Born in Texas: South By Southwest 2014 Is Here!

Born in Texas: South By Southwest 2014 Is Here!

Are you heading to Austin over the next few days? Come say “Howdy” at one of our SXSW events.

sxswAnother SXSW is upon us, which means a whole bunch of WordPress team members will be heading to Austin later this week. Since the official schedule is packed full of events, we want to make sure that you have the inside scoop on what we’ll be up to and where you can find us. If you’re in town, we hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

Speaking of WordPress…

Keep your schedules open for a couple of exciting panels taking place over the SXSW Interactive weekend.

Starting things off on Saturday, March 8, our founder, Matt Mullenweg, will be looking at The Open Source Revolution: From Blogs to Homes. The panelists will discuss how open source is affecting the tech industry and what the future of technology looks like for those shaping the open source revolution (Saturday, March 8, 3:30pm at the Radisson).

Then, on Sunday, March 9, Automattic HR Lead Lori McLeese will discuss How to Build Culture in a Distributed Company. This panel will address the benefits of (and misconceptions about) working in a remote environment, and Lori will be thrilled to field questions from the audience, too (Sunday, March 9, 3:30pm at the Courtyard Marriott).

Live from the Austin Convention Center

We’re excited to unveil our new booth at the SXSW Trade Show this year! As part of the booth, we’ll be bringing back both our Happiness and Swag Bars, which will be staffed by the team as well as by WordPress community members from Austin. Be sure to stop by the Swag Bar to pick up the 2014 edition of our Born in Texas t-shirt, plus other goodies to show off your WordPress pride.

At the Happiness Bar we’ll be serving up support and advice. If you have a question about an existing WordPress site or you’re keen to start a new blog, stop by and we’ll be happy to lend a little assistance. This year we’ll also be trying out something new at the Happiness Bar. We’ll be running casual mini-sessions on various hot topics, from blogging best practices to development frameworks. These intimate, 30-minute mini-sessions will be limited to 15 people on a first come basis. Check out the schedule below.


  • 2pm: Supporting your WordPress Site (a how-to session on starting and maintaining a WordPress site)


  • 12pm: Getting started as a WordPress Developer (an overview of ways that you can develop with WordPress, and how to get started in the community)
  • 2pm: Getting Social with WordPress (a tutorial on connecting social networks to WordPress using Jetpack Publicize and Sharing)


  • 12pm: Managing a Collaborative Website with WordPress (a talk about an easy, one-plugin way to incorporate your entire editorial workflow into WordPress)
  • 2pm: The Two Flavors of WordPress (an overview of the differences between and self-hosting using, and how to choose which is the best fit for your site)

More mini-sessions to come! Keep an eye on the Twitter account (@wordpressdotcom), comments on this post, or stop by the booth for schedule announcements.

Childish Gambino’s Deep Web Tour

In case you haven’t heard, we recently announced that will be presenting Childish Gambino’s Deep Web tour! The tour includes dates across the US in support of his new album, Because the Internet. In the midst of several shows around the nation, he’s heading to Austin for a free performance on Saturday, March 15 at Butler Park. Check out for full details and ticket information!

We hope to see you in Austin — or at another upcoming event!

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