My highlights from WordCamp Philippines 2008, held on September 6 at De La Salle – College of St. Benilde:
Matt Mullenweg Arrives
When Matt Mullenweg arrived, he sat right behind me, so I moved away and took a photo of him.
I ended up attending sessions under the Development track. Kudos to Gail dela Cruz-Villanueva (Creating WordPress Themes & CSS Power), Markku Seguerra (Developing WordPress Plugins), and Karla Redor (WordPress as a CME/CMS).
It seems many people missed sessions because of time constraints. And unfortunately there weren’t really any concrete demos from the Development Track talks to give you the feeling of how WordPress really works—except for Markku’s Strip! plugin, which was still very brief.
But it can’t be helped. There are only so many hours in a day and the organizers (congratulations, Mindanao Bloggers!) and speakers made the most out of the situation. Overall, the topics were a good mix and it was difficult having to choose one over the other. Next time, I’ll choose the noob route.
State of the Word
Matt’s much-awaited talk, The Future of WordPress (also State of the Word) was amazing, of course. He discussed groundbreaking figures in WordPress usage. He also gave a tour of WordPress 2.7 “Crazyhorse” and discussed plans beyond this upcoming version.
Philippine Web Standardistas Unite!
I loved that Regnard Raquedan‘s talk on WordPress & Web Standards was a plenary session. For those who were wondering why, I think it’s most apt. WordPress has been an upholder of web standards from the get-go. I’m sure many people have learned about proper coding conventions just by looking at the default WordPress theme files or at the HTML text of one’s blog posts. The Web Standards Project also transferred the Browse Happy initiative to WordPress as its official host and sponsor.
I’m also glad he cited Aja Lapus, Mae Paulino, and me as references—though I hardly write about web standards here! On a related note, the three of us met with Shari Cruz to formalize plans the seemingly dormant Web Standards Philippines group. Give her a holler if you want to join.
Random Fire Postscript
WordCamp was a great experience. My tiny wish is that in the future, participants would get rid of their shyness and keep the atmosphere very casual (maybe because it was too cold), but as close to an in-depth discovery of WordPress as possible. I can’t explain, however, why the auditorium was buzzing so loudly during the Powwow with Matt that he had to shush the crowd several times.
I wonder what the Automattic team’s stance is on using WordPress as an e-commerce platform (e.g., using the Market Theme)? If they took interest in Andy Peatling’s BuddyPress, then a WordPress-powered shopping cart should be equally exciting.
Where is the Filipino translation of WordPress? I’d like to grab a complete copy of tl_ph.po (the Tagalog language file). I have a very sparse one. Are there any translation teams out there? I can’t find any! WordPress.com has a very nice system in place for community-powered translating, but it seems just that—it’s for WordPress.com only.
WordCamp = PlurkCamp. Almost everybody on a laptop that day was on Plurk. Also, everybody who had a question to ask had to mention their blog address and Plurk username. If you haven’t added Matt yet, you know his username.
Why on earth did Matt carry that table onto the stage?
I was really hoping they’d raffle off official WordPress goodies at the very least. Speaking of which, why on earth did I not ask Matt to sign my t-shirt? Maybe the WordPress store could sell stuff signed by him!
I think I need a DSLR, if only to take decent photos in darker-than-daylight conditions. And a video camera. And an iPhone. Okay, I’ll stop.
Finally, check out the very impressive roundup of WordCamp Philippines blog posts by Jehzeel Laurente:
The New Media Coverage:
- The Best and Most Memorable Blogger Event in the Phils by Jehzeel Laurente
- I Got Wordcamped! by Tess Termulo
- The First WordCamp in Southeast Asia by Adrian Jeric PeÃƒÂ±a
- My WordCamp Experience by Master Betong
- WordCamp Philippines by Hannah Rika Villasis
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Nina Fuentes
- Matt at WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Binary Silver
- Matt Mullenweg Highlights from WordCamp Phils by The Bachelor Girl
- WordCamp Philippines Report by Fear the Spork
- WordCamp Philippines Shirt Please by Evenly Piece
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Alrenz Cabasa
- WordCamp Philippines 2008: A Success!
- WordCamp Phils, 1st Southeast Asia WordCamp by Ana Katharina Pena
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 Aftermath by Zero Blade
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Mae Paulino
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Green Bucks
- Matt Mullenweg by Charmed Mom
- WordCamp PH 2008 and Afterparty by Carlo Reid
- WordCamp Philippines After-Party by The WordCamp Philippines Blog
- WordCamp Philippines 08 by Project 365 Days
- WordCamp 2008 Philippines by Karla Redor
- Live Blogging from WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Spilled Lustre
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Aja Lapus
- Experiencing WordCamp Philippines 2008 by HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to Life!
- WordCamp Manila Blow-by-blow by Jonel Uy
- Just got home from WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Jayvee Fernandez
- BloggersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Event: WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Ada Lajara
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 Winners and Bloopers by Funny Sexy
- WordCamping 2008 by Billycoy
- Ernie Meets Matt Mullenweg by AJ Matela
- Matt Mullenweg, Volunteers, and WordCamp Phils by Misteryosa
- The WordCamp in Philippines by Mark Aethen Agana
- Matt Mullenweg by Animo Hosting
- WordCamp Manila 2008, I was there! by Sha Ang
- On WordCamp 2008 and Meeting MrWordpress by Diventare.org
- My WordCamp Philippines 2008 Experience by Regnard Raquedan
- WordCamp Philippines Status Report by AWB Holdings
- Live from De La Salle CSB, Marocharim is at WordCamp! by Marocharim
- For the Love of WordPress by Kristina Ana Matanguihan
- WordCamp Pilipinas Success by Ikabon
- WordCamp 2008: For Healthy and Wealthy Blogging by Hitokiri Hoshi
- WordCamp 2008 Philippines Success by ArvinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Thoughts
- WordCamp, Meeting Matt Mullenweg by Miss Wicked
- Meeting Matt at WordCamp 2008 by Urriza.net
- Finally, WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Estan
- Toothache VsWordCamp Philippines by George Putong
- Notes and Photos, WordCamp Philippines a Success by Tonyo Cruz
- Some WordCamp Philippines Afterthoughts by Undercover
- Live Blogging in WordCamp by Pageman
- My WordCamp Experience by Junele Malaga Caravana
- WordCamp Philippines A Success! by WordPress Philippines
- Bakla Goes to WordCamp Philippines by Bakla Ako
- My WordCamp 2008 Experience by Micaela Rodriiguez
- WordCamp 2008 Philippines: ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a success! by Joyceish
- My WordCamp 2008 Experience by Fitz Villafuerte
- A Personal Evaluation of WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Danny Arao
- An Event Which I Failed To Attend by Dexter Panganiban
- The WordPress WordCamp Fever by Pinoy Web Listing
- WordCamp Philippines by Batang Yagit
- Philippine WordCampers 2008 by Sabrina Lajara
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Roanna Roro
- On Meeting with Mr. WordPress, Web Standards and Other Stuff by Shari
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 Highlights by Sophia Lucero
The Old Media Coverage:
- WordPress developer previews new version in RP by Inquirer.net
- WordPress enthusiasts meet for WordCamp by GMANews.tv
- WordPress Developer lauds RP blogging community by Alexander Villafania
Some WordCamp Photos from WordCampers:
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Jehzeel Laurente
- WordCamp 2008 Photos by Jayvee Fernandez
- First WordCamp in Southeast Asia by Hannah Rika Villasis
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Tess Termulo
- WordCamp Philippines by Ada Lajara
- WordCamp 2008 by Regnard Raquedan
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by AJ Matela
- WordCamp at Benilde by Normz
- WordCamp Philippines 2008 by Micaela Rodriguez
- WordPress Philippines 2008 by Shari