The wheels are already turning for WordCamp US 2016, which will be held in Philadelphia, PA, December 2-4. Tickets went on sale just days after the 2015 event concluded and today organizers opened speaker applications.
Speakers should be prepared to present to a large audience. The inaugural WordCamp US sold 1,788 tickets and 865 people watched via live stream. This year’s event has the space in the contracted venue and hotel to double ticket sales.
Organizers are looking to select a diverse group of speakers who have used WordPress in innovative and meaningful ways. They also plan to include business, design, accessibility, and advanced development topics. Speakers from other open source projects are welcome to apply if they have a story that could be enriching to the WordPress community. Applications are open to both US and international speakers, and applicants are welcome to submit multiple times.
The organizers are using opencfp, a PHP-based conference talk submission system, to receive applications at wcus-speakers.org. Potential speakers have two months to consider their topics before the August 31st deadline. Check out the videos from WordCamp US 2015 to get an idea of the types of sessions the event hosted last year.