The highly anticipated WordCamp US 2023 event has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. The flagship event for WordPress in the Western Hemisphere will take place from August 24-26, 2023, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets cost $50 and include access to 40 speaker presentations, workshops, networking meetups, lunch each day, snacks and beverages, the WordFest party, a t-shirt, and a surprise gift. However, Contributor Day tickets are separate and will be available soon.
Despite the high demand for tickets, some individuals may not be able to attend due to the event’s August dates. This includes families sending their kids to school and European community members who may still be on summer holidays. WCUS organizers have confirmed that there will be additional rounds of tickets released in the future. Those who missed this opportunity can follow @WordCampUS on Twitter to be notified of the next ticket release.
In addition to the main event, WCUS will also be hosting a Community Summit this year. Applications for attendees are still open, and contributors are welcome to submit topics for the event. The organizers have updated the website with a design inspired by the colors and mood of the local area’s springtime cherry blossom blooms. They are also updating the programming this year with a call for outside voices. The hurdles placed on potential speakers in previous years were not inclusive of those who haven’t been speaking at local WordPress events, leading to a stale pool of speakers.
WCUS organizers are trying something new this year to enrich the community with more diverse voices. They are targeting experienced, seasoned, professional speakers at the top of their industries who are not currently active members of the unique community to speak at this year’s WCUS program. WordPress agency owners who have never been to a local meetup, plugin developers who don’t know what a WordCamp is, and scholars and academics who have never heard of Matt Mullenweg are all potential candidates. The organizers may do a bit of recruiting to make this happen. They are collecting suggestions for speakers and programming topics to invite industry-leading speakers from outside the WordPress community. This will not replace the traditional call for speakers, which should be forthcoming.
In conclusion, the WordCamp US 2023 event has sold out within hours of tickets going on sale. However, those who missed out can follow @WordCampUS on Twitter to be notified of the next ticket release. The event will take place from August 24-26, 2023, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. The organizers are also hosting a Community Summit this year, and applications for attendees are still open. The programming this year will feature outside voices to enrich the community with more diverse perspectives.