A vote of thanks and event reports

Event organiser Tony Scott has posted a vote of thanks for Portsmouth WordCamp UK 2011 on his webite.

A page of links to reports by Portsmouth attendees of the events that transpired at the event has been added to the WordCamp UK wiki.

No physical tickets

To clarify the position in connection with tickets for WordCamp Portsmouth UK tickets, and in response to a number of questions, no physical tickets are being issued for the event.

A list of names of those who’ve purchased tickets will be used at registration.

Once confirmation of ticket holders name has been completed, an event identification card will be issued, which must be displayed at all times during the event at Portsmouth University.

Important Portsmouth travel security information: Saturday 16 July 2011

The following information has been received from Portsmouth University.

Police have advised us that the English Defence League are planning to march through Portsmouth on Saturday 16 July 2011.

There are also confirmed reports of anti-EDL protests being staged in the city centre (mainly around Guildhall Square and the Portsmouth and Southsea Railway Station) – where the march is due to start and end.

Travel implications:

Train

Hampshire Police strongly advise that anybody travelling by train on Saturday should alight at Portsmouth Harbour Station only (where the Portsmouth services terminate).

Stay on at Portsmouth and Southsea, get off the train at Portsmouth Harbour.

Car

Anybody travelling by car should park in Portland car park or behind Burnaby Terrace.

The Conferences Dept have assured us that despite the signs, car park permits or temporary scratchcards are not required at weekends (ie free parking).

It’s recommended you avoid parking on roads, especially Burnaby Road as this may be used as a short cut by marchers.

The car parks are highlighted on this map.

Ticket sales are now closed

Ticket sales have now close for WordCamp Portsmouth UK 2011, so we hope you didn’t miss out! With record attendance recorded, this year is set to be the biggest event yet in the UK for WordCamp users. See you in Portsmouth!

Ticket sales end 13 July 2011

Ticket sales for WordCamp Portsmouth UK 2011 will end at 16:00 Wednesday 13 July 2011.

Deadline also applies to sponsors

The deadline of 1200 (midday) on Friday 1 July 2011 is also applicable to sponsors who have not yet provided details of complimentary ticket holders.

Sponsors who have not provided such details must contact Tony Scott as soon as possible to ensure complimentary ticket holders can claim an event t-shirts along with wifi access at the venue.

Tickets deadline

1200 (midday) on Friday 1 July 2011 is deadline to purchase tickets for WordCamp Portsmouth UK to ensure you can claim a complimentary event t-shirt along with wifi access at the venue.

Any tickets purchased after this deadline cannot be guaranteed to have an associated t-shirt (or at least one that fits!) or a valid password to access wifi at Portsmouth University.

To ensure you have this year’s WordCamp UK cutting-edge and extremely fashionable t-shirt, along with internet access for the weekend, purchase your ticket now!

Deadline for t-shirt sponsor credits

Potential WordCamp Portsmouth UK sponsors and microsponsors must apply for sponsorship by 15:00 on Friday 17 June 2011 for their credit to be included on the event t-shirt.

Sponsor applications after this date will still recieve credits on WordCamp UK sites – however t-shirt production lead times preclude their inclusion on these much sought after garments.

A big thank you – tickets going quick!

Wow – there’s been a great response to the site go-live, thank you so-much for your tweets, retweets and general ‘spread the word’ vibe that we have seen from the WordPress community! It means a-lot to us and is one of the best ways to support the conference even if you can’t make it to this one. The core team spend no money on marketing apart from our time, which goes a long way to keeping the price of the conference down to one of the cheapest tech conferences in the UK, so help us make sure no-one misses out on getting their ticket.

It is great to see the UK technology press supporting us this year too, thanks guys! We already have had mentions on Web Designer Magazine, UK Wired Magazine, and are being featured in the .Net magazine events section too this month.

Ticket sales have been going well – with just over half the tickets now sold or allocated to sponsors in just over a week of them going on-sale. Don’t miss out on your early-bird ticketbuy early and get your place secured for just £35 for the entire weekend. Early bird ticket sales close midday Friday 3rd of June. With attendances steadily rising each year, we would not be surprised if we sold out, so don’t forget!

Finally we would like to thank all our sponsors again for their support – you should go check out their services and are putting their money behind supporting WordPress development in the UK. In particular we would like to welcome Human Made who are a gold level sponsor and sponsoring the social on the Saturday night. There’s nothing like the offer of free drinks to make new friends, see you there!

Sunday night accommodation

A number of attendees have enquired about Sunday (17 July 2011) night accommodation. We can confirm this is available at special rates on the Portsmouth University campus (single rooms only).

This is in addition to the current Friday and Saturday night accommodation offer for those with a long journey and would prefer to unwind after the conference in Portsmouth.

For details see the WordCamp UK wiki.