A few reasons why you should speak at WordCamp Philly

Are you a Girl Develop It student or TA who’s on the fence about speaking or teaching? 

WordCamp Philly, happening this year June 7-8th, is one of the best points of entry for those interested in getting into speaking or leading workshops at conferences.

GDI WordCamp 2012
Girl Develop It Philly Lunch at WordCamp 2012

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should participate as a speaker:

  1. It’s local: you’ll see a lot of familiar faces in the crowd!

  2. It’s a friendly audience: WordPress community is generally very supportive and welcoming. (Think of GDI’s WP teacher, owner of Yikes, Inc. and WordCamp organizer, Tracy Levesque – she’s like the nicest person around!)

  3. There’s a whole track for beginners: a huge audience of beginners attend WordCamp looking to learn the basics. Therefore, there’s a big need for speakers who can lead sessions on getting started. If you’re not super advanced yet, don’t let that stop you – start simple!

  4. The sessions are only 45 minutes: That’s not a lot of time to fill! If you get nervous, it’ll be over soon.

  5. Organizers want to see new faces speak. They have specifically reached out to Girl Develop It for our help in finding first-time speakers.

  6. There are a ton of topics to choose from! Many are tried-and-true. Some are brand new. Take a look at some of the topics we brainstormed  around at our GDI Philly presentation brainstorming session that would be great to see first-timers take on:

  • Best practices for client-project workflow

  • Accessibility on WordPress

  • Creating a good User Interface

  • The website owner’s guide to working with designers (Best practices)

  • WordPress for Education

  • How to maintain your WordPress.com/WordPress.org site

  • Legal and copyright, ethics workshop

  • I’ve got a blog…now what? Growing your audience

  • Keeping up with Updates

  • Technical blogging: How to share technical tips on your WordPress blog

  • How to Navigate the WordPress documentation and get the most out of it

  • How to choose themes, plugins and widgets

  • Definitions and Decryption – decoding all the WP terms and lingo

  • Fun with Fonts

  • How to get more involved in the WordPress community locally

Deadline to apply to speak is Friday, May 16th – that’s THIS Friday. Find more info and apply here.

Here are some great resources to help you find your perfect presentation idea:

Stay tuned for more details on official GDI activities happening during and after WordCamp. RSVP for WordCamp Philly here.

Thanks to Jodie & Tracy at Yikes Inc., Lisa Yoder, Ashley Chapokas, and Zoe Rooney for helping brainstorm around this post.