WordCamps in 2017

This post summarizes the WordCamp program for 2017. WordCamps in 2016 was also recently posted if you’d like to take a look!

In 2017, over 41,000 WordPress enthusiasts came together at 128 different WordCamps to spend a day or three talking about WordPress, the free and open source software that now powers 29% of the internet!

WordCamps were held in 48 different countries in 2017, with events in 6 continents: Africa, Asia, Australia/Oceania, Europe, North America, and South America.

As you can see in the chart below, the number of WordCamps continues to steadily increase.

2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
Total number of WordCamps
Year-over-year growth
128
11%
115
29%
89
11%
80
13%
71
6%
WordCamps in the US
Year-over-year growth
49
2%
48
14%
42
-2%
43
39%
31
-9%
WordCamps outside the US
Year-over-year growth
79
18%
67
43%
47
27%
37
-8%
40
21%
Total number of unique speakers
Year-over-year growth
2,346
13%
2,056
23%
1,677
0%
1,676
43%
1,176
34%
Total number of unique sessions
Year-over-year growth
3,085
16%
2,635
23%
2,135
-9%
2,355
50%
1,565
62%
Total number of unique sponsors
Year-over-year growth
1,118
6%
1,036
16%
891
-1%
896
72%
522
5%
Total number of WordCamp tickets sold
(rounded to the nearest 500)
Year-over-year growth
over 41,500
12%
over 32,500
16%
over 21,000
5%
over 20,000
8%
over 19,000
8%

Detailed data and information for 2017 is below if you choose to read more!

WordCamp Organizers in 2017
  • Number of unique organizers: 990
  • Number of first time organizers: 641
WordCamp Speakers in 2017
  • Total number of unique speakers: 2,346
  • Number of first time speakers: 1,384
  • 30% Women Speakers (up from 28% in 2016)
WordCamp Sessions in 2017
  • Total number of unique sessions: 3,085
WordCamp Sponsors in 2017
  • Total number of unique sponsors: 1,118
  • Number of first-time sponsors: 726
WordCamp Attendees in 2017
  • Total number of WordCamp tickets sold: 41,432
  • WordCamp Europe tickets sold: 2,475 (3500 with live stream tickets)
  • WordCamp US tickets sold: 1,644 (2618 with live stream tickets)
  • Average number of tickets sold per WordCamp: 252.1

Trends and analysis

Average number of attendees = 252.1: This is an increase from the past few years in which the average was demonstrating a downward trend. This is probably due to the increase in tickets sold for flagship events.

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Questions?

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