WordCamp is Going to the Kids

KidsCamp is coming!

Maybe you haven’t noticed, but KidsCamp has been sweeping the nation at WordCamps from coast to coast over the past year or so. We are over the moon to be including it in WordCamp Seattle this year and introducing the next generation to the awe and wonder of WordPress.

KidsCamp Seattle 2016

KidsCamp is a half-day workshop taking place as part of WordCamp on Saturday, October 29th from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. It will be a hands-on learning experience especially for kids that covers:

  • Learning about WordPress and all of the cool things it does
  • Being safe online
  • Setting up their own site on WordPress.com
  • Changing themes and adding widgets
  • Creating posts and pages and adding images
  • Good blogging habits
  • Sharing and following
  • And way more!

You’ll need to bring:

  1. An “age appropriate” kid – 8-14 years old
  2. A laptop or tablet that can connect to the internet so they can roll up their sleeves and work during this workshop
  3. Some ideas about topics they might like to write about
  4. Some images on their device so they can practice uploading media
  5. Login ID and password for their own WordPress.com account **

** Before the workshop, please help your child create a WordPress.com account which requires an email address. If they’re younger than 13 you’ll need to do this for them.

Tickets are only $20. We’re limiting it to just 30 kiddos, so don’t miss out!

We are asking that parents stay on-site with their kiddos. This is not childcare, and you’re responsible for your kiddo. Please don’t drop and run. You are welcome to sit in on the workshop with them. Or if you prefer, get your own ticket and enjoy the oodles of other fun and informative WordPress presentations taking place that day.


Key Note Speaker

This year we are thrilled to announce Chris Lema as our key note speaker!! He will be talking about taking action when we do not know the full extent of the results.

26780058280c80b810b84o-1024x680Chris Lema coaches companies building commercial products in the WordPress ecosystem. He’s also a daily blogger, a public speaker, and product strategist. He helps companies leverage WordPress, and helps WordPress companies find leverage.

For twenty years Chris has developed and managed high performing engineers to build software products – particularly SaaS products in a variety of B2B vertical markets. He’s also spent the last ten years coaching startups on product development & marketing strategies.

Chris will be opening the weekend at 9:00 AM on Saturday, so don’t be late!!!


Tickets are on sale now!

Tickets are now available for 2016 Seattle WordCamp! Get yours now.

We are at the WSCC Conference center – 3rd Floor. You can find the directions and parking information here.

This year we are offering lunch vouchers/gift cards from many nearby restaurants. Please make sure you select your lunch option when you buy your ticket. We cannot guarantee your choice of lunch option if you are buying your ticket after Oct 20th.

We will be posting some of our speakers and topics soon.

What are you waiting for – purchase your ticket now!

In Search of a Few More Good Speakers


We’ve received some exciting speaker submissions so far, but we’re still searching for even more dynamic speakers to round out our roster and bring you a rockin’ WordCamp in October.

We’re looking for speakers who can teach WordPress best practices, open people’s eyes to what WordPress can be, and speak about all the other things that come with running a WordPress site or business (social media, analytics, consulting, collaboration, etc).

Below are a few topic ideas that would be a good fit for our audience and might help get your creative juices going:

  • What is the life span of WordPress themes, frameworks, and plugins? How to choose components for stability and longevity and how to deal with a website (and clients) when important tools go away
  • When to do-it-yourself in WordPress and when to get professional help
  • Good and bad practices in responsive WordPress design and development
  • Getting started as a freelance business – how to break into it
  • Using GitHub and other development tools
  • Intro to plugin development
  • WordPress for Kids – introducing the next generation to the wonders of WordPress
  • Lessons learned from doing __________ with WordPress / YOUR WordPress story
  • Hiring and working with people to help with WordPress

But don’t let this limit your imagination! Deadline to submit your proposal is Midnight, September 1st. CLICK HERE to fill out the speaker application form.

Recommend a Speaker

If you’ve seen someone who you think would be a great speaker at WordCamp, share their info with us below, and we’re happy to reach out to them directly!


Call for Speakers

Speaker submissions are now closed!

We are happy to announce that WordCamp Seattle 2016 is officially accepting speaker applications. We are currently looking for speakers who want to share their knowledge with over 700 attendees. We want you to be a part of it! If you’ve ever even vaguely thought it would be fun to speak at a WordCamp about something of interest to the community, why not apply to speak?

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind when sending us a description of your amazing talk:

  • Nothing’s too small, but some topics are too big: You should plan to be able to deliver your talk in about 30-40 minutes with time for questions. However, if your idea is for a very short talk, please apply. We’ll have some micro-slots available.
  • Describe your audience and your talk: You should be able to describe what type of WordPress user will benefit from your talk. Are you talking to devs? Bloggers? Both? Also, please summarize what you’re planning to say in one medium-sized paragraph. It makes it easier for us to review. Thanks 🙂
  • Don’t be sketchy: have a look at the agreement among WordCamp organizers, speakers, sponsors and volunteers. It’s all common sense, but good to keep in mind.

The deadline to submit proposals is Midnight PDT on August 1.

We are looking for a great and diverse speaker submission pool. Both new and experienced WordCamp speakers are welcome to apply, although we prefer you have some experience presenting to a group (such as giving a talk at a local Meetup). This year we will have tracks devoted to Design, Development, and Optimization, plus the opportunity to contribute to WordPress. If you’d like to propose multiple topics, please submit the form multiple times, once for each topic.

Add WordCamp Seattle to your calendar and we hope you will apply to speak!



WordCamp Seattle Announced

We’re happy to announce that WordCamp Seattle 2016 is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp Seattle will be held October 29-30, 2016 at the Conference Center at the Convention Center in downtown Seattle.

Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details over the coming months, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more!

What is WordCamp anyway?!

WordCamp Seattle brings together WordPress enthusiasts from around the Northwest for two days of education, edification, and community. Whether you’re a developer, a designer, a consultant, an agency, a blogger, or a publisher, WordCamp will take your WordPress skills and enthusiasm to the next level.