October 6-7, 2016
2016 marks the 6th annual LiveWhale Developers Conference.
This year Philadelphia will provide the backdrop for our annual conference. LiveWhale developers from around the country will gather to share ideas and strategies, talk code, drink wine, and make widgets.
We’ll explore the ways our developers are using LiveWhale to increase their engagement with prospective students and other important audiences, and showcase some new features in LiveWhale designed to make online marketing easier and more efficient.
Our first event will be an optional, informal reception on Wednesday evening, and the conference will end late Friday afternoon (early enough for those of you flying home on Friday night to catch your flights).
The LiveWhale Developers Conference provides an opportunity for LW developers around the country to gather and share ideas— what’s working, what’s not working, and what LiveWhale might do to make content management and communications easier at your institution.
Our family of LiveWhale customers— 20 schools and growing— is very diverse; some of our developers write tons of custom code and plugins of all sorts, others work at the ground level with content editors around campus, and some do both! This conference is an opportunity for our developers to meet up and share ideas.
We host our conference every year on the campus of one of our clients; so far we’ve been to Chicago, Austin, Portland, and the Bay Area. (Last year we were online.) This year we’re headed to Philadelphia, home to several LiveWhale schools— Penn Law, the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, and Penn Nursing; Penn Medicine on the calendar side; and Ursinus College just a few miles outside of town.
The conference will be held on the grounds of the University of Pennsylvania; day 1 at Penn Nursing, day 2 at Wharton. And there’ll be a reception at Penn Law in between. All in all you’ll get a great look at one of the world’s most beautiful and historic college campuses.
Our conference schedule will include a combination of presentations by LiveWhale developers at schools around the country; how-to sessions and demonstrations from LiveWhale and White Whale staff; and roundtable sessions on topics of general interest.
All times Eastern.
Wednesday, October 5
Thursday, October 6
“Behind the Scenes at LiveWhale Support”You know you’re curious.
Adventures in Web MarketingYour website is used for a lot of things, but attracting new students and donors is one of the most important. How do you use your site for marketing? Do you use any marketing automation, or any special analytics/lead generation packages?
A few of our customers do. And others probably want to. And we’ve been on our own adventures with online marketing as we continue to promote LiveWhale Calendar to new audiences. We’ll talk about what everyone’s doing, and how LiveWhale can be part of it (both now and in the future, as we develop new ways to help you reach your audience.)
The Wharton School
Customizing the LiveWhale Experience
A review of some great new features in LiveWhale, and a preview of what’s to come in our next major release.
Leveraging Alumni Stories
- Their new institutional homepage
- A Day of Giving countdown timer, with associated time-driven content promotion
- A new class notes system that ties LW forms and profiles together, saving tons of time on multiple ends
Tips and Tricks for LiveWhale DevelopersIn a 2016 version of last year’s most popular presentation, Naomi will present a few of the front end build projects she’s worked on this year, and give you some ideas for making the most of the features LiveWhale has (and maybe even compensating for some it doesn’t).
Justifying Your Existence
Do people on your campus understand how hard you work and how awesome you are? Technology work can be underappreciated and hard for higher-ups to understand. We can talk about how to make the work of managing a content community easier to recognize.
How do you do it? How often? Do you use a computer lab? Do you hold weekly office hours? Is it fun? We can share our approaches to training and our experiences with it.
We’re still gathering the names of our attendees (hopefully you’ll be one of them!), but here’s the list of schools attending this year (so far).
Angelo State University
College of the Atlantic
Lewis & Clark College
Marymount Manhattan College
Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative
Purchase College, State University of New York
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Syracuse University School of Architecture
University of Pennsylvania Law School
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
We’ve secured a block of rooms at the Homewood Suites University City (4109 Walnut Street).
A special room rate of $179 per night has been negotiated for LWDC attendees. Check-In is 3pm and Check-Out is 12:00pm.
- A block of rooms have been reserved for October 5, 2016 - October 7, 2016. The special room rate will be available until September 15th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first.
For transportation to and from the airport there are several options.
There is a parking lot if you are considering a rental car, but there is a $39 charge per night per car. Our friends at Penn may be able to point you to a less expensive option if you do intend to rent a car.
Glad you asked.
LiveWhale is a content management system for higher education, designed by a team of sharp application developers and supported by a small but growing community of Web professionals in colleges and universities nationwide. Schools and organizations use LiveWhale to maintain Web pages, news, event calendars, photo galleries, Web forms and much more.
Our goal in developing LiveWhale was to steer a middle ground between proprietary CMS solutions (which can be overbuilt, on closed, proprietary foundations, and stuffed with features that most users will never take advantage of) and open source products (which can take months to customize, train and roll out. The spirit of our CMS— and of our developers’ conference— is that the developers who use our CMS on a daily basis are just as smart as the people who maintain and support it, and we all ought to be able to work together to make LiveWhale a great resource for everyone in higher ed who’s got content to manage.
To learn more about LiveWhale or schedule a demo, visit livewhale.com.
LiveWhale is a product of White Whale Web Services.
Register for #LWDC!
This year’s conference fee is $450.
The registration fee includes all sessions and conference materials; a reception with drinks and light snacks on Wednesday night; breakfast, lunch, and snacks on Thursday and Friday; and a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres on Thursday evening. We can bill your institution or accept payment online.
A 20% discount is available for attendees who are also attending either the EduWeb or HighEdWeb conferences. Just make sure you say nice things about us at the conference. :)