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BuddyCamp Miami – It’s Almost Here

We are very proud to have BuddyCamp Miami back again for a second year in Miami. We have a fine lineup of speakers (including John James Jocbay, one of the key and core contributors to BuddyPress) and a great lineup for both those new to BuddyPress and experienced developers.


If you are heading toward BuddyCamp on May 10th, PLEASE read this information on directions (this section of the University of Miami will be familiar to those who have been to WordCamp Miami weekends in the past). We will not be able to respond to last-minute questions, so prepare yourself accordingly. Our venue should have power and guest wifi, but please plan accordingly.


At this time, we are planning on providing sandwiches, chips, and various drinks for lunch. Please feel free to bring your own lunch. We are not planning on providing coffee or beverages in the morning, although we might have donuts for you. 🙂


Please refer to our BuddyCamp schedule here. Check it a day or two before in cast there are last minute updates.

Code of Conduct

Please refer to our Code of Content and let us know if you have any questions. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone – from registration to the final session.

Signup For Text Alerts

Thanks to MailChimp’s “Gather” App/Service, WordCamp Miami can send out text alerts to people right before and during the conference.

Here’s the link to the signup form:

We will use this sparingly (only for important announcements or emergencies). You can unsubscribe at any time, and WordCamp Miami never has your personal information or phone number.

T-Shirt Deadline: April 5th

If you are thinking about grabbing a WordCamp Miami ticket, be aware that you must do so by April 5th in order to guarantee yourself on our infamous (famous?) WordCamp Miami t-shirts. After April 5th, we send off our order to the t-shirt company who doesn’t guarantee any additional shirts on late orders.

This year, we have quite a bit of surprises for those who don’t wait until the last minute. Don’t be left out!

Time is Running Out! Last Few Tickets For Beginner’s Workshop

Response to our beginner’s workshops has been the usual – fantastic! In fact, our beginner’s workshops are just about to sell out. So if you or someone you know wanted to be a part of the full-day class focused on those learning WordPress for the first time, then you would need to act now. 🙂

Our beginner’s workshops are sponsored this year by SiteGround. Please click here to read about our workshops in general, and you can click here to read about our May 9th speaker lineup.

If you aren’t attending the beginner’s workshop but still thinking about grabbing a ticket, our general weekend ticket is also close to selling out. Don’t be left out!

Click here to buy your ticket.

Beginner’s Workshop (May 9th) Speakers Announced

WordCamp Miami will have two beginner’s workshops this year. One workshop will be happening on April 19th at Nova Southeastern University, and the other will be happening on Friday, May 9th at the University of Miami. Both workshops will be covering the same information. Here’s more information about the workshops.

We are proud to have Syed Balkhi back to host the workshop this year. We also proud to have SiteGround sponsoring the workshops this year. Here’s the lineup of planned speakers for the May 9th workshop:

Syed Balkhi

He is the founder of WPBeginner (the largest free WordPress resource site) and List25 an extremely popular entertainment site with over 725,000 subscribers and 90 Million video views. Syed’s work has been featured in NYTimes, HuffingtonPost, Yahoo Small Business, Wired, Mashable, and countless other well-reputed online magazines. Syed has worked with some of the largest brands in the industry including but not limited to WarnerBros, Webs, Mercer, and more.

Steven Alig

Steven Alig is the President and Founder of South Florida Web Studio. He has been professionally involved in the internet industry since 1997. Working directly with both large national corporate accounts and small local business, Steven understands the diverse set of requirements that different businesses have. Working with many different technologies throughout his career, Steven committed exclusively to WordPress in 2010 and has not looked back since. Over the years Steven has provided online marketing, web development and consultation services for clients such as The Miami Dolphins, Walmart, Arvida Homes, The St. Joe Company, Motorola, The Hollywood Florida Office of Tourism and more. Today, every project completed by South Florida Web Studio is built on WordPress.

David Laietta

David Laietta is a WordPress theme and plugin developer, as well as community organizer. He leads the WordPress Orlando Meetup, as well as WordCamp Orlando. David is also a long-time supporter of WordCamp Miami.


Zac Gordon

Zac Gordon teaches WordPress for the amazing online education company, Treehouse. Before that he taught WordPress, web design and development at the high school and college level. In addition to teaching, Zac runs a web design company that builds $975 templated WordPress sites for small businesses.

Gabriela Levit

Gabriela Levit is a developer with over 15 years programming experience. She started Jacaranda Technologies six years ago, primarily creating web sites, custom WordPress themes, and now expanding into plugins. She was a recent 2014 WordCamp Phoenix presenter and upcoming speaker at the WordPress NYC Meetup. As well, past WordCamp New York volunteer and WordCamp Philly sponsor. When not programming, she can be found taking pictures, eating/cooking yummy food, and flying small planes.

Hristo Pandjarov

Hristo is a WordPress enthusiast who’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin. He’s been fortunate to have his passion for all things WordPress and his job overlap at SiteGround, where he develops and implements various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.