After years of planning and one canceled event, WordCamp Asia 2023 is just seven months away. The event is gaining momentum as organizers were selected earlier this year and the call for sponsors opened last month.

Asia’s inaugural flagship WordCamp will be hosted February 17-19, at IconSiam in Bangkok Thailand with 1,500 attendees expected. It kicks off with a contributor day followed by two conference days.

Organizers have now opened the call for speakers and are looking for “diverse topics and inspirational stories.” Prospective speakers who need some inspiration may browse suggested topics, which include everything from development to careers and marketing.

Like many other WordCamps, this event will include long talks (30 minutes plus Q&A) and lightning talks (10 minutes and no Q&A). The schedule will have each long talk in its own hour slot with a 15-minute break between sessions for networking. All sessions will be conducted in English this year.

WordCamp Asia’s organizers made it clear that they do not intend to approve first-time or inexperienced speakers. A demonstration of prior speaking experience is required. Speakers will need to include at least one video link to a previous talk in their applications. For those who have never spoken at a WordPress event, the organizers recommend applicants get some practice at a local meetup or an upcoming WordCamp.

Organizers are not planning to host any workshops at this time but may open a separate call for workshops if the situation changes. The speaker application deadline is September 15, 2022, and selection announcements will begin November 15, 2022.

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