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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.


After a long, hard day of learning, networking and other WordPress goodness, you’ll want to unwind with a fine fermented malt beverage for which our city is so well known. We can help with that, and there’s more food to be had too. The 2013 WordCamp Milwaukee AfterParty is but a few blocks away from Bucketworks (so you can get some exercise too if the weather cooperates).


Milwaukee Brewing CompanyThanks to our friends at Milwaukee Brewing and Transfer Pizza, the AfterParty is included with your WordCamp ticket!

You’ll be able to tour one of Beertown’s finest breweries, the home of Louie’s Demise, Love Rock Lager and Polish Moon Milk Stout, with unlimited samples, and a pint glass to keep. You even get a beer chip for a free MBC beer after the tour, to be used at a participating bar in the neighborhood.

Transfer PizzaMore fun and goodies:

  • Dinner features pizza and bruschetta from Transfer Pizza, including veggie and gluten-free varieties
  • Ice Cream from Purple Door Ice Cream
  • Soda and water available
  • Bean bag toss for your recreational needs
  • Many WordCamp speakers will be around for more conversation and questions

All in all, a great way to finish the day. Bring your badge for free admittance to all the festivities!

Where: Milwaukee Brewing Co., 613 S 2nd Street
When: 7:30pm Saturday, June 8

Sustaining Yourself Through the Journey

When you’re taking in so much information in a short period of time, your brain and body will naturally need a bit of sustenance to make it through. Fortunately, you don’t have to waste any brain cells wondering where you’re going to eat while at WordCamp. Food and beverages are included in your ticket! Let’s take a look at the menu:

Coffee, Snacks, and Water provided throughout WordCamp by Milwaukee Waterfront Deli, 761 N. Water Street in downtown Milwaukee.

Saturday Lunch: Sandwiches and salads by Milwaukee Waterfront Deli

Saturday AfterParty: assorted goodies from Transfer Pizza, 101 W. Mitchell Street (not all that far from Bucketworks). You’ll see more on the after party later in the week.

Sunday Lunch: Gyros and other pita sandwiches from American Euros, 3133 N. Oakland Avenue, near the UW-Milwaukee campus on the fashionable East Side, and out and around town in the summer.

Lunch will be served each day in the Bucketworks garage area, and you can eat pretty much anywhere. If it’s nice outside, you can even take it out on the Deck and look at the bees!

You’re really going to love this food, and it will get you in the right mood to learn some more. Yummmmm…

Bucketworks: WordCamp’s Home

Where do we begin to thank Bucketworks? This wonderful venue donates their space to host WordCamp, the monthly WordPress meetup, and all the other Tech Milwaukee meetups. It has served as an inspiration to many of us as the “health club for your mind,” the “physical wiki” and the simple co-working space it has always been.

WordCamp sessions will take place in the Studio room and the Shop on the first floor, and the Boardroom on the second floor.
The Happiness Bar (WordPress Workbench) will be in the second-floor Kitchen.

Rest Rooms: Folks who remember the umm… “extended waiting period” to get personal relief last year will be relieved to hear that we have secured some temporary rest rooms, which will be located in the Bucketworks garage, in a handy location not far from where lunch will be served.

Street parking in the Walker’s Point area is still available. Parking directly in front of Bucketworks is metered on Friday and Saturday, so bring change if you plan to park here. All parking is free on Sunday and street free street parking for extended periods of time are available on side roads in the neighborhood.

It appears that WordCamp Milwaukee may be one of the last events at the space located at 706 South 5th Street in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. We are confident that Bucketworks will be able to continue making its contribution to Milwaukee’s technical and creative community.

Thanks to Tim, James, Jenn and everyone else at Bucketworks for their support!

Belly Up to the Happiness Bar

If you’ve been to a WordCamp before, you probably know what a Happiness Bar is. If you haven’t been to a WordCamp before, you’ll be glad to find out: the Happiness Bar is the place where you can come to talk with a WordPress expert about any problem you’re having with your site! You can also get answers to questions about anything related to WordPress, themes, plugins … pretty much anything (though you may not get the best answers for questions not related to the Internet).

Most of the speakers at WordCamp Milwaukee will take a turn at the Happiness Bar (which some folks call the WordPress Workbench) at some point during the weekend. WCMKE Organizers and other Really Smart People also staff the Happiness Bar. So come on up to the second floor kitchen of Bucketworks anytime during WordCamp and get answers!

Think you can help others with their WordPress problems? We love volunteer helpers at the Happiness Bar too! Click the Volunteer tab to sign up!

Sponsor Spotlight: ZippyKid

We are grateful to have ZippyKid as our Cruiser level sponsor for WordCamp Milwaukee 2013! ZippyKid specializes in hosting businesses on WordPress, with such well-known and high-profile clients as Reuters, CareerBuilder, Kangol and the McGraw-Hill companies.

ZippyKid was founded by Vid Luther in May of 2010 in southern, sunny San Antonio, Texas. While having an abundance of management experience in website hosting, Vid started seeing the complication and frustration that customers of all sizes were facing with their hosting company and he knew there had to be a better solution, a better way to treat customers. “I was tired of the way hosting companies were treating small business owners… started ZippyKid, where I could dictate the quality of service and offering.”

ZippyKid offers reliable, secure and cost-effective web hosting solutions that keep your website up and running. Our standard features include CDN, malware scanning, firewall protection, SSL, daily backups, and more. With ZippyKid, your website will load faster on our platform, that means more sales/inquiries and SEO for you. We keep your WordPress install up to date, we monitor and block attackers, and we un-hack your site, if the attacker gets through. Our customers go on national TV shows all the time, we make sure their audience can meet them online afterwards.

ZippyKid can host your business for just $25 per month.

Thanks, ZippyKid!

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