One event closes and the next one opens

mm-qaWe had a lot of lofty goals when we set out on this WordCamp US adventure, but at the very top of that list of goals two things stood out: Have the biggest WordCamp the world has yet seen and make sure that we create and curate an amazing WordPress focused experience for our attendees. Oh, and beanies. We are humbled, proud, and honored that we were able to achieve those goals.

That’s not to say this was a perfect event, but it was the perfect inaugural event. There is always room to grow, iterate, and improve and we hope to take our experience as organizers this year along with the feedback of our attendees, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors to make next year’s event bigger and better.

We’re so excited about the next WordCamp US that we’re going to open ticket sales for WordCamp US 2016 today! That’s right, you can get your tickets now.

Want to help us make next year even better? Fill out this survey to let us know what you loved and what we could do better.


State of the Word 2015

Here it is, folks! The talk we’ve waited for all year long, Matt Mullenweg presents the 2015 State of the Word. Whether you missed it live or want to catch it again here it is for your viewing pleasure.


If you’d like to view the slides, you’ll find them here:

Everything you need to know when attending WordCamp US

WordCamp US planning team

Time really does fly! It seems like just yesterday that we announced WordCamp US and now we’re just days away. The final details have fallen into place and we’ve reached that time when we need to make sure that all of you have the information you need to make the most of your time with us at WordCamp US.

Early Registrations

If you arrive a little early, you can pick up your WordCamp US badge in the lobby at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown on Thursday, December 3 from 2:30-6:00 pm.

Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown
201 North 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Tel: +1-215-448-2000

WordCamp US

The first two days of WordCamp US – Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 – take place of the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Philadelphia Convention Center
Broad Street Atrium Entrance
Broad and Cherry Streets

The first two days of WordCamp US are sessions, sessions, sessions!

Doors open for attendees at 8:00 am on both days.

Opening remarks kick off promptly at 9:00 am on Friday in the upstairs ballroom, followed by sessions in Kite & Key, Liberty Bell, and Independence on the first floor. Sessions begin Saturday morning at 9:00 am and the event concludes Saturday afternoon upstairs with Matt Mullenweg’s State of the Word. Lunch will be served upstairs. And yes, there will be BBQ.

Bonus: Come early on Friday for Yoga for Desk Jockeys in the Kite & Key room at 8:15 am.


Get on line: The network name (SSID) is WordCampUS and the password is opensource

Getting There

On foot: If you’re staying at Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, the Pennsylvania Convention Center is a short walk away:

Via subway: Whether you’re on the Blue Line (Market-Frankford) or the Orange Line (Broad Street), get off at the City Hall station.

Taxis and ride services: Philly has plenty of Taxis and there’s Uber and Lyft if you want to request a ride from your phone.

By car: If you’re driving to WordCamp US you can find directions and parking info here:

We recommend the Convention Center Parking Co. at 142 N. Broad.

After-Party – 12/5 7-10pm

Saturday evening after the event we’ll hold the WordCamp US After-Party at Lucky Strike for bowling, ping pong, billiards, games, rock band, a photo booth, and more. Appetizers plus beer, wine, and cider will be provided.

We’ll have two floors with the lower floor set aside as a quieter space for those who don’t want to deal with loud music. You must be an attendee of WordCamp US to attend so bring your badge.

Lucky Strike
1336 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Contributor Day – 12/6

For Contributor Day, we’re back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the last day of WordCamp US. Doors open at 9:00 am, opening remarks are at 10:00 am and the event goes through 5:00 pm. Offsite lunch will be provided.

You can follow us on Twitter and Instagram as WordCampUS or like us on Facebook and use #wcus to talk about the event on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We hope you’re as excited to attend as we are to have you here!

Accessibility at WCUS

We are happy to announce that WordCamp US will be fully accessible to the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing via Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) live captioning and American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreters.

Captions will be projected to the main screen in every presentation room and ASL interpreters will be provided on request. The Livestream will also have captions available.

ASL Interpreters may be requested via the General Admission Ticket registration form.

Videos from WCUS will immediately have captions when they are posted to

In addition to helping people with any level of hearing loss, captions also make presentations more accessible to folks whose first language is not English and can improve comprehension and retention of content for all viewers.

Accessibility is a priority in The WordPress Community. For WordCamp US, we made a commitment to make the event as accessible as possible with the hope of setting a new standard for all WordCamps.

Thank you to the Deaf-Hearing Communication Centre for helping us implement these services.


Making the most out of your WordCamp US experience

Whether you’re crossing an ocean or walking a few blocks to get to WordCamp US, we want to make sure that you’re able to make the most of your experience. For some of us that will take a little more pre-planning than it will for others. Packing bags, checking flights, confirming hotel reservations, figuring out where to get coffee. We want to help with us much of that as possible so let’s start with some important things to keep in mind, especially for those of us coming from outside the Philly area.

The Weather

You may have heard a lot of folks talking about how cold it’s going to be. Well, you definitely want to be prepared to bundle up if needed. It’s winter after all. Statistically the high is around 50 degrees fahrenheit with the low being 30 degrees fahrenheit. Bring a warm coat. Bring layers. And make sure to pack those gloves or mittens, hats, and scarves.

Getting to Philly

If you haven’t booked your flight, train, or bus yet you should probably get on that. Assuming that you have figured out your travel to the City of Brotherly Love my single greatest piece of advice to you is: have patience. Even if conditions are perfect in Philadelphia there might be delays elsewhere. It could be foggy in your hometown or snowy where you need to catch your connecting flight. It’s the season for weather here in North America. So check on your flights. Be prepared for delays. Maybe you should pack a snack and bring a book. And always always travel with necessary medications in your carry-on bag.

Getting around Philly

Welcome to Philly! Now what? Now you’d probably like to head to your hotel and freshen up before you head out to see the city or on to WordCamp US, at least that’s what I’m going to do. Luckily there are plenty of ways to get around town for those lacking a car of their own. We’ve also made it as easy as possible to get from place to place by booking all of our events within walking distance of our recommended hotel.


SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) is the public transit authority in Philly and there are 2 types of trains that stop at the Convention Center.

Taxis and ride services

Philly has plenty of Taxis you can always grab and we have Uber and Lyft if you want to request a ride from your phone.

Walking and Biking

Philadelphia is a very walk-able City and the Convention Center is centrally located to all points in Center City. We are a bike-friendly city, too! If you enjoy riding bikes, consider using our bike-share program, Indego. There is an Indego station right at the Convention Center at 1321 Arch Street.


Pick up your badge

If you’re not in town until the event starts, don’t worry about it. Doors open for attendees at 8am, you can stop by registration and grab your badge then. But if you happen to be in town early we want to make the registration process as simple as possible. If you’re attending the Community Summit you can pick up your badge there. If you’re staying at the Sheraton downtown you can pick up your badge from 2:30pm to 6pm on Thursday, December 5.

At the event

  • DO bring your camera, your phone, your sketchpad, or any other way of capturing the event.
  • DO tag anything and everything social. Use #wcus on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so we can find your posts.
  • DO be nice to all the volunteers. Every single person working on this event is a volunteer. From the speakers, to the organizers, to the person reminding you to keep the lunch lines single-file, they’re giving up their time to make the event better for you.
  • DO take the chance to introduce yourself to anyone and everyone.
  • DO take advantage of the upstairs quiet area if you feel like you need a break.
  • DO keep in mind the code of conduct.
  • DON’T forget how hard it is for some of these folks to get on stage.
  • DON’T forget about the hallway track. As amazing as the speakers will be, the opportunity to meet and converse with folks between sessions will be equally valuable.
  • DON’T bring your laptop unless you know you’ll need it. If you’re not speaking or working at or receiving help from the Happiness Bar you probably won’t need it.
  • DON’T be afraid to ask someone’s name or remind them of yours. You may have met them or just know them on the internet, but don’t be afraid to ask someone’s name. And don’t hold it against someone if they don’t remember yours.
  • DON’T get in over your head. WordCamp US is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • DON’T have so much fun at the after party that you forget the code of conduct mentioned earlier.

Can’t make it to Philly?

We have a ticket for that. If you want to join in the WordCamp US fun but can’t make it to Philadelphia? Grab your live stream ticket. You can even get it with a commemorative t-shirt.

What did I forget?

I’m sure you all have special tricks and tips that help you make the most of any conference. Let me know what I forgot. Please share your best advice in the comments!

Inspired? Feeling like you want to join us?  Go get your ticket!

Accessing the WordCamp US live stream

If you’ve purchased a live stream ticket to WordCamp US, you’re in for a real treat! Enjoying WordCamp from the comfort of your living room, dining room table, or backyard is pretty fantastic. Haven’t bought a ticket yet? There’s still time: you can even buy a live stream ticket during the event.

The stream starts at 9:00am Eastern on Friday, December 4th and 9:00am Eastern on Saturday, December 5th, and will be available at our Live Stream page.

In order to view the stream, you will need to enter the e-mail address that you used to purchase your ticket.

Please make sure you test that your computer can view the stream before the conference starts.

If you’d like to join in the conversation via Twitter, the event hashtag is #wcus.

If you miss any of the sessions on the live stream, don’t worry! All of the sessions will be recorded and posted on over the coming weeks.

Enjoy the event, and we’ll see you in the stream!

A pop-up WordPress swag store!

WAPUUNK_ADULTDid you know there’s WordPress swag store? It seems to be a well kept secret, but there is a place you can go online throughout the year to order t-shirts, hoodies, sunglasses, coffee mugs, and so much more all branded with that famous WordPress W.

But sometimes it’s fun to do something special. Something in person. So we’re bringing a WordPress swag pop-up shop to WordCamp US. You’ll be able to get hands on with the swag to decide what items you just can’t live without. In addition to the classic WordPress branded gear we’ll be bringing out some new favorites. Everyone loves wapuu right? Good, because we’ll have some exclusive wapuu gear that you won’t find anywhere else. With apparel and accessories for WordPress fans of all ages you’re sure to find something cool. 

hoodieIf you’re coming from out of town make sure that you leave plenty of room in your bags. I mean, the holidays are nearly here, it’s the perfect time to pick up a gift for the WordPress lover on your list.  The shop will be open during conference hours Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 near the sponsors area and will accept cash and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express). All proceeds from these sales help offset the cost of providing free swag (buttons, stickers, etc.) to WordCamps and WordPress meetups around the world.

So stock up on some cool swag for you, your family, and maybe even your friends, knowing that you’re also giving back to the WordPress Community!

Introducing — Benpuu

If you’ve been to many WordCamps in the past you may have noticed an interesting little character has made its way into WordCamps around the globe and at the same time secured a special place in many of our hearts. Wapuu is the WordCamp mascot craze circling the globe and we at WordCamp US couldn’t miss the chance to create our very own. But before the unveiling we thought you should know a little more about Wapuu and where it comes from.

Wapuu History

From The Wapuu Fan Club Site

original-wapuuIt all started when Matt Mullenweg (the co-founder of WordPress) went to Japan in 2009. While there the Japanese WordPress community asked him if they could create a mascot. Matt said yes as long as it was GPL licensed and designed by an illustrator who understands the open source community. The community asked Kazuko Kaneuchi, who had experience in creating the Japanese NetBeans mascot, Neko-bean.

Once the design was done a vote was held to decide the name. 67 different names were
proposed and the voting began on August 2, 2011. Over 530 votes were cast and “wappy” was the winner. However, it was discovered that there was already a Japanese company using the name wappy so the second place name was chosen, wapuu (わぷー). wapuu was officially unveiled at WordCamp Fukuoka 2011. The WordPress world has never been the same.


BenpuuIntroducing Benpuu

Benpuu is a new iteration of one of the WordCamp Philly Wapuus. He comes dressed in his finest duds with his very favorite book and he’s available exclusively at WordCamp US.

Thanks to StickerGiant we even have a sneak peek of the Benpuu stickers in production!

Want a Benpuu sticker of your very own? Tickets are still available, grab yours now.


There’s no party like a WordCamp After Party!

No WordCamp would be complete without an amazing after-party, and WordCamp US is no different. It’s hard to tell if using the word “amazing” is right, or if “epic” is more fitting. Either way, we’ve got it covered and we’re really excited to tell you about it!

The perfect after-party isn’t just about drinking and eating. It’s about having fun with your friends, nurturing old connections and making new ones. It’s about community. The after-party is a good time to chat about the things you learned during the day, find out more  about your fellow WordCampers, and make plans for the next meetup, WordCamp, or world domination.

We’ll be hosting our EPIC after-party within walking distance of the Convention Center, right in Center City Philadelphia. There will be some passed appetizers and a beer and wine open bar, but that’s just the start.

Let’s go bowling!

The WordCamp US after-party will be held at Lucky Strike!

1336 Chestnut St. Philadelphia, PA 19107

Saturday, December 5th 7pm-10pm

UntitledYou can expect lots of things, including a few awesome surprises:

  • Unlimited bowling (including shoe rental)
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Shuffleboard
  • Open Bar (beer and wine, only)
  • Rock Band (the game)
  • Passed Appetizers
  • Good conversation
  • Connect-4
  • WordCampers-only (We have both floors – One to party and one to chill!)
  • A few surprises

Of course, if you haven’t purchased your ticket yet it’s time to make that happen! Tickets are only $40 for the full weekend, including the EPIC after-party, and you’ll need to have your badge to be admitted.