Call For Speakers Is Now Open And You Should Apply

Call for Speakers open for WordCamp Sacramento 2017

It’s our mission to have WordCamp Sacramento represent the passion, talent, and diversity of our community, and we want you to be a part of it! We are looking for speakers to share their knowledge, skill, experience, and stories with our welcoming community at WordCamp Sacramento, happening September 16-17, 2017 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Talks for all skill levels and all topics will be considered. Presentations will be a mix of approximately 30-45 minute sessions and 10-minute lightning talks. We’re specifically looking for talks covering development, design, tools and resources, and blogging.

Tips for a Great Speaker Application

We do not require you to be famous, an expert, or a developer, or specifically credentialed, or anything like that. If you haven’t spoken at a conference before, don’t let that hold you back! All we ask is that you be able to present your chosen topic passionately and respectfully.

  • Use your real, full name.
  • Enter a detailed presentation description. Descriptions that are vague or incomplete may not be considered.
  • Submit your proposed topic title and description, and your bio in third person, as if it were the final version to be printed or posted on the website.
  • Please do not include notes to the organizers in your presentation description. We’ll have a separate field for notes if you need to send us a message.
  • Please do not submit a presentation that is already on or you have given previously in the Northern California region.
  • Your talk should be directly related to WordPress, or immediately applicable and relevant to our audience.
  • Skip the hype, talks about making money, and “killing it.” Focus on helping people do more with WordPress and do better with WordPress.
  • Spell WordPress correctly (capital_P_dangit)!
  • Follow the instructions outlined above.

Your Role As A Speaker

  • Speakers will be offered free admission to WordCamp Sacramento and an invitation to the VIP WordCamp Kick Off Dinner, but will not be otherwise compensated in any way.
  • We plan to record all sessions and submit the videos to Speakers will need to sign an A/V release form prior to the event.
  • Your session is not an opportunity for self promotion or to promote your own theme, plugin, service, or business. No selling from the stage or front of the room is allowed.
  • Be prepared to submit your presentation slides in advance or to review your presentation with a WordCamp Sacramento Organizer prior to the event.
  • Be respectful of the WordPress community, the WordPress logo and trademarks, the WordCamp Code of Conduct, and the GPL.

Application Process

We do want to feature our local WordPress talent and users, so preference will be given to local speakers. To those outside of Sacramento, don’t let this discourage you! Each submission will be thoroughly read and discussed with the WordCamp Sacramento organizing team. Preference will also be given to talks directly tied to WordPress, WordPress plugins, WordPress-related tools and resources, and/or helping attendees use, leverage, or do more with WordPress — and to those who follow the instructions outlined above.

If you need some topic ideas, we have a list of topics that we’d love to see at WordCamp!

The Call for Speakers will close on MAY 5, 2017.

All complete, detailed applications will be reviewed by the organizing team. While we do advocate for diversity and variety among speakers, our general policy is that we don’t consider the race, sex, religion, or any other factor of the speaker to play a part in our selection process.

Everyone who submits an application will be notified of their application status by email no later than MAY 19, 2017. Please understand however that we may not be able to personally respond to each submission with a detailed response.

Submit A Speaker Application

The deadline to submit your speaker application is MAY 5, 2017.

The Call For Speakers Is Now Closed.

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