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Here’s how to help shape the speaker lineup at WordCamp SLC

Hey! Do you know someone that would make an awesome speaker but maybe needs a little nudge or doesn’t know about our humble little camp? Or maybe there’s something you’d like to learn about at WordCamp SLC. Here’s your chance to let us know your thoughts!

We’ve set up a page with a form that allows you to nominate a speaker or suggest a topic for WordCamp SLC. If you’d like to do both at the same time, you can! If you think a particular speaker would be an excellent choice for a specific topic, let us know! You don’t have to tell them in advance (although it’s nice if you did) but it helps if you’re nominating a speaker if you give us some contact info so we can try to reach out to them.

Head over here to recommend a speaker or a topic!

Thank you to our Gold sponsors

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About the Venue

After 3 years at the historic City & County building in downtown Salt Lake City, we’re excited to be trying a new venue — Church & State.

Church & State is a community-focussed coworking space and incubator in the heart of downtown SLC, just a block away from our old location and right across the street from the Salt Lake Main Library and the Leonardo Museum. When I spoke with them and visited the site, their dedication to building a community rather than simply making money resonated with me as an open source advocate and WordCamp organizer — I could tell we were speaking the same language.

The building is a gorgeous, historic church building that has been added to over the decades. Since it is a historic building, accessibility may be an issue, so please let us know if you are physically disabled and require special assistance. Both the WordCamp organizing team and the staff at Church & State are eager to find a solution that works.

We’re happy to be working with the team at Church & State and are eager to make C&S our new home!

Thank you to our Silver sponsors

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Call for Speakers

WordCamp Salt Lake City is coming up in short order, and we need you to help us with the most important part of all: Finding our speakers!

Look, I get it. You don’t have any experience speaking, you aren’t a hot-shot developer, or you feel like you don’t have anything to offer the WordPress community. You’re wrong. If you are reading, and you are thinking of attending WordCamp Salt Lake City (or any WordCamp), that means you are a WordPress user — and more involved than your average WordPress user, even, because you are engaged in the community. And if you are a WordPress user, you have a story. Maybe you used WordPress to start a podcast, maybe you’re using WordPress to power your e-commerce site, maybe you’re a musician or an artist that sells digital copies of your work on your website, or maybe you use WordPress.com to communicate with a network of like-minded readers and bloggers. Whatever your story is, we want to hear it. That’s what WordCamps are about.

Last year, we conducted a poll to find out what folks in the WordPress community found most important about WordCamps, ranking everything from what they value in presentations to what is the most important factor in making a WordCamp worthwhile.

Here are a few things we learned.

  • The vast majority of you–80%–have been to a WordCamp before, and 64% of responders have been to WCSLC in the past.
  • Nearly 50% of responders were developers, with front-end developers taking the lead with 27%.
  • 25% of responders worked for a WordPress agency, with 20% following as freelancers.
  • Several of you have a major fear of public speaking, and when asked what would make speaking more appealing to you, y’all started clowning around with answers like, “Probably drugs,” “A pill to cure stage fright,” and, “Desire on my part.”

When it comes to presentation topics, you tend to prefer…

  • Heavy, developer-centric topics (WP API, JavaScript, WordPress core, plugin development, etc.)
  • Designer-centric topics (responsive design, theme development, user interface design, etc.)
  • Business-centric topics (selling physical/digital products with WordPress, how to use WordPress for business owners, etc.)
  • User-centric topics (SEO, cool plugins to use, podcasting, how to customize the dashboard, etc.)

That pretty much covers everything!

When picking presentations to attend, the top three most important factors you identified are…

  • That the presentation addresses something you haven’t heard of or learned yet.
  • That the presentation is technically advanced.
  • That the presentation is unique/unusual for WordCamps.

The single most important thing to a successful WordCamp?

According to the small sample of folks who participated in our poll, one thing reigns above all else:

  • A fantastic speaker lineup

Why am I telling you all of this?

Because maybe, just maybe, this will give you an idea of what kind of presentations our particular crowd is looking for–although we’re a small WordCamp, so we’d love to see what you have in mind no matter what!

Please join us and share your WordPress knowledge at WCSLC!

Please fill out the following form with details on who you are and your proposed presentation. If you’d like to propose multiple topics, please submit the form multiple times, once for each topic. We will be closing speaker applications August 13th, 2017, so get on it! 

WordCamp SLC will take place on September 23.

Before submitting your speaker proposal, please log in to WordCamp.org using your WordPress.org account*.

If you don’t have an account, please create one.

* This is your account for the official WordPress.org website, rather than your personal WordPress site.

Don’t be shy! Dump that imposter syndrome and come teach us something incredible.

Can’t stand public speaking but would still like to help? We’re seeking volunteers to help us re-design our site and with other odds and ends. Any designers wanna be a part of the WCSLC team? Contact us! We’d love to hear from you. 

Also, if you know someone else who’d make a great speaker or a topic you’d like to learn about we want to hear from you, too!

Thank you to our Bronze sponsors

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Call for Sponsors

WordCamp Salt Lake City 2017 is fast on the approach, and we’d love YOUR support!

Do you love WordPress (yes)? Do you love your WordPress community (YES!)?

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Here’s your chance!

We’re looking for sponsors for Wordcamp SLC 2017! We have several options for you to choose from. The first options are based on the Global Sponsor guidelines, and the last is our in-kind sponsorship. Check out the details and contact us for more details below:

Millcreek:

Cost: $500

What you get, aside from the warm fuzzies that come with supporting WCSLC:

  • Name, logo, and company description/blurb on the WCSLC site
  • A sticker or postcard added to our swag tables
  • One free ticket to WordCamp SLC 2017, reserved for a company rep

Little Cottonwood:

Cost: $1500

What you get, aside from the warm fuzzies that come with supporting WCSLC:

  • Name, logo, and company description/blurb on the WCSLC site
  • Dedicated tweet announcing your sponsorship from the official @WCSLC Twitter account
  • A sticker and postcard added to our swag tables
  • Two free tickets to WordCamp SLC 2017, reserved for your company reps

Big Cottonwood:

Cost: $3000

What you get, aside from the warm fuzzies that come with supporting WCSLC:

  • Name, logo, and company description/blurb on the WCSLC site
  • A blog post written by the sponsoring company posted to the WCSLC site (subject to approval)
  • Table at WCSLC for meeting attendees (if space is available, confirm with sponsor wrangler/organizers before the event)
  • Dedicated tweet announcing your sponsorship from the official @WCSLC Twitter account
  • Three swag items added to our swag tables
  • Four free tickets to WordCamp SLC 2017, reserved for your company reps

Parley’s (in-kind):

We also accept in-kind sponsorships of a product or service. In the past this has been things like promotional or trial cards or free subscriptions for giveaways/scavenger hunts, coffee and edibles, anything that your company provides that you would like to donate to our attendees.

What you get, aside from the warm fuzzies that come with supporting WCSLC:

  • Name, logo, and company description/blurb on the WCSLC site
  • One free ticket to WordCamp SLC 2017, reserved for a company rep
  • You choose what to offer/donate/give away!

All sponsors get a mention in the opening and closing comments, a mention on the blog, and a logo on the schedule on the day of the event.


Sponsors are a crucial element of what makes WordCamps happen! We appreciate you taking the time to take a look, and if you’d like to be a sponsor, you know what to do:

Call for Volunteers

WordCamps run smoothly thanks to our amazing team of organizers and volunteers. No matter what your level of experience in volunteering for an event like this is (including none at all!), you are welcome to join an amazing team of WordPress-lovers and help keep this show on the road.