Gettin’ the Band Back Together: OpenCamp 2010 Dallas 2010 Logo Dallas 2010 LogoThis past week, OpenCamp 2010 was announced. From the people that brought you the Dallas WordCamps and DrupalCamps, OpenCamp will be the southwest’s first multi-platform web conference, and we hope that it represents the best of what our open-source community has to offer. I have been fortunate to serve on the core team planning the event, and I think you should get your tickets ASAP before they sell out. I’m sure you have a few questions.

What the Heck is OpenCamp?

OpenCamp is the giant event that will host under its umbrella several other area Camps: WordCamp, JoomlaCamp, DrupalCamp, and more. With top speakers covering topics ranging from social media to technical development, content creation, revenue generation and more, webmasters and web developers, bloggers, podcasters and technologists on any platform are welcome. Camp-specific tracks will be provided, meaning those interested in WordPress can attend an afternoon’s worth of WP-centric sessions each day. The same goes for Joomla and Drupal, as well as tracks that will appeal to all attendees. But don’t take my word for it. Check out the OpenCamp website for more details!

But What About WordCamp?

As noted above, this is the 2010 WordCamp. It’s also the 2010 JoomlaCamp, the 2010 DrupalCamp, etc. In short, all of these Camps are occurring simultaneously. This allows each to share both resources and audiences. This provides you, the participant, a unique opportunity to get cross-pollinated in the leading content management systems. Personally, I’m excited — I don’t know jack-shit about anything except WordPress, and I can’t wait to attend in-depth presentations on Joomla and Drupal.

Besides this synergy, having a combined event just makes sense for our community. The DFW area is blessed to have large Meetups dedicated to these different CMS packages, and we believe that what we have in common is worth celebrating more than what makes us different. Check out our Manifesto to learn more about our hopes and dreams.

Why Should I Attend?

If you’ve attended a WordCamp in the past, you already know the answer to this. But for you newbies, it’s a weekend packed full of excellent educational opportunities and networking possibilities. We’re aiming for an audience of 1000 people, who will be addressed by the cream of the crop in terms of speakers.

We’re positioning this conference to be the biggest of its kind within the southwest (after all, everything is bigger in Texas). This means large attendance. Large attendance translates to kick-ass facilities and rock-star speakers. Trust me, it’s going to be huge: an event of Biblical porportions.  Just keep track of how our Attendees and Sponsors lists growing.  Wouldn’t that Attendees list look great with your name on it?  I think so.

What’s Your Role, Matthew?

Like everyone else on the OpenCamp core team, I’m playing many roles. First and foremost on my plate is the OpenCamp website — hopefully it will be a good delivery source of current information, especially when we start sharing our confirmed speakers. Many people besides myself have contributed to it, so please let us know how you like (or don’t like) it.

I’ll also be helping with everything between now and then, hoping that we can deliver a unique conference experience. I might even speak again, if I can think of anything to talk about. Got any ideas for me? 🙂

There’s lots to do, and we would love the help. If you want to volunteer or present, fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you. We also have opportunities to man our genius bar, where conference participants can get experts like you to answer questions regarding their blogs and websites.

Anything Else?

Nope. Except register now!

Author: Matthew

Husband to Jenn, father to Zachary and Penelope, blogger, artist, WordPress consultant, OpenCamp organizer, and running enthusiast. Brother, can you spare an extra hour in the day?