The first WCSLC videos are trickling online

We’re excited to announce the first of our WordCamp SLC videos is now available on Stay tuned to our Twitter updates (@wcslc) for more WCSLC video announcements. In the meantime, if you missed Sam Hotchkiss‘ excellent presentation about WordPress as an API, you can now watch it online. We’ll be updating the speaker announcement posts (linked from the schedule) with the videos when they are available.

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Speaker Announcement – Sam Hotchkiss

WordPress as an API: The Power of Semantic Data

As we move toward the “Semantic Web” or “Web 3.0″, the power of well defined, accessible information is getting greater and greater by the day.

In this talk, we’ll look at the way that data and the web are changing, and the possibilities that are created by allowing your data and your design to exist independently.


Sam Hotchkiss

Sam Hotchkiss is the creator and lead developer of BruteProtect, a WordPress security plugin which was acquired by Automattic in August 2014. Prior to developing BruteProtect, Sam ran a successful WordPress development agency, Hotchkiss Consulting Group. Sam’s background is in PHP development, and he has been developing sites with WordPress since 2005.

Sam travels with his wife, Becky (and, quite often, their dogs, Barkley, Izzy, and Stanley) to WordCamps around the world. He presents on topics ranging from security to building web apps to building and managing large blog networks.

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Last minute speaker announcement

We have a new speaker to announce filling in on the dev track for a speaker who had to drop out for a family emergency. We’d like to thank Sam Hotchkiss for pinch-hitting at the 11th hour when we needed him! He’ll be taking the morning slot to talk about using WordPress as an API. Sam is the creator and lead developer for BruteProtect, a WordPress security plugin recently acquired by Automattic.

Chris Reynolds, who was previously going to be speaking in that morning slot, will present instead in the afternoon. Thanks Sam and Chris for being accommodating, and check out the speaker announcement for more about Sam and his topic!

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Wasatch Sponsor – Uber

Many of you may be familiar with Uber but some of you may have never heard of it. Uber’s use of technology and phone apps make it incredibly easy to get a request a ride and pay without hassle. For our WordCamp, Uber has offered new users a free ride with the use of promo code “WORDCAMPSLC” up to $20.


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MOJO Marketplace Afterparty

black-logoMany of you have RSVP’d to the WordCamp afterparty without knowing much of the details. Well, here they are:

MOJO Marketplace is sponsoring the afterparty and it will be held at The Green Pig. This is a sports bar/pub located one block west of The City County Building. They will be checking your WordCamp badges at the door so they know you are with WordCamp (be sure to keep your badge). After this your appetizers and drinks will be covered. The building has a great rooftop patio for you to enjoy and mingle with other attendees. The afterparty will start around 6pm. There will still be volunteers around if anyone has any concerns.

There is a map on the location page.

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Speaker Announcement – Holly Stokes

Step Into Creative Flow with your Blog through your Brain

Do you ever get writer’s block? Do you stare at a blank screen and don’t know what to write?

In this class, we’ll talk about the brain – how it works, and how you can use your brain to step into writer’s flow at anytime. You’ll discover instant ways to tap into your own writing genius by training your brain for creativity. No more waiting for the lightning to strike before you write.

Holly Stokes

Holly Stokes, The Brain Trainer loves helping clients clear the mental blocks that get in the way of health, happiness, and success. She has been in business 8 years and is a Certified Master Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, a Certified Hypnotherapist, and a Certified NLP Life and Health Coach.

She is the author of two books and multiple CDs designed to train the brain for weight loss, life happiness, and business achievement.

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Wasatch Sponsor — Pluralsight

Pluralsight is a global leader in online learning for software developers, IT specialists and creative professionals. With more than 3,000 courses, Pluralsight serves as a career catalyst, delivering hands-on, practical training for the most in-demand and understaffed jobs of today.

This is the first year Pluralsight has sponsored WordCamp SLC, despite having offices in Farmington and being one of Utah’s fastest growing companies. Pluralsight is providing access to the entire library on for WordCamp SLC attendees. Be sure to stop by the swag tables to get your trial card good for a month of free training (and don’t forget to check out the WordPress courses)!

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Have you gotten your WordCamp SLC badge?

Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges!

Ah, who are we kidding. Of course you need badges! Everyone needs badges! Tell the world (or at least your blog’s readers) that you’re speaking, sponsoring, volunteering, or just attending WordCamp SLC with these freshly pressed WordCamp badges!

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Speaker Announcement – Brent Jacobsen

The 7 Essential WordPress Plugins

There are literally thousands of themes and plugins available to help you customize your WordPress website to do almost anything you need it to do. However, navigating this sea of plugins can often be a daunting task. During this session, we’ll go over the best practices for finding the right plugin for your needs, and talk about the 7 WordPress plugins I believe are essential to every WordPress-powered site.

Brent Jacobsen

Brent Jacobsen is a founding partner at FDEV, a web consulting agency. He’s a multi-axis strategic thinker and has been consulting businesses in various industries since 2004. Brent wrote his first lines of code at age 5 and has been a WordPress user and advocate since 2005. Brent also recently founded WPUtah, which offers WordPress training workshops for businesses, marketers, non-profits and entrepreneurs.

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