Become a Speaker

Wanted: WordCamp speakers who understand what WordPress users and developers want and need and can communicate it clearly. Because we want to showcase the depth of talent in Greater Nashville, preference will be given to local speakers who have not presented at other WordCamps.

Speaker applications due: March 8th. DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH Friday, March 15.
Decision will be made on speakers: March 18th

Please choose one track from the options below and either:

A: Choose a suggested topic.
B: Submit your own topic.

Please use the Session Description section to describe your talk or use it as a place to submit more than one talk. (For example, you could write in this section “I am comfortable with any of the specialized training topics” or “I would like to talk on the plugins for Bootcamp, or “I would like to speak on VIM in the Dev track.”

Track 1: A Beginner’s Bootcamp

  • WordPress Bootcamp- basics to get started, including WordPress dashboard, writing panel, settings
  • Creating Content – posts, pages, categories and top 5 plugins to use for customization
  • Images and Widgets – adding and customizing
  • Themes – choosing, installing and configuring
  • Plugins – selecting, installing and configuring
  • or, submit an idea in the Session Description below

Track 2: A Specialized Training Camp

  • How to use SEO in WordPress
  • How to start developing in WordPress
  • How to use WordPress for small and medium businesses
  • or, submit an idea in the Session Description below

Track 3: A Dev Tools Bootcamp

  • Internationalization
  • Data Sanitation
  • Using the Rewrite API
  • WordPress API’s
  • Hooks and Filter’s: Diving deeper
  • Debugging WordPress
  • Deconstructing WP_Query
  • Breaking down WordPress: What happens when you load a page
  • The Settings API (and all that entails)
  • Customizing the WordPress Admin
  • Writing code for other developers
  • Object Oriented programming and WordPress
  • What we can learn from other frameworks
  • Integrating Backbone.js into WordPress
  • Git and WordPress
  • How to build a bitchin server
  • Developing for MultiSite
  • Differences in developing a theme vs plugin
  • or, submit an idea in the Session Description below

Each track will have 6 sessions – the 1 p.m. session for all three tracks will be a networked keynote presentation. The topics for Track 1 are set but those in Tracks 2 and 3 are suggestions.

Regardless of track, we’ll ask all speakers to share a bit of background about their introduction to WordPress. The diversity and depth of experience, talent and enthusiasm among Middle Tennessee’s growing WordPress community is inspiring.