Slides & Links from WordCamp Ottawa 2017 Talks

Thank you so much to all of our fabulous speakers on the weekend. Below you’ll find links to the slides used by the speakers during their talks.  We’ll try to add the missing ones as soon as possible.






  • Chris Ross – The Secret Art of WordPress
  • Sam Lalonde – Fast & Deadly: WordPress Websites Need To be Mobile Friendly: An Advertiser’s Perspective
  • Neha Patel – 404 Pages are inevitable, so make the most out of them


  • Sylvie Hanes – Providing stellar client/customer service in a technical world
  • Matt Graham – Template code in functions kill kittens
  • Remy Perona – Premium plugin and public GitHub repository: why it’s a good idea






  • Mike Dickson – All About Images
  • James Koole – DNS and Domain Names Demystified
  • Paul Bearne – Contrib2Core Workshop





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Thank you to our Bronze sponsors

WPML turns WordPress websites multilingual. It works with caching, SEO and E-Commerce plugins, and allows the building of complete multilingual sites. Thank you to everyone who makes WPML for helping us make our WordCamp excellent.

DreamHost is a global Web hosting and cloud services provider with over 350,000 customers and 1.2 million blogs, websites, and apps hosted. They sponsor all WordCamps in the US and Canada, including (and most importantly?) this one. We just can’t thank them enough.

Currently protecting more than one million WordPress sites, SiteLock delivers a patented 360-degree website security solution to find, fix and prevent malware and other threats from affecting websites and their visitors. Services include automatic malware scanning and removal, an advanced web application firewall, static application security testing, PCI compliance and website acceleration powered by a global CDN. SiteLock offers phone, email and chat support, 24/7/365. With SiteLock, you can focus on what’s most important—your business, your passion, your word.

GreenGeeks is an independently owned and operated green web hosting provider since 2008. GreenGeeks specializes in managed WordPress hosting making hosting WordPress websites easy with automatic 1-click install, managed updates, enhanced security, blazing fast website performance and 24/7 U.S. based support.

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Welcome to WordCamp Ottawa 2017!

Welcome to WordCamp Ottawa 2017!

You’re in for a treat in this casual and fun two-day event dedicated to WordPress – the open source content management system which helps power over 25% of the internet.

All of the conference’s information can be found throughout For your quick reference:

WordCamp Ottawa 2017 – #wcott – takes place at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall. Simply follow the signs on campus for either River Building or Richcraft Hall. Our doors are open at 8am on Saturday and 9:30am Sunday to check-in, grab coffee, and get everything you’ll need for the day.

Wifi Information

Wireless internet will be provided both days. We’ll provide you with connection details when you check-in.

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Thank You and Enjoy!

WordCamps are entirely volunteer-run events. They could not happen without the gracious support of every single sponsor, participant, and fan of WordPress. We are accepting nominations for awesome volunteers throughout both days of the conference! Please speak with any one of the Organizers at our Registration desk for more information.

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WordCamp Ottawa Schedule Announced, Ticket Sales Live

We are happy to announce the fantastic lineup of talks and workshops that will be taking place in July for WordCamp Ottawa 2017. Whether you’ve never used WordPress before, or you’re a seasoned veteran, there will be something for you at WordCamp this year. Check out the session schedule and buy your tickets today!

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Speaker Submissions have closed!

Thank you to all those who have submitted talks and presentations to WordCamp Ottawa 2017! Our submissions are now closed.

We will be in touch within the next few days, with a status update on your submission.

Thank you again, and we are excited to see you at WordCamp Ottawa this July!

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Why should your local business sponsor WordCamp Ottawa ’17?

WordCamp Ottawa is about building relationships, sharing experiences, and engaging high-profile influencers in the Ottawa technology community. This includes over 200 bloggers, designers, developers, and entrepreneurs. This event is an opportunity to further build your brand recognition and integrity within the local tech sector, which is a tightly knit community. There are different levels of local sponsorship opportunities – we will even create a custom package just for you!

 Here are just some of the benefits of sponsoring the event:

  • Your business logo and link ​will be included on the WordCamp Ottawa 2017 website along with 100 words​ describing your product or company
  • Your stickers and handouts will be placed on our swag table
  • We’ll include a mention in our newsletter and in a blog post
  • Shout-outs on Twitter in advance and on the day-of
  • A detailed Thank You mention at opening and closing ceremonies
  • You’ll build your business credibility by being associated with a local, credible event
  • Show that you care about giving back to your community
  • You’ll receive event ticket(s) for your company to attend and network!

What are you waiting for?

Support local and get involved with the Ottawa technology community today!

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Call for Sponsors

Why does it make sense to become a Sponsor of WordCamp Ottawa 2017?

  • The company we keep—We’re planning to host more than 200 WordPress bloggers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs
  • The interest we stimulate—Our experience suggests thousands of visits to the WordCamp Ottawa website
  • The recognition we give—We recognize Sponsor support before and during the conference

As a Sponsor, you’ll support the WordPress community and have an opportunity to connect with your audience, to help grow your business.

WordCamps and Sponsors work brilliantly together!

WordCamps are run by volunteers who depend on Sponsors to provide a supportive environment for learning, meeting and networking. Our Sponsors help us offer comforts, such as all-day coffee and a delicious lunch, to our attendees.

At the same time, attendees are drawn to the learning, business cards, stickers and swag they find at Sponsor tables. This year, Sponsors with a table can hand out promotional material, such as a promotional card with a coupon-code, or have a mailing list sign up. Please also consider Carleton University has a university-grade Wifi connection system which rarely (if ever) goes out during this event.

This is a fine year to be a WordCamp Sponsor!

Learn more

If you’re considering sponsorship, you’ll want to look over our sponsorship levels.

When you do, please take a moment to look over this year’s additional sponsorship opportunities in the attached document.

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Call for Speakers

Speaker deadline has been extended to June 8th!

What’s required to be a speaker at WordCamp Ottawa 2017?

  • Knowledge and passion about a WordPress (or WordPress-related) topic
  • An ability to engage an audience during a traditional 45-minute or a lightning 10- to 15-minute talk (or other talk ideas – like a panel discussion or a workshop!)
  • Slides that support your talk, or comfort speaking before a live audience (as well as the audience on!)
  • A willingness to accept appreciation and feedback from a grateful audience

Sharing your knowledge at a WordCamp is very rewarding: you can shine before prospective clients or employers, make new acquaintances and network with people grateful for the knowledge and understanding you share. And, provided you don’t mind taking the stage, it’s fun!

Who we’re looking for

We’re looking for WordPress users, designers and developers who can deliver talks about:

  • Publishing through a WordPress site
  • Designing and building a WordPress site
  • Setting up sites, designing themes, developing plugins, learning about development best practices and more
  • Other WordPress-related topics, such as the business of selling websites/plugins, providing customers service, and the open source community as a whole

What we’d like to see

Often, the more successful talks:

  • Explain what you learned as you solved a problem
  • Share examples – whether code or graphs, both help paint a picture for the audience
  • Present a number of important lessons learned, with tips on avoiding problems
  • Take the form of a case study, or a live or scripted example

Learn more

If you can see yourself sharing your WordPress knowledge and expertise with people who are eager to learn, don’t hesitate! Become a Speaker today 🙂

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Welcome to WordCamp Ottawa ’17 in Ontario, Canada!

Howdy y’all!

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Ottawa ’17 is officially on the calendar!!

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WordCamp Ottawa ’17 will be July 22-23rd, 2017 at Carleton University’s Richcraft Hall (formally known as the River Building).

We’re now open for all Speaker and Sponsor applications – please click the buttons at the top of this page for more information!

Here’s how you can stay in the loop easily about all of the event details to come:

  • Subscribe to this site – you’ll get an email every time there’s new content published.
  • Join the discussion on Twitter – the official account is @wpottawa and the official hashtags are #wcott and #wcott’17 
  • Randomly visit this website every now and then – a great option for those with cluttered inboxes.
  • Talk to your friend about the newest updates to the site – and maybe even convince them to join you 😀
  • Ask someone at our monthly meetups. As WordCamp Ottawa is put on by volunteers from the WordPress Ottawa Meetup group, why not attend one of our upcoming talks! You might even make a new WordPress friend 🙂

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If you’re interested in helping make this WordCamp great, please fill in our contact form or join us after an upcoming WordPress Meetup – WordCamps are volunteer-run local events, after all!

We hope you see you at the event!

With love,

The WordCamp Ottawa ’17 Team

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