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Save the date for WPCampus 2020 speaker proposals

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The WPCampus community is excited to announce that our WPCampus 2020 call for proposals will be opening next week! We’re looking forward to another year of wonderful ideas, demonstrations, brainstorming, and benchmarking.

What is WPCampus 2020?

WPCampus 2020 will take place July 15-17, 2020 in New Orleans, LouisianaWPCampus 2020 is a three-day conference event filled with sessions, networking and social events. It will cover a variety of topics, all focused on the growth of Higher Education, Accessibility, WordPress, and its people.

The fifth annual WPCampus conference will take place July 15-17, 2020 on the beautiful campus of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We’re grateful to the team at Tulane University IT for sponsoring our event and welcoming our community to their campus.

Session Topics

As in past years, we’re looking for a variety of topics on anything that might bring value to our community. WordPress and higher education are key themes, but we want people to share on their own experiences in various arenas: accessibility, design, development, strategy, management, usability, governance, etc. Anything you’ve found valuable in contributing to higher education communities and/or the web.

If you’re considering applying, but are hesitant, start by checking out our Speaker Training videos. If you’re having trouble finding inspiration or fleshing out ideas, these videos may help get your vision into a submittable format. And feel free to share your ideas with us for feedback!

Looking for more inspiration? Visit the WPCampus Library

Speaker Benefits

Accepted speakers will receive complimentary admission (one free ticket per session) and hordes of gratefulness, admiration and superstar status for your investment in higher education.

But wait, there’s more! The first submission of the year will receive a WPCampus Care package, including stickers, coasters, and other swag from the WPCampus archives. Plus a shout-out on our Twitter account. One more reason to start that brainstorming early!

Session Formats

Over the years, we've continued to experiment with our program and aim to provide a variety of formats:

  • General lecture sessions
    • 45 minute lectures on various topics with 1-2 presenters.
  • Panel discussions
    • 45 minute discussion on a specific topic with a facilitator and a panel of experts.
  • Group discussions
    • 45 minute group discussions on a specific topic.
    • The discussion is had among all in attendance and led by a facilitator.
    • The facilitator is selected by the planning committee but the community selects the topics.
  • Hands-on workshops
    • A few 2-4 hour hands-on workshop time slots are available.
    • Workshops will be held a day early.
  • Lightning talks
    • A 10-15 minute presentation for a quick overview of a specific topic.
    • Our lightning talks are viewed by all attendees. We really enjoy this time together, sharing insights on various topics.

Also available: Present with HighEdWeb

And while you’re waiting for the WPCampus call to open, why not consider some other opportunities? Our partner HighEdWeb seeks proposals for their upcoming events:

Accessibility Summit: May 27 in St. Louis, Missouri

Share your knowledge at the HighEdWeb 2020 Accessibility Summit, coming to St. Louis on May 27. The one-day event focuses on digital accessibility in higher education. While the conference is in its third year, 2020 is the first time it will be an official HighEdWeb event. Every presenter received complimentary registration.

Proposals are due by Feb. 10, 2020.

Present at 2020 Accessibility Summit

Annual Conference: Oct. 18-21 in Little Rock, Arkansas

The HighEdWeb community will come together at the 2020 Annual Conference, an event created by and for higher education digital professionals. The Annual Conference offers four days of more than 100 high-quality presentations, an internationally-recognized keynote speaker, and engaging networking events — all at affordable rates. And every presenter earns a conference registration discount.

Proposals are due by Feb. 24, 2020.

Present at HighEdWeb 2020

Still Undecided?

You’re still reading so you’re thinking about speaking. If you’re unsure because you don’t feel like you have anything to say, keep this in mind: the people that get up and speak aren’t always the experts. They’re just the people who said yes. You have value and insight to share and we would love for you to say yes and share your unique experiences. Your story needs to be heard.

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