Speaker Submissions

Do you have a presentation idea or topic that you want to share with the attendees of WordCamp Miami 2014? If so please complete the form below by the call deadline (February 10th, 2014 11:59 PM EST). We plan on notifying all applicants if they have/have not been selected via email.

Read the information below THEN click here to submit your speaker submission.

Note: PollDaddy closed the application form. So email miami@wordcamp.org before midnight tonight (Feb. 10th) to submit your application before the deadline.

What Subjects Can I Talk About At WordCamp Miami?

Almost any subject related to WordPress is fair game to submit in your speaker application. View wordpress.tv to see what others have spoken about at other WordCamp across the United States and the world.

Topics not directly related to WordPress that have been popular in past (in Miami):
– Front-end development topics (HTML, CSS, SASS)
– Subjects targeted at blog writers and content creators.
– Web Design, UI, and UX.

A few things to keep in mind about presenting at WordCamp Miami:

  • Being a professional speaker is NOT required HOWEVER you must know what you are talking about, and the subject must be related to WordPress in some way (subjects like front-end development, how to manage freelancing, social media etc., will be accepted as long as you can talks in light of how they relate to WordPress – make sure you note this in your speaker submissions).
  • Your session is not primarily to promote your own theme, plugin or business. If your session is to detail how you used WordPress code to build some really great aspect of your theme, plugin or business, and you’d like to present that as a sort of case study, go ahead and submit your session, but know that we’re not going to allow for a sales pitch at any point.
  • You have to know how to spell WordPress. And respect the WordPress logo/trademarks.
  • You can submit multiple speaker submissions for different talks. However speakers will only be allowed one talk per entire event, so submit your best submissions only.
  • Please be prepared to submit speaker slides or review your presentation with a WCMIA organizer PRIOR to the event if asked.

About our presentations:

We are currently planning on almost two full days of presentations. Most likely we will have one main day (Saturday) with multiple tracks with another day (Sunday) being devoted to specialized workshops and sessions. Like in 2013, we are mixing things up and considering having several formats of talks:

  • “Standard” Sessions – Approx. 30 minutes with some time for questions.
  • Miami Lightning – You get 5 minutes and a handful of slides to talk in between other sessions. Unconference style and great for short and right-to-the-point topics.
  • Workshops – Several speakers give detailed and coordinated talks about a subject in a single block of time

WordCamp Miami might suggest to you a format if there is interest in your submission. The safest bet is to plan on the standard session.

Selection Process:

All selections and submissions are reviewed by our committee. We cannot accept all submissions, and in fact the majority are NOT selected. Factors we look for in presentations are the degree of uniqueness and popularity of the topic, the speaker qualifications and experience (past speaking experience is NOT required though, since we do have first-time speakers at WordCamp Miami), hometown of speaker (we try to keep a certain percentage of speakers local), and other factors. If your submission is not accepted, we might not be able to personally respond to each submission with a detailed response.

Finally, there’s been a lot of talk about variety of speakers at technology conferences. Our general policy is that we don’t consider the race, sex, religion, or any other factor of the speaker to play a part in our selection process.

Click here to submit your speaker submission.

Update: Information on this page can be updated at times. Please review this page regularly even if you have submitted an application.

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