Thank you to our WordCamp Outstanding sponsors!

WordCamps wouldn’t be possible without the sponsorship of companies who care about WordPress, and WordCamp Maine is lucky to be supported by some great firms.

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Jetpack is a single plugin that gives you the most powerful WordPress.com features, hooking your self-hosted WordPress site to WordPress.com’s infrastructure to take advantage of robust stats, easy social sharing, and a whole lot more.

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From its inception in 1998, (mt) Media Temple has been on a mission to help people and businesses succeed online, and they certainly helped out our WordCamp by supporting us as a WordCamp Outstanding Sponsor. Huge props to Media Temple for their commitment to WordCamps all over the US, including this one!

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WiredTree provides Managed VPS and Managed Dedicated Servers to WordPress users worldwide from their Chicago-based data center and offices. They also support all WordCamps in North America as an Outstanding Sponsor. Thanks so much, WiredTree, for helping us plan a great event for our local WordPress community.

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Did you know that Bluehost powers over one million WordPress sites? And did you know they sponsor every WordCamp in the whole entire world? Bluehost was the first company to sign on as a Community Sponsor when the program debuted in 2013, and we’re so very grateful for their continuing support of this and every other WordCamp.

Introducing WordCamp Maine’s wapuu!

wapuujack?  lumberpuu?  We’re not quite sure what to call it, but we’d like to introduce you to our wapuu!

wapuu-maine-transIt all started when Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of WordPress) went to Japan in 2009. While there the Japanese WordPress community asked him if they could create a mascot. Matt said yes as long as it was GPL licensed and designed by an illustrator who understands the open source community. The community asked Kazuko Kaneuchi, who had experience in creating the Japanese NetBeans mascot, Neko-bean.

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Since then, wapuu has spread outside of Japan – London, PhiladelphiaBelgrade, and more have all released versions of the character.

Automattician and WordCamp Maine organizer Stephen Quirk made the lumberjack-inspired version for this year’s event using the community-sourced files.

You can catch this wapuu in sticker form at WordCamp Maine 2015!

UPDATE: Scott Taylor to Keynote WordCamp Maine

Due to a scheduling conflict, Konstantin Obenland will not be able to appear as keynote speaker.

We’re excited to announce Scott Taylor, WordPress 4.4 Release Lead, will be WordCamp Maine’s 2015 keynote speaker. Scott is a Senior Software Engineer at The New York Times on the Interactive News Team. He is a Core Developer who has contributed in small and big ways to the last ten releases of WordPress.

Scott will discuss his work at The New York Times, upcoming features in 4.4, JSON Rest API, core, and more!

Call for Volunteers

We need your help!

Are you already in Maine or looking for a reason to come to Vacationland? Sign up now to volunteer some time to help us out at WordCamp Maine 2015!







Konstantin Obenland to Host WordCamp Maine Keynote

Konstantin Obenland will deliver a brief update on what’s new and what’s coming in WordPress, as well as host a Q&A session for this year’s keynote. Obenland was recently named release lead for WordPress 4.3, which will ship in August of this year.

Konstantin is a Code Wrangler at Automattic as part of a team that contributes back to WordPress core full time. He’s worked on projects like Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, and Twenty Fourteen themes, as well as the new WordPress.org Theme Directory.

Originally from Germany, he’s now based in Southern California.