#LWDC 2013       November 6-8, 2013

This year marks the 3rd Annual LiveWhale Developers Conference. LiveWhale developers and content managers from across the US will gather in Georgetown, TX for what promises to be a fun, educational, hilarious and super geeky 2 1/2 days of LiveWhale theory and practice. 

Our Hosts

This year’s conference will be held at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. Southwestern University was one of LiveWhale’s first customers, and they continue to be our great friends; they’re doing some great stuff down there in that little Texas town, and we’re looking forward to getting back onto their beautiful campus.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that said campus is just up the road from one of the best cities in the US.  Our hotel accommodations will be in Austin, and day one of the conference will be held in the city. We’ll have some activities planned in Austin during our stay as well.


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— 14 schools in all— 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’re offering a special welcome this year to a few LiveWhale One customers.  LW One is a lower-cost version of the CMS that maintains all its features except one— LW One users are limited to a single group.  It’s in use now at a few smaller schools and departments, and we’re looking forward to seeing how your experiences are similar or different to those in fully LW-powered content communities.

As in past years, we’ll take you through the newest features of LiveWhale; we are deep in an upgrade cycle now, and we’re excited to show you what we’re up to.  We’ll be walking you through version 1.4.5, which should be ready to install before the conference begins; and introducing you to version 1.5, which we’ll be actively starting to show off to potential customers.

And beginning this year, we’re including two new features.  

One is a “master class”— an in-depth look at a particular LiveWhale feature.  We’re still sketching out the details, but our focus at the moment is on profiles; we’re currently working on a few enhancements to LiveWhale profiles that we think will knock your socks off, and we’re excited to give you a closer look at the new tools you’ll have to work with (so you can make the most of them when you leave the LWDC cocoon and go back to work).

The other is an open forum of sorts, on a single topic.  Many of our developers have had ideas for improving the way LiveWhale handles forms management; we’ll be inviting those of you who have made suggestions about forms functionality to put your ideas together and make short presentations; we’ll discuss them as a group and make some decisions about what to build in the coming months.

Sounds fun, right? (Wait— maybe you shouldn’t answer that.)


November 6

12:45pm Vans pick up guests at Hampton Inn (University/ Capitol) to head to Capitol Factory. Two Whales will be in the lobby to help gather everyone. 
1pm Conference begins at Capitol Factory. Afternoon snack provided.
1 - 1:30pm Introductions (lots of new people to meet this year!)
1:30 - 2:15pm Welcome address by Jason P.
2:15 - 2:30pm Break
2:30pm - 4:30pm Master Class: LiveWhale Profiles
4:45pm All leave Capitol Factory - Head to Texas State Capitol for quick photo opp.
5:10pm Everyone goes to Whale house for Happy Hour
6:00pm Dinner at Whale House from Chuy’s
End of Dinner Vans drop guests off at Hampton Inn
November 7
8:30 am Meet for transport to Southwestern University
9 - 9:30am Coffee service & pastries from Round Rock Doughnuts (as seen on Man VS. Food)
9:30 - 10:15am

Lewis & Clark presentation

10:30 - 11:15am

Angelo State presentation

11:30 - 12:15pm

Menlo School presentation

12:15 - 1:30pm Lunch service @ Southwestern’s cafeteria (with optional campus tour)
1:30 - 2:15pm

 Southwestern presentation

 2:30 - 3:30pm  Penn Law presentation
3:30pm - 5pm Feature review: LiveWhale 1.5
5:15pm Vans drive guests back to Hampton Inn 
November 8
8:30am Meet for transport to Southwestern University

Lake Forest presentation


Alma presentation

11:00 - 11:45am

MMC presentation

12pm Lunch service @ Southwestern’s cafeteria
1-4pm Presentations from White Whale staff
3pm Van leaves for airport for those with earlier flights (time may change as we get a better sense of when guests are leaving)
4-4:30 Conference wrap-up
4:45pm Vans leave for airport and Hampton Inn (if anyone is not leaving Friday night)

The People You’ll Meet

We’re still gathering the names of our attendees (maybe you’ll be one of them!), but so far we’ve got LiveWhale developers coming from these great schools:

  • Alma College
  • Angelo State University
  • Carthage College
  • Penn Law
  • Menlo School
  • Lake Forest College
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • and of course, Southwestern.

Most of White Whale’s staff will be attending the conference as well, of course.  We look forward to seeing you again, and introducing you to some of the new people on our staff!

Hotel Accommodations

There are plenty of great hotels in the downtown Austin area. Heck, everything in Austin is pretty great.

The official hotel of #LWDC 2013 is the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol:

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Here is the link for group rate online reservations at the Hampton Inn. If you want to stay more than the two nights, that’s not a problem. It would be best to call the Hampton Inn at 512-499-8881 and let them know.

A little about the Hampton Inn & Suites Austin @ The University/Capitol:



There will be shuttle transportation from the Hampton Inn to Southwestern University and back on Thursday and Friday.

For transportation to and from the airport there are several options:

- Super Shuttle: http://www.supershuttle.com/ Use promo code 23F3S for $4 off a round trip reservation. $22 for round trip with promo code.

- Airport Flyer: http://www.capmetro.org/planner/ $1 each way. Take 100-Airport Flyer-Inbound and get off at Trinity & 18th. It will be about a 5 block walk to the Hampton Inn.

- Cab: www.TaxiFareFinder.com estimates it would cost $31.20 including a 15% tip.

- There is a parking lot if you are considering a rental car. There is a $19 charge per night per 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!

The conference fee is $350, which includes transportation to and from Southwestern University; dinner on Wednesday night; Thursday and Friday continental breakfast and lunch; snacks throughout; and a surprise or two. (It wouldn’t be a conference without schwag.) We can bill your institution or accept payment online.