All posts by Andrea Middleton

That’s a Wrap

Thanks for coming to WordCamp SF. We hope you had a wonderful time!

In a few more days we’ll have collected all the recaps and links to the videos so we can post a proper wrap-up. But in the meantime, we sure would be grateful for your feedback. We have two surveys for you here: one for the WordCamp itself, and a separate one just to rate our speakers and give them some valuable input.

Thanks in advance!

Unclaimed WordCamp tickets to be removed today

WordCamp SF is less than 3 days away, wow! Seems like we’ve been waiting for this weekend forever, and excitement among the organizing team is at a peak.

We’ve made our lists and checked everything twice: badges, check. T-shirts, check. Lunch, check. But what we’ve also counted was over 50 unclaimed ticket purchases, yikes!

What’s an unclaimed ticket, you ask? Well, this year we introduced a registration flow that tied your WordCamp ticket purchase to profiles. It’s been so cool to see all the profiles showing who’s bought tickets to WordCamp SF! An unclaimed ticket is one that was purchased but left blank of any registration info like name, t-shirt size, meal preference, and username — in short, all the information we need to know that it’s a real person and not a ticket squatter. 🙂

We ended up with a lot more unclaimed tickets than we thought we would, even after we emailed people a bunch of times with requests to confirm their ticket purchases (like before we ordered event badges and t-shirts). Next year we’ll build in some kind of automatic notices and returns, but in the meantime, we have to call time on this year’s registration.

Because we’re not sure if the people holding tickets with the name “Unknown Attendee” plan to attend WordCamp SF or not, and because hunting down the purchasers of over 50 unclaimed tickets at registration is going to make registration for the other 1000ish attendees pretty painful, we’re now going to refund all of those unclaimed tickets, removing them from our registration lists.

To be clear, this only affects you if your name was never even on a ticket. Only tickets with the name “Unknown Attendee” will be cancelled and refunded.

If you have been holding on to an unclaimed ticket and you DO plan to attend WordCamp SF, don’t freak out! We’ll be selling walk-in tickets at the door (and hand-writing name badges), so you won’t miss out on all the fun.

Can’t wait to see you all on Saturday morning!

What’s for lunch?

Your general admission ticket not only gets you in to Mission Bay Conference Center for two days of inspiring WordPress talks, it also gets you a swanky conference t-shirt and lunch on Saturday and Sunday!

If you have food allergies, dietary restrictions, or just a healthy appetite, you might be wondering what will be served at the buffet tables this weekend. Luckily for you, we’ve posted the lunch menus — including ingredients lists for each dish.

We’ve done our best to create meal options that will mean delicious dining for every attendee at WordCamp SF, regardless of allergies or special diets, but we can’t provide specialized single meals. If you’re unable to eat anything that we’re planning to serve, please plan to arrange your own lunch.  If you have a question about our lunch menu and ingredients list, please fill out the contact form to ask!

Final speaker announcement

We kept a few surprises up our sleeves for the schedule next weekend. Please welcome our final round of speakers!

  • Pamela Bey is the founder of Be Brilliant Media, a web design and tech curriculum development agency. She is a WordPress trainer, UX designer, and mentor for women and children.
  • Jen Mylo (formerly Jane Wells) is a community organizer for the WordPress open source project; prior to this she spent four years as the UX lead and project manager of WordPress core.
  • Jeff Veen is the Vice President of Product Design for Adobe and the co-founder of Typekit.

Refunds close Monday at noon

If your plans to attend WordCamp SF have changed, you have until Monday at noon Pacific to request a refund for your WordCamp SF ticket. (We have to give the venue a final count on lunch on Tuesday.) You can request a refund up until noon on Monday by clicking on the URL in the email we sent you when you bought your ticket.

Thank you Civic Center Sponsors

We’re so grateful for the support of our Civic Center sponsor!


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Thank you Washington Square Sponsors

WordCamp San Francisco wouldn’t be possible without the generous contributions from companies like our Washington Square sponsors. Thank you! Thank you!


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Thank you to our Telegraph Hill Sponsors

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Thank you to our Coit Tower Sponsors

A huge thanks to our Coit Tower sponsors for all of their support in making WordCamp San Francisco the awesome event that it is! We are counting down the days, and looking forward to seeing you all there.



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Special accommodations for WordCamp SF

Can you believe WordCamp is less than 10 days away? We’re so excited!

I hate to say it, but back in September we were so eager to get tickets on sale that we completely forgot to ask whether general admission attendees needed special accommodations to participate in WordCamp SF. We’re committed to providing access to every attendee, but we need to make any special arrangements by the end of this week if they’re needed.

Please fill out this contact form by Friday if you need special accommodations to participate in WordCamp SF, and thanks! We can’t wait to see you on October 25.