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WordCamp DFW is right around the corner and there are more folks wanting to come than we had tickets available to sell.

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RSVP now for WCDFW Contributor Day and get spooky!

Our new sponsor WPEngine has given everyone extra incentive this year to give back to WordPress and it’s something you’ve probably never done after a WordCamp weekend…

It’s September now, but when WCDFW rolls around this year, it’ll be October — and you know what that means — Fright Fest over at Six Flags will be in effect on the weekends, and you’re invited! WPEngine is offering free tickets to people who come and give back to WordPress for all the things it’s given us. So when we’re all done at Contributor Day, we’re packing up and hitting Six Flags for a night of thrills …and chills :)

Please Note: You have until Friday, September 19th, 2014 to RSVP in order to be eligible for the free Six Flag tickets!

Coming from out of town? Why not stay that extra day… Are you from around here? You probably never go to Six Flags anyway, so now here’s your excuse to go have some fun!

If you’ve responded with interest for attending Contributor Day, now is the time to RSVP, we need an accurate head count to make sure we have enough tickets to go around and to make sure we have a space big enough to host our Contributor Day.

What is a Contributor Day?

I think WordCamp San Francisco 2013 put it rather nicely —

Whether you’re a designer, developer, systems or support specialist, or writer, there’s a way for you to contribute:

  • If you’re a programmer, contribute code directly to core!
  • Write or update WordPress documentation and tutorials
  • Create visual mockups of new features, or those being modified
  • Help out with your knowledge of accessibility or other relevant standards
  • Mobile developer? Help out with the apps!
  • Answer questions on the forums and help other users or people who are new to WordPress

People who come to Contributor Day will be 1000% focused on contributing to or learning to contribute to the WordPress project — although we have fun, this is a working event. If you’ve been looking for an opening to add your contribution to WordPress, this is the perfect opportunity!

RSVP now for WCDFW Contributor Day 2014

Contributor Day is scheduled for Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm at Hampton Inn & Suites – Forest Hill, 6555 Park Brook, Forest Hill, Texas, 76140. This location has been donated by the Pods Framework team who is holding their own PodsCamp in the same space on Friday (the day before WordCamp DFW).

There will be snacks, refreshments, coffee, wifi, and power strips! Also, be sure to bring a computer with you and have WordPress setup locally if you’re hoping to contribute code.

After Contributor Day, we’ll all head out to Six Flags Fright Fest and let loose after a long weekend of WordPressing — which was packed to the brim by PodsCamp, WordCamp DFW, and Contributor Day!

Our final round of speakers!

We’ve already announced some pretty awesome speakers and are pumped to reveal our final round of folks who’ll be speaking at WordCamp DFW!

  • Corey Ellis – Front End and WordPress Developer. Web Engineer @10Up Social and digital tech in music enthusiast.
  • Brandon Dove – OC WordCamp Organizer, WordPress developer, dad, video game enthusiast.
  • Marc Gratch – Marc is a WordPress Consultant, a student at UT Arlington, a husband and father-to-be. He is a theme and plugin developer who focuses on simple, specific niche functionality.
  • Marjorie Asturias – Marjorie is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic. When she’s not helping users in the WordPress.com community, she’s hanging out with her husband and their four rescue dogs, volunteering with a local rescue group, writing, reading, running, and eating more chocolate than is healthy for any human being.
  • Corrin Foster – Corrin is an Austin-based lifestyle blogger with over 10 years experience partnering with major brands, working with ad networks, and remembering that blogging is supposed to be fun.
  • Kristin Sheppard – Kristin is the owner and creative director of Giant Squid Media where she implements digital marketing, branding, SEO, and creates content for authors, small companies, and startups.
  • Patrick Rauland – Patrick spends most of his work day slicing and dicing code to improve WooCommerce. He also loves coding up plugins for Ninja Forms and making it the best form plugin out there.

We have a sweet speaker lineup for WCDFW – if you haven’t gotten your ticket, pick one up NOW.

Third Round of Speakers

Our schedule is really taking shape and it’s full of awesome! We’ll release the schedule soon enough, but for now, please welcome the next round of #WCDFW speakers!

  • Jon Bellah – Jon is a Web Engineer at 10up. He is passionate about high performance websites, responsive design, WordPress, and oxford commas.
  • Dorian Speed – I’m a web designer living outside Houston. I work with small businesses, organizations, bloggers, and other Needers of Websites.
  • Susan Ramsey – Susan loves to create and customize websites for businesses and bloggers. Her and her husband, Keith, run Graphically Designing, a design and photography studio.
  • Jaymes Downer – Jaymes is the Lead Developer at The Infinite Agency in Dallas, TX. He specializes in Front-End Development and is passionate about delivering the best web experience to his users on all devices.
  • Sheryle Gillihan – Sheryle is a Purpose Ambassador and Director of Partnerships for CauseLabs.
  • William Sullivan – His favorite part of going to WordCamp is meeting new people, so please don’t hesitate to walk up and introduce yourself.
  • Paul Clark – WordPress core contributor. TEDx Speaker. Director of Recruiting at 10up.com. We change the world using WordPress.

We’re not quite done announcing speakers – stay tuned for another announcement! Be sure to follow us on Twitter for additional updates!

More Speakers!

The awesome just keeps rolling in. We’re excited to share with you our second round of speakers who’ll be sharing their knowledge with you at WordCamp DFW!

  • Aaron Campbell – Aaron has more than fourteen years of web development experience, has been a regular contributor to WordPress for the last seven years, and co-lead the WordPress 3.6 release.
  • Kari Sullivan – Kari owns a small entertainment software company in Austin, TX and has been making and marketing digital products for almost twenty years.
  • Clara Matthews – Owner of Clarabela Media, Clara provides website copywriting, newsletter and blogging services. She specializes in hyperlocal businesses, with a focus on restaurants, retail and real estate.
  • Andrew Taylor – Andrew started off his tech career in computer hardware but after building the company website he quickly got hooked on coding and never looked back.
  • Cory Miller – Cory is a former newspaper journalist turned full-time entrepreneur. In 2008, he started iThemes, which builds web design software and offers cutting-edge web design training for thousands of customers around the globe.

Announcing our first round of speakers!

We are so excited to introduce you to our first round of speakers confirmed for WordCamp DFW! You’re in for some awesome talks from:

  • Kirk Bowman is a Dallas-based value pricing consultant, author, podcaster, and speaker. He helps people create happy customers and make more money.
  • Christoph Trappe is a content and digital branding strategist based in the US and is a career storyteller who helps others tell their stories.
  • Daniel Espinoza is a web developer, specializing in the creation of commercial e-commerce plugins. He’s based in Texas, but runs his business from around the world.
  • Trisha Salas is a front-end developer with a particular passion for BuddyPress and bbPress. She also runs the Tulsa WordPress meetup group.
  • Chris Wiegman is the developer of iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security) and has been working on WordPress security for over 5 years.
  • Ismael Burciaga expresses his love of design and community as an art director, filmmaker, conference founder and entrepreneur.

Watch the blog and our Twitter account for more announcements because we’re still working on speaker selection!

We Rocked the Sponsorship

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, right? Well, I can tell you first-hand that the generosity of our sponsors is HUGE!

As of today, we’re not asking for any more sponsorship monies – we’re fully funded and ready to offer an amazing WordCamp experience for the DFW crowd at the low ticket price of $20 (ahem, you can buy yours here), thanks to all the donations from our sponsors to help offset the expenses.

As sponsors are confirmed, we’ll continue to update our Sponsors page so that you can see the awesome folks helping make WordCamp DFW 2014 an amazing success!

A Special Shout Out to our After Party Hosts!

We’d like to recognize two sponsors in particular: iThemes and MarketBandit. These WordCamp super-fans are coming together to single-handedly donate the cost of our WordCamp After Party. That means that even after a full day of sessions and learning, you get to come mingle in a relaxed atmosphere and continue the conversations. We’ll have more details in the coming weeks, but wanted to take a moment to thank iThemes and MarketBandit for their amazing support.

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Call for Sponsors

**Thanks to our many generous sponsors,
we’re not taking any additional sponsorships.**

Sponsoring WordCamp is a great way to show your support for the WordPress community. Our attendees include designers, developers, bloggers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, and educators from around Texas. In order to drive costs down for our attendees, we look to sponsors to help make WordCamp part of this awesome open-source community.

This is the *first* WordCamp to incorporate all of the greater Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) area. Thank you for your interest in helping to make this event a success!

Sponsorship Levels

WordCamp Super Admin ($1000)

  • Company Logo & Link on WordCamp DFW 2014 site
  • Opportunity to place 1-2 items on common swag table
  • Recognition during opening and closing sessions
  • Acknowledgement in pre- and post-show email to attendees
  • Blog post introducing your sponsorship
  • Tweet Shout Out prior to sponsored event
  • 2 complimentary passes for staff or customers
  • 2 invitations to the Friday night sponsor dinner

WordCamp Admin ($500)

  • Company Logo & Link on WordCamp DFW 2014 site
  • Opportunity to place 1-2 items on common swag table
  • Recognition during opening and closing sessions
  • Acknowledgement in pre- and post-show email to attendees
  • Blog post introducing your sponsorship
  • 2 complimentary passes for staff or customers
  • Tweet Shout Out prior to sponsored event

WordCamp Author ($250)

  • Small logo on WordCamp DFW 2014 site
  • Recognition during opening and closing sessions
  • Acknowledgement in post-show email to attendees
  • 2 complimentary passes for staff or customers

WordCamp Contributor ($100)

  • Small Logo and link on WordCamp DFW 2014 site to your website
  • Recognition during opening and closing sessions
  • Acknowledgement in post-show email to attendees
  • 1 complimentary pass

Call for Speakers

Speaker submissions are now closed! Thanks to everyone who submitted a talk – you will hear from us by August 30th.

Please Note the following dates:

  • AUGUST 15TH – deadline for proposal with 400-500 word abstract describing the speaker’s presentation.
  • AUGUST 30TH – Speakers will receive acceptance notifications
  • SEPTEMBER 15TH – Slides due to committee