Highlighting our Keynote Speakers

We are pleased to have two excellent Keynote speakers at our very first WordCamp Jacksonville.

Accessibility: Empathy in action

Robert Jolly Robert Jolly is an accessibility-focused Project Manager with nearly 20 years in the industry. At the inaugural WordCamp US, his session helped kickstart a conversation about the importance of accessibility and we are happy have him continue that conversation on Saturday afternoon at WordCamp Jacksonville.

At this session we’ll learn not just what accessibility is, but why it matters to all of us. We’ll learn how to become empathetic with users unlike ourselves and how that new outlook can empower us to create more inclusive, accessible sites.

We’ll learn some key traits of both inaccessible and accessible sites. Robert will share tools to evaluate our own sites that will lead to greater accessibility and usability. And relevant to all of us, how improved accessibility can expand our the reach of our message.

Connection + Education + Inspiration Equals: My journey into community

Kathy DrewienKathy Drewien has been a vital part of the Atlanta WordPress community for many years and put that to good use as the Lead Organizer of WordCamp Atlanta this year. Kathy is passionate about the WordPress community and will be sharing with us about the amazing people that are the heartbeat of WordPress.

People like her friend Nicky who moved a year ago to a city where she knew no one. By happenstance, she wandered into a WordPress Meetup three weeks before WordCamp and volunteered to help attendees in the Beginner’s Workshop. This year she was the lead designer for the WordCamp Atlanta website.

People like Tricia who attended WordCamp in 2012 with the single goal to move her website from hosting on WordPress.com to self-hosted. Through active involvement in local Meetups Tricia’s confidence grew and an idea blossomed. Two months ago she launched the business of her dreams using WordPress.

And then there is Mickey, the co-owner of a small web design agency. He attended WordCamp in 2012, yet had no idea there was a Meetup three miles from his home. Today Mickey is a driving force in the growth of the Atlanta WordPress community.

Grab your tickets by April 6th!

picture of hourglassWordCamp T-shirts are all the rage, but it would be shame if you weren’t able to get one. Or if you couldn’t get the right size. Remember to register by April 6th to lock in your size.

Also, we will do everything we can to provide appropriate meals to all our attendees, but if you have any sort of dietary restriction, please register by April 6th to ensure we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Don’t wait! Register today!

It’s all about the shirt!

What would a WordCamp be without a shirt? Still awesome, but maybe a bit disappointing. But even with a shirt it can be disappointing to try it on and discover it doesn’t fit.

Well, I’m here to (hopefully) save you from an ill-fitting shirt.

We will be using BELLA+CANVAS triblend shirts. They have been featured at many WordCamps and are very popular. There will be both a men’s cut and a women’s cut shirt available.

T-shirt models - man and woman

Note: We have not actually chosen a final t-shirt color.

For the men’s cut we have the Unisex Triblend Short Sleeve Tee. You can see more detailed dimensions here. Please note that some men find the chest to be a little snug (although not nearly so tight as an American Apparel Track Shirt). If you prefer a more loose-fitting shirt, you might consider ordering the next size up.

For the women’s cut we have the Women’s Relaxed Jersey Short Sleeve V-Neck Tee. Again, you can check out more detailed dimensions here. Sadly, like most women’s shirt manufacturers, they expect the wearer to be a twig. So even though this shirt is “relaxed” you won’t find it to be baggy, although it shouldn’t be skin-hugging either. If you have a larger bust size or prefer a looser-style shirt, you may consider ordering the next size up.

If you have already registered and think you might need a different shirt size, you can edit your registration details by following the link in your confirmation email.

Need a Topic?

Have you been considering applying to speak at WordCamp Jacksonville, but still don’t know what to speak about?

Never fear! We asked our local MeetUp Community what topics they are most interested in and we have some topic ideas.

  • Accessibility
  • Analytics
  • Best plugins to use
  • Design critiques
  • Design mistakes
  • Online marketing
  • Real world experience
  • Rest API
  • Security talk
  • Video and WordPress

If you have any other topic suggestions, please share them in the comments below.