Call for Speakers

Speak at WordPress Accessibility Day!

The heart of WordPress Accessibility day is going to be a 24-hour long online conference, starting on 2nd October 2020 at 18:00 UTC. 

We are looking for speakers willing to share their knowledge and experience to enrich participants. Why don’t you take this opportunity to contribute as a speaker to this event? Be the one to inspire the WordPress community and improve its accessibility awareness!

Why should I apply?

First of all, speaking at the first-ever WordPress Accessibility Day is a great opportunity for personal growth: it stimulates you to deepen your knowledge and skills, to leave your comfort zone, and to compare yourself with others. As a speaker, you will probably learn a lot, even more than what you are going to teach!

As a global online event, WordPress Accessibility Day will be a great opportunity to get in touch with people from all over the world: being a speaker will give you a lot of visibility and allow you to get in contact with a lot of people.

Finally, being a speaker at WordPress Accessibility Day is one of the best ways to contribute to the growth of the WordPress Community and to benefit the web accessibility community in general. 

WordPress is largely based on the voluntary contribution of people who invest part of their own time in this project free of charge; also, the dedication of people who know about accessibility goes far beyond what is common commitment. Proposing yourself as a speaker for WordPress Accessibility Day would be an excellent way to give back to both communities.

What should I be talking about?

If you have some experience with accessibility, you know that a lot of different specialties are involved: there are technical aspects where developers are more at ease, design aspects to spot and fix, and content creators have their key role in improving web accessibility. 

We want all of these aspects to be touched and we want them to be touched at all levels of expertise.

The WordPress Community is made up of people who may already know about accessibility, professionals who have heard about accessibility but don’t know how to deal with it, and simple bloggers who perhaps have never even heard about accessibility. 

If you think there might be someone who might be interested in what you have to say, then submit your talk idea! In the registration form, we are going to ask you about which audience your talk is mostly directed to and the level of expertise of participants, so think about your audience from the beginning.

You can share your theoretical knowledge or practical skills, but, if you want to tell us your story or some experience that is particularly important to you, that’s totally ok. It doesn’t even need to be closely related to WordPress (but if you can find some connection, it’s easier for us to understand why we should accept your proposal!).

If you still need inspiration, here is a list of topics that might give you ideas on what you could talk about: it isn’t exhaustive and it shouldn’t limit you (on the contrary, we challenge you to find a topic that we haven’t mentioned below and that might interest us!)

  • The future of WordPress accessibility
  • Theme accessibility
  • Plugin accessibility
  • Accessibility for developers
  • Accessibility testing
  • Writing and managing accessible content
  • Assistive technologies
  • Current and upcoming accessibility standards (WCAG 2.2 and 3)
  • Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)
  • Stories about contributing to accessibility
  • Accessibility and related topics (UI/UX, inclusion)

What kind of talks will there be?

Given the structure of the event, we are planning for 24 time slots of one hour each. During each time slot, we plan to have about 30 minutes to present, 15 minutes for questions from participants and a moderator, and a 15-minute break between talks. In general, if there is a topic you plan to talk about, we suggest that you stay within this time frame.

But don’t worry: if you have an idea for a lightning (shorter) talk or you would like to organize a panel, feel free to send your applications and we will be happy to consider them if they fit in the schedule.

What else should I know?

You don’t have to be the world’s top expert on a certain topic to talk about it at WordPress Accessibility Day: it’s much more important to have the desire to share your knowledge with others. At the end of the experience, you will realize that you receive much more than what you give to the community.

If you have already been a speaker at other WordPress events (Meetups, WordCamps…), you should more or less know what to expect. If this is your first experience as a speaker, don’t be afraid: if you think you have something important to say, let us know! We will support you in your preparation and make sure that your first experience as a speaker will be unforgettable.

Remember that, as with WordPress Meetups and WordCamps, you won’t receive any compensation for your contribution. Also, since this is going to be a virtual event, we cannot provide you with the equipment needed to organize the stream: at the very least, we suggest that you have a microphone, possibly also a webcam. 

If you need help with setting up your streaming plan, we can provide some assistance to set you up and do a test run before the event, so that you are ready for it.

We want the speaker line-up to be inclusive and diverse, and we know that the WordPress Community has a large population of people who don’t speak English as their first language. We are accepting applications in languages other than English, but we strongly encourage you to give talks in English: all communication with the organizing team will be in English and, if we accept talks in a language other than English, we can’t guarantee the availability of live captioning or translation. 

If you aren’t confident in speaking English, but you still want to contribute, consider organizing a local event: we are going to publish more information about that in the next few weeks.

Apply to Speak!

Apply to speak at WordPress Accessibility Day!