Calling all Volunteers for WordCamp Asheville

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Volunteers are the backbone of any great WordCamp. You’ll be helping to make our event run as smoothly as possible, ensuring a fun time is had by all. Plus, it’s a great way to get more involved in the WordPress community, make connections and meet some really cool people as geeky as you are.

We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, organized, energetic, and who love WordPress.  You don’t have to be a WordPress expert, just  great with people and a smile.

If you’re still interested, please click the link below to head on over to our volunteer page loaded with info and a handy form for you to fill out.

Be a volunteer

There is no guarantee we can give you a certain volunteer task or duty; however, we’ll do our best to match you with the task or duty that best fits your skills, schedule and interests. Volunteer roles will be defined as the event draws closer. Please provide as much information as possible.

We look forward to having you as a part of the volunteer team!

WordCamp Asheville Tickets on Sale NOW!

Woohoo! The big day is here. Tickets for WordCamp Asheville are on sale NOW and going fast!

Don’t delay! Click below!

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Tickets for WordCamp  are $40 and that includes a t-shirt and lunch both days (Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5). Pretty sweet deal, huh?

Friday’s PreCamp is a hands-on workshop aimed at helping beginners get a new WordPress site up and running, and is packaged along with WordCamp for $70.

Attendees, Speakers, Sponsors, Volunteers & Organizers gather in Asheville, North Carolina for #WCAVL

Check out our Tracks to see what you’ll be learning at WordCamp! We’ll be posting a detailed schedule with all the sessions and speakers in the coming week.

Also, keep an eye out for attendee announcements and reminders, as well as event details and information leading up to the event on Facebook and Twitter!

Featured Gold Sponsor: Meet Bluehost

Once again, the planning committee for WordCamp Asheville can not thank our sponsors enough. Without the support of all our Gold, Silver, Bronze, Community, and in-kind sponsors we would not be able to make WordCamp Asheville happen every year. If you haven’t checked out our sponsors yet make sure you visit their websites and when you attend  WordCamp Asheville be sure and stop by their vending tables and booths. In an effort to feature everyone who makes WordCamp Asheville a success we will be sharing interviews with new sponsors on the blog each week. So, without further ado…we would like to introduce Bluehost.

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Q. What is your name?

A. Devin Sears

Q. What does Bluehost do?

A. Bluehost offers online solutions for SMBs. We specialize in hosting but provide other services such as site design, optimization and SEO assistance.

Q. Why do you do it? What is your vision and mission?

A. Our top priority and number one goal is to help small businesses succeed online.

Q. Who are your ideal customers?

A. Small to medium size businesses and people that want to increase their online presence.

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Q. Why do you support AVL WordCamp? What do you hope attendees gain from participating?

A. We believe in a better web. We believe that WordPress, and by extension WordCamps, are the premier solution to making people and businesses successful on the web.

Q. How do you use WordPress or how do your clients/customers use it? Why is WordPress important to you?

A. We feel WordPress empowers people to succeed on the web like nothing else. We sponsor every WordCamp worldwide because we believe WordCamps are one of the best resources available to anyone wanting to learn how to fully harness WordPress. At WordCamps, users have a unique opportunity to learn from each other, get help and ideas, and help the WordPress community continue to thrive.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?

A. Visit our website: http://www.bluehost.com/wordcamp.

 

Should I Attend PreCamp? Tickets Go on Sale Tuesday May 3rd

PreCamp is a hands-on Beginner’s Day for those new to WordPress. Unlike WordCamp (Sat & Sun), which focuses on presentations by various speakers, PreCamp (Fri) is a do-it-yourself day.

Are you new to WordPress (or know someone who is) and want some hands-on support in setting up your website? PreCamp is designed to take you from a blank slate to a fully functioning website before you walk out the door. We provide almost everything* you need to get started – including hosting for your site thanks to our generous sponsors.

If you’re a beginner who is wondering if this is the right place for you – the answer is YES!

Want to be one of the lucky 50 attendees?

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Make sure you’ve signed up for Email updates (subscribe on right-hand sidebar) and we’ll notify you when tickets go on sale.

We look forward to meeting you at PreCamp! *you will need to bring a laptop with wireless internet and administrative access, any images and content you will want on your website, and a willingness to learn through hands-on experience (a great sense of humor and willingness to laugh while you learn is appreciated – but not required.) We look forward to seeing you at Asheville WordCamp!

Featured Gold Sponsor: Meet WooCommerce

WordCamp Asheville could not continue without the support of our generous sponsors. We are so grateful for their generosity. This year we wanted to give everyone the chance to meet our sponsors more personally and learn more about what they do and why they do it. We asked each sponsor to have someone on their team share the company story, as well as how they stay involved with and invested in the WordPress community. So, without further ado…we would like to introduce WooCommerce.

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Q. What is your name?

A. Nicole Kohler

Q. What does WooCommerce do?

A. WooCommerce is a free eCommerce toolkit for WordPress. It is used by over 30% of all online stores, and allows you to sell anything, anywhere, beautifully. WooCommerce is free, and also has paid extensions that can be added to increase its capabilities such as add subscription support, memberships, and more.

Q. Why do you do this work? What is your vision and mission?

A. We created WooCommerce to give anyone the power to sell anything – physical goods, digital products, subscriptions, downloads, memberships, even your time – from anywhere in the world. Our mission is to give people the power to run a robust eCommerce website with WordPress.

Q. Who are your ideal customers?

A. Anyone who wants to sell online can use WooCommerce!

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Q. Why do you support WordCamp Asheville? What do you hope attendees gain from participating?

A. As a global sponsor of WordCamps, we aim to learn more about what current WooCommerce users are doing, what we can do to better support them, and how we can grow and improve our plugin and its extensions. We hope that attendees gain a better sense of who we are and what we are trying to accomplish, and maybe also get some questions answered or problems solved by our helpful ninjas :).

Q. How do you use WordPress or how do your clients/customers use it? Why is WordPress important to you?

A. WordPress is the core of every WooCommerce installation. We use it every day, and it’s incredibly important to us. Our ninjas have taken many different paths to discover and use WordPress – it’s a common bond among us, something that has brought us all together.

Q. How can people learn more about what you do?

A. Visit woocommerce.com to learn more, or follow us at twitter.com/woocommerce.

Our WordPress Community

In Asheville, one thing that’s important to most people is the sense of community and that “Go Local” spirit. It’s a huge part of why WordCamp Asheville was able to get off the ground in 2014 when businesses large and small as well as individuals decided to sponsor, volunteer, and speak at the event. In fact, so many people offer to help each year with WordCamp that we have a larger organizing team than some WordCamps double our size!

In the spirit of community, we’re offering an Open Source Supporter sponsor level of $100 this year. We want to give individuals who believe in WordPress – an open source content management system – an opportunity to offer their support.

Your ticket to WordCamp is included in the $100. So that’s lunch, a t-shirt, and two great days jammed full of sessions for $100. For $50 per day, who can beat that?

If you’re interested in becoming a Open Source Supporter, head on over to our Sponsorship Level page or go straight to our application form.

volunteering at WordCamp Asheville in 2015

And there are always ways to contribute, even if it’s not in dollars. The only limit is the imagination – and we hope that this year’s Camp sparks some creative ideas!

Sometimes the contributions from our volunteers end up as fun surprises – like our beautiful banners last year from the design team, or the pint glasses people fell in love with in 2014.

Last year, one of our attendees, Sean, volunteered to take some video. Although it happened on short notice, he put together a wonderful video of what people learned at WordCamp and we’d like to share it with you now:

Video production courtesy of Alpha Omega Design