Sessions, Tracks and Schedule Explained

WordCamp Ottawa 2016 will offer separate tracks for Content Creators, Site Creators and Code Creators. Each track on the Saturday will have 7 sessions. Sunday tracks and sessions are TBA.

What is a session?

A WordCamp session is an individual presentation on a specific topic, or a workshop or panel.

What is a track?

A WordCamp track is a group of sessions that, together, suit the information needs of a specific audience. Typical WordPress audiences including beginners, intermediate users, website designers and software developers. Tracks bring together sessions suited to each audience.

How many tracks does WordCamp Ottawa 2016 have?

WordCamp Ottawa 2016 will have three tracks, for:

  • Content Creators This track targets you if you are new to WordPress. You are probably interested in starting a WordPress site and want to find out more about how to get started on WordPress. Or you may already have a site and you want to get more out of it. This track may include sessions on topics such as what to do after you install WordPress, how to select a theme, typography choices, social media marketing with WordPress, making a living with WordPress and how to create a blog post.
  • Site Creators You are a more experienced WordPress user and want to look deeper into specific topics, and perhaps get your feet wet with some code. Sessions presented in this track may include topics such as installing a multisite, child themes, customizing a theme, UX design, tips for business building and improving site performance.
  • Code Creators You are probably comfortable with writing code and want to explore the more technical elements of WordPress. Attend the sessions in this track to learn things such as how to code a theme from scratch, responsive design, custom post types, debugging WordPress, WordPress VIP development and how to contribute to WordPress.

Do I have to sign up for one track?

No. In fact, you don’t have to sign up for any tracks at all. You are free to choose the track that suits you and you can move between tracks.

During the registration process we ask for your track preference. This is not to commit you to a particular track. We are just trying to work out room size requirements for each track. Indicating an interest in a track when registering does not commit you to attend that track.

Am I allowed to attend sessions in different tracks?

Yes. You should look for the topics that interest you the most and attend those sessions. That’s the beauty of a WordCamp.

At times, you might find the presentation contains material that is either too advanced or too basic. Chances are, though, that you will learn something new in each session.

The WordPress topic I’m interested in isn’t being covered at this WordCamp. What can I do?

It’s hard to cover everything about WordPress in one WordCamp. You can ask any WordPress question of our experts at the Happiness Bar. Another great resource is WordPress TV where presentations from past WordCamps around the world are posted.

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