Announcing our 2016 Schedule!

We’re super excited to announce this year’s schedule!

  • 24 Sessions lead by local and national speakers
  • Foundation Friday to get you up to speed on how to use WordPress
  • Contributor Day on Friday, where you can learn how to contribute to the WordPress Core project
  • An action-packed day of sessions on Saturday, featuring speakers from Maine and beyond
  • After sessions conclude on Saturday, enjoy a complimentary after party

Thanks to our Web Designers!

Logo Design – Beth Taylor Weyand

Beth is a designer, artist, and educator. She believes in using design to promote understanding and further ideas. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and currently lives in Portland, Maine.

Beth completed an MFA in Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011, a BFA in Graphic Design at Maine College of Art in 2008, and a BA in Social Science and Visual Art at Bennington College in 2003.

Along with her love for art and design, she is an avid nester, caretaker of fuzzy beings, and swimmer of oceans.

Web Design – Michael Cain

Michael Cain is a Portland, Maine-based web developer. Born and raised in North Carolina, he moved to New England after graduating from the University of North Carolina with his then-girlfriend (now-wife), Meredith, and then-crazy (now-crazy) black lab, in search of adventure, good food, and great beer.

In general, he spends his days working to fine-tune the theme experience for new users on as a developer at Automattic, his evenings blogging about food and travel on, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

Introducing WordCamp Maine 2016’s Wapuu!

That’s wapuu, plural!WCME16-wapuu-site2

So what’s a wapuu?

It all started when Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of WordPress) went to Japan in 2009. While there the Japanese WordPress community asked him if they could create a mascot. Matt said yes as long as it was GPL licensed and designed by an illustrator who understands the open source community. The community asked Kazuko Kaneuchi, who had experience in creating the Japanese NetBeans mascot, Neko-bean.

–wapuu fan club

Since then, wapuu has spread outside of Japan – WordCamp USAustralia, Prague, and others have all released versions of the character.  And don’t forget our very own lumberjack wapuu from last year.  There are even paper dolls, a card gameplugins, a VR experience, and more!

Stephen Quirk, an Automattician and WordCamp Maine organizer, made the fisherman-and-prey-inspired version for this year’s event.

You can “catch” this wapuu in sticker form at WordCamp Maine 2016!