More than a dozen instructors have been lined up for the WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop that is scheduled for May 13th-16th, 2013. The event will take place at The Carneros Inn; located in Napa, California.
WordPress.com VIP Global Services Manager Sara Rosso published a news article on Wednesday outlining what those in attendance can expect. “We’re gathering more than a dozen Automattic engineers to teach at the WordPress.com VIP Intensive Developer Workshop in May 2013, and many members of the VIP team will be there as well,” Rosso wrote.
“If you’re a VIP client or partner, you want your developers to be there so they can learn from our extended team here at WordPress.com VIP and Automattic, exchange ideas with other VIP developers, and share what your team is working on, too. Similar to last year’s event, participants can expect the same great networking lunches and dinners, in-depth WordPress curriculum and conversations, and some surprises, too. We’re also planning some collaborative sessions where WordPress.com VIPs can share their own experiences with building VIP-scale websites using WordPress, their workflows, shortcuts, and best practices, too.”
Those who have registered in time to secure a seat will likely arrive on the afternoon of Monday, May 13th. An informal welcome ceremony will be followed up by a networking reception and dinner. Automattic suggests an approximate landing time of 2:00pm Pacific in San Francisco. Tuesday and Wednesday will be packed with full days of extensive training with VIP instructors (networking dinners will be held in the evening), while May 16th is reserved for an event wrap-up along with an optional farewell breakfast and morning departure.
The official event page states that “training will be very hands-on and topics will include: WordPress coding standards, security, caching, optimizing themes and plugins, implementing new core WordPress features, and we’ll be further tailoring the curriculum based on registered participants’ input for their preferred sessions. There will be some collaborative sessions where WordPress.com VIPs share their own experiences with building VIP-scale websites using WordPress, their workflows, shortcuts, and best practices, too.”
Event Pricing & Terms
The cost to attend the four-day, three-night workshop is $3,600 USD per person. This fee includes three nights of single-occupancy lodging, all scheduled workshop seminars and events, plus meals. The cost also comes with group pick-up from the San Francisco airport to The Carneros Inn on Monday and similar group transportation back to SFO on Thursday. Although alcoholic beverages will be provided during some meals, special brand requests may come with an extra fee that must be paid by the attendee.
Incidental hotel expenses such as minibar items, spa treatments, room service and other peripherals not exclusively provided by Automattic at the time of check-in will also be charged to the person attending. A credit card will be required upon arrival to The Carneros Inn.
Registration to the VIP Intensive Developer Workshop is extremely limited. Rosso wrote Wednesday that the entire event is almost filled up, and a waiting list will soon be opened. You can sign-up for the Workshop directly by visiting the Pre-Registration Page. The event is open to WordPress.com VIP clients and select partners, with registration to the public granted if space allows.
Instructors include Automattic’s Senior Vice President Raanan Bar-Cohen and Systems Team Leader Barry Abrahamson. Other Automattic representatives who will be giving seminars are Paul Maiorana – Vice President of Platform Services, Sara Rosso, Mo Jangda – VIP Developer Team Leader, Michael Adams – Data Team / Quantum Bug Creator, along with several code wranglers and design engineers.
Current WordPress.com VIP clients are encouraged to fill out the registration form linked above as soon as possible if they are interested in attending the Workshop and/or would like to send company representatives to attend.