Our plans for Video

The Schedule for the MODX Weekend is looking really awesome if I can say so myself, with great sessions from great speakers. But not everyone is able to attend: either the ticket price is more than what they can afford, or they're far away from the location, or both.

To accommodate those people, and to provide a long-lasting record of the great content during the conference, we have contracted a video company to record and edit high quality video footage of the sessions. This video is expected to become available within 2-3 weeks after the conference, and will be available from our website. 

The video will initially be behind what I call a Crowdfund Paywall. Basically, anyone that did not attend will need to pay to help cover the costs of the video, until the costs are covered. A single one-time payment of an amount of your choice will give you streaming access to all MODX Weekend videos, and when we hit the target on October 27th, we take the Paywall down and enable embedding. 

The Details

High quality video will be recorded and edited, and made available online within a week or 2-3 after the conference. This video will be available for streaming via our website. This will be free for attendees, but everyone else will be greeted by the crowdfund paywall until we reach the goal of €2000. On October 27th, if the goal is reached, we take the paywall down so everyone can watch all videos freely. 

Like with crowdfunding campaigns on Kickstarter, you can help make something great happen, except there's little risk for the contributors as when the paywall goes up we will have already completed the rewards and you will get instant access as soon as the payment comes through. 

Streaming access to the video will be available on a "name your price" basis (with a minimum of €10), and the higher the amount, the more benefits we throw in. Here are the different levels we're working with (though subject to change):

AmountRewards
€ 10-24Full and unlimited streaming access to all MODX Weekend videos
€ 25-49All the above, plus a text mention in the list of contributors
€ 50-99All the above, including a follow link to your personal or business site, 1 invite code
€ 100-149All the above, but with a small logo (125x50px) instead of text, 2 invite codes
€ 150-249All the above, including a free Premium Extra license of your choice, 3/4 invite codes
€ 250All the above, but with a big logo (250x110px) instead of a small logo, 5 invite codes
over € 250Negotiable, send Mark an email.

The list of contributors will be visible on each video page. 

If we hit the goal before October 27th, the paywall will be taken down, and all video will be available freely for everyone. The list of contributors will remain in place.

Why charge for video?

Simply put: good video is expensive. The conference is losing money overall because the initial budget anticipated more sold tickets than we actually did, and after redoing the budget there simply wasn't any money left for the originally contracted video. 

That didn't make me happy though, so I kept my ears open for any recommended and more affordable videographers, and once I found one I've been trying to find a sponsor to cover the video costs. Unfortunately I couldn't find any sponsors willing to contribute that significant amount either.

Which left the choice. Either no video, or find another way to cover the costs. 

The Crowfund Paywall provides that way of covering the costs, while still keeping the video as accessible as possible. Those that are strapped on cash only need to pay €10 for access to all footage (peanuts compared to the ticket price that attendees paid), while others with a larger budget can decide to help tear down the paywall sooner by paying a larger amount, in exchange for a mini sponsorship and acknowledgement as contributor. 

We're expecting the video to come online in early October. But first, back to preparing for coming weekend.

Speaker Profile: Gernot Ebenlechner

This is part ten of a series of interviews with speakers that will be presenting at MODX Weekend, which will take place just outside of Utrecht, The Netherlands from September 19-22. This time: Gernot Ebenlechner!

Gernot Ebenlechner is a business consultant with a strong background in digital media production and usability. He is also the Austrian MODX Ambassador.

I'm with Seth Godin on sharing ideas.

At the MODX Conference in September, Gernot will demonstrate a full-fledged Zurb Foundation 5 integration into MODX, including best practices for SASS setup for multi-design capabilities and how to handle all major functional website elements in a 100% responsive way.

"Content is king" on the web, isn't it? But: "distribution is king" (Bob Lefsetz) in the music, news and entertainment industry! Responsive webdesign gets your content distributed smoothly to the ever increasing mobile audience.

Gernot first came across MODX right before attending MODXpo in Utrecht in 2012. He sees MODX as the perfect web designers' content management system, as well as anyone who used to code websites by hand and wants full semantic control. However, he does think there is a perception of a steep learning curve, which may be holding back growth.

Gernot appreciates the creative freedom MODX provides, and the ability to build out the front-end of a website with any front-end framework while bringing web design to the next level. In his own business pursuits, Gernot is excited to accompany customers on their way towards thinking about the revenues of their websites as opposed to the costs.

Together, we can develop websites as corporate assets.

Speaker Profile: Jan Tezner

This is part nine of a series of interviews with speakers that will be presenting at MODX Weekend, which will take place just outside of Utrecht, The Netherlands from September 19-22. This time: Jan Tezner!

Jan Tezner is a developer who currently works at COEX and helped create the main discussion forum for MODX in Czech Republic. At the MODX Conference in September, Jan will present an optimal setup of environment and processes to build components quickly, in a standardized way, and with support from community.

Jan first discovered MODX Evolution back in 2008 and it soon became one of the most used content management systems within one of the company's development teams. He started providing translations for Evolution and later helped translate the Revolution platform as well.

Jan sees the ease of configuration and the ability to absorb nearly any extension that is needed as some of MODX's biggest strengths. He sees the fragmentation of some of the parts between the database and filesystem as something to be improved.

As far as projects go, Jan has worked on a few map-based and multilanguage projects. He has also been working on the next generation of CityRally - a web application that is optimized for the iPad.

It's implementing a gamification model for tourist city walks.

Speaker Profile: Bert Oost

This is part eight of a series of interviews with speakers that will be presenting at MODX Weekend, which will take place just outside of Utrecht, The Netherlands from September 19-22. This time: Bert Oost!

Bert Oost, Oost Design, hails from Emmen, Netherlands. His development chops and passion for working with MODX lead him to develop SimpleCart, which is a premium ecommerce MODX extra. Bert will be speaking about the latest version of SimpleCart (2.2) at the MODX Conference in September and how users can build an ecommerce solution for clients. Attendees will also receive a free license of SimpleCart. What a deal!

Bert first arrived on the MODX scene back in 2010, during the launch of Revolution, when searching for a better alternative than the CMS he had been working with. Since finding MODX, he has been an all-around ambassador for the platform.

Bert sees the flexibility of the platform as the main strength, but admits the speed (of the manager) is a weakness.

As far as the immediate future is concerned, Bert looks forward to continually working on MODX projects, and continuing to help out in the community through his development work and in the forums.

(I'm involved) as much I can. I have developed several MODX components and as an ambassador I promote MODX a lot and try to help people via the forums, etc.

Speaker Profile: Chris Cherrett

This is part seven of a series of interviews with speakers that will be presenting at MODX Weekend, which will take place just outside of Utrecht, The Netherlands from September 19-22. This time: Chris Cherrett!

Chris Cherrett is a web developer and UX enthusiast from the UK. He currently works at Adido, located in Bournemouth, England, where he works mostly in the “UX sphere”, sitting between the design and technical teams to help deliver the best products they can. At the MODX Conference in September, Chris will be speaking about COPE, or 'Create Once Publish Everywhere', and how a variety of tools, APIs, and MODX can help people manage their content from one central hub.

Chris first discovered MODX in January of 2013, when the team at Adido was searching for a CMS to meet the needs of their growing client portfolio and advancing requirements. Since that time, Chris enjoys spreading the word on MODX. He spoke at MODXpo in Cologne last November, where he discussed the continuous integration and deployment model he uses at Adido.

As a MODX user, Chris sees the flexibility and options that it provides as an enormous benefit and makes it easier than ever for him and the team he works with.

We’re seeing more and more clients – big and small – adopting MODX and discovering just how much better off they are for it. Having MODX in our arsenal is a great thing, making it easier than ever to deliver the sort of quality web experiences we strive for. This helps make my day-to-day role really exciting in itself!