Lynne D’Autrechy, president of Buzzquake Marketing, LLC, today announced that her Ellicott City, Maryland web design firm will join the list of corporate sponsors for WordCamp Baltimore 2013, a one-day gathering of fellow web designers, developers and programmers who use WordPress, the world’s most popular CMS (content management system). The conference will be held on September 21 at the University of Baltimore’s Thumel Business Center.
“We have a great lineup with two tracks,” said Andy Stratton, one of several volunteers working to stage the event.
WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003. From the beginning, its founders, Matt Mullenweg and Mike Little, embraced a cooperative culture where volunteers were encouraged to pitch in and improve the core software. Although it was originally primarily a blogging platform, in just a decade it has come to dominate the Internet – today 19 percent of all websites are built on WordPress.
WordCamp meetings are an embodiment of WordPress’s co-op culture. Legions of volunteers band together to stage inexpensive conferences of faithful WordPress enthusiasts in dozens of cities across the country.
“It is by far the best local meeting of the year for WordPress enthusiasts,” said D’Autrechy. “Twenty dollars not only covers your registration, it also includes a tee shirt and lunch. An incredible value!”
Earlier this week Stratton and other volunteers were soliciting additional volunteer support. “We have a good core group of volunteers, but we still need your help,” said Stratton.
“I benefitted greatly by attending past WordCamp events and saw this as an opportunity to give back to the community that has helped in many ways to make /buzzquake the success that it is today,” said D’Autrechy.
Corporate sponsorships range in cost from $50 – $1,500, according to the WordCamp website.
“Please share the WordCamp site and invite folks to purchase tickets; we’d love to get at least 100 more tickets sold,” said Stratton. “Tickets must be purchased by September 5th to guarantee you will get a tee shirt.”