We need your help – AKA Call for Organisers

We have secured a venue and date for the next Swiss WordCamp in Bern. We need a bit more help to be able to make this a great event. We need help with the following items:

We also need help with organizing the event.

  • We will be organising an “after party” for the attendees to be able to socialize after the event. Let us know if you have a recommendation for a location in Bern where we can serve drinks and snacks to about 100 to 150 people. We need help planning the party and getting quotes from restaurants.
  • We need catering for the lunch on the day of the conference.  Some of us are planning to attend the Street Food Festival in Bern on 19th or 20th May. We need help organising the catering.
  • As a little thank you to the speakers, sponsors and volunteers we will organizing a dinner of Friday evening before the event. We need help organising this event too.
  • So that everyone knows about the event we need some marketing. This would involve helping with regular social media, writing posts and getting articles in the local newspapers.

If would like to help out contact us via email or leave a suggestion in via the comments.

Call for Speakers

We are looking for speakers to share their knowledge, skill, experience and stories within our welcoming community at WordCamp Bern on 9th September 2017. Maybe you know about theme and plugin development, or perhaps you’ve created a great platform using WordPress.

All topics and ideas are welcome: we only ask that you follow these guidelines when choosing your topic.

  • Your proposal should be related to WordPress, or immediately applicable and relevant to our WordPress audience.
  • Your proposal should be respectful of the WordPress community, the WordCamp code of conduct, and the GPL.

Format

Lightning talk: 10 minutes, without a question round.

Long-form talk: 30 minutes including a question round. You should plan to complete your talk in about 25 minutes, with approx. 5 minutes at the end for questions.

Panel: 30 minute discussion amongst up to four people, all answering questions from the audience about a specific topic.

Workshops: about an hour each, in the form of sessions run by an instructor covering a specific topic within WordPress.

Language

You are welcome to give your talk either in German or English, it’s up to you. Your talk may reach a wider audience if you present in English, as we expect to welcome attendees from all over Switzerland and the rest of Europe.

Submission deadline

The deadline is 23rd June 2017 at midnight. We will inform all applicants by 10th July whether their proposal has been accepted or not.

Apply as a speaker

Do you have a topic you would like to talk about? Great! We are looking for a great and diverse speaker submission pool. Both new and experienced WordCamp speakers are welcome to apply.

Don’t be shy: you don’t need to be an expert, a programmer or a designer to submit a proposal! All we ask is that you be able to present your chosen topic passionately and respectfully.

Please apply by filling out this application form.

Call for Sponsors

WordCamps are non-profit events, organized by people from within the community on a voluntary basis. Regular meetups in Swiss towns and cities like Bern, Luzern, Zurich and Geneva all contribute towards a strong sense of community, and Swiss WordCamps give local and international friends and colleagues the opportunity to participate, share ideas, get to know each other, and exchange knowledge and ideas about how to improve WordPress and the sites it powers.

To help make WordCamp Bern 2017 a success, we’re looking for sponsors in the following categories.

Gold: CHF 2500

  • Large space to demo / chat with attendees / give away goodies
  • On projector/slides between presentations (large size)
  • Acknowledgment and thanks in opening and closing remarks
  • 3 free tickets
  • 3 spots for speakers’ dinner on Friday evening
  • Name and logo on the WordCamp Bern website
  • Individual blog post thanking sponsors shared on social media

Silver: CHF 1000

  • Small space to demo / chat with attendees / give away goodies
  • Acknowledgment and thanks in opening and closing remarks
  • On projector/slides between presentations (smaller size)
  • 2 free tickets
  • 2 spots for speakers’ dinner on Friday evening
  • Name and logo on the WordCamp Bern website
  • Shared blog post thanking sponsors shared on social media

Bronze: CHF 500

  • Shared space to demo / chat with attendees / give away goodies
  • Acknowledgment and thanks in opening and closing remarks
  • On projector/slides between presentation (smaller size)
  • 1 free ticket
  • 1 spot for speakers’ dinner on Friday evening
  • Name and logo on the WordCamp Bern website
  • Shared blog post thanking sponsors

Micro: CHF 150

  • 1 ticket included
  • Name and logo on the WordCamp Bern website
  • You can buy a ticket at CHF 150 on the ticket page

Interested?

If your company would like to support this open source event, download our Factsheet and fill out the form below.









Please take a moment now to read the agreement among WordCamp organizers, speakers, sponsors and volunteers.

The next Swiss WordCamp is coming to Bern!

We’re happy to announce that the next Swiss WordCamp is going to be held in Bern this autumn! The organizers have been able to secure the UniS conference location, near Bern’s main train station, and we’d love it if you could join us on Saturday 9th September.

This website will be regularly updated as more details are confirmed over the coming months, including speaker submissions, ticket sales and more! We’re also arranging a Contributor Day for Friday 8th September: more details are here.

If you’d like to keep up-to-date via social media, you can follow us @wordcampbern, on Facebook, or in the WordPress Switzerland Slack channel. Stay tuned for details!