Become a Speaker

speakers-300x300The best WordCamps offer a wide variety of talks, discussions, and experiences  around WordPress. To make WordCamp Ottawa 2017 great, we are looking for people excited about WordPress who can engage our attendees while sharing their experiences.

If you’d like to be a speaker at WordCamp Ottawa 2017, please complete an application form!

Speaker Application

We will begin confirming speakers in June. While we will still accept applications after June 1st, they will only be considered if we still have space in the schedule.

We are looking for traditional WordCamp speakers to provide 45-minute presentations, Lightning Talk speakers to provide 10- to 15-minute presentations, Panel speakers to provide advice on stage with other experts, and workshops of 2 hours length.

Yes, YOU should apply!

Presenting at WordCamp takes work, but it is very rewarding! You don’t need to be a professional speaker to apply – we’re looking for people who have stories and lessons to share. The ideal speaker can make a clear and effective presentation on a WordPress-related topic that they’re passionate and informed about.

With every session, the #1 goal is to educate. Your topic should be something generally interesting about WordPress, such as how to do something, pitfalls involved in some element of WordPress or advice about WordPress.

We know you want to show us what you’ve made with WordPress and we want to see it, so include it in your presentation as an example of what you’re talking about. However, this is not the time to promote your business, your custom plugin or the theme you’re about to release.

Users, designers and developers are all welcome! We want as much diversity as possible in our talks and are looking for all kinds of speakers.

Note that the Ottawa WordPress Group meets on a regular basis, so if you want to speak at a smaller venue, or during the rest of the year, contact the group through our meetup The Ottawa WordPress Group or our website.

Topic ideas


Content Creator topics

  • Finding the perfect theme for a WordPress site
  • The best, most popular or most-used plugins for a WordPress site
  • The first 10 things you should do on your WordPress site
  • Blogging for business websites
  • Attracting community and readers to your site
  • Writing for the web and blogs
  • SEO
  • Social media for your WordPress site

Site Creator topics

  • Case studies of large projects with lessons learned
  • Security
  • Typography
  • Design advice for WordPress sites
  • CSS tips for WordPress
  • Editing themes and using template tags
  • Creating themes or child themes (intro or in-depth)

Code Creator topics

  • Creating plugins, an introduction or an in-depth look
  • GPL/free software and what it means for WordPress plugins and themes
  • Intro to Apache/MySQL optimization
  • Developer tools/setups
  • Custom post types and taxonomies
  • Security
  • UX principles and user experience design

Workshop Topics

  • Installing a local server to run WordPress on your computer
  • Creating content in WordPress, managing sites, backups, etc
  • Creating a child theme
  • In-depth designer or developer workshops, like JavaScript for WordPress, content architecture, etc.

If you would like to speak, please complete an application form on the Speaker Application page!

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