Florida hosts some of the most successful and longest-running WordCamps in the US with events in Miami, Orlando, and Tampa Bay. Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida with a population of more than 800,000, will be hosting its very first WordCamp. The event will be held April 16-17 downtown at the Florida State College campus.
According to Frank Corso, lead organizer for the WordCamp and an organizer of the Gainesville WordPress Meetup, the team is planning for 250 attendees. The WordPress community in northern Florida is working together to make the event happen.
“One of the co-organizers is the organizer of the local WPjax meet-up group and another organizer is the organizer of another city’s WP meetup group,” Corso said. “A few of us started talking at WordCamp Miami 2015 and realized that we really wanted to have a local WordCamp in our area. So, we reached out some others in the Jacksonville area to see if there was enough demand for it. We received a large amount of support for it and decided to proceed.”
Last week the event’s organizers introduced the first round of speakers, which includes local tech entrepreneurs and WordPress community leaders from around Florida. The deadline for speaker applications has passed, but organizers are still looking for volunteers and sponsors.