Deciding on Emoji Icons

emoji_choicesWe are going to be offering a short list of emojis for speakers as we start to build upon our speaker app. The speakers can add up to three additional emoji (the heart emoji is the one emoji that comes standard for all speakers).

We believe most choices should reflect a clear positive or neutral message. However some feedback we got suggested some speakers might want to choose on their own a potential “negative” emoji (like ūüí©) or a few silly options (maybe to show BIG appreciation someone in the audience throws some¬†ūü橬†at the speaker).

In any case, if you want to give any feedback or suggestions you can leave a comment here or bug @dimensionmedia on Twitter.


Conferencia Now Has It’s Own Slack App!


Screenshot 2016-08-02 13.18.23We are proud to announce that Conferencia has it’s own Slack app. Yes – you can now do searches and get details on WordCamps and events… from the comfort of your own Slack channels! I¬†would love see people install this for their own Slack teams and let us know what they think!

You can download the app and see a screenshot or two from our Slack information page:

Remember that we are just starting out with WordCamps, and we are already reaching out to other conferences to add them to Conferencia’s growing database.

Proud to say that this app has been running on PostStatus Slack (if you don’t know what PostStatus is and you deal with WordPress, then definitely check them out) and while it needs a little polish it works like a charm. We’ve even added some easter eggs and jokes to make it more fun to abuse… er, use.

Please reach out to us with feedback or to report bugs on our Slack app!

Updating Ticket Dates and Speaker Call Windows via @ConferenciaBot

Screenshot 2016-08-01 10.20.20One of the first things built on was the main event page where all current events (and some recently ended ones) are listed. There’s even a tab called “my events”¬†(it’s a third tab if you’re logged in). In these listings¬†for each event, conferencia attempts to tell you when tickets are available and when speaker applications¬†are being accepted.

If an event is not being manually managed by a conference organizer or representative, conferencia attempts to find out on it’s own regarding ticket and speaker calls. And while we are gradually tweaking the formula, speaker calls are still the hardest to figure out automatically.

Wait… we are getting to the point… I promise.

So we want it to be easier for organizers to control these things so that the event list is more accurate. So one way to make this faster and easier is to bypass logged in and manually updating these variables. Hence, @conferenciabot is born.

@conferenciabot is simply a twitter account that you can send requests to. Right now, an authorized twitter account can request the bot to update the starting or ending dates of the tickets and speaker call windows.

Here’s how it works:

  1. @conferenciabot only responds to Twitter accounts that are associated with conferencia events. For WordCamps this is usually the official Twitter account for that WordCamp.
  2. Screenshot 2016-08-01 10.15.31A flip must be switched for each event by the event organizer that permits @conferenciabot to make changes on request.
  3. A tweet is sent. The tweet must have the hashtag for the event (#wcmia for example) and either a #tickets or #speakercalls hashtag. The tweet should also be similar to “@conferenciabot¬†tickets available today #wcmia #tickets” or “@conferenciabot¬†speaker calls open 6/13 #wcmia #speakercalls” or “@conferenciabot¬†tickets available tomorrow #wcmia #tickets”.¬†Screenshot 2016-08-01 10.16.57
  4. Eventually our bot will look at Twitter and process the requests.
  5. If the process is successful, @conferenciabot will reply back to the Twitter account.Screenshot 2016-08-01 10.17.15

We beta tested this over the weekend and so far it’s been working nicely. However it still needs alot more testing, and we still need to document this so new conference organizers to conferencia can get up to speed quickly.

Hopefully this feature will allow at the very least conference organizers to keep the list more accurate and therefore more valuable to everyone.