Woohoo! The big day is here. Ticket sales are now live. In case you’ve never been to a WordCamp before, get ready to geek out. We are planning sessions for beginners, users, designers and developers, with speakers from western North Carolina and beyond, including one or two from the mothership itself!
Tickets are $40 and includes a t-shirt and lunch both days (Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1). Pretty sweet deal, huh?
Friday’s PreCamp is a separately ticketed event ($45) and is aimed at helping beginners get a live WordPress site up and running.
Check out our Tracks and Sessions to see what you’ll be learning at WordCamp! Other area WordCamps have sold out quickly, so why take a chance at being left out? Get your ticket today and spread the word.
PreCamp is a hands-on session for those new to WordPress. Unlike WordCamp (Sat & Sun), which focuses on presentations by various speakers, PreCamp (Fri) is a do-it-yourself day.
Are you new to WordPress (or know someone who is) and want some hands-on support in setting up your website? PreCamp is designed to take you from a blank slate to a fully functioning website before you walk out the door. We provide almost everything* you need to get started – including a full year of hosting for your site thanks to the generous sponsorship of SiteGround.
If you’re a beginner who is wondering if this is the right place for you – the answer is YES! We have an amazing team of experienced WordPress users, designers and developers that have donated their time to make this an incredible learning experience for you that will definitely bring results. You’ll be guided through the steps needed to get your first website up and running. And we have enough facilitators to step in and provide some individual support if you get confused along the way.
Want to be one of the lucky 50 attendees? Make sure you’ve signed up for Email updates (subscribe on right-hand sidebar) and we’ll notify you when tickets go on sale.
We look forward to meeting you at PreCamp!
*you will need to bring a laptop with wireless internet, any images and content you will want on your website, and a willingness to learn through hands-on experience (a great sense of humor and willingness to laugh while you learn is appreciated – but not required.)
When, Where and How Much
Friday May 30th Registration begins 9:30 am
Website Creation is from 10am-3pm (lunch provided)
Location & Directions
Tickets are an amazingly low price of $45
(your facilitators charge way more than that per hour for their advice and you get it for free!; you get a year of hosting so you’ll have plenty of time to continue to enhance your website; you have support in implementing what you learn as you learn; and you’ll leave with not only a website but a growing list of resources to continue on your way.)
Learn More About PreCamp
In order to pick one of the best venues to host WordCamp 2014 in Asheville, we have decided on the business structure which mimics what we are all about: collaboration.
The BASE at AB Tech, a small business center which strives to inspire collaboration, guidance, and resources for the community, is our venue for this year. This center offers free classes by other businesses in the building as well as guest speakers, encourages open dialogue from one office to the next, and collaboration from one project to another. We all know that the more input on a project, the better the outcome. This is a hub of creativity and unique talent vibe-ing as one.
Interested in other events at this location? Click on the links below to find other opportunities.
Small Business Jump Start Day – this annual event will take place on April 24: http://www.abtech.edu/content/Business-Development/Small-Business-Center/2014-JumpStart-Business-Expo—Jump-Start-Your-Business—Thursday-April-24-2
Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES) Camps (for middle and high school students): http://www.abtech.edu/content/small-business-center/young-entrepreneurial-scholars-yes-camps-summer
Blue Ridge Food Ventures: http://www.advantagewest.com/food-and-natural-products
Asheville Center for Professional Studies: http://www.ashevilleprofessionalstudies.com/
Thanks everyone for the wonderful submissions! We got way more than expected and will be looking over them next week.
In case you missed submitting a talk you can still sign up to volunteer to help at the happiness bar or just to help out – we’ll take all the hands we can get!
The deadline is approaching quickly for speaker submissions! If you’ve been on the fence about what to propose, now is the time to finalize your idea and send it to us. If you’d like to talk at WordCamp Asheville but need a little push, feel free to contact us and we can let you know what requested topics haven’t been covered — but hurry, you’ve got until Monday, March 31st.
Submit your topic now »
For those who have already submitted: Thank You! We’ll be reviewing all the submissions after the deadline has passed and will be in touch with you. Stay tuned, Campers!
WordCamp speakers have been busy submitting amazing ideas over the past few weeks. We’re so excited to have so many talented people right here in Asheville! Soon we’ll be widdling down the topics and finalizing the agenda, but first we wanted to share some of the current ideas with you:
- Theme customization
- CMS migration
- Designing for content
- WordPress business: the basics
- Using the reverie framework
- Build a profitable business on WordPress
- WordPress for music sites
- Habits of highly effective WordPress developers
- Widget wrangler
- WordPress security
- SEO for content
- Creating content for Pinterest
- How to keep going after your initial euphoria winds down
This is just a partial list of the types of submissions we’re getting. It’s no where near all the great submission we have that will eventually cover several subjects: designer, developer, content, and beginner.
What topic do you want to hear about the most?
What’s missing from this list?
Let us know in the comments!
Don’t forget to sign up for the email so you know exactly when tickets go on sale. You don’t want to miss out.
Are you a beginner who wants to learn the basics of editing and maintaining your WordPress site? Maybe you’re a developer looking to focus your skills and create a new plugin. Whatever your skill level, we hope to create a WordCamp that helps you grow. Sound off in the comments, send us a tweet, or take this quick survey and let us know your thoughts.
Take our 6-Question Survey »
Interested in giving a talk? Speaker submissions are trickling in and we have some exciting topics in store, but we still need speakers – send us your topic submission today!
Put Saturday May 31 & Sunday June 1 on your calendar! And sign up for Email updates (subscribe on right-hand sidebar) so you can be first in line for tickets to the very first WordCamp in Asheville.
We’ll also have a beginners PreCamp on Friday May 30th. This will be a separate, ticketed event that offers a hands-on experience to create your own website with the help and guidance of experienced volunteers. If you’re new to WordPress and want to get your first website up and running, the PreCamp is a great place to fast-track your website. If you are also attending the Saturday & Sunday WordCamp, you’ll learn even more about how to tweak your website in our beginner and designer tracks.
Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we announce our sponsors and let you know more about what you can expect at WordCamp Asheville. In the meantime, check out the opportunities for becoming a sponsor, a session presenter and/or a much-needed volunteer to help keep the event running smoothly.
View a map and learn more about our location.
We can’t wait to see you in May!