This year we're taking a slightly different approach to speaker selection. As usual, we have a team of people who are managing speakers. This team will be reviewing all applications and we'll be putting together the final schedule.
However, we're enlisting some help: WordCamp Europe is an event for the WordPress community, so we're inviting teams of community representatives to help us review the applications.
Speaker selection panels will be asked to review different categories. We'll have panels for Development, Design, Business, and Community. We also have an "Other" category for those that don't quite fit.
Here's how the process will work:
nels for each category will conduct a blind vote on the applications. They will receive titles, blurbs, and any other information that doesnât identify the applicant. The panels will be asked to vote Yes, No, or Maybe for each of the applications. They will be asked to review applications on the following criteria:
The speaker team will review the highest ranking applications as voted by the various panels. At this point we will be looking beyond content to create the final schedule. We will be looking at:
The speakers team will propose the final speaker roster and schedule to the WCEU team who will have an opportunity to comment and make suggestions. They will have a few days to make comments and suggestions.
The speakers team will contact the successful applicants. We will do this before contacting people who haven't been successful. This is because some applicants may no longer be able to make the event, so we will be able to go back to the pool of applicants if they are unable to make it.