Contributor Day Survey — Will you join us?

As part of my duties helping out with WordCamp DFW, I’ve taken up the challenge of organizing and running the accompanying Contributor Day!

WP Contributor Day logo – thanks to Jenny Wong
WP Contributor Day logo – thanks to Jenny Wong
Contributor Day would be on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 from noon to 6pm. Everyone is welcome to come and join us, whether you’re able to make it to WordCamp or not! Come after eating some lunch, or step next door for some Schlotzsky’s! There’ll be coffee, refreshments, and wifi too, so you’ve got just about everything you’ll need to be awesome.

The only problem is we have no idea how many people will be joining us to give back to WordPress for all the things it’s given us. Will you join us? What would you be interested in doing? Just starting out w/ WordPress but want to learn how to contribute? We want to know!

We only have space for 40 people at the current place, so if we get more people, we’ll need to start planning now for a slightly larger space instead.

If you’re interested in coming, please just let us know by submitting the quick survey below –

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 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 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.

MarketBandit seo software

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