be asking .. Where can I get a my ticket? – well, the answer is: Soon. We will announce the ticket sales once we’ve ironed out a few more details, but here are some quick details so you’re in the loop:

  • Approximately $50 + GST per ticket.
  • Community sponsor tickets will be available: These are tickets that are a little more expensive, but helps us fund the WordCamp (and you get a sweet mention as a micro-sponsor).
  • Attendance for 2 days of WordCamp (March 11-12), including lunch and social after-party (more details to come).
  • Tickets will be available to purchase on this website.
  • WordCamp will be held at GRIDAKL, Wynyard Quarter – Auckland.
  • Our code of conduct is available here.

You’ll meet some awesome people from all over the WordPress community – but, tickets are limited to 100 attendees. Best to get in early. Sign-up to the newsletter on the right and we will keep you updated!

We are all looking forward to meeting all of you! Feel free to drop in and say hello at out next Auckland WordPress Meetup in the meantime.

Image is from Auckland WordPress Meetup – April Meetup 2016 at the same venue!