The WCUS After-Party is a Night at the Museum!

The WCUS after-party is going to be epic! It’s at The Academy of Natural Sciences! Bring your WCUS badge to the door and you’re in!

Dino Hall! Photo by Will Klein.

Dino Hall! Photo by Will Klein.

We’ll have the entire place to ourselves, so feel free to roam and check out the exhibits, meet some live animals (!!!), hang in the Butterfly Room, show off your singing skills at karaoke, or find a nice quiet spot in the library, if you prefer. (Shhh!)

Light appetizers and dessert, plus beer, wine, and cider will be provided.

Location & Time

Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (map)
Philadelphia, PA 19103
8 – 11pm


So, how do you get an invite to this awesome after-party?

Buy a ticket to WordCamp US and your badge will get you in! 
Note: Badges do not include a plus one. Anyone who wants into the party will need their own badge.

Quick Overview of the WCUS Schedule

The WordCamp US Organizing Team is hard at work selecting speakers and finalizing the schedule for this year. While we’re not quite ready to announce the full details yet, the basic outline of how each day follows to help as you make your plans.

Friday, December 2

8am: Doors open, registration starts.
9am – 5:30pm: Sessions.

Saturday, December 3

8am: Doors open.
9am – 5:30pm: Sessions.
8pm – 11pm: After Party! (Details soon. It’s going to be fantastic.)

Sunday, December 4

9am: Doors open and check-in.
10am – 5pm: Contributor Day
*Note: Space is limited. This requires an additional sign up, beyond your WCUS ticket. More information coming soon.

Stay tuned for the full, detailed schedule! Be sure to subscribe to this site to receive email updates, or follow on Twitter or Facebook so you know as soon as it’s up.

Reserve your spot at WCUS while you still can: Get a ticket now!

Get your WordCamp US ticket!

Did you know tickets to WordCamp US are available now and only $40? With only 52 days to go until the event, it’s time to grab your ticket and make your travel plans!

Your ticket to WCUS includes:

  • admission to all sessions on Friday and Saturday,
  • access to sign up for Contributor Day on Sunday,
  • an invitation to the after-party,
  • lunch each day,
  • the official WCUS 2016 t-shirt plus other exclusive swag, and
  • a chance to hang out with a few thousand WordPressers from around the world.

Don’t miss out on North America’s largest WordCamp. Get your ticket now! 

Follow WordCamp US on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates.

Attending WordCamp US? Tell the world!

Are you attending WordCamp US? Be sure to tell everyone you’ll be there! Grab an attendee or volunteer badge below and add it to your site or blog. (We’re fans of a whole post about your plans to attend WordCamp US of course, but they’ll also work well in a sidebar.)

To add a badge to your site, right click the image that you’d like and save it. Then upload it to your site, link the badge to the WCUS site, and spread the word!

WCUS-attendee-badge-2016 WCUS-volunteer-badge-2016

Be sure to let Twitter and Facebook know you’re attending WordCamp US too, and use the #WCUS hashtag.

No plans to attend WordCamp US? Why not? Tickets are available right now.

Apply for the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship

We’re excited to announce the WordPress Foundation will offer the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship to attend WordCamp US once again this year. Kim was a valued and committed contributor to the WordPress project, and this is the WordPress Foundation’s way of honoring her.

Details on the Scholarship

This scholarship is for a woman contributor with financial need who has never attended WordCamp US before.

  • It will cover the cost of the ticket, flight, and lodging.
  • It will not cover things like taxis, meals outside the official event, or airport transportation.
  • One scholarship will be awarded.
  • It is funded by the WordPress Foundation.

The application deadline is Sunday, October 16 at 12am Pacific.

A decision will be made by November 1, and applicants will be notified.

Apply for the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship

Who Should Apply for the Scholarship

Kim’s experience at WordCamp San Francisco a few months before her death was important to her, and the travel assistance program made it possible. She was passionate about recruiting and recognizing women contributors, so this scholarship in her memory is limited only to applicants who fulfill all four requirements:

  • a woman (this includes trans women),
  • an active contributor to the WordPress open source project (through one of the contributor teams or as a local meetup or WordCamp organizer),
  • someone with financial need, and
  • someone who has never attended WordCamp US.

Kim had strong feelings about older women getting involved and being welcomed into the community, so while there is no age limit on this scholarship, we would like to especially encourage older women to apply — you are welcome, and your experience is valued here!

Apply for the Kim Parsell Memorial Scholarship

NOTE: This award will result in income to the recipient that might be taxable, depending on the recipient’s circumstances. In general, scholarships paid for the purpose of study are tax-free to the recipient, but travel stipends or travel-related components of scholarships are not.

WordCamp US Room Block Scam Alert

This afternoon someone from “Conventions Housing Bureau” at 866-786-4001 claiming to be a WordCamp US organizer reached out to our sponsor Bluehost’s sales/support line offering hotel room rates, using what they misrepresented to be the WordCamp US block rate.

The scammers used publicly available information to reach out to Bluehost.  Our attendee and sponsors contact information remains private and we have NOT had a site breach.

Please be aware that no one from WordCamp US will try to contact you about booking or blocks. If you want more information about booking a room in our hotel block you can find details here.

If you should experience anything like this, please let us know. Please don’t hesitate to ask us if you have any questions.

Book your room for WCUS!

We’re happy to announce that we have once again secured a select number of discounted rooms at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown for WordCamp US.

Hotel Details

The Sheraton is two blocks from the Convention Center where WCUS will take place, and within walking distance of many of the city’s major attractions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Love Park, and the Franklin Institute.

The hotel features a fitness room, indoor swimming pool, and has a Starbucks right in the lobby. There is also a bar and restaurant located in the atrium of the hotel, which is sure to be a great place to meetup with other attendees again this year.

How to Book

To book your stay, visit this Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel page. Or call the hotel directly at (215) 448-2000 or (888) 627-8178 and reference WordCamp US 2016.

The rate is $199 per night, and the rooms can be occupied by up to four people at the same price. When booking your room this way, you’ll receive the special room rate and free in-room WiFi.

This group rate is available for booking until November 14. Room availability is limited, so reserve one as soon as you can.

Still need a ticket to WCUS 2016? Grab one today! 

Last chance to apply!

Hey, procrastinators! The deadline to apply to speak or volunteer at WordCamp US 2016 is today.

Applying to Speak

If you’re not sure if your topic is quite right, check out this post for ideas and past sessions. (Or just go for it and apply. We love to see new ideas pop up in the submissions!)

Head over to to complete the application.

Applying to Volunteer

Volunteers are key for making WordCamps a success, and WordCamp US is extra-large so we need a bunch!

As a volunteer, you could help out at registration, assist in making sure speakers end up where they need to be, answer attendee questions, distribute swag, and lots more. (If any of the jobs sound terrible to you, don’t let that stop you. The application has a spot for you to let us know what you really don’t want to do.) Still not sure? Read more about what it’s like to volunteer at WCUS here.

Complete the application to volunteer here.

If you’re not up for speaking or volunteering, sign up to be an attendee! Tickets are available now.

What to Expect as a Volunteer at WordCamp US

Generous volunteers hold the key to the success of just about every WordCamp. To be sure, a successful WordCamp requires the combination of many factors – yet it is volunteers who often serve as the face of the conference. Volunteers welcome attendees at the registration table. Volunteers help ensure speakers are in the right room at the right time. Volunteers help attendees find where they are going.

As we look to recruit a few more volunteers for what will be one of the biggest WordCamps ever, we are often asked about what volunteers can expect. We have shared a few of those questions – and answers – below. (Please let us know via the comments of any additional questions that you may have.)

What sort of tasks do volunteers perform?

Volunteers help WordCamp US run smoothly. Here’s a short list of just some of the roles volunteers will fill:

  • They will serve at the registration table, welcoming attendees as they arrive.
  • They will distribute t-shirts and swag to attendees.
  • They will serve as room managers, guards and runners, helping keep the speaker tracks on schedule.
  • They will serve in the Happiness Bar, providing tech support to attendees.
  • They will serve as hallway monitors, answering questions, providing directions.
  • They will help welcome the teams of sponsors and help ensure that those teams get the support they need during the conference.
  • They will welcome attendees to the After Party and help everyone have a good time.

Of course, volunteers are asked to serve in a myriad of related ways, essentially performing a welcoming and ambassadorial role.

How many hours per day do I have to work as a volunteer?

That depends totally on you! As you can read on the Volunteer application form, we are asking for a minimum of four hours. Yet, there are volunteers who get a real charge of working hard all throughout the weekend. If you’re up for giving at least four hours of your time over two days, then we encourage you to sign up. If you’re all in – that’s great too!

Do I need any specific training or skills to volunteer?

You do not need any specific training to serve as a volunteer. Our volunteer on-boarding process will include an introductory video, Slack meetings with the volunteer coordinators and plenty of detailed notes. The night before and the morning of WordCamp US, volunteers will be given a tour of the convention center and will be provided with relevant updates and information about upcoming weekend.

As for skills, the only thing we require is a willing attitude and a friendly approach. Our volunteers are bloggers, developers, designers, website administrators, people just exploring WordPress – and more! We have extroverts and introverts as volunteers. We have some people who are young and others who are less so. The one trait that they are have in common is that they are all willing to work to make WordCamp US a wonderfully fun, engaging and memorable time for everyone.

If selected as a volunteer, how can I connect with fellow volunteers before WordCamp US?

In reply to a question asked over Twitter, we have the following answer, delivered over Twitter.

If I volunteer, do I still need to buy a ticket?

Nope! In exchange for helping deliver a great WordPress-focused weekend, volunteers receive free entry to WordCamp US, which also includes lunch on both days and access to the After Party. All applicants who are selected to volunteer will be sent a discount code to register to attend WordCamp US for free.

Don’t miss your chance to be an active part of a great community! Apply now to volunteer at WordCamp US 2016!

Volunteer! Volunteer! Volunteer!

We are excited to announce that we are now welcoming applications to volunteer at WordCamp US 2016. Volunteering at a WordCamp is a wonderful way to get involved with the WordPress Community, to meet new friends, connect with existing ones and have a great time.

Important Volunteer Information

As we continue to evaluate our volunteering needs for 2016, we have the following important details to share:

(1) The application period will run from 01-Aug-2016 through 31-Aug-2016.
(2) We plan to finalize our list of volunteers by late September 2016 (if not a bit sooner.)
(3) At this point, we believe that we will need more volunteers than last year. Please share a link to the application form with all of your friends!

The Application Form

Yet enough with the story and background! Please use the link below to go directly to the Volunteer Application form for WordCamp US 2016.

WCUS Volunteer Application Form 2016 »