WPCampus 2019 is the fourth annual in-person conference for the WPCampus community, a gathering of web professionals, educators and people dedicated to the confluence of WordPress in higher education.
This year’s event will take place July 25-27, 2019 at Lewis & Clark in Portland, Oregon. We’re excited to head to the west coast!
Visit the WPCampus conferences page to learn more about our previous conferences: WPCampus 2018 (in St. Louis, Missouri), WPCampus 2016 (in Sarasota, Florida), WPCampus 2017 (in Buffalo, New York), and our annual virtual conference, WPCampus Online.
Registration for WPCampus 2019 will open on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. The cost of general admission is $150 and will cover attendance on July 26-27.
Attending a workshop on Thursday, July 25 will cost an additional $25. On-campus housing will cost $52 a night.
What to expect
This three-day conference event will be filled with sessions, networking, and social events, covering a variety of topics, all focused on the growth of higher education, WordPress, and its people.
View the schedule to learn what you can expect for the event.
Who will be there?
Members of the higher education and WordPress communities from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and more. We welcome faculty, staff, students and professionals dedicated to accessibility and higher education.
Thus far, there have been numerous niche WordPress conferences aiming toward for-profit initiatives and geared toward businesses, marketers, or eCommerce site owners. The concept for WPCampus is an education focused, non-profit event which will allow people to share and learn about WordPress in the world of higher education.
Much like online businesses or blogging, higher education is a world of its own with unique challenges, content, stakeholders, and target audiences. Higher education is WordPress at enterprise level but we don’t worry so much about which e-commerce plugin is best. Instead, we’re more concerned with managing large-scale networks of faculty blogs, abiding with FERPA and accessibility regulations, and implementing tools to promote research data.
WPCampus members are using WordPress to power learning management systems, intranets, large university websites, and whatever else is needed to support their institution.
The world of higher ed is a great great candidate for utilizing WordPress to its full potential, whether it’s using the powerful CMS to stretch limited resources or using its API capabilities to share information and break down silos.
How WPCampus began
This conference (and community) is the brainchild of Rachel Cherry, a web engineer with a passion for all things WordPress and higher education. She loves going to WordCamps but there was never content focused on the topics she wanted to discuss as a higher education web specialist. The idea for the conference all started with a tweet in August 2015…
Ooh. Dream with me: "#WordCampus: A WordCamp for folks using #WordPress in Higher Education." I like it. #heweb https://t.co/m1zEkpkP4B
— Rachel Cherry at WPCampus (@bamadesigner) August 3, 2015
… and has since formed into a widespread community of over 900 members and 6 conferences.
How to get involved
If you are not already a member of the WPCampus community, we invite you to follow @wpcampusorg on Twitter and visit the main WPCampus site to learn more on how to get involved. We have a thriving Slack channel and would love to have you join the conversation.
WPCampus events are not WordCamps and are not affiliated with the WordPress Foundation.