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WiredTree sponsors every WordCamp in North America for 2014

Thank you to WiredTree for their commitment to sponsor every WordCamp in the North America at the WordCamp Pillar level for 2014 via the multi-event sponsorship program. This pledge allows WordCamp organizers to minimize fundraising and instead spend more time focused on WordCamp programming and planning, which translates as a huge benefit for attendees.

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Huge props to WiredTree for their commitment to support WordCamps throughout North America!

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Bluehost sponsors every WordCamp in the world in 2014

Thank you to Bluehost for their commitment to sponsor every WordCamp in the US and Canada at the WordCamp Pillar level and every other WordCamp at the Champion level for 2014 via the multi-event sponsorship program. This pledge is incredibly supportive of WordCamp organizers, allowing them to spend less time fundraising and spend more time focused on WordCamp programming and planning.  Bluehost was the first company to sign on as multi-event sponsor when we debuted the program in March of 2013, and we’re so very grateful for their continuing support.

bluehost-logo13Bluehost has been a WordPress partner since 2005 and powers over one million WordPress sites. Their goal is to provide outstanding hosting services and customer support for the best possible price. Bluehost is also constantly innovating and upgrading their services and infrastructure at no additional cost to their customers. Millions of other website owners have already chosen Bluehost; you can see how they can help you with your site here.

Huge props to Bluehost for their commitment to support WordCamps all over the world!

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WordCamps in 2013

The WordCamp program certainly prospered in 2013. We had WordCamps in 15 cities that had never before hosted a WordCamp, and 53% of WordCamps were organized outside the US. WordCamps were held in 18 – yes, that’s right – EIGHTEEN different languages in 2013. Check out the stats for 2013 compared to previous years:

2013
Number of WordCamps: 71
Number of WordCamps in the USA: 31
Number of WordCamps outside the USA: 40
Total Number of WordCamp Attendees: over 19,000
Total Days of WordCamp: 117
Number of sessions presented at WordCamps: 1,565
Number of people who spoke at WordCamps: 1,176
Number of companies that sponsored WordCamps: 522
New WordCamps: 15
WordCamp videos published to WordPress.tv: 474

2012
Number of WordCamps: 67
Number of WordCamps in the USA: 34
Number of WordCamps outside the USA: 33
Total Number of WordCamp Attendees: over 17,000
Total Days of WordCamp: 102
Number of sessions presented at WordCamps: 967
Number of people who spoke at WordCamps: 877
Number of companies that sponsored WordCamps: 498
New WordCamps: 22
WordCamp videos published to WordPress.tv: 445

2011
Number of WordCamps: 52
Number of WordCamps in the USA: 25
Number of WordCamps outside the USA: 27
Total Number of WordCamp Attendees: over 13,000
Total Days of WordCamp: 74
Number of sessions presented at WordCamps: 429
Number of people who spoke at WordCamps: 450
Number of companies that sponsored WordCamps: 313
New WordCamps: 15
WordCamp videos published to WordPress.tv: 271

Even more astounding than the fact that 1,176 different people spoke at a WordCamp in 2013: more than 50% of those speakers had never spoken at a WordCamp before. It’s so exciting that we heard from so many new people about what they’re doing with WordPress; a greater diversity of ideas helps us make WordPress better for everyone.

The multi-event sponsorship program was launched last year, in which companies sponsored all WordCamps in a certain country or region via WordCamp Central. This year, we have more multi-event sponsors than ever, and we’re excited to see what WordCamp organizing teams can do with their events now that most or all of the fundraising burden has been lifted.

The WordCamp program recorded and published over 450 session videos to WordPress.tv last year, which is fantastic. However, that’s only about a third of the number of WordCamp sessions overall, so we’re really going to concentrate on doing better in 2014, setting the goal of recording and publishing every single WordCamp session on WordPress.tv. We now have a small group of volunteers to help provide post-production editing for organizing teams that can’t recruit someone locally, and we’re still working with organizers of 2013 events to get their content online.

In 2014, we also want to provide even more custom tools to make WordCamp organizing easier than anyone could imagine. We’re working on ways to automate and streamline aspects of the planning process, and we encourage your feedback on what would make WordCamps better – both from the organizers’ perspective as well as from that of the attendee.

If you’re interested in helping with WordCamps or other WordPress community efforts, there’s a contributor group for that! If you are interested in organizing a WordCamp in your town, check out our WordCamp Planning site (now with forums!). We can’t wait to see what 2014 brings, and we hope you’ll join us as an attendee, volunteer, speaker, sponsor, organizer… or  all of the above!

 

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WordCamp Europe 2014: Call for organizers and proposals

WordCamp Europe 2013, held in Leiden, Netherlands on October 5-7, was by all accounts a smashing success. We’d love to see another event this year! Unlike most other WordCamps, the organizing team for WordCamp Europe was staffed by experienced WordCamp organizers from WordPress communities throughout Europe.

Not all the organizers from 2013 are able to contribute to WordCamp Europe 2014, so there are some openings on this year’s team. Based on what worked well last year, we’d like every member of the WordCamp Europe organizing team to have helped organize at least one WordCamp in the past. If you are interested in joining the organizing team for WordCamp Europe 2014, please fill out this application to let us know how you’d like to help.

If you have an active WordPress community that would like to host WordCamp Europe 2014, please fill out this application and include all the reasons you think your town would be a great place to hold the event. We’d like to know how it would benefit your community, how it would benefit the WordPress community in Europe, and how it would benefit the overall WordPress community to organize WordCamp Europe in your town. And of course it never hurts to know some pricing for your local 800 person venues.

WordCamp Central will review all applications with the group of last year’s organizing team which is carrying over to 2014 and announce the results by February 15.

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WordCamp North Canton to be held on May 2-3

WordCamp North Canton has set its date! Ohio WordPress enthusiasts, mark your calendars for May 2-3 and get ready for some awesome WordPress learning and fun.

If you’re in northern Ohio and would like to help the organizing team, email the organizing team or attend the North East Ohio WordPress Meetup.

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WordCamps Orange County and Philly approved for pre-planning

Widely recognized as jewels in the WordCamp crown, WordCamp Orange County and WordCamp Philly are both getting planning underway for 2014. If you’re interested in helping out, you can email the OC organizing team or email the Philly organizing team.

If you just can’t wait until WordCamp happens, both communities have great local meetups that you could also check out:

OC WordPress Group

Philadelphia WordPress Meetup Group

Philly ‘burbs WordPress Meetup

 

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WordCamp Sheffield approved for pre-planning

WordPress lovers in Yorkshire, rejoice! WordCamp Sheffield is coming your way in 2014.

Lead organizer of Steel City’s inaugural WordCamp will be the inimitable Kimb Jones. If you’d like to help WordCamp Sheffield come to be, attend the local meetup (6:30pm on the 2nd Tuesday or Wednesday of every month at one of their fine venues in the center of Sheffield) or email the organizing team.

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WordCamp Miami changes date

WordCamp Miami has decided to reschedule their event; they’re now holding WordCamp on May 10-11. Your Memorial Day weekend just opened up – what are you going to do with it? :)

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