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WCMaui Speaker Slides

We’ll be updating this post with slide and video details as we get them, so please check back for the latest!*

Friday Beginner Track Slides & Videos

Gregg FranklinIntro To WordPress – Slides – Video
Adam SilverIntro to WordPress Themes Workshop – Slides – Video
Kathryn PresnerPassionate About Plugins and Wild For Widgets Workshop – Slides – Video
Ben HowardHosting and Security Workshop – Slides – Video

Friday Business Track Videos

John HawkinsServices & Products (how do you decide?)Video
Jeff Milone & David MorganGetting into themesVideo
Vladimir PrelovacGetting into pluginsVideo
Sam HotchkissFree PluginsVideo
Jake GoldmanStarting an agency (the first hires)Video
Karim MarucchiDeveloping a Network of PartnershipsVideo
Syed BalkhiBuilding a Marketing EngineVideo

Saturday WordCamp Slides & Videos

Kimanzi ConstableHow to Start and Market an Online Business Through WordPress – Slides – Video
Ben LobaughInteracting with External APIs – Slides – Video
Sam Hotchkiss10 Ways to Make Your Site Better With Jetpack – Slides – Video
Jack LenoxBuilding Themes with the WP Rest API – Slides – Video
Rosie Warfield & Nathan Hutchinson – How we converted an entire state to WordPress – Slides – Video
Tracy AppsHow not to Design like a Developer – Slides – Video
Chris Norberg – Viral Blogging Tactics and OutreachSlides – Video
Mendel KurlandWhy you should implement structured data right now! – Slides – Video
Kevin BatesYour First Profitable Facebook Ad – Slides – Video
Tammie ListerTheme, Don’t Be My Everything – Slides – Video
Travis TotzWorking Off Grid and Remote – SlidesVideo
Tamara OlsonThe Power Of Outside-in Thinking: Providing A Better UX For Both Your Clients And End Users – Slides – Video
Arlen Nagata – I’m Not A Developer Or Designer, But Still A WordPress ProSlidesVideo
Kirk Wight – A Call for SimplicitySlidesVideo
Ben HowardSell Your Stuff with WordPress – Slides – Video
Adelle LennoxLongterm Benefits of Using WordPressSlidesVideo

*Note: the videos get published to WordPress.TV and then linked to from the WordCamp site here.  We’re uploading them to the WordPress.TV moderation queue as we receive them from post production but they get published when approved by WordPress.TV’s amazing volunteer moderator team.  Usually it’s within a few days to couple weeks.

Parking and Check-in Information

We can’t wait to see you all this weekend, here’s the latest info!

Location & Parking info for WordCamp are here on the website!  Please always check the website for the latest information.

Location Address:

University of Hawai’i Maui College
310 W Kaahumanu Ave,
Kahului, HI 96732
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WordCamp Maui Map

NOTE:  Conference will take place in the Laulima and Pilina Building.

Parking Instructions:  

Free all day parking is available on the backside of the school, entrance is opposite the Maui Arts and Cultural Center (MACC).

Note that on saturday we’ll be competing for parking with the swap meet for parking.  You can safely ignore anything their parking attendants may tell you and still park wherever you like in the designated lot.


Check-in opens at 8:00AM.  There will be tables just outside the front door to the Laulima Building (inside if it gets windy) on both Friday and Saturday to collect your badges.  There is plenty of time to socialize, have a coffee and get over to the Pilina building for open-remarks.

Weekend Schedules

Don’t forget to check the schedules on the website for last minute changes:
Friday Focus Tracks
Saturday Sessions


Coffee and snacks will be available in the morning and throughout the day.

Lunch will be provided in the afternoon and we are offering vegetarian, gluten free and meat options.

For more information on getting the most out of your WordCamp Maui 2015 experience, check out this post.

WordCamp Maui is Sold Out!

It took us 53 days to sell out the first ever WordCamp Maui.  That is a wee bit longer than it took our friends at WordCamp San Diego yesterday.  Your organizers are all very excited though to be hosting all these fabulous attendees for the first ever WordCamp Maui.

We have an amazing two days planned for you:

Check out these speakers!

Check out these Friday tracks!

Check out these Saturday sessions!

How excited are you?

Hope for tickets

If you missed out on tickets, watch this page (see below for why), subscribe to blog post updates by email in the site sidebar and keep an eye on @WordCampMaui .  We make no promises but if we’re able to release a few more tickets it’ll be announced there.

Refunds & Cancellations

If you purchased tickets and have changed your mind, you’re crazy! However, if something’s come up  and you just can’t make it you can refund your ticket by following the link that came in the email titled “Your Ticket to WordCamp Maui”, doing this will release those tickets immediately back to the waiting masses.

Friday Focus Tracks & Saturday Sessions Schedules Announced

In addition to the 16 sessions we will be having on Saturday, we will be having two workshops or focused tracks.

These all day intensives are intended for two very specific groups of people: beginners wanting a complete introduction to WordPress from A to Z and professionals (or wannabe pros) that use WordPress.

These two tracks were originally planned as 2 hours workshops, but so many amazing and talented people wanted to pitch in that we expanded them to full day tracks. Everyone is welcome on Friday we just want to be sure you know what to expect. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have them share their amazing wealth of knowledge with you.

Registration will open at 8:00am on Friday, February 13th with opening remarks at 8:45am and the Friday Focus Tracks starting promptly at 9:00am.

WordPress A-Z Track WordPress Business Track
Intro to WordPress
Gregg Franklin
Services & Products (how do you decide?)
John Hawkins
Getting into themes
David Morgan & Jeff Milone
Short Break (10 min.) Short Break (10 min.)
Intro to WordPress Themes
Adam Silver
Getting into plugins
Vladimir Prelovac
Free plugins
Sam Hotchkiss
12:00-1:30 – Lunch
Passionate About Plugins and Wild For Widgets
Kathryn Presner
Starting an agency (the first hires)
Jake Goldman
Developing a network of partnerships
Karim Marucchi
Short Break (10 min.) Short Break (10 min.)
Hosting and Security
Ben Howard
Building a marketing engine
Syed Balkhi
Panel discussion/Q&A Panel discussion/Q&A

*Note: The order of the business tracks could change based on interviewee availability so be sure to check back for the latest schedule information before WordCamp

Call for Speakers



We will be contacting people by next week.


Hey Maui (and beyond)! Speaker submissions for this year’s WordCamp Maui are now open. We invite you to submit as many talks as you would like. We will be choosing one topic per speaker, but the possibility is there to add a second talk to a Friday workshop if applicable and needed.

We’re looking for a FULL range of topics from content development to development.

Are you an amazing blogger using WordPress, we want to learn from your story!
Are you a talented developer using WordPress , we want to learn from your story!
Are you a successful entrepreneur  using WordPress, we want to learn from your story!

Don’t be shy we want all your ideas to make WordCamp Maui unique and diverse!

This is a conference centered around WordPress, but that doesn’t mean all presentations have to be strictly on WordPress. We have had talks in the past on non-WordPress specific programming topics like JavaScript and CSS, Social Media, Internet Marketing, SEO, running a business, and more. If you have an interesting idea for a non-WordPress talk, let us know. That being said, we love WordPress presentations and if you have something good we’d love to see it. Our sole criteria is that we believe the presentation will be of value to our attendees.

Your presentation can be of any structure you feel works best. It can be lecture style, demonstration, panel, or something else. We are open to great ideas for unique presentations. We only ask that you be sure it fit in 40 minutes or less. Typically, presenters will give some time within the 40 minutes for questions.

You will need to provide your own laptop (or other device) for use in the presentation. Projectors with VGA connection (and possibly HDMI) will be available at the venue. If you have any other needs please contact us with your questions.

Interested But Want More Information?

Check out this page at the site for more details on what we look for in our speakers.

Our Selection Process

WordCamps get a lot of great presentation submissions and it is a very hard process sorting through them all to find those that will provide the most value to our attendees. We look for the best speakers and topics, but we also may give preference to local speakers in some occasions as we want to feature our local talent alongside national WordPress experts.

The WordCamp Maui organizing committee will review all applications previewing the abstracts and stated qualifications. We will review each speaker and find topics and presenters that provide the best value to our attendees. We base our decisions solely on value to our attendees and our local WordPress community. As stated, because we want to bring value to our local community, some local applicants may be chosen over similar non-local applicants.

If You Are Selected

If you are selected, we are looking forward to having you give a talk at WordCamp Maui! Once we have made a decision we will contact those we have selected within 7 days after the speaker deadline. We expect a prompt response from you, so if you can no longer make the event we can offer your spot to a different applicant. If we start announcing some speakers and you don’t hear from us immediately, we may still be considering your application. We will contact all applicants informing them of our decision within 15 days after the speaker deadline. We may ask some speakers who we have initially declined if they would like to be on a standby list in the case of a speaker needing to cancel.

All speakers will receive one ticket to WordCamp Maui. This will gain admission on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All accommodations and travel are the responsibility of the speaker. Unfortunately, our budget does not allow us to play for speaker expenses. We will, however, be holding a speaker/sponsor/organizer reception on Friday evening to thank everyone. We will contact speakers with more info on this prior to the event.

Off Island Speakers

If you are coming from the mainland or abroad to speak at WordCamp Maui, it is important to confirm with us when you have secured your travel to the island.  We need ample time to find replacement speakers of someone cannot make it after they have been selected to speak!  Thank you!