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WordCamp US 2021 Kicks Off Online in 48 Hours

WordCamp US, WordPress’ largest flagship event in the Western Hemisphere, is set to kick off on Friday, October 1, at 11:45 AM EDT. The single-day event will include sessions, workshops, networking events, virtual sponsor booths, and musical interludes. Get ready to be inspired by new ideas and learn about the latest and greatest capabilities in the exciting frontier of blocks.

In preparation for the event, attendees can view the schedule, star sessions they want to catch, and email, link, or print them. The event features two simultaneous tracks, one focused more on development (Columbia) and another for less-technical topics (Yukon).

Unlike many previous years, WordCamp US will not include Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word address. This year the event will be capped off with a presentation from WordPress’ executive director, Josepha Haden Chomphosy, titled “Grow Your Story,” where she will discuss “trends seeded in 2020” and future growth opportunities for the community. Haden Chomphosy said there will be a State of the Word later in the year, possibly “at a hybrid in-person/live broadcast format (in December),” but the details are still being worked out.

WordCamp US 2021 has its own custom, outdoorsy wapuu designed by Alyssa Hogan. The mascot is holding a map and sporting a WordPress cap, backpack, and camping gear to go along with the event’s National Parks website theme designed by Mel Choyce-Dwan.

image credit: WordCamp US

The traditional Job Board has made a return this year but is limited to the event’s upper level sponsors. In future years, if the virtual aspect of the event is preserved alongside the in-person activities, it would be good to see this board expanded to include all sponsors and even some community-submitted listings.

More than 2,000 people have already signed up to attend WordCamp US online. Registration is free and still open if you haven’t yet gotten your ticket.