A Rough Schedule for this WordCamp Mumbai

Over the past couple of weeks we have received a lot of questions about the timings for WordCamp and the schedule. The exact schedule is not decided as yet but here is a rough idea of things that will happen over the two days at WordCamp Mumbai.

Day 1 – Saturday, 12th March 2016

  • Registration & morning snacks – 9:00 am – 10:15  am
  • Speaker Sessions – 10.30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Lunch – 1:00 pm to 2.00 pm
  • Speaker Sessions – 2.00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Tea and Snacks – 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Speaker Sessions – 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Day 2 – Sunday, 13th March 2016

  • Morning snacks – 9:00 am – 10:15  am
  • Speaker Sessions – 10:30 am to 1:000 pm
  • Lunch – 1:00pm to 2.00 pm
  • Speaker Sessions – 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Tea and Snacks – 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Speaker Session – 4.00 pm to 5.00 pm
  • End Credits and Goodbyes – 5.00 pm to 5.30 pm

    These are the rough timings.

    The sessions will be grouped together according to context. So we will be splitting them as Developer, User, Community Building and Business related sessions.

A more complete format of each individual sessions and other extra activities will be published this week.

Buy WordCamp Tickets Offline in Mumbai, Nashik and Pune

desk-44077_1280Our tickets are selling well but a common complaint at times is that for some people buying a ticket online is difficult because they might not have a bank account or access to a credit card.

This is especially true with younger audiences and college going WordPress fans.

So we are introducing offline ticket sales! We have kept some tickets away which can be bought offline paying cash.

The price remains INR 500/- but there are three places you can buy these tickets this Saturday, February 27th 2016. Currently this is the only date we are making offline tickets available.

  • Mumbai WordPress Meetup10.30 am to 1.00 PM.
    Address: Starbucks Bandra-Kurla Complex
    Ground Floor, First International Financial Centre Building, Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai
  • Pune WordPress Knowledge Exchange4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
    Address: rtCamp Solutions Pvt Ltd
    G-2/2, Liberty Phase-2, North Main Road, Koregaon Park, Pune
  • Nashik WordPress Meetup5.30 PM to 6.30 PM
    Address: MilesWeb Internet Services
    401 C-Wing, 4th Floor, Chandrakiran Park, Near Prakash Petrol Pump, Govind Nagar, Nashik

Don’t just attend these meetups to buy tickets but also get talking and ask your questions about what a WordCamp is, why you should attend one and more.

Also for folks who want to buy tickets online, visit https://2016.mumbai.wordcamp.org/tickets/.

We are working on announcing a rough schedule soon and you can also check out our list of speakers announced to decide on attending the event.

Big thanks to Harshad Mane and Saurabh Shukla along with local organisers of meetups in Nashik and Pune for making offline ticket sales happen.

Note: Offline tickets can only be purchased by paying cash. If you prefer using a card, use the online option.

Zoho is Gold!

We are happy to announce our first Gold Sponsors for WordCamp Mumbai 2016, Zoho.com

The Zoho Team is really excited to attend WCMumbai and interact with our attendees.

If you haven’t yet heard about Zoho (highly unlikely), here’s a little about them.

Zoho is a business operating system—a single cloud software platform with all the applications to run an entire business. We have over 15 million users. Zoho’s productivity and collaboration suite include Email HostingDocument ManagementOffice Suite and Project Management while the business applications range from CRM and Campaign Management to Customer SupportAccounting and more.

Zoho also offers WordPress plugins with a few apps, such as Zoho SalesIQ and Zoho Creator, for engaging website visitors in real time and managing web form submissions.

If you would like to attend WordCamp Mumbai, and haven’t yet bought a ticket. Do hurry! you’ll be surprised how soon these tickets sell out 2-3weeks away from the events. Go ahead and book your ticket(s).

CybroGeek Corporation joins our long list of Sponsors

I am glad to announce that CybroGeek Corporation join us,  as Bronze sponsors.

They told us a little about them:

CybroGeek Corporation provides Web Designing, App Development, Digital Forensic, Cyber Forensic, learning & hosting Services.

You will be glad to know, we are hiring. Spot us at WordCamp to share some happy talks.

Why you should attend WordCamp Mumbai 2016

WordCamp Mumbai is great way to meet other local talent from in and around Mumbai, share your experiences and knowledge and most importantly it’s about bringing people with a common interest together. It’s one of the only conferences in the world where you’ll meet both hobbyists and professionals.

We understand that WordPress means different things for different people and this is your chance to learn a little bit about those other things. WordPress means the business of theme or plugin or website building for some. Some use it to create, share and promote to the world. While for others it’s a tool to build and foster a community. WordPress means code to some while it means moving away from coding to others. We’ve got all of you sorted while being a fun and casual learning experience.

In the end it is also about the people. I’ve personally made a ton of friends who’ve helped me in my personal and professional life. You’ll get to meet people from all walks of life, from different parts of India and from different parts of the world.

We know that you have a passion for WordPress – and we want to invite you to come share that with us. Book your tickets right now.

If you are registered already  – thanks for being awesome – and make sure you’re registered for updates to this site using the form in the sidebar.

Build it, and they WON’T come – Nirav Mehta shares the hard truths of WordPress plugins

WordPress has more than 50,000 public plugins. Should you build the next one? Will it be worthwhile maintaining it over the next five years? How will people discover your plugin? What activities can suck you away from building great plugins? How do you land up with great reviews for your plugins? Does it make sense to listen to customer feedback? How do you run a business around WordPress plugins and make money?

Those are some of the questions you will get answer for, in Nirav’s session.

nirav casual photoNirav is on an entrepreneurial journey for last 17 years – creating a series of successful (and impactful) businesses on the way. He started India’s first electronic magazine – while still in college, founded a top notch web services company, localized Linux and OpenOffice to Gujarati, authored two books, and took a business from 0 to six figures in two years. And then he ventured into WordPress. This session is going to highlight some of the biggest lessons he’s learned facing the ground realities of building a business around WordPress plugins.

Mahangu Weerasinghe on “The Jugaad Way: WordPress Dev for Non Developers”

mahangu-speakerHailing from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mahangu first found WordPress when he stumbled upon 0.70 in the dark recesses of #wordpress on Freenode. He has used and provided support for every major release of the software, and is excited about the impact the platform can have on South Asia.
Though once a high school English teacher, his desire to help make online publishing more democratic led him to Automattic, where he now works as a Happiness Engineer. He sincerely believes that stellar support will play a pivotal role in helping WordPress power the next 25% of the web!

Over the past year, Mahangu went from 0 code contributions to 50+ commits. In this talk, he hopes to draw on his experiences getting there and debunk several myths about WordPress programming.
This talk will assume a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS, but nothing further, and will look to draw non-technical people down the rabbit hole of theme and plugin development by showing how you can make WordPress do a lot of cool things without a very deep understanding of PHP or programming in general.

Learn how to retain talent in the Indian WordPress Ecosystem with Saurabh Shukla

Saurabh-Shukla

Saurabh will explain how to create a culture that keeps developers stimulated and satisfied, especially in the view of international players with deeper pockets.

Key points that will be covered:

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and satisfying basic needs (physiological & security)
  • Satisfying needs of love & belonging via culture and organisational structure.
  • Satisfying self-esteem needs via training, 360 degree feedback and recognition.
  • Satisfying self-actualisation needs using the WordPress community.
  • Deepening your shallow pockets by recognising your organisation as an entity and satisfying its needs.

Saurabh writes code and other stuff (insert your preposition here) WordPress. He also likes to talk about it. A former teacher and developer, he’s recently shifted his focus on WordPress education and education with WordPress.

You can follow him on Twitter @actual_saurabh

Michael Eisenwasser will help you increase user engagement using BuddyPress

Modern websites like Facebook and Youtube keep you hooked all day, while you visit most WordPress blogs only on occasion. What’s the difference? Social sites allow you to participate in the creation and sharing of content, so of course you stick around! Learn how to use BuddyPress to turn your own visitors into highly engaged participants, who regularly log into your site to produce content. With this power, you can build sites for collaborative education, social blogging, social commerce, social portfolios and more, all on WordPress.

michaelMichael is a BuddyPress enthusiast, with experience designing and building themes and plugins.

He is co-founder of BuddyBoss, a company that helps entrepreneurs to create successful BuddyPress communities. He previously managed the development and growth of SongLyrics.com, one of the most highly-trafficked websites in the world with over 100 million annual visitors. He has spoken at WordCamp Pune, WordCamp Miami, BuddyCamp Brighton (UK) and several universities about BuddyPress and web design.

Vijay Nallawala is the speaker who will teach you to create awareness for a cause

vijay-nallawalaVijay has built a bustling online community for the bipolar disorder afflicted in India. He’s (literally) written a book on his experiences on how he managed to break the stranglehold of stigma & isolation associated with bipolar disorder. This community has also led to him writing a fortnightly column on Mental Health on DNA Online.

In WordCamp Mumbai Vijay will talk about WordPress for Social Cause and his work on how he has guided people to medical professionals or has motivated them and made them believe in themselves and their ability to deal with the dreaded condition.

Vijay Nallawala (@VijayNallawala) is a digital storyteller who helps people build their personal brands. He’s also the author of ‘A Bipolar’s Journey ~ From Torment to Fulfillment”, Speaker and a Mental Wellness Facilitator.