What to Expect at WordCamp US 2017

WordCamps are going on all around the world, but one of the most anticipated starts TODAY: WordCamp US 2017. Of all the WordCamps in all the world, most know WordCamp US as a can’t-miss (on the same/similar level as WordCamp Europe, which has recently released early bird tickets).

Most WordCamps expect a few hundred attendees, but WordCamp US 2016 broke attendance records with over 2000 attendees (and 200 volunteers). It’s expected that WordCamp US 2017 will build on these numbers even further. Here’s everything you need to know to plan a great weekend at WordCamp US 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee.

WordCamp US 2017 Schedule: Sessions & Speakers

For those looking to catch WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, you’ll be able to see him live and in person at WordCamp US, giving his annual State of the Word talk (here’s last year’s on WordPress.tv). It will be interesting to see how this year’s talk is met, as there’s a lot of contention over the likely inclusion of the Gutenberg editor in WordPress’s next core version update.

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But Mullenweg’s talk certainly isn’t the only one to get excited about. WordCamp US speakers include many fellow Automatticians (as those that work at the company behind WordPress.com call themselves) and other well-known WordPress professionals at the top of their game. If you thought the stakes were high to land a speaking role at your city’s WordCamp, doing so at WordCamp US is another pursuit, entirely!

WordCamp US sessions tend to stray away from the more typical how-to format (although you’ll find those here, too) to include issues and topics of interest to the WordPress community at large. The following will give you a taste as to how talks at WordCamp US differ from other regional WordCamps:

I don’t know about you but I’m more than a little curious to find out how these WordCamp US 2017 sessions turn out. To maximize your time in Nashville, take a moment to look through the schedule and start planning your can’t-miss sessions.

WordCamp US 2017 takes place Today Friday, December 1, through Sunday, December 3, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. Friday and Saturday will be primarily composed of planned sessions, while Sunday will be primarily devoted to the purpose of being a Contributor Day. A popular feature of many other WordCamps, Contributor Days give attendees the opportunity to make a difference and contribute to WordPress’s core code.

WordCamp US 2017 Sponsors

More so than almost any other conference, WordCamp attendees love chatting with sponsors and picking up branded swag to show off their love of the platform even outside of this group. Looking through the list of sponsors, you’ll recognize companies that have sponsored many WordCamps and others who make their debut during this big event.

Pagely has sponsored many WordCamp events in the past and sees it as an awesome opportunity to give back to the software and community we hold so dear. If your company is in a place to contribute to WordCamp events in the future, we’d highly encourage it. Sponsorship is just one way that WordCamp events keep costs extremely low for attendees–in this case, just $40 for a 3 day event.

WordCamp US 2017 Venue & Lodging

WordCamp US 2017 will take place at the Music City Center. The official conference hotel is The Renaissance Nashville Hotel. Though reservations for WordCamp US’s hotel block have ended, WordCamp US organizers offer several additional lodging recommendations for those just now deciding to attend the conference (get on it!).

What to do in Nashville

Besides attending WordCamp US 2017, you might want to be thinking about other things you can do in Nashville, this year’s host city.

First off, don’t forget to attend the after-party, a perfect opportunity to cement new connections with the WordPress professionals you meet during the conference. This year’s after-party will be at Adventure Science Center, which sounds like a total blast for your inner child.

WordCamp also providers some additional considerations for things to do and eat in Nashville. If it’s your first time in the city, you’ll want to make a night of the bustling downtown bars, live music acts, and karaoke.

WordCamp US meetups are also in the works, organized by attendees. Follow the hashtag #WCUS on Twitter for meetup announcements as they happen (some sure to be serendipitous during the conference). Here’s one for an LGBT+ Allies WordCamp US meetup on Friday, December 1 (we’re sponsoring it, by the way).

WordCamp US 2017

Will you be at WordCamp US 2017? Grab your ticket now if you’re super last minute like that, and it’s easy for you to get to Nashville!

If you can’t make it to WordCamp US this year check out Pagely’s Founder, Joshua Strebel, speaking on 5 Ways you May be Sabotaging Your Business at WordCamp Europe on WordPress TV here.