WordCamp US will be happening next…

WordCamp US will be happening next week — officially December 7th, 8th, and 9th — for the second year in Nashville. If you are not attending, free livestream tickets are available.

There's a certain feeling in the air that this year's WCUS might be one of the more memorable and perhaps historic gatherings of the WordPress community in recent memory.

Looking over the schedule, the usual range of topics is represented, although WCUS has two tracks this year as opposed to three in 2017. Even if the final release date for WordPress 5.0 is confirmed before WCUS, there will be so much talk about Gutenberg and the release that some may feel that it has the potential to “suck all the air out of the room,” especially when it comes to conversations in the hallway track. Of course, everyone is looking forward to the State of the Word that closes out the event on Saturday afternoon, but here's to hoping there will be significant things to take in and talk about other than Gutenberg and 5.0.

If you are attending WordCamp US and spot Brian Krogsgard or David Bisset, feel free to tell us what you've seen that is exciting you — or perhaps a project you are working on.

Some special events are being planned during WCUS. Here are two that caught my eye:

  • Plans are in the works for a hackathon with a focus on accessibility. Rian Rietveld says that one of the initial “starting points” might be related to accessibility testing for themes so “theme and plugin developers can use this setup/framework to write tests of their own.”
  • Alberto Medina wants to have a planned discussion involving progressive web apps and a project called “WordPress-localized Advice Packs for Lighthouse.” Lighthouse is an open-source, automated tool that runs audits related to page performance, accessibility, and progressive web app capabilities. The goal of this proposed project would be Lighthouse audits that return data that is specifically relevant to WordPress.

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