WordFes Nagoya 2013 Photos and Reports

The fourth WordPress conference in Nagoya, WordFes 2013 took place in Trident Computer College on Saturday, August 31st.

The organizers, WordPress community in Nagoya, is a really powerful and creative team. For the past 2 years, they’ve successfully organized WordBeach Nagoya with a daytime conference and sleepover at an adjacent lodging facility. This year, they decided to go with a summer music festival theme; set up multiple “stages”, handed out wristband, and live streamed each session.

I spoke about what the core team is planning for two upcoming WordPress versions (3.7 and 3.8). I translated the whole program to give you some more ideas of Japanese WordPress event:

  • Remote Office & Cloudsourcing (Michal Mikšík)
  • WordPress Use Case Show & Tell
  • No More Copy & Paste! PHP and WP_Query for Designers (Hidekazu Ishikawa)
  • Panel Discussion: Freelancing and Working for a Company (Yasuhiro Nozue, Hitoshi Omagari, Katz Ueno, Hiroko Matsushita & Kei Nomura)
  • Hands-on: Custom Post Types, Custom Field and Custom Taxonomy (Takashi Ono)
  • Hooks Can’t Be This Easy! (Takuro Hishikawa)
  • Creating a Custom Analytics Report in 45 minutes (Seiji Morino)
  • Hosting Service Panel Discussion Returns (Masaki Takeda/Windows Azure, Ken’ichi Nishimura/CPI, Masatoshi Yokota/Sakura Internet, Kumagami Takashi/Moderator)
  • Efficient Development with WordPress (Takashi Ishihara)
  • Blog Writing with Emotional Marketing (Kiyonori Ito)
  • WordPress Security for Non-Programmers (Takayuski Miyauchi)
  • Custom Posting System with Advanced Custom Field (Saori Yamada)

You can see that people are interested in various topics. Of course many of the sessions are on tips and tricks of WordPress customization, but WordPress users in Nagoya were also enthusiastic about sessions covering security, analytics, writing, hosting, and work style.

About 50 of us went to stay at the beachside Minamihama-sou like last year. It was nice to spend some extra hours together after an event, during which a lot of things are going on and it’s hard to sit down and talk with many people. We exchanged ideas about local meetups, played with Leap Motion WordPress Plugin, discussed recent WordPress related news, and just enjoyed each other’s company.

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