WordPress is free, and we want to make sure that no one is barred from WordCamp for financial reasons. This year, WordCamp San Francisco is running a travel assistance program for people who live outside of SF, and for locals we’re offering a limited number of scholarship tickets for admittance to Mission Bay Conference Center on October 25-26.
Our scholarship ticket team will be looking for applicants passionate about WordPress who would not be able to attend the event without financial assistance. Please only apply if you really can’t afford the ticket; don’t apply because you’d rather spend your $40 on video games and beer.
Apply for a scholarship ticket here.
WordCampers, you may now buy your tickets to WordCamp San Francisco. The General Admission ticket gets you in to Mission Bay Conference Center for both days of WordCamp (October 25-26) and includes lunch on Saturday and Sunday as well as a limited edition event t-shirt, all for the unfathomably low price of $40.
Keeping prices this low for the bulk of attendees means we need to raise a lot of dough to cover the event costs, so we also have a microsponsorship 2-day pass for $500. This ticket is intended for WordPress professionals or people who recognize that WordCamp SF is as valuable as more traditionally-priced industry conferences and want to help support the event. Microsponsors will get an extra-cool “contributor” name badge at the event and be listed by name in the microsponsors thank you section on the Sponsors page (coming soon).
This year, we’re offering two different styles of t-shirts for women: a Bella slim cut, and a Bella “missy” cut. Men’s shirts will be the tried-and-true “Unisex” Tee from Canvas again this year. If you’re concerned about the fit your limited edition WCSF shirt, check out the sizing charts to make an informed choice!
WordCamp SF will live stream again this year, and you can buy your live stream ticket with or without the WCSF t-shirt, as in past years. One live stream ticket gives you access to both days of the event’s stream.
If you really want to attend WordCamp SF this year and simply can’t afford to pay $40 for a ticket, you can apply for a scholarship ticket. Scholarship tickets will be based on financial need and awarded by October 1.
WordPress 4.0 was released today! To celebrate we’re doing our own release – the next group of WordCamp San Francisco speakers. Say hello to them all!
- Rachel Baker is a Senior Strategic Engineer at 10up, contributor to WordPress Core, and a mentor at Dev Bootcamp.
- Mickey Kay is a senior WordPress developer at MIGHTYminnow Web Studio & School in Oakland, CA.
- Michael Arestad is a designer at Automattic, and contributor to WordPress Core, Jetpack, VaultPress, and WordPress.com.
- Mel Choyce is a designer at Automattic and contributor to WordPress Core.
- Taylor Aldridge the Creative Director at 10up where he is responsible for branding, design, and strategy.
- M. Asif Rahman is the founder CEO Of A. R. Communications, a WordPress enthusiast, web entrepreneur, and workaholic.
Just a few more speakers to go and they’ll all be announced. Watch this space!
We’re excited to introduce you to another six WordCamp San Francisco speakers. You’ll be able to hear these fine folks share their knowledge at the Mission Bay Conference Conference Center on 25th & 26th October.
- Jenny Lawson is a journalist and author of The Bloggess. Her autobiography, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, is a New York Times bestseller.
- Luke Wroblewski is the CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc. He’s the author of three popular web design books, (Mobile First, Web Form Design, and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability).
- Joe Dolson is a WordPress plug-in developer and accessibility consultant.
- Zack Tollman is a web developer at the Theme Foundry. He writes regularly about WordPress performance.
- Jenny Wong is a web developer at Human Made. She organises WordCamp Manchester and PHP Northwest.
- Paul Clark is a TEDx speaker, WordPress core contributor, and Director of Recruiting at 10up.com
- Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a staff author at lynda.com and the Director of Pink & Yellow Media Inc. – a digital media company based in Burnaby, BC.
Today we get to introduce you to six more speakers who’re joining the line-up at WordCamp San Francisco. We’ve got bloggers, developers, and writers ready to share their knowledge with you.
- Kathy Cano-Murillo is a writer/novelist, artist and founder of the award-winning site, CraftyChica.com.
- Brennen Byrne is the CEO and co-founder of Clef, a security plugin for WordPress.
- Ben Dunkle is a designer, professor and artist from Buffalo, NY. Ben is the designer of most of WordPress’ icons.
- Jennifer Bourn is a co-organizer of the Sacramento WordPress meetup and the Creative Director of Bourn Creative.
- John Eckman is the CEO of 10up, a digital agency focused on WordPress.
We couldn’t let the week pass without introducing you to another handful of WordCamp San Francisco speakers. We hope that you’re as excited to see them speak as we are.
- Boone Gorges is an independent consultant specializing development services for colleges and universities. He is a lead developer of BuddyPress.
- Jenn Schiffer is an open web engineer at Bocoup where she writes code to build web apps using open web technologies.
- Cody Brown is the founder of Scroll Kit, a tool to help people tell dramatic visual stories on the web.
- Christine Harkin is a writing and editing consultant. She’s been blogging at EditorPlease.com since 2011 and at the award-winning Naptimewriting.com since 2006.
Watch the blog and our Twitter account for more announcements and your email inbox for news because we’re still working on speaker selection!
It’s Thursday! And what better day to introduce another group of WordCamp San Francisco speakers to you? The selection process is still ongoing, so if you haven’t heard anything, don’t count yourself out just yet. With that in mind, say hello to our second group of WordCamp speakers!
- Guillermo Rauch was the founder of CloudUp is the author of several popular WordPress plugins, and the author of popular framework socket.io
- Kel Santiago is Japan-based writer and product evangelist for Digital Cube, a WordPress Consultant company (pending visa approval).
- Jeremy Felt is a developer at Washington State University and is a contributor to WordPress core.
- Cory Miller is a former journalist turned full-time entrepreneur. He is the co-author of WordPress All-in-One for Dummies and founder of iThemes.
More speakers will be announced soon!
WordCamp San Francisco is getting closer, and we’re working our way through all of your nominations and proposals. While the selection process is still active, we’re excited to have confirmed our first group of speakers.
You’ll recognise many of the names from around the WordPress community; they speak at WordCamps, blog about WordPress, build WordPress websites, and create the software that we all know and love. It’s just a few months until they take the stage at WCSF.
- Mark Jaquith is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He has been using WordPress since 2004 and offers freelance consulting services.
- Helen Hou-Sandí is a WordPress core committer, release lead for WordPress 4.0 and Director of Platform Experience at 10up.
- Chris Lema writes a daily blog covering the WordPress ecosystem from a business perspective.
- Kathleen Vignos is a full stack engineer and leads the engineering team at WIRED.
- Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc. and a WordPress instructor for Girl Develop It Philly.
- Andrew Nacin is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He works at Audrey Capital.
- Sara Cannon is a Partner and Creative Director at Range. She loves design, typography, user experience, and art.
Watch this space for more speaker announcements over the coming weeks!
The year was 2012. My first WordCamp San Francisco.
At the time, I’d been investing in the WordPress community for a little over two years. I’d met a number of people online that were well known WordPress developers, designers, and business owners.
I knew WordCamp San Francisco was the place to go to interact with more WordPress professionals in one place than anywhere else in the world.
The format for the conference was a little different that year. In 2012, the main event was one day, so I knew it was going to be tough to meet a lot of people.
And I was right: it was an absolute whirlwind. I met hundreds of folks whom I previously only knew by their Twitter handles and Gravatars. At WordCamp San Francisco, we got to chat over coffee, beers, lunch, and elsewhere.
It’s kind of amazing, looking back.
Planning for WordCamp San Francisco 2014 is underway! The next WordCamp SF will be held the weekend of October 25-26.
As we move forward, we’ll post here each week with an update. Note for anyone already opening their favorite travel-booking site: we’ll probably have a couple of days of pre- and post-WordCamp events, so while we definitely want you to save the date now, if you’re booking nonrefundable travel you may want to wait a little longer so you can consider the final schedule.
If you don’t want to miss a single step of the planning process, subscribe to this site and follow @wordcampsf on Twitter. It’s going to be amazing!