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WordCamp for Publishers headed to Chicago late this summer

For the second time, a “WordCamp for Publishers” will convene a community around managing publications with WordPress. This year the event will be held at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and there is a conference hotel nearby.

WordCamp for Publishers
August 8-10 in Chicago, IL
Call for speakers through May 3

Last year the event was held at the now-former Denver Post building (the newsroom moved out earlier this year). Although the location has changed, a similar slate of activities is being planned, including an unconference portion, an architectural tour, contributor day, and a baseball outing.

The entire batch of last year’s talks can be viewed at, with topics ranging from taming ad tech to handling large sites to training your newsroom on better security practices.

There was also a popular discussion about Gutenberg last year (you can read Aaron Jorbin’s notes here) and the new editor will certainly be a big part of this year’s focus as well.

This year, in addition to the  focus, the organizing committee has also offered a theme to define the gathering: Taking Back the Open Web.

(…) the Open Web is inclusive and encourages fair distribution of ideas with no barrier to entry. It exists in opposition to proprietary systems created by companies for the purposes of lock-in, control of user experience, or requiring payment for entry. In 2010, the New York Times pointed out ways in which these platforms trade fair access to ideas for a better-looking web.


We’re looking forward to speaker submissions that touch on whether an open web actually ever truly existed, what state it’s in now, consequences of a closed web, and how publishers may protect and encourage an open web.

Daniel Bachhuber, Your Challenge: Take Back The Open Web

Speaker sbmissions are open until May 3.

If you’d like to read more about WordCamp for Publishers, check out VIP’s recap of last year’s gathering and follow the conference blog for updates.

Credit: Sticker Giant blog

Disclosure: I am a volunteer for WordCamp for Publishers and helped organize portions of last year’s Denver event.

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