November 10-12, 2014


Four years!

2014 marks the 4th annual LiveWhale Developers Conference.

LiveWhale developers and content managers from across the US will gather in the Bay Area for three days of LiveWhale theory and practice, hands-on CMS and Calendar demonstrations, and ferry rides. Although the White Whale / LiveWhale team is spread throughout the US, the Bay is our headquarters, and we’re all really excited to show you a great time on our home turf.

We’ve got some great stuff planned.  We’ll be telling you more about it as the date gets closer.

We can’t wait to see you at LWDC!

About LWDC

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’re offering a special welcome this year to our LiveWhale Calendar customers. LiveWhale Calendar is our standalone version of the public events calendar found in the LiveWhale CMS product. We are dedicating an entire track on Day 1 of the conference to collaborate and demonstrate the many ways of producing excellent calendars.  

As in past years, we’ll take you through the newest features of LiveWhale.  But this year will be a little different.  During the last few conferences we’ve given a tour of the features in a forthcoming version: but at LWDC 2014 we plan to have our newest version, LiveWhale 1.6, ready to ship.  So we won’t just be showing you the new features; we’ll be letting you try them out yourselves, and you can install a developer preview as soon as you get home.  Fun stuff.



Conference Schedule

November 10
8:00am Meet at Oakland Ferry Terminal for transportation by ferry to Menlo

(Ferry transportation from Oakland to South San Francisco leaves at 8:10am.)

9:30 - 12:30pm Conference Opening
12:30 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 4:30pm Conference Sessions
5:20pm Ferry departs South San Francisco for Oakland
7:00pm Dinner
November 11
8:00 am

Meet at Oakland Ferry Terminal for transportation by ferry to Menlo

9:30 - 12:00pm Conference Sessions
12:00 - 1:00pm


1:00 - 4:30pm

Conference Sessions


Ferry departs South San Francisco for Oakland

November 12
8:30am Meet at Hotel Lobby for transportation to conference (location TBA)
9:30am - 12:00pm

Informal Sessions

12:00 - 1:00pm



We’re still gathering the names of our attendees (maybe you’ll be one of them!).  We’ll list attending schools here as we hear back from y’all.

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


The official hotel of #LWDC 2014 is the Waterfront Hotel in Jack London Square, Oakland.



The Jack London Waterfront has graciously extended a block of rooms for LWDC attendees available at the group rate for the nights of November 9 - 13. This block of rooms is available until October 10, 2014.

Room Rate  

A special room rate of $155-175 per night (plus applicable taxes, 14.067%) has been negotiated for LWDC attendees. Check-In is 3pm and Check-Out is 12:00pm

  • The rate is good 2 days prior and 2 days after the conference, subject to availability.
  • The rate includes complimentary Internet in the guest rooms

There will be ferry transportation from the Waterfront in Jack London Square, Oakland to South San Francisco and a shuttle that will take us to the Menlo campus on Monday and Tuesday.


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

Hotel Map and Directions


Hotel Parking:

There is a parking lot if you are considering a rental car. There is a $15 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 is a product of White Whale Web Services.

Register for #LWDC!


Conference Fee

LiveWhale CMS customers $400
LiveWhale Calendar customers $200

The registration fee includes transportation to and from the Menlo School campus; dinner on Monday night;  continental breakfast (Monday - Wednesday), lunch (Monday - Wednesday), refreshment breaks, and all conference sessions. We can bill your institution or accept payment online.

Registration: LiveWhale CMS Customers
Registration: LiveWhale Calendar Customers

LiveWhale CMS


LiveWhale Calendar

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