Some fun Changes to this Year’s WordCamp!

This post is from fellow WordCamp Raleigh organizer Jen McFarland:

Welcome back for Raleigh WordCamp 2016! If you’re a returning attendee then you’re familiar with the WordCamp space on NC State’s Centennial campus. We’ve been happy to host this event for the past 3 years and we’re delighted to have you back again!

Last year the conference continued its trend of growth, and as a result we found ourselves straining at the seams. But the good news about hosting the event on a university campus: always a few more classrooms around.

In past years we’ve straddled the breezeway between the two halves of Engineering Building II. This year we’ll be staying on the northwest side of the building and we’ll instead be sharing space with the neighboring Engineering Building I. This should afford us plenty of extra classrooms, plus some large hallway space for networking and hanging with your new conference besties.

The other perk for this year is our new food venue. Past attendees may recall the large tent in the expansive lawn outside the engineering buildings. While this was a workable solution you may also recall the crummy weather – Murphy’s Law of outdoor events means we almost always end up with rain, chilly temperatures and/or wind. This year we’re moving indoors to The Oval, a large cafeteria area located across the lawn. We’ll have food courtesy of NC State’s Dining services. On the menu for this year we have buffet style barbecue with Carolina pulled pork, BBQ beef brisket, collard greens, coleslaw, green beans and potatoes. We also asian stir-fry with tofu for our vegan/vegetarian friends.

Looking forward to seeing you for this year’s event!

Come Check Out This Year’s Dual-Threat Business Track!

It's about business AND WordPress business this year. Creative Commons Image Attribution
It’s about business AND WordPress business this year. Creative Commons Image Attribution
When we decided last year to add a business track to WordCamp Raleigh, the idea was to attract local business who either were already using WordPress to power their website, or who might be interested in seeing whether it could power their site.

Most of the talks last year were in that vein. This year, whether by luck or poor communication on our part, a significant percentage of the talk submissions for the business track were more related to folks running business in the WordPress space: plugin shops, theme shops, and freelance developer/designers.

So we split the business track in half: On Saturday the talks are geared toward non-WordPress businesses and how they can integrate WordPress into their web site. On Sunday the talks are geared toward WordPress businesses (or folks looking to get into business in the WordPress world).

The bottom line is simple: if you are a small business owner, or even a large business owner, our Business track on Saturday will help you.

If you are a WordPress freelancer looking to rub shoulders with some of the best and brightest in the WOrdPress business ecosystem, we’ve got a spot for you, too.
Get your Ticket today!

First Wave of Speakers Announced!

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The first wave crashed into the site today! Get your tickets now!
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We are excited to announce the first wave of Speakers for WordCamp Raleigh! Head over to our Speaker page to see the beginning of the lineup.

In case you missed it, we are featuring a business track again this year, as well as a beginner track, power user track, and our critically acclaimed developer’s track.

We’ll be announcing the remainder of the speakers very soon.

But you should definitely get your ticket today. Every ticket comes with an exclusive invitation to our WCRaleigh Slack channel, so get yours sooner than later!

Tickets are LIVE!

WordCamp Raleigh – Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September

We are still in the midst of selecting some GREAT speakers for this year’s WordCamp Raleigh. We’ve had some great submissions, and you are going to love this year’s lineup.

Which makes us very excited to announce that ticket sales are live, starting today!

Head over to the Tickets page to secure your spot.

Also, this year, for the first time ever, the event starts immediately. (what?)

By purchasing a ticket, you’ll be invited to our exclusive Slack channel where you can digitally “meet” others attending, and find out more information as the event draws closer. You don’t want to miss this.

Buy a Ticket NOW!

Call for Volunteers

Are you interested in pitching in to help at this year’s WordCamp? We assembling a solid team of volunteers to do cool stuff like man the swag table, help with audiovisual needs, and lend their expertise to the Happiness Bar.

Our WordCamp is only as awesome as our volunteers.

Sign up below, and we’ll be in touch!

{This form is closed! Now your best bet is to buy a ticket!}

Welcome to WordCamp Raleigh

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

WordCamp Raleigh 2016 will be September 24th and 25th at the College of Engineering on the Centennial Campus of NC State.

Subscribe 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, a call for volunteers, ticket sales and more!