WordCamp for Publishers Recaps

We’ve had a few folks write great recaps of the event. We wanted to share those with all of you:

7 Highlights from the First-Ever WordCamp for Publishers (Steph Yiu)

WordCamp for Publishers 2017 (Maura Teal)

Gutenberg and Publishers: unconference notes from WordCamp for Publishers (Aaron Jorbin)

WordCamp for Publishers: Taking in Denver’s natural beauty and some baseball (Dwayne McDaniel)

WPGraphQL at WordCamp for Publishers (Jason Bahl)

WordCamp of Publishers launch in Denver Colorado (Shifter)

We’ll have more recaps, transcripts, and videos in the coming weeks and hopefully some news about 2018! Thanks again to everyone that attended!

Join us at Contributor Day

We’re less than a week away from WordCamp for Publishers! We wanted to share some details about Contributor Day, which will be held Saturday, August 19 at The Denver Post, the same place as the rest of the conference.

Contributor days are in-person opportunities to give back to open source projects. At WordCamp, it’s only natural we work on WordPress-related efforts. This is not just a “developer thing”  – open source needs people from all different backgrounds and disciplines.

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. WordPress Core contributor Aaron Jorbin will kick off the event at 10:30 a.m., followed by brief presentations from two projects that’ll be ready to welcome volunteers of all skill levels:

  • WordPress Core. It’s kind of a big deal, and there’s a whole lot going on. Joe McGill and Jeffrey Paul are Core volunteers in different focus areas, media and project management, respectively. Join them in a quick talk about volunteering with Core and then jump into some #GoodFirstBugs.
  • INN’s Largo. A theme crafted specifically with the needs of news publishers in mind. Lead developer RC Lations will host a short discussion of the project followed by work towards making theme standards-compliant for hosting on WordPress.org.

Aaron, RC, Joe, Jeff, and other volunteers throughout the event will be able to assist with local development setup, using PHP CodeSniffer, submitting patches, etc. Non-developers can help groom tickets, check for accessibility, and work on design and UX research.

Other projects/maintainers will also have a chance during the opening to pitch what they’re working on, so that folks can connect and collaborate.

Around 2:45 p.m. we’ll gather and share what we worked on. Afterwards, we’ll keep the conversation going in Slack.

Conference tickets are required for Contributor Day. Remaining tickets will be available for a limited time here.

WordCamp for Publishers is Next Week!

We’re excited to see you in Denver next week! As part of preparations, you’re probably asking if you need to do anything to prepare, besides pack your bags. We’ve got some things for you to look forward to, including workshops, the schedule, and travel directions.

Workshop Prep

Along with our main presentation track, we will also be offering five hands-on workshops. If you’re interested in a workshop, workshop leaders can tell you about any prep you’ll need to do, like setting up a local development environment. If you’re not sure which workshop you’ll attend, you can still decide day-of, but plan on showing up a bit early to catch up on any prep work.

Here are the workshops:


Here’s our complete conference schedule.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and presentations begin at 9:30 a.m. each morning. We have a fantastic mix of workshops, presentations, and panels. We’ve also created space for unconference sessions, so if there’s a conversation you’d like to facilitate, let us know.

We’ll have three breaks throughout the conference day including a longer lunch break, and we hope you all take advantage of the “hallway track.” To keep the conversations going, on Thursday night we’ll be heading to Denver’s RiNo district for a brewery tour, and on Friday we’ll have an afterparty at Wynkoop BrewingSaturday is all about Contributor Day, where folks will be collaborating on discussions and open source projects that benefit publishers. Once the conference wraps, we’ll all be heading to a Rockies game at 6pm on Saturday night.

Getting Around

Lucky for us, Denver is an easy city to get around. You can get into the city from the airport for $9 using the A-Rail. Once you’re downtown, you can use the free MallRide or MetroRide (limited hours) to get around to various destinations, including our conference venue, The Denver Post (it’s right next to Civic Center Park). We’ve created a handy guide to transportation for the conference, we hope it’s useful!

If you have any questions, please email journalist@wordcamp.org.

See ya in Denver!

Sponsor Spotlight: Thank You to Our Silver Sponsors

We want to thank all of our Silver sponsors!

We couldn’t offer an amazing WordCamp experience without our wonderful sponsors. The contributions of our sponsors help to offset the large expenses involved with organizing an event. Their generosity and support make it possible to bring the publishing community together for three days of learning, collaboration and fun.


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Sponsor Spotlight: Thank You to Our Gold Sponsors

We want to thank all of our Gold Sponsors for making this event possible!

We couldn’t offer an amazing WordCamp experience without our wonderful sponsors. The contributions of our sponsors help to offset the large expenses involved with organizing an event. Their generosity and support make it possible to bring the publishing community together for three days of learning, collaboration and fun.


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Sponsor Spotlight: Thank You to Our Bronze Sponsors

We want to thank all of our Bronze Sponsors!

We couldn’t offer an amazing WordCamp experience without our wonderful sponsors. The contributions of our sponsors help to offset the large expenses involved with organizing an event. Their generosity and support make it possible to bring the publishing community together for three days of learning, collaboration and fun.


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Sponsor Spotlight: Digital First Media

We want to thank Digital First Media for being a Platinum sponsor and generously providing us with a venue!


We couldn’t offer an amazing WordCamp experience without our wonderful sponsors. The contributions of our sponsors help to offset the large expenses involved with organizing an event. Their generosity and support make it possible to bring the publishing community together for three days of learning, collaboration and fun.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Pantheon

We want to thank Pantheon for being our Scholarship sponsor.

We couldn’t offer an amazing WordCamp experience without our wonderful sponsors. The contributions of our sponsors help to offset the large expenses involved with organizing an event. Their generosity and support make it possible to bring the publishing community together for three days of learning, collaboration and fun.

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