Press Publish Phoenix Logistics and Updates

Press Publish Phoenix is tomorrow, and we can’t wait to see you! Here’s a big long post with all sorts of handy logistical information. We’ll also send Phoenix attendees this info via email, tomorrow morning.

Before you leave home

The conference will be held at the Heard Museum at:

2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

You’re welcome to bring a laptop or other device, though computers are not required. If you plan to attend the workshops We will have staff in the Happiness Lounge available to give you one-on-one help with your blog, so bring your questions! We’ll also be selling WordPress-branded apparel and other items, accepting payment via cash or credit card.

We’ll have coffee and breakfast breads available at 8am, but if you’re a “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” kind of person, you’ll want to eat before you arrive to the event.

Getting to the conference

Directions to the Heard Museum can be found here:

Parking is free in the Heard Museum lot. The conference will be held in the Steele Auditorium.

Press Publish Phoenix Map

When you park, look for the signs that say Steele Auditorium or Dorrance Education Center (adjacent to the Steele). If you find yourself at the museum entrance, walk south past the cafe to the Steele Auditorium. Check in at the registration table out front of the Steele Auditorium.

What time should I be there?

Registration opens at 8am. You do not need to print out a ticket; just come to registration table at the entrance to the Steele Auditorium. You’ll see a sign that says Press Publish Registration, and that’s where you can sign in to pick up your welcome packet.

About those welcome packets… We made a mistake! The schedule in your welcome packet shows the wrong times for the Writing 201: Clinic and Design 201: CSS Basics workshops.

Design 201: CSS Basics will be held at 1:30pm, and Writing 201: Clinic will be held at 2:45pm. The online schedule is correct.

Opening remarks start at 8:50am and sessions will begin promptly at 9am. We’ll provide light morning snacks, coffee and tea all day, lunch at 11:30pm, and afternoon snacks starting at 2:30pm. When sessions end at 5pm, we’ll continue snack service for a social hour until 6pm so you can chat with your new friends and any of the speakers you wanted to meet.

The main program track of the conference will be held in the Steele Auditorium, with some hands-on writing and design workshops in the Encanto Room. You may move between tracks, but please be aware that due to the hands-on nature of these workshops, seating will be limited.

More details

Social media: The hashtag for the event is #presspublish, if you would like to post about what an amazing time you’re having. 🙂

Lunch topics: Sometimes it’s hard to know where to sit at a conference lunch if you’re not attending the event with a buddy (or even if you are)! At Press Publish, we’ll have signs on all the tables in the Plaza with suggested topics of conversation, like “New to Blogging,” “Themes,” and “SEO,” to name a few. Sit at a table displaying a lunch topic that interests you, chat with like-minded bloggers, and maybe even make a new friend!

Photo policy: For community-building and promotional purposes, there will be photographers and videographers at Press Publish. By attending the event, you consent to your image and voice being used in resulting photos or videos that may show your participation in Press Publish.

Code of Conduct: Automattic wants our community events to be truly enjoyable for everyone. The code of conduct for Press Publish is posted here: If you are subjected to unacceptable behavior, notice that someone else is being subject to unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a conference organizer as soon as possible.

Heard Museum Access: Press Publish Phoenix attendees have free access to the Heard Museum on the day of the conference, from 9:30-5pm. Just keep your blue lanyard on so the museum staff will know you’re part of Press Publish if you decide to visit the museum on Saturday.

Help us improve: We will send you an attendee survey on Sunday; please give us feedback on how we can make Press Publish better in the future!

We hope you find inspiration, learning, and camaraderie at Press Publish this weekend. Thanks for choosing to spend the day with us!