The WordCamp US site is live, and has calls for speakers, sponsors, and volunteers up. The conference is scheduled for Friday, December 4th through Sunday, December 6th. I understand there’s an unconfirmed possibility for a community event prior, but I don’t think it’s settled yet.
Along with the first WordCamp US site, You can now follow @WordCampUS on Twitter.
The top sponsor package is a whopping $50,000, if you feel like spreading your wings. The low end package is an approachable but still expensive $2,500 (considering the benefits).
Speaker applications must be submitted by August 31st, and the sessions will be either 30 minute talks, or 5 minute lightning talks. There will also be a keynote each day.
WordCamp San Francisco had venue limitations that limited the conference to 1,500 people. The Pennsylvania Convention Center can hold tens of thousands of people, and the organizers are planning for 2,000 attendees this year — and perhaps more next year.
I’ve heard mixed reviews about the selection of Philadelphia. Few think it’s a bad place for a conference, but a number of people have expressed concern about the weather and potential delays traveling to Philadelphia in December. I think it’s a pretty accessible city though, and a chance to attend the most talked about WordCamp of the year at a bit cheaper price than San Francisco tends to be.
I look forward to seeing some Post Status members on the speaker list, and hopefully I’ll have an announcement soon about a special event for members.