Proposal to Increase the Maximum Ticket Price for WordCamps

In order to make WordCamp as affordable as possible for the community, the maximum ticket price for WordCamps is set at the local equivalent of US$20 per day. This has been the case for many years and it has been very effective at making sure that WordCamps remain accessible to the broader WordPress community.

To quote from the handbook page linked above:

Extremely affordable tickets allow everyone in your community to attend WordCamp, lowering the barrier to entry for attendance as much as humanly possible. This helps build your community, as people who might not be able to afford higher ticket prices can join in and share their experiences with WordPress. A large community with diverse perspectives is good for local events and activities.

This maximum WordCamp ticket price has been static for over 7 years, so perhaps the time has come to revisit it. Inflation is pushing prices up globally and we’re finding that more and more WordCamps are struggling to hit their financial targets.

If it’s agreed that the maximum ticket price should go up it doesn’t mean WordCamps have to raise their prices locally, if they don’t want to or don’t need to. We always have (and will continue to) actively encourage organisers to set their prices as low as possible and to only go for the maximum price if they absolutely have to do so.

So, the question is – do you think the maximum WordCamp ticket price should change? And if you think it should go up, what should the new maximum be?

Please comment here with your thoughts about this and, once we have a decision either way, we can move forward from there.