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WordCamp RenoTahoe

4/27/2013 9:00 AM - 4/28/2013 7:00 PM

Like Dylan Kuhn mentioned on Reno Collective’s blog, “[The WordCamp peeps] have lined up a great looking schedule of presentations, workshops, and, like the foam on the cappuccino, an after party.”

That’s right. An after party!

Here’s the plan:

We’ll be meeting at 7 p.m. at Se7en Teahouse and Bar in the West Street Market on Saturday, April 27th.

Each WordCamp attendee with the official WordCamp badge will receive a drink voucher at the door. It’s my hope that with one drink (aka liquid courage) you will start buzzing around and mingling with others. However, from my past experiences with WordCampers, we’ve never had an issue with socializing!

Insider tip: There will be many opportunities to win prizes from our sponsors and you’ll even get your hands on past Reno-Tahoe WordCamp shirts and accessories. The way you win these items? Through WordPress Trivia. So, be sure to brush up on your WordPress knowledge!

If you need to eat dinner before or after the party, may I suggest going to Z-Pie? You will receive a coupon in your WordCamp program – a pie, a pint and a side for only $15! What a deal!

PS – The lovely and talented Sarah Hofheins designed our after party picture. Loving the WordPress olive!

Speaker Feature: Hillary Schieve

April 18, 2013 by Megan Duggan • Leave a comment

Hillary Schieve, Reno City Council member, entrepreneur, and owner of Plato’s Closet and Clothes Mentor, will be giving the Keynote presentation on Saturday morning.

Hillary believes that the local government should help technology flourish. She wants to be accessible to people that use platforms such as WordPress so that the government is directed in the right direction and understands the needs of Reno’s growing technology community.

Help us welcome Hillary as our Keynote speaker! Comment below if you have any questions for Hillary or have any suggestions on how to grow our technology community.

Speaker Feature: Eric Pretorious

April 18, 2013 by Tracy • Leave a comment

Eric Pretorious (@epretorious) of Reno, NV is conducting the hands-on workshop on Sunday, titled Taking Your First Steps, at the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. He will walk attendees through the process of downloading, installing and configuring WordPress (along with some essential plugins and free themes). He will then guide you through the process of backing up and restoring your sites quickly and easily.

Eric is the Technical Operations Manager for Rocket-Powered.com.

Feel free to leave us a comment if you have any questions for Eric.

Speaker Feature: Gene Hammett

April 17, 2013 by Tracy • Leave a comment

Gene Hammett (@genehammett) of Atlanta, GA is presenting in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. His session, titled Creating New Revenue Streams with WordPress, will discuss leveraging your current skills and experience with WordPress so that you can create new revenue streams. Enabling you to do that means you don’t have to just develop solutions for one client, you can extend your ideas out to other areas and make money from it.

Gene has spoken at large conferences, provided group training sessions and given presentations at many business associations and WordPress meetups.

Comment below if you have any questions for Gene.

Speaker Feature: Susan Briedenbach

April 16, 2013 by Tracy • Leave a comment

Susan Briedenbach (@wordsbysusan) of Reno, NV is presenting in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. Her session, titled Newsjacking: High Risks but Higher Rewards, will cover:

What newsjacking is

How newsjacking can be used effectively

Examples of effective newsjacking by brands

How ineffective newskacking can backfire

Examples of newsjacking gaffes

Speaker Feature: Mark Tilly

April 11, 2013 by Tracy • Leave a comment

Mark Tilly (@MyCurator) of Philadelphia, PA is presenting in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. His session, titled How Content Curation Makes You a Better Writer, will cover the elements of content curation and how its regular practice can build content for your site.

Mark is the Founder and CEO of Target Info which provides the MyCurator content curation WordPress plugin software to bloggers, internet marketers and small businesses.

Comment below if you have any questions for Mark.

Support System: Bluehost

April 10, 2013 by Megan Duggan • Leave a comment

We’d like to thank Bluehost for becoming a Pillar sponsor of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. Bluehost provides quality web hosting solutions to businesses and individuals. Their goal is to provide outstanding services for the best possible price.

We are honored to have Bluehost join our list of event supporters.

Speaker Feature: Billie Hillier

April 10, 2013 by Tracy • 1 Comment

Billie Hillier (@billiehillier) joins us from our southern counterpart, Las Vegas. She is presenting in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. Her session, titled How to Make Readers & Search Engines Love Your Content, will describe the key components most articles should include to ensure that readers stay on the page, increase page views and the page ranks with the search engines.

Billie has over 15 years in traditional and internet marketing experience and loves helping others master marketing techniques to benefit their businesses. She is the founder of Mommy Blogger U.

Her past and future speaking engagements are:

Bloggers at Sea 2012

Las Vegas Bloggers Meetup (Recurring Speaker)

Mom 2.0 Summer 2013

Bloggers at Sea 2013

If you have any questions for Billie, please comment below.

Speaker Feature: Joe Boydston

April 9, 2013 by Megan Duggan • Leave a comment

Joe Boydston (@joeboydston) of Northern California is speaking in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. His session, titled Free Speech, Free Press, Free Software, will discuss how community newspapers in California have replaced their proprietary publishing systems with WordPress.

Joe is the Vice President of McNaughton Newspaper Group, operator of eight northern California newspapers. He is A Knight News Challenge winner, was named Innovator of the Year by Suburban Newspapers of America and serves on the Board of Directors of the Local Media Foundation.

Welcome, Joe!

Please leave us a comment if you have any questions for Joe.

Speaker Feature: Patricia Barnes

April 9, 2013 by Megan Duggan • Leave a comment

Patricia Barnes of Reno, NV is presenting in the Business/User track of the 2013 Reno-Tahoe WordCamp. Her session is titled Using WordPress to Sell Books and Influence People.

WordPress sells books! I developed a legal blog on workplace abuse and bullying about two years ago. The blog has allowed me to influence the national debate on the topic. I wrote an ebook, Surviving Bullies, Queen Bees & Psychopaths in the Workplace, last May. The book sells steadily as a result of the blog.

Patricia is a judge, licensed attorney and legal writer who is a recognized expert on workplace abuse and bullying. She was recently interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek for a feature article on the topic.

Here is a shortened list of speaking engagements she has participated in the past:

Business Organization Classes at the University of Nevada, Reno

Radio show of Steven Hollingsworth, All in a Day’s Work

Television station, KRNV-TV in Reno, NV

Invited expert to speak about workplace abuse issues before the NV General Assembly’s Commerce and Labor Committee

A big welcome to Patricia!

If you have any questions for Patricia, please leave us a comment.

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