Schedule and first few speakers are live for WordCamp Detroit

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Taking place the weekend of November 12th, WordCamp Detroit is only about a month away now. To remind everyone just how close the event is, organizer Anthony Montalbano has published a working schedule for the two-day event as well as the first handful of confirmed speakers.

The schedule for Detroit’s event this year includes a few plans that I don’t remember seeing at other WordCamps. Jim Raffel and Shelby Sapusek will be running a session called “She Said, He Said” where they will debate WordPress topics, and at the close of the first day a session called “The WordPress Game Show” will test attendee knowledge of WordPress. Sunday’s lineup also includes a three-hour workshop intended to help answer specific questions attendees have.

If you haven’t committed to WordCamp Detroit this year yet, take a look at the schedule and see if that tips the scale for you. Once you’ve decided speak up in the comments: will you be attending the event in Detroit this year?

WordCamp Detroit date set for November, tickets available

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The organizers of WordCamp Detroit this year have set their dates and specifics. The event will be held November 12-13 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit, Michigan. The schedule and the speakers are still being determined. If you are interested in speaking at WordCamp Detroit, they are accepting proposals.

Tickets have gone on sale for the event. There are just over 30 early bird tickets available for $35 each, with individual or “professional” sponsorships as well starting at $100.

WordCamp Detroit has also moved its site over to a subdomain of WordCamp.org, which is the direction all legitimate WordCamp sites are headed in compliance with the WordCamp rules and regulations.

WPCandy was lucky enough to attend WordCamp Detroit last year, and it was a great time. See our previous coverage to see what might be in store for this year’s event.

Will you be attending WordCamp in the Motor City this year?

WordCamp returns to the Motor City in 2011

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WordCamp is coming to Detroit Michigan for the second year in 2011, and its parent website just relaunched last night. The real important information to glean from the site is this: smart folks with WordPress knowledge in their heads are in need, as well as others with money they’d like to offer up for the conference. More event info will be available on their blog soon.

So how many WPCandy readers are native to the Motor City? Which of you will definitely attend this year? See our coverage of Detroit’s first event last year to see what you might be able to expect out of their event this year.

Interview with Anthony Montalbano, organizer of WordCamp Detroit 2010

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Today we start a new interview series that I’m pretty excited about, that is the WordCamp Interview Series. In this series we will be sitting down and interviewing the organizers behind various WordCamp events, finding out what it takes to run an event like WordCamp and what about the organizers motivates them to give up so much of their lives to help make WordCamps happen.

Anthony Montalbano was the organizer of WordCamp Detroit 2010, the first WordCamp to happen in Detroit. In this interview we talk about why he was motivated to start an event in Detroit, how it came together, and what he considers the toughest part about running a WordCamp.

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WPCandy’s view of WordCamp Detroit 2010

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This year was the first WordCamp in Detroit, and WPCandy was able to attend (I even spoke!).

This was my third WordCamp event. I’ve previously been to WordCamp Chicago and WordCamp Atlanta. This was the first inaugural event I’ve been to, and it was interesting comparing and contrasting a brand new event to those in cities that have been around the block once or twice.

WordCamp Detroit 2010 Gallery (ours, Bill Rice’s, and naokomc’s) :

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WPCandy Podcast 006: WordCamp Detroit 2010 Day 1

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This weekend the WPCandy crew joined the Guild Press team in WordCamp Detroit this weekend. This episode was recorded at the end of the first day, right before the after party.

We discuss the ups and downs of the day, and the difficulty behind running the first year of a WordCamp.

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WPCandy Podcast 005: Pre-WordCamp Detroit 2010

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This week’s podcast welcomes first-timers Aaron Kugler, Justin Vela, and Eric Lash, the other parts of the GooRoo team. The GooRoo Network, of course, is the parent network of WPCandy. This weekend we will be attending WordCamp Detroit (and I will be speaking), and podcasting along the way.

This episode introduces the whole crew, we talk about Theme Finder, and look over the WordCamp Detroit schedule for the weekend.

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WPCandy will be at WordCamp Detroit

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Great news: I will be speaking at WordCamp Detroit next month. I’ll be doing a talk called Understanding WordPress Multisite, which should be a fun introduction to creating networks with WordPress.

But it won’t be just me in Detroit. We’re still working out the details, who is in and who is out, but there will be a solid representation by the WPCandy (and by extension GooRoo) crew come October 9th.

WordCamp Detroit takes place October 9th and 10th in (duh) Detroit, Michigan. Detroit will be the first WordCamp I’ve attended since relaunching WPCandy, so you can be sure I’ll be experimenting with new ways of covering the event here on the blog. I’m thinking some form of live stream, what do you think?

Who else is going? Who can we plan on meeting up with when we get there?