Join us as a speaker at WordCamp Europe


Apply to Speak at WordCamp Europe 2017. Speaker applications close January 27th, 2017 — Photo by Vladimir Kaladan Petkov
Apply to Speak at WordCamp Europe 2017. Speaker applications close January 27th, 2017 — Photo by Vladimir Kaladan Petkov


WordCamp Europe is looking for speakers. Want to take to the stage in Paris to talk WordPress with up to 3000 people? Got a story to tell? Some knowledge to share? Got some fancy tricks or techniques? We want to hear from you.

As one of the biggest WordCamps in the world, applying to WordCamp Europe can be daunting. We want a speaker roster that is diverse, representing all aspects of WordPress and the WordPress community. Over the coming weeks we will be publishing posts with advice on applying to WCEU, as well as about how speakers will be selected. We encourage you to subscribe to the blog to read these posts, but if you want any additional support you can email us to get help with your application. Also, we will be happy to provide support and mentorship if your talk is selected.


WordCamp Europe 2017 will have two tracks. Each slot on the schedule will be an hour long. The first 45 minutes of the slot will be for content, the last 15 minutes will be to allow people to switch rooms, grab a coffee, and take a break.

Within that, we will have the following sessions:

  • Long talks – 45 minutes in total, breaking down to around 30 mins for talk & 15 mins for questions. 24 long talks.
  • Lightning talks – 10 minutes each, 45 minutes per session. 16 Lightning talks.

Contributor Day Talks

We are also asking for talks for this years contributor day. Contributor day talks will be 30 minutes each and should focus on aspects of the WordPress community, contributing to WordPress, including core, event organising, polyglots, and any other contributor group.


WordPress encompasses a wide range of topics, everything from PHP development to JavaScript development, theme design, colour theory and typography, building your business and freelancing, community building, translation, diversity, and mental health.

We welcome applications on any topic related to WordPress. If you’re stuck for ideas, here are some topics we would love to see represented on the speaker roster this year.


  • Case studies of big media or enterprise websites
  • Internationalisation
  • Scaling & performance
  • Security
  • Front-end technologies including JavaScript
  • Working with the Customizer
  • Working with taxonomies & terms
  • Automated testing (unit/end-to-end)
  • The WordPress REST API
  • Turning your plugin into a business
  • Development tools, including dev environments, dependencies, and deployment

Building websites with WordPress

  • Best practices when building WordPress websites
  • Guide to choosing themes/plugins
  • Security 101


  • Theme design
  • User interface design
  • Typography


  • Going from freelancing to building a team
  • Dealing with clients
  • EU website/internet law
  • Pricing


  • Contributing as a non-coder
  • Diversity/inclusion


  • Content strategy
  • Blogging/writing


  • Mental health & well-being
  • Open source & licensing
  • Translations (non-technical aspects)
  • Accessibility

Note that this list is not exhaustive, but is just there to spark your imagination.


Application process

The application process will be as follows:

  1. Today – Call for speakers opens!
  2. 27th January 2017 – Call for speakers closes
  3. 30th January 2017 – 28th February 2017 – speaker selection process. We will post separately about how speakers will be selected.
  4. Early March – speakers informed
  5. End of March – speaker announcements begin.

Please be aware that due to the high number of applications we receive, we will be unable to automatically provide everyone with detailed feedback on why a talk is refused. However, if you would like more information do email us and we will do our best to get back to you.

Good luck with your application!

<3 The WordCamp Europe Team