Volunteer at WordCamp Fayetteville

Want a free ticket to WordCamp Fayetteville 2017?

Volunteer a few hours over the weekend and participate for free. You’ll have plenty of time to check out sessions, network, and have fun.

Just some of the things volunteers do:

  • Hang out at the registration table and welcome people.
  • Hand out T shirts and swag.
  • Serve as room manager.
  • Keep speakers on track.
  • Make sure recordings are successful.
  • Be a hallway monitor, answering questions and providing directions.
  • Help with set up and clean up.
  • Attend parties and help everyone have a good time.

Fill out the simple form below with your contact information, availability (all weekend? Saturday morning only?), and any preferences, and we’ll be in touch. Questions? Email Michal McCranie at Michael@t3webservices.com

WordCamp Fayetteville Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring events in your community can be a great way to get your name out in front of a new group of people, as well as a great way to show your support.

Who should sponsor WordCamp Fayetteville?

  • B2B services. Most attendees are businesspeople. They own websites. About half build websites. Many of those who don’t yet have a business plan to monetizeThey need business cards, coffee, design services, hosting, janitorial services, marketing services, consultants, accounting services, maybe a good caterer… The truth is, you never know who you might meet at WordCamp, because the thing attendees have in common is that they build or use WordPress websites. If you use a WordPress website, too, you’ve automatically got a bond.
  • WordPress shops. Those of us who make our livings with WordPress get a chance to give back to the community when we sponsor WordCamp in our community. Also see above, because many attendees need the services of WordPress shops. Sponsoring gives you a chance to make friends and influence people.
  • Companies looking for talent. WordCamp always includes lots of talented people, whether freelance workers or job hunters. WordCamp sponsorship helps you build awareness in the local tech community.
  • People who support WordPress, STEM, open source, community education, and Northwest Arkansas. WordCamps are community educational events, put together by volunteers and paid for mostly by sponsors. This allows ticket prices to stay very affordable, so everyone can come and learn.

Will WordPress community members go to your coffee shop because you sponsored WordCamp? Yes.

Get all the details!

The link above includes sponsorship levels, the recognition your organization will receive in return for your support, and the form to fill out to become a sponsor.

5 Reasons to Speak at WordCamp Fayetteville 2017

If you’ve been toying with the idea of speaking at WordCamp Fayetteville 2017, here are some reasons to go ahead and take the plunge.

  1. If you make your living or support your cause with WordPress, speaking is an opportunity to give back to the community. You know things that some of the other people coming to WordCamp don’t know. If you share your knowledge, they’ll benefit, just as you benefit from the other speakers’ willingness to share their knowledge. That’s the beauty of the WordPress community.
  2. Speaking at WordCamp can give you visibility, possibly in a new community you haven’t already reached. Not only will you put yourself out there in front of people in Northwest Arkansas, but you’ll also be seen on WordPress TV, by a potentially much larger audience.
  3. It’s a chance to make friends and influence people. WordCamp is a casual, friendly, fun place to speak. You can read prepared notes if you want to, but you can also make your presentation a conversation with other people. Plenty of good friendships — and business relationships — have started at WordCamp.
  4. Preparing your presentation gives you strong motivation to get your ideas really clear and to find real support for those ideas. You already have knowledge and expertise that can be useful to the community, but putting together a solid presentation with slides is the perfect way to develop that knowledge to the next level. That will benefit you as well  as your audience.
  5. Helping make WordCamp Fayetteville a little more awesome helps put Fayetteville on the map. A rising tide in Northwest Arkansas lifts all our Northwest Arkansas boats, and you can be a part of that.

The Call for Speakers has all the details.

10 Reasons Business Owners Belong at WordCamp

Business owners of Northwest Arkansas, are you thinking that you don’t belong at WordCamp? Are you imagining that this is a tech conference that won’t be useful for you?

Think again.

Here are 10 reasons to get your ticket for WordCamp Fayetteville 2017.

  1. You’ll be able to make an informed decision about the best content management system for your business website. We think it’s WordPress, but you may have a different impression. A day with the Wordcampers will help you decide with confidence.
  2. You’ll get some inspiration from entrepreneurs, marketers, and other businesspeople.
  3. If you have a WordPress website, you’ll get a better grasp of what it can do and how you can use it.
  4. If you want more control over your website, you’ll learn how you can have that. Just figuring out where everything is can be half the challenge.
  5. You may also learn that you don’t want more control. That’s okay, too.
  6. You can learn how to make your website more secure. You can share that information with your web team.
  7. You can learn about legal issues you may face when you use influencer marketing. You can also learn what that is.
  8. You can learn some best practices for websites in SEO, design, and content.
  9. You can learn how to track and measure your website’s success.
  10. You might want to make a blog or podcast of your own some day, outside of your business.

WordCamp is a great networking opportunity, and a fun and accepting place to learn. Join us!

A First-Time WordCamper’s Pre-conference Thoughts

The 7th annual WordCamp Fayetteville conference will take place on Saturday, July 22. This blog was previously written by someone who was planning to attend their first WordCamp. We thought the information was still great for first-timers this year so we are resharing it below.

A First-Time WordCamper’s Pre-conference Thoughts

Many WordPress designers, developers and users get together to share their knowledge and experience. I will have the opportunity to meet WordPress users and developers who, at different skill levels, are also trying to figure things out. It will be reassuring to know that I am doing certain things well while also challenging myself to learn more complex tasks.

In 2009, I started a blog using the WordPress.com platform and learned about choosing themes and how to do basic customization. I began to watch video tutorials covering WordPress topics and practiced my newly-learned skills. In 2013, I decided to learn more about self-hosting and the WordPress.org platform. Since then, I have created a few self-hosted web sites while still maintaining my original WordPress.com web site.

While viewing WordCamp TV videos, I have often wished to be a member of the audience instead of being an online viewer in my home office. Earlier this year, I looked on the WordCamp Central web site to search for a conference in my state and was pleased to discover WordCamp Fayetteville. I look forward to attending my first WordCamp in beautiful Northwest Arkansas!

Giving Back by Speaking at WordCamp Fayetteville

WordPress has asked all of us who make their livings with WordPress to give back to the community. They suggest 5% of your time — a couple of hours a week. There are plenty of ways to give back: help in the support forums at WordPress.org, organize and participate in meetups, help with WordPress sites at Give Camps…

Here’s something else you can do: present at WordCamp.

Chances are there’s something that you know but which other people don’t know. Maybe there’s a great plugin you know how to use. Or perhaps you have a special way of organizing your blogging calendar. Maybe you have a trick for integrating social media with your WordPress site that other people don’t know.

Think about sharing that knowledge with the rest of the community.

What will you get out of it?

  • You might get extra visibility, a job, a lead, or some other measurable return on your investment. We’re not here to promote our companies, but you know what they say about casting bread on the waters.
  • You’ll learn things, too. The comments and questions and discussions after your talk will almost certainly teach you something, and then there are other people’s sessions.
  • It’s fun. WordCamp is a great place to meet people and to get to know folks you’ve only talked to on Twitter.

And you’ll be doing your part to give back to WordPress, that free tool that makes you money.

Not a speaker? That’s understandable; some say that fear of public speaking is the #1 phobia in the nation. In that case, think about sponsoring, volunteering, or just helping to spread the word!

You can apply to be a speaker here.