Sydney WordPress Event at SBTUG


Are you a gun WordPress developer? We need you. I’m looking for Sydney’s hottest WordPress developers to come and present at SBTUG this month. And to clarify, by ‘hottest’ I mean ‘skilled’ – this isn’t a calendar photo shoot :-)

We’re having a huge WordPress event at the Sydney Business & Technology User Group (SBTUG) on Wed 24 Feb 2010, covering all facets of using WordPress as a web platform for business.

We’re planning to have 5 sessions covering:

  • WordPress as a CMS
  • WordPress for Blogging
  • WordPress SEO (Search Engine Optimisation)
  • WordPress Customisation & Themes
  • WordPress Hosting

Plus case studies, plug-in recommendations and integration/customisation tips.

The aim is two-fold:

  • Give business owners (and developers) an insight into the benefits (and limitations) of using WordPress for their company, along with the ability to meet vendors who provide WordPress services, and
  • Give WordPress developers and WordPress services companies the ability to network with potential customers

To that end, we’re looking for exceptional WordPress developers/firms to come along and present for approx 20mins each + questions, and be part of a big panel Q+A session at the end. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

UPDATE: To clarify – this event is not aimed at existing experienced WordPress developers. It is aimed at developers and business owners who may have dabbled with WordPress but want to know more. It’s about alerting them to the benefits of using WordPress for their business. It’s about educating people as to how awesome WordPress is. And to do that I need Sydney’s *hottest* WordPress developers to help me!

Could I ask you to please spread the word.

If you are interested, or able to recommend someone – please contact me at craig@craigbailey.net

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  1. 7
    Arron

    Sorry, no way am I going to a Microsoft sponsored event. There are australian wordpress community mailing lists, try contacting one of them.

    • 8
      Craig Bailey

      Um, OK. (Although, to be clear Microsoft have nothing to do with organizing or running the event, they just provide the venue.)
      Are you able to point me in the direction of the WordPress mailing lists? I’ve tried to find WordPress groups, contacts and forums in Sydney, but without much luck… Thanks.

    • 10
      Craig Bailey

      Um, OK. (Although, to be clear Microsoft have nothing to do with organizing or running the event, they just provide the venue.)
      Are you able to point me in the direction of the WordPress mailing lists? I’ve tried to find WordPress groups, contacts and forums in Sydney, but without much luck… Thanks.

  2. 39
    Jason Kemp

    Many WordPress developers are Mac users so good luck with this. Why is Microsoft bothering ? What is in it for developers? If you wanted a list wordcamp au is the place. Search for them.
    Good to hear of an event but would never use Microsoft for anything.

    • 40
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Jason. I took a look at the WordCamp site – http://wordcamp.org.au/ – but it doesn’t seem to have been updated in over 6 months, and has no listing of WordPress developers that I could find…
      The event is open to everyone, yes even Mac users :-)
      Microsoft have nothing to do with the event other than providing the venue (which I am most grateful for). Any association with Microsoft is purely due to me being a big Microsoft fan… but I’m also a huge WordPress fan.
      I’m not sure what the issue with Microsoft is? Yours is the second comment along those lines… what am I missing?

    • 41
      Nick Hodge

      Web Platform Installer http://www.microsoft.com/web

      We like WordPress.

      What is in it for Developers? One day you might be asked to create a site for an organisation and they require you to host it on Windows.

      There is no need to throw away WordPress (obviously including PHP, MySQL) just to keep the customer happy.

      Oh, and I use WordPress too.

  3. 43
    Jason Kemp

    Many WordPress developers are Mac users so good luck with this. Why is Microsoft bothering ? What is in it for developers? If you wanted a list wordcamp au is the place. Search for them.
    Good to hear of an event but would never use Microsoft for anything.

    • 44
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Jason. I took a look at the WordCamp site – http://wordcamp.org.au/ – but it doesn’t seem to have been updated in over 6 months, and has no listing of WordPress developers that I could find…
      The event is open to everyone, yes even Mac users :-)
      Microsoft have nothing to do with the event other than providing the venue (which I am most grateful for). Any association with Microsoft is purely due to me being a big Microsoft fan… but I’m also a huge WordPress fan.
      I’m not sure what the issue with Microsoft is? Yours is the second comment along those lines… what am I missing?

    • 45
      Nick Hodge

      Web Platform Installer http://www.microsoft.com/web

      We like WordPress.

      What is in it for Developers? One day you might be asked to create a site for an organisation and they require you to host it on Windows.

      There is no need to throw away WordPress (obviously including PHP, MySQL) just to keep the customer happy.

      Oh, and I use WordPress too.

  4. 79
    Tones from his E71

    Craig, I can tell you what you are missing; you are missing the history of Microsoft being diametrically opposed to any software they do not own. I have been going to these sorts of events for 15 years and they are not as generous as you are suggesting and certainly won’t be sitting quietly on the sidelines. I would question your motive or your commitment to wordpress.

    • 80
      Craig Bailey

      Hmmm, interesting comment. Not sure how to respond really… you seem to be questioning my integrity.
      Have you ever met me? Have you read my blog? Have you listened to my comments on WordPress in a recent podcast? Have you seen my resources page where I outline my WordPress recommendations? And most importantly, have you ever attended any SBTUG meetings – I’ve been running the group for almost 3 years now, covering a range of business topics with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft offerings. Microsoft hasn’t interferred once. And in regards to WordPress, you do realise they are actively supporting this on Azure now right?
      http://www.craigbailey.net/why-microsoft-needs-to-own-wordpress/

    • 82
      Sarmaad

      What’s really interesting, that you forget that Microsoft is a business. Off course Microsoft will heavily market it products to gain market share.

      Not sure what’s your problem, but I am pretty certain that you are not really around the open source community lately to notice how Microsoft is slowly contributing

      But, how relevant this comment here!!

      Microsoft is NOT sponsoring, organising, paying, preparing the content, etc for this event!! NOT even you!!
      Craig and the SBTUG community spending their time, effort, energy to organise this event.

      Just my 2cents.

      Don’t judge a book by its cover!

    • 84
      Chris Anderson

      I’d probably just ignore these bigots Craig – they’re not worth your time. Sorry, I just can’t stand closed minded bigots (of any type) that will use any opportunity to declare their hate for Microsoft without investigating what they are really talking about, especially when in this case they are completely wrong.

  5. 86
    Tones from his E71

    Craig, I can tell you what you are missing; you are missing the history of Microsoft being diametrically opposed to any software they do not own. I have been going to these sorts of events for 15 years and they are not as generous as you are suggesting and certainly won’t be sitting quietly on the sidelines. I would question your motive or your commitment to wordpress.

    • 87
      Craig Bailey

      Hmmm, interesting comment. Not sure how to respond really… you seem to be questioning my integrity.
      Have you ever met me? Have you read my blog? Have you listened to my comments on WordPress in a recent podcast? Have you seen my resources page where I outline my WordPress recommendations? And most importantly, have you ever attended any SBTUG meetings – I’ve been running the group for almost 3 years now, covering a range of business topics with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft offerings. Microsoft hasn’t interferred once. And in regards to WordPress, you do realise they are actively supporting this on Azure now right?
      http://www.craigbailey.net/why-microsoft-needs-to-own-wordpress/

    • 89
      Sarmaad

      What’s really interesting, that you forget that Microsoft is a business. Off course Microsoft will heavily market it products to gain market share.

      Not sure what’s your problem, but I am pretty certain that you are not really around the open source community lately to notice how Microsoft is slowly contributing

      But, how relevant this comment here!!

      Microsoft is NOT sponsoring, organising, paying, preparing the content, etc for this event!! NOT even you!!
      Craig and the SBTUG community spending their time, effort, energy to organise this event.

      Just my 2cents.

      Don’t judge a book by its cover!

    • 91
      Chris Anderson

      I’d probably just ignore these bigots Craig – they’re not worth your time. Sorry, I just can’t stand closed minded bigots (of any type) that will use any opportunity to declare their hate for Microsoft without investigating what they are really talking about, especially when in this case they are completely wrong.

  6. 97
    Tony Sun

    In spite of some negative comments from people.

    Some of us really appreciate the interesting and informative meet you put on every months.

    • 98
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Tony. And I really appreciate the diverse range of members who support the group (members from a wide variety of vendors, platforms and development communities). btw Have you seen Avatar yet? :-)

  7. 99
    Tony Sun

    In spite of some negative comments from people.

    Some of us really appreciate the interesting and informative meet you put on every months.

    • 100
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Tony. And I really appreciate the diverse range of members who support the group (members from a wide variety of vendors, platforms and development communities). btw Have you seen Avatar yet? :-)

  8. 111
    Jodie Miners

    Wow, I am very surprised to see these comments. It exposes the absolute zealotry there is out there in the IT community.

    At SBTUG we are very much anti all this zealotry crap. Yes we hold the event at Microsoft – big deal! They have a great venue and are very supportive to all user groups.

    This is a Business and Technology User Group – it’s about the users, it’s about business and it’s about technology – that’s it! It’s not about Microsoft or any other vendor or service provider. We are all about focusing on what is the best tool for the job.

    I love many Microsoft Products (I’m a SharePoint consultant) and I absolutely love WordPress too. I choose the tool that does the job for me.

    SBTUG Rocks!

    • 112
      Tony Hollingsworth

      Spot on Jodie, and Craig I take my hat off to you for remaining open and transparent. It’s ok to be sensitive (we’re human after all) but rest assured, those that know you, respect and thank you for the effort you put into these events. You may not know this, but I often mention your name as one of my earliest inspirations for understanding the value of community particularly in the tech world. You have lead by example and I will always support whatever endeavour you are involved in because I know it will be of value to others.

      My only regret is I haven’t been to enough SBTUGs :-)

      Looking forward to a great event!

      • 113
        Craig Bailey

        Thanks Tony – and wow, I didn’t realise that – your comment really brightened up my day.
        I’m looking forward to catching up again next week at the event. Cheers.

    • 114
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Jodie – I really appreciate the comment. And I agree of course – SBTUG rocks :-)
      And one of the things I love about SBTUG is how involved and passionate all the members are. Each month we discuss (and sometimes heatedly debate!) technology – as you say: all with a view of ‘using the right tool for the job’. Very beneficial.

  9. 115
    Jodie Miners

    Wow, I am very surprised to see these comments. It exposes the absolute zealotry there is out there in the IT community.

    At SBTUG we are very much anti all this zealotry crap. Yes we hold the event at Microsoft – big deal! They have a great venue and are very supportive to all user groups.

    This is a Business and Technology User Group – it’s about the users, it’s about business and it’s about technology – that’s it! It’s not about Microsoft or any other vendor or service provider. We are all about focusing on what is the best tool for the job.

    I love many Microsoft Products (I’m a SharePoint consultant) and I absolutely love WordPress too. I choose the tool that does the job for me.

    SBTUG Rocks!

    • 116
      Tony Hollingsworth

      Spot on Jodie, and Craig I take my hat off to you for remaining open and transparent. It’s ok to be sensitive (we’re human after all) but rest assured, those that know you, respect and thank you for the effort you put into these events. You may not know this, but I often mention your name as one of my earliest inspirations for understanding the value of community particularly in the tech world. You have lead by example and I will always support whatever endeavour you are involved in because I know it will be of value to others.

      My only regret is I haven’t been to enough SBTUGs :-)

      Looking forward to a great event!

      • 117
        Craig Bailey

        Thanks Tony – and wow, I didn’t realise that – your comment really brightened up my day.
        I’m looking forward to catching up again next week at the event. Cheers.

    • 118
      Craig Bailey

      Thanks Jodie – I really appreciate the comment. And I agree of course – SBTUG rocks :-)
      And one of the things I love about SBTUG is how involved and passionate all the members are. Each month we discuss (and sometimes heatedly debate!) technology – as you say: all with a view of ‘using the right tool for the job’. Very beneficial.

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