We’re happy to host a Contributor Day at WordCamp Minneapolis St. Paul on Sunday, August 6, 2017. This event is open to conference attendees at no additional charge—just wear your lanyard with tickets for Friday and/or Saturday.
Volunteer contributors are key to the success of WordPress, and Contributor Days are for everyone, on every experience level, with any interest in helping with the WordPress project. Become a part of the community that makes and supports our open source software system that runs 28% of the web.
You don’t have know how to code. There are a variety of roles to fill and many projects where you can be involved: Accessibility, CLI, Community, Core, Design, Documentation, Flow, Marketing, Meta, Mobile, Plugins, Polyglots, Support, Themes, Training, TV. Find out more about all the contributor groups at Make WordPress.
We’ll start the day with a general session on how to become a WordPress contributor. Contributor Day will also feature Breakout Groups for networking and discussion about working with WordPress and in the web industry. Bring your passion, find your tribe, and see how you can benefit from the WordPress community and give back to the project.
Minniepuu** and Wapauul** are teaming up to remind you it’s your last chance to register for WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul to guarantee a shirt, badge, and other sweet swag. We will be selling tickets until right before the event, but you don’t want to miss out, so quit procrastinating! Register before July 12th to claim your spot!
WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul is one of the best values around for learning and connecting with the local WordPress and web design/development communities. We have sessions for every level, from people who are installing their first WordPress site, to people who actively contribute to WordPress core. We welcome designers, developers, project managers, hobbyists, bloggers, content producers, strategists, SEO specialists, writers, buisness owners, and anyone enthusiastic about WordPress!
We on the WordCamp Minneapolis / St Paul organizing team know that conferences aren’t just about the incredible sessions, helpful sponsor booths, or crave-worthy swag. WordCamps are built on cultivating relationships, and we are providing plenty of opportunities to do so during our social events.
Everyone’s schedule and social preference is different, so this year based on feedback we are excited to provide a couple of options for networking outside of our general conference sessions. Join us for both or just one, but we hope to see you there!
Friday: Coffee Social
Wrap up your WordCamp MSP Friday with a Coffee Social, presented by LuminFire, immediately following sessions in the Humphrey Atrium! Sample light refreshments and delicious local coffee (and other non-alcoholic beverages) while you rub elbows with presenters, chat with sponsors, and network with your fellow WordCamp attendees. We will have games and other fun activities available, or space to just hang out and talk. Then, get to bed early so you’re ready for Saturday’s sessions* or go explore what the Twin Cities have to offer! *Recommended, but not required!
Saturday: WordCamp MSP After Party
After we bring our last day of general sessions to a close, come unwind with our friends at Rocket55 as they open their fabulous offices up for the WordCamp MSP After Party! Kick back after a day full of learning and relax with new and old friends. Appetizers and drinks will be served. Didn’t get a question answered at a panel? Speakers will be there too! Network with your fellow WordCampers, sample the food, enjoy fun & games, and enter to win fabulous door prizes. We can’t wait to see you!
The schedule is subject to change, so check back often as we get closer to the event, but we are extremely excited to showcase this talented lineup of local and national speakers presenting on a range of development, design, content strategy, business development, and website management topics. We’ll be adding more speaker bios and interviews in the weeks leading up to WordCamp so you can get to know them even better.
What topics can we expect?
Many of the topics on Friday are geared to a full-time WordPress professional and business audience, where the topics on Saturday are geared towards hobbyists, website managers, and people looking to transition into a deeper level of WordPress knowledge, but we think that both days offer something for people at every skill level! There is something each day for developers, designers, writers, business owners, strategists, and new WordPress users alike.
This is great, now what?
Check back for more announcements about our lineup of lightning talks, keynote panels, and fun social/networking events happening over the weekend! And of course, buy your ticket if you haven’t already. We hope to see you there!
To complement two days of extensive immersion into dozens of WordPress topics and related subjects, WordCamp Minneapolis – St. Paul offers a third day of intensive workshops focusing on Design and Development. Take the Next Steps to move your WordPress acumen and abilities forward. Highly experienced WordPress professionals will guide you to a new level of knowledge and capabilities for web creation and client satisfaction.
Workshops are an additional cost for Sunday Only, and workshop tickets do not include the cost of admission on Friday and Saturday. Each track goes all day, so please only choose one when purchasing tickets.
Are you a web designer who wants to make the best use of your creativity with advanced WordPress design tools and strategies? Do you long to improve managing client projects and all the details of working with multiple contributors and content sources? The Design track covers working with frameworks and content lifecycles, so you may become more agile in your work and more successful with your WordPress projects.
Are you looking for a great opportunity to get involved with the WordPress community?
We are in search of WordPress enthusiasts eager to lend a hand! WordCamps would not be possible without a strong volunteer base of people like you. If you’ve been thinking about attending WordCamp Minneapolis St. Paul and want to help out, we would love to have you join us! Volunteering at WordCamp is a fun way to meet members of the local and national WordPress community, as well as help contribute to making the event a success.
We have tons of positions that fit a variety of skill sets and schedules. You don’t have to be a WordPress expert to help out! Volunteers are involved with setup, registration, video, room management, speaker coordination, answering questions, and everything in between. Sign up now to get on our volunteer list, which includes a ticket to WordCamp, some special swag, and of course our gratitude!
General Admission tickets are now on sale for WordCamp Minneapolis – St. Paul! We are looking forward to another exciting year of WordPress education, networking, and collaboration! We sold out last year, and we anticipate this year will be just as in-demand, so get your tickets now!
We’re mixing things up a little bit this year based on previous conference feedback. Our conference sessions will be taking place on Friday and Saturday this year, to enable both professionals and hobbyists a chance to attend. In the weeks to come, we’ll be announcing the details of our schedule, social events, and other surprises.
We haven’t forgotten about Sunday! We’ll be announcing our plans for some contributor activities, as well as bringing back our popular WordPress training sessions (available for an additional ticket cost), so stay tuned!
General Admission tickets include access to all of your favorite “S” words: Sessions, Swag, Snacks, and of course Social Events!
Are you interested in joining our speaker lineup this year?
(Speaker Applications are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied!)
WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul is a locally organized conference that features speaker talent both local to the Twin Cities and around the country. In addition to the typical rules for speaking at a WordCamp, there are a few other things we are looking for:
Represent a diverse range of voices from the local and national community, including experienced speakers and new speakers with a passion for their topic.
Emphasis on connecting with other creative and tech communities outside the WordPress space, or outside the typical presenters we normally hear at WordCamps.
Appeal to an audience with a broad skillset, especially the thriving development, design, and blogging communities here in the Twin Cities
Present a variety of topics on WordPress, including Web Development, Design, Technology, Writing, SEO/Marketing, and other fields as they relate to using, building, creating, and improving WordPress sites, themes, plugins, and products
What does that mean for your talk submissions?
Topics presented should focus not just on “what to do” or “how to do” something, but why it should be done and the purposes behind it.
Special consideration to talks that can promote cross-disciplinary collaboration, applying lessons from one field/area to another, or the importance of learning/education
We want to encourage diversity (of opinions, of people and backgrounds, of voice, and of skillsets)
Additional thoughts for potential speakers:
Talks do not have to be specifically about WordPress, but must relate to WordPress in some way, whether it’s using WordPress, building/developing/designing for WordPress, enhancing WordPress, or interacting with the WordPress community
Calling non-WordPress developers! WordPress has a lot to learn from the broader development community, whether it’s PHP, open source, or other languages and disciplines. We’d love to hear what you’d have to say!
Calling designers and visual thinkers! WordPress isn’t just about development. We want to hear about visual design, user inferfaces, user experience, animation, and cross-disciplinary applications of design thinking principles in other fields
Calling strategists, writers, bloggers, and content producers! The web wouldn’t exist without content, and we want to hear from you about content creation and strategy
Looking for 45 minute talks (including Q&A), and a few lightning talks. We are also open to panels or multi-person talks.
Know someone you’d like to hear speak?
If you know a person who is a great speaker, or maybe a new speaker with tons of knowledge to share, and would like to nominate them to speak, get in touch via our Contact Form and let us know who it is, where they are located, and what it is they speak about, as well as a way for us to get in touch.
WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul is looking for sponsors for our 2017 event.
Sponsoring WordCamps is a rewarding experience for companies of all sizes, giving you lots of positive visibility and good karma. Plus, it’s a great way to give back to the WordPress community.
Why sponsor WordCamp?
By sponsoring WordCamp Minneapolis-St. Paul, you show your support for the WordPress project, that free, open source software has enriched your life and/or business; you also contribute to the growth of your local WordPress community.
WordCamps are run entirely by volunteers and the only funds available are those from ticket sales and our sponsors. We strive to keep ticket prices low ($20/day or less) to ensure accessibility to freelancers and small business owners with limited funds. However, that introduces a challenge when it comes to having a suitable venue, food & beverages for hundreds, technical capabilities, support services, and top-notch speakers. We literally cannot do it without you!
That’s where you come in.
Whether you would love to feed us lunch, willing to perform a service we are in need of, or have a spare $1,000 lying around, we absolutely appreciate that help. With a wide variety of sponsorship levels and ways you can contribute, we have something that fits nearly any budget.
Ready to help us out?
Download our sponsorship information document to get some more details, and then fill out the form below. Our organizing team will be in touch. Thank you so much for helping!