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WordCamp Seattle 2017 Speaker Submissions LAST CALL

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So the deadline for WordCamp Seattle 2017 speaker applications is just about here. We wanted to send out one final reminder to make sure everyone had an opportunity to submit their session proposal.

If you need a little inspiration to get you motivated, check out how one of our stellar speakers from last year parlayed her WordCamp session into an exciting, paid project that was right in her wheelhouse.

And then be sure to go submit your own application to speak at WordCamp Seattle 2017!

Deadline for submissions is midnight this Saturday, 8/5.

WordCamp Seattle 2017 – What’s Happening This Month

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We’ve had some exciting goings-on with WordCamp Seattle 2017 prep and planning this summer! Here are a few of the things you might want to know about:

→ We’re still hot into speaker recruiting, but we’re starting to come down to the wire. There are a few more opportunities to attend Speaker Training Workshops this week. Check out the locations and times (they’re both happening this Thursday, 7/20) and see if one is happening close to you.

(Be sure to RSVP on the meetup site if you’re planning to attend one of these. The Bellingham workshop won’t happen unless at least 5 folks sign up.)

→ If you missed out on an opportunity to attend one of the awesome speaker workshops we held last month, we’ve been sharing some of the gems that came out of the sessions. Read about the 5 Myths About Speaking at WordCamp (and Why You Can Ignore Them and Apply Anyway).

→ And are you in the mood to feel like a rock star? Find out how you can experience some minor celebrity status in the Perks of Being a WordCamp Speaker.

Applications to be a speaker at this year’s WordCamp close on Saturday, 8/5. So don’t delay – get your application in soon.

WordCamp 2017 Happenings in June

Lots going on with planning for WordCamp Seattle 2017 of late…

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Our speaker applications are rolling in, and there are some really exciting possibilities for sessions. But there is still lots of time to apply.

→ If you’d like to speak but not quite sure what you want to speak about, we’ve put together a thorough (but by no means exhaustive) list of topic suggestions.

→ If the same-old-same-old 25-minute lecture with Q&A style just isn’t your bag, why not mix it up and consider an alternative session format for your presentation?

→ And if you’re on the cusp but wanting a little training to boost your confidence, we’ve got multiple Speaker Training Workshops lined up around the Sound this month to help you with your pitch and give you some extra oomph with your speaking chops.

If you’ve got any questions or ideas to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Planning a WordCamp is as much a community endeavor as the actual WordCamp, so we welcome your input.

WordCamp Seattle 2017 Speaker Submissions are OPEN

Apologies up front if you’re getting duplicate notices about WordCamp 2017, but there are literally hundreds of folks who have not signed up to receive notifications about this year’s WordCamp yet, and we don’t want anyone to miss out.

If you haven’t already, be sure to visit the new site and enter your email address (in the sidebar or footer) to subscribe to get all the latest updates.

If you’ve attended WordCamp Seattle the past several years, think about stepping up your involvement and applying to speak.

We have officially launched the 2017 website and opened up the speaker application.

On the new website, you can:

Apply to be a Speaker

Get Tips About Submitting a Strong Speaker Application

Learn About Upcoming Speaker Training Workshops

Become a Sponsor

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Suggest a Speaker or Topic for WordCamp 2017

Suggest a Speaker or Topic for WordCamp 2017

photo credit: Andrew Villeneuve

WordCamp 2016 feels like it just happened, but amazingly, we’ve already got planning for WordCamp 2017 well underway.

It will be November 4th and 5th this year – at the same location as last year, the Washington State Convention Center Conference Center in downtown Seattle.

Add it to your calendar right now! I’m getting all fired up just thinking about it.

This year, in order to put on another amazing WordCamp that exceeds everyone’s wildest expectations, we’d like to involve the WordPress community as much as possible.

So we’re reaching out to ask for your input.

We’ll be opening up applications for speakers for the 2017 camp here in just a few weeks. But we want to get your ideas and input beforehand…

Are there any speakers and/or specific topics you’d really love to see at this year’s WordCamp?

Here’s what we need from you:

  1. Please take some time to think about people in your network who might be good speakers. We all work in different circles so don’t assume that someone else will suggest people you know.

    Then, take a few minutes to fill out this super-quick WordCamp Seattle 2017 Speaker & Topic Suggestions form (anonymously) to share their name, email address or other relevant contact information, and their area of expertise with us.

  2. Share this post on social media to help us spread the “Word” (pun intended).

We’re planning to personally reach out and invite everyone who is suggested to apply to speak once the application is open.

Personal invitations mean a lot to those who receive them and increase the chances of them applying, so this is a great way to pay someone an anonymous compliment.

There’s also a spot at the bottom of the form to suggest topics you’d really like to see at this year’s camp.

It’s going to be epic, and we can’t wait to see you there! 6 months will go by in a flash.

Oh…and P.S. – the new website is almost up, but you can already sign up to get email notifications about WordCamp 2017, so be sure to pop on over there and enter your email address so you don’t miss out on any of the juicy details.

Note: With the way the WordPress notification system works, it does not transfer email addresses from year to year, so even if you’ve signed up and received notifications in years past, you definitely want to sign up again this year so you don’t miss out.

Introducing Seattle WordCamp Speakers – Part One

We have received a total of 63 speakers and 89 topic submissions. We have carefully reviewed the speakers and the topics and now we have the first set of speakers ready. Hop over to the speakers page to see our speakers. We will be adding more speakers later this week.

We will be having 3 tracks with speakers and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Check out more about the beginner workshop on Saturday. We will be putting up the final schedule later this week.

Have you bought your tickets to the Seattle WordCamp yet? Well what are you waiting for? Purchase them now.

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!