2017 WordCamp Chicago Schedule

Saturday, April 29th

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
8:00 amRegistration
8:45 amOpening Remarks
9:00 amYou Are Not Your Audience: How To Create User Centered Design. Tracy AppsFun with Chome’s Developer Tools Steve SternThe Tough Stuff: When and How to Fire a Customer Wendy Bolm
10:00 amSEO for Business and Bloggers Ryan ErwinCategories, tags and custom taxonomies – oh my! Becky Davis5 Steps to Personal and Website Security Adam W. Warner
11:00 amThe Time I Broke John James JacobyUsing Branded Podcasts to Grow Your Business and Increase Your Bottom-line Jeff LargeSSL: What It Is, How To Do It, and Why You Should Care Jessica Gardner
12:00 pmLunch
1:30 pmTalking Clients Out of Bad Decisions Joshua AlexanderSo, You Want To Sell Online? Zach StepekBe the expert: Stop scope creep and gain more creative control Shelby Elliott
2:30 pmBetter Mousetraps: A Content-Driven Approach to Conversion Optimization Andy CrestodinaBe The Loop You Want To See In The World Allison TarrSneaking in Good UX Without a UX Budget Anthony D. Paul
3:30 pmPANEL: Navigating Your WordPress Career Emil Wisch, Ryan Erwin, Patrick Smith, Michelle Schulp, Heather ActonEvery project is a story: Applying storytelling to your client interactions Dwayne McDanielInterrupting WordPress Boone Gorges
4:30 pmForecasting the Future: Business Practices and financial forecasting for a growing WordPress business Jason KnillPixel Imperfect: A Practical Approach To Responsive Design Michelle SchulpBeing a Good Citizen in the WordPress Community Aaron D. Campbell
6:00 pmAfter Party

Sunday, April 30th

Time Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
9:00 amBlogging for Business Andy NathanFrom zero to launch: A walk-through of the website process Lisa GhisolfTactics for Selecting the Best WordPress Theme for the Job Scott Winterroth
10:00 amTo the Word and Beyond! Extending WordPress Past a Simple Blog Meagan HanesFrom freelancer to “feelancer”: Three keys to less stress and more success Antti KoskenroutaGoogle Quality Guidelines 101 for WordPress Bloggers Nile Flores
11:00 amUse a Site Builder Theme to Deliver a Powerful Product When Client Budgets are Limited Kurt Cruse, Chris LaFromboisThe 5 Star Customer Service Experience Michele Butcher-JonesWhat the Heck is BuddyPress? Dustin Filippini
12:00 pmLunch
1:30 pmUser Empathy: Prioritizing users in your UX process in WordPress Mary Fran WileyBuilding a Developer Friendly WordPress Plugin Mike HaleHow to Develop a WordPress Theme from Scratch Tania Rascia
2:30 pmSupport Starts Here: How to go the extra mile to make and KEEP your customers happy Lauren Jeffcoat
3:30 pmClosing Remarks