Calling everyone: we’re on the lookout for speakers

Our call for speakers has now closed. Thank you for your awesome applications.

Applied to speak? We’re aiming to let everyone know if their talk is in the schedule before the 16th May 2017.

Please get in touch if you have any questions.

We’ll be announcing the WordCamp Brighton 2017 schedule soon.


More information about speaking at WordCamp

WordCamp Brighton attendees have a wide range of WordPress experience and all sorts of different skills and interests. So we’re also looking for a diverse range of talks.

It’d be excellent to have talks related to the following areas of WordPress – but we’re open to other ideas too:

  • Accessibility
  • Back-end development
  • Business growth
  • Content
  • Community
  • Design
  • Freelancing
  • Front-end development
  • Hosting
  • SaaS (software as a service)
  • UX (user experience)
  • WordPress for beginners

We’re welcoming applications from people in Brighton, across the UK and all over the world. Please note, WordCamp Brighton is not able to cover any travel or accommodation expenses.

Presenting a talk at WordCamp is a fantastic experience. We’ll be here to support speakers with advice and encouragement in the lead up to their talk.

 


Free tickets for speakers

If your talk is accepted, you’ll get a free ticket to WordCamp Brighton 2017!

We’re releasing another batch of tickets after we announce speakers, so don’t worry about tickets running out.

All speakers also get an invite to our complimentary volunteers dinner. This is a chance to relax before WordCamp starts, and meet fellow speakers, volunteers and organisers.


Talk format

WordCamp Brighton talks will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th August 2017.

There’ll be a mix of long form talks and shorter ‘lightning’ talks, with optional time for questions.

  • Long form talks will be approximately 30 minutes plus an optional 10 minutes for questions.
  • Lightning talks will be approximately 10 minutes plus an optional 5 minutes for questions.

What do I need to prepare?

Other than coming up with a talk title and outline, you won’t need to prepare anything yet.

We’ll aim to let everyone know within one week of the application close date whether their talk has been chosen.

If your talk is selected, we’ll ask for a set of slides and talk notes in advance of WordCamp Brighton. If you’d like help preparing and practicing your talk, we’ll have mentors on hand.


Being inclusive matters

We truly want to create an event that anyone with an interest in WordPress would be excited to attend. So being inclusive is very important to us.

Some of the ways we’re making the event more inclusive are:

  • All venues (including The Old Market stage) are wheelchair accessible
  • Providing a room for parents and their children to relax and have time away from the conference
  • Providing a room for speakers to relax and have time away from the conference
  • All identifying information is removed before selecting talks
  • Offering mentor support to all speakers
  • We’re organising as much of this event as possible in the open. You’re welcome to join in (or observe) on Slack, in the channel #wordcamp-brighton

But there’s always more we can do to improve.  If there’s anything you think would make this event more inclusive, please let us know. You can contact us here or email us at brighton@wordcamp.org.


WordCamp Brighton will be a safe and positive conference for everyone. Learn more in our code of conduct.