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Speaker Spotlight – Three more!

With ticket sales going fast, we have three more speakers confirmed for this years Official WordPress event in Switzerland. We’re happy to welcome the following international speakers on September 19th! We have more speakers coming in the next few days, so keep your eyes open!

Mendel Kurland


Evangelist at GoDaddy. As an outdoor enthusiast, Mendel loves backpacking, camping, gourmet coffee, and prototyping new web apps. From scrappy beginnings as an entrepreneur and Web consultant for local businesses, he found his way to corporate America as a developer, marketer, and inventor. As a GoDaddy Evangelist, he spends his time hanging out with developers, designers, entrepreneurs, and web pros around the world and making sure their opinions and suggestions are heard.

Tomaz Zaman


Founder / CTO, Head of Product Development at Codeable. Tomaž spent years as a freelancer, building websites and applications for clients all over the world. He’s a completely self-taught developer who also likes to fiddle with servers. At Codeable, he’s responsible for product development and promotion, so you might find him at a WP conference or UX workshop, where he’s trying to learn about users’ habits as much as possible.

Petya Raykovska


Senior Project Manager at Human Made. Petya helps large projects across big publishers and enterprise succeed. She is a huge WordPress enthusiast, active member of the WordPress community, contributing to the awesome Polyglots team alongside some of the most inspiring people in the world. Petya organised WordCamp Europe 2014 in Sofia and WordCamp Europe 2015 in Seville with a global team of WordPress volunteers from all over the continent. You can follow Petya on Twitter and on her blog.

Speaker Spotlight – Konstantin Obenland

It’s with great pleasure that we can announce our first speaker, Konstantin Obenland, who is the Release Lead for the upcoming WordPress 4.3. He’ll go over the things that went well, the things that didn’t go well, and what he’d do differently next time around. From selecting features, to the controversy Menus in the Customizer caused, to working on the release video. Join Konstantin for a behind the scenes look into creating a WordPress release.

Konstantin is originally from Konstanz, Germany, he now lives in Ventura, California, from where he works as a Code Wrangler at Automattic.

Call for Speakers

Applications for speaking at WordCamp Switzerland 2015 are now open! We’d love to consider you for this event that will be a single-track and between 250-300 people this September. You can apply for either a full length talk (25 mins) or a lightning talk (8 mins) and all talks will be in English (to best serve the different languages our nation speaks as well as all our internaitonal guests).

Few things we’ll be looking out for:

  • If you’re doing anything in the direction of a tutorial, the ability to use real use-cases and examples. Example: “Introduction to Custom Post Types” could instead be “How we used Custom Post Types to achieve ???”.
  • Complete case studies with lessons learned and mistakes made.
  • Our feeling of how promotional a talk will be.
  • Last but not least, the relevance of your talk to WordPress and current WordPress trends/challenges.

The call for papers will close on the 30st of August.