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Weekend Parking

Attention WordCampers:

Many people have been asking about the parking situation around Bucketworks.

On Saturdays, the parking on 5th Street directly in front of Bucketworks is metered parking. If you plan to park here, be sure to bring plenty of change because the parking attendants are very strict. We recommend finding parking on side streets that are free and for longer periods of time.

Side street parking limits vary. Some side streets closest to Bucketworks have a 2 or 3 hour limit.

Our recommended parking area is one block east of Bucketworks on 4th Street. This is right next to Bradley Tech. Parking here is open and free when school is not in session. It looks like there are spots with the same regulations just north and south of National Avenue. See map below for area.


Welcome and What to Expect

I'm Attending WordCamp MilwaukeeThe following email was sent to all registered attendees and is being posted to the blog for reference. This email contains a lot of valuable information on what to expect when attending WordCamp.


Hello WordCampers,

It’s the big week! WordCamp Milwaukee is upon us. Is everyone ready to learn and have a great time?

We have a lot of great things in store for the weekend that we think you’ll enjoy. Here is what you’re going to need to know about the weekend so you know what to expect. For all of the latest news, be sure to follow us on the WCMKE blog at and on Facebook (, Twitter (, and Google+ ( Be sure to share your experiences and use the official hashtag #wcmke.

Thursday, June 6

7PM @ Bucketworks – Milwaukee WordPress Meetup Special Edition – Debugging WordPress with John James Jacoby
We’re having a special edition of the WordPress Meetup to welcome everyone to town. There will be food and beverage provided by C2 Graphics. You do not need to have a WordCamp ticket to attend the meetup, but we do appreciate if you would RSVP here:

Friday, June 7

Noon @ Bucketworks – Registration begins for Foundation Friday Workshops
If you have a Foundation Friday User 101 or Developer 101 ticket you can begin registration at noon. Just come through the front door of Bucketworks to the Registration Desk. We can then check you in, give you your event badge, and direct you to your WorkShop rooms.

1PM-5PM @Bucketworks – Foundation Friday Workshops
If you have your ticket for one of the Workshops, this is when you will be meeting. It is not necessary to print tickets. We will be checking you off of our list at the door. You will be working with a team of 4-5 teachers who will be giving you the basics of using WordPress or developing with WordPress. It is recommended, but not required, to bring a laptop with you. You will be given at least one 15 minute break and bottled water will be provided.

Saturday, June 8

8am @ Bucketworks – Registration Begins for the weekend presentations
Starting at 8am you will be able to enter Bucketworks and begin registration. It will be a good idea to arrive early as we are expecting over 250 people at the event. It is not necessary to print tickets. We will be checking you off of our list at the door. We will hand out badges, t-shirts (sizes and availability not guaranteed), and some of our sponsors will have tables set up with info and swag. We will have coffee, water, and some snacks available for the morning.

8:45am @ Bucketworks – Opening Remarks
You will be introduced to some members of the organizing committee and we will give you the rundown on where everything is and what is ahead of you.

9am-11:45am @ Bucketworks – Morning Sessions
Presentations will begin at 9am. Each presentation should take 30-35 minutes followed by 10-15 minutes for Q&A. You will have a 15 minute break between each presentation. Sessions will take place in the Studio and Shop on the first floor and in the boardroom on the second floor. The Happiness Bar will be open on the second floor in the kitchen, where you can get 1 on 1 help form WordPress pros. Write down any passwords or other information that may be needed to help access your website. Water, coffee, and snacks will be available in the commons. We will also be opening the Motorcycle Photo Booth for you to use during breaks.

Noon @ Bucketworks – Lunch
We will be providing you with a lunch of Sandwiches and Salads provided by the Milwaukee Waterfront Deli. Vegetarian options will be available and we are attempting to get some Gluten Free fare.

1:30pm-6:30pm @ Bucketworks – Afternoon Sessions
Presentations, photo booth, and Happiness Bar continue. Snacks, water, and coffee will be available in the commons.

7:30pm @ Milwaukee Brewing Company – After-Party
We invite everyone to come network, unwind, and have some fun at our After Party only 3 blocks away at the Milwaukee Brewing Company Brewery. You must bring your badges to gain admittance to the After Party. Everyone who attends can get a Brewery Tour which includes a free pint glass and samples of their great beer and root beer. We will be serving pizza from Transfer Pizzeria, ice cream from Purple Door Ice Cream, and also have soda and water to drink.

Sunday, June 9

9:30am @ Bucketworks – Doors open

10:00am-11:45am @ Bucketworks – Morning Sessions
Presentations begin. Snacks, Water, and Coffee will be available in the commons.

Noon @ Bucketworks – Lunch
We will be providing you with lunch provided by American Euros. They will be serving traditional lamb gyros, chicken gyros, and veggie gyros.

1:30pm-5:30pm @ Bucketworks – Afternoon Sessions
Presentations continue. Water and coffee will be available in the commons.

Social Media

We are looking for your help to document the happenings during WordCamp. Before coming to WordCamp, Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ then follow the directions below to share your photos with us.


Go to: on your mobile phone, then snap a pic to upload to our Facebook page and tag yourself and your friends.


Snap a pic and/or send a tweet to @wordcampmke and be sure to use the hashtag #wcmke


Go to: on your mobile phone, then snap a pic or leave an update on our event page.

WordCamp Milwaukee Website Badges

I'm Attending WordCamp Milwaukee I'm Speaking at WordCamp Milwaukee I'm Sponsoring WordCamp Milwaukee
It’s time to show off your participation in WordCamp Milwaukee! We’ve created the above badgets just for you to include on your blogs and websites to show that you are either Attending, Speaking at, or Sponsoring WordCamp Milwaukee. We want to see these all over the web. Feel free to use the below codes to display on your site:

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WordCamp Milwaukee Speaker Submissions Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted to speak at WordCamp Milwaukee! A big thumbs up to all of you!

Photo Credit: joeltelling  cc

Photo Credit: joeltelling cc

We received a great turnout in number of speaker submissions. We had a total of 67 submissions and now our organizing committee has the tough task of narrowing these down to 36 which will make the cut.

We will be announcing speakers in the coming days. The full lineup should be announced by this time next week, but a few of the speakers and their topics may leak out beforehand. This is shaping up to be a pretty exciting WordCamp Milwaukee!

Only 24 Hours Left to Submit a Talk to WordCamp Milwaukee

speakingDo you have your speaker submissions in yet? The speaker deadline is today and now is your chance to speak. We’ve gotten a slew of great topics submitted to us and we’d like to get a few more choices in.

We’re looking for some of the best talks on WordPress, Development, Design, and Biz Dev and we want you to submit them now. Because we want to sleep on it and maybe you’re still thinking of a talk, we’re going to give you 24 hours to get your talk submitted. That means that you have until Noon CDT on Wednesday, May 1 to submit.

We’re looking for talks in the following areas:

  • Using WordPress
  • Web Development
  • Web Design
  • Business Development
  • Internet Marketing

Submit now! You only have until Noon CDT tomorrow, Wednesday April 30.

Submit a Talk Now

Call for Speakers Deadline Extended!

Good news everyone! We’ve decided to extend the deadline on our Call for Speakers a few more days! We figured we’d give everone the weekend to gather your ideas for a talk at WordCamp Milwaukee.

The new deadline for speaking will be:
Tuesday, April 30

Submit a Talk Now

We are looking for all kinds of speakers for this event, so please add your submissions. Talks don’t have to be 100% WordPress, just as long as it’s something a WordPress user can use. If you’re worried about your experience level, stop worrying. WordCamp has all types of users and want to hear from the experiences of novice to advanced!

So far we have topics in the following categories, but we have an “other” section on the form, so we’re open to suggestions:

  • Design
  • Development
  • Using WordPress
  • Blogging & Content Creation
  • Business Development
  • Internet Marketing & SEO

Why should you talk at WordCamp Milwaukee?

  • Speaking at events like WordCamp Milwaukee is a great opportunity to give back to the WordPress community. WordPress has been built as a community driven project and people do their parts in many ways. Teaching and speaking is a great way for you to help out!
  • You can meet new people in the industry and increase your visibility among your peers!
  • You get to attend a pretty awesome Speaker/Sponsor party on Friday night, plus we may have a special surprise for our speakers

Submit a Talk Now