A week from today on May 1, hundreds of WordPress users, developers, designers and general enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco for the 4th annual WordCamp SF. Since that first WordCamp in 2006, back when WordPress was on version 2.0 (Duke), the number of people using WordPress to power their web publishing — from personal blogs to large-scale commercial sites — has grown by millions. It’s no wonder this year’s event is going to be so great.

If you’re unfamiliar with WordCamps, here’s the skinny: the San Francisco event is the flagship, put together each year under the direction of WordPress co-founder and lead developer Matt Mullenweg, who traditionally reports on the “State of the Word” and assembles a lineup of speakers that have inspired him over the past year. This year’s lineup includes luminaries such as Richard Stallman, the father of Free Software, best-selling author Scott Berkun, and Salon.com co-founder Scott Rosenberg. As the final speaker list is finalized, the remaining speakers will be added to the WordCamp SF website, but a surprise or two is still possible.

Though the main event is on Saturday, May 1, there are additional days of WordPress goodness in store. Saturday, May 1 will be the main conference with scheduled speakers. There will be keynotes, session tracks for both bloggers/end-users and developers, and lightning talks to provide a broad mix of content, followed by a raging afterparty. Sunday, May 2 will shift location and tone, with a low-key developers’ unconference for the super-code-focused attendees. May 3 and 4 are conference-free, but a WordPress core contributor in-person code sprint will span those two days, bringing together core contributors old and new from around the globe for two days of intense hacking (and let’s face it, 3.0 bug fixes).

If you’re in the Bay Area, or can be, and want to attend WordCamp San Francisco, go get your ticket today!

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Other Upcoming WordCamps

It’s definitely WordCamp season; just check out the growing list of upcoming WordCamps over the next couple of months! If you don’t see a WordCamp near you listed here, check the rest of the schedule at WordCamp.org. In the meantime, don’t forget that many WordCamps post video of their presentations on WordPress.tv.

April 24 (today!) – WordCamp Orange County

Irvine, CA USA

April 29 – WordCamp Nashville

Nashville, TN USA

May 1 – WordCamp San Francisco

San Francisco, CA USA

May 8 – WordCamp Paris

Paris, France

May 8 – WordCamp Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 8 – WordCamp Chile

Santiago, Chile

May 15–16 – WordCamp Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

May 15 – WordCamp Victoria

Victoria, BC Canada

May 21–22 – WordCamp Italy

Milan, Italy

May 22 – WordCamp Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

May 22–23 – WordCamp Raleigh

Raleigh, North Carolina*USA

May 29–30 – WordCamp Fayetteville

Fayetteville, Arkansas*USA

May 29 – WordCamp Yokohama

Yokohama, Japan

June 5–6 – WordCamp Chicago

Chicago, Illinois*USA

June 12 – WordCamp Reno-Tahoe

Reno, Nevada USA

June 12 – WordCamp Vancouver

Vancouver, Canada

June 18 – WordCamp Catania

Catania, Italy

June 19 – WordCamp Columbus

Columbus, Ohio*USA

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