What to see in DC

There are so many sights to see in DC outside of WordCamp.  Whether you are local and haven’t had time to explore or you are visiting for the first time and want the greatest hits, this list has something for you.

Museums in DC

According to Wikipedia, we have 80 museums in DC, not taking into account nearby VA or MD. We have 4 of the twenty most popular museums in the world! Here is a starter list:

All of the Smithsonian Institution (Free)
Smithsonian Castle facadeThe Smithsonian includes 17 museums and a zoo in DC. Many of the museums are on the National Mall – these include Natural History, Air and Space, American History, Hirshhorn, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of the 

American Indian. The American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery are walking distance from our conference if you want to wander at lunch or after camp – it is open until 7pm!

National Gallery of Art (Free)
The NGA is a national museum, but not part of the Smithsonian. You can see works from Rembrandt to Calder. It has one of the finest art collections in the world and takes up multiple city blocks, so bring your walking shoes!

National Archives (Free)
The Archives represents the physical record of the birth and growth of a nation in original documents, maps, photos, recordings, films and a miscellany of objects. Best known items include the Magna Carta and the  Declaration of Independence. Expect lines to enter during the summer.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Free – Timed Tickets)
The three-floor exhibition, containing more than 900 artifacts, many video screens and four theaters showing archive footage and survivor testimony, presents a chronological history of the Nazi holocaust. A deeply profound museum that brings victim’s and survivor’s stories to the forefront.

Newseum (Admission Charge)
The front of the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue showcases over 80 copies of todays front pages from newspapers around the world. Truly stunning is the gallery of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs, which includes every award-winning photo from 1942 to now.

International Spy Museum (Admission Charge)
car from james bond
When you enter, you are given an alias that you can learn about throughout the museum. See real  spy gadgets including KGB-issued poison pellet shooting umbrellas and Germany’s Steineck ABC wristwatch camera. If you also love fictional spies, the silver Aston Martin from 1964’s Goldfinger is a great place for selfies.

O St Museum (Admission Charge)
The Mansion on O St boasts “over 100 rooms and 32 secret doors,” spread throughout four maze-like floors created in four row houses opened to one another and turned into one elaborate hotel/museum.  Rosa Parks once lived on site as activist-in-residence. The mansion includes a large amount of Beatles and John Lennon memorabilia, including a Sgt. Peppers jukebox in the “Beatles Room.” Everything can be touched and almost everything is for sale. It is a very delightfully strange experience.

Historic DC

National Monuments (Free)
MLK statue at night
Visit the  Lincoln memorial, the Vietnam War memorial, the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial and many others that dot the DC Tidal Basin. The public may visit the sites of National Mall and Memorial Parks 24 hours a day. Rangers are on duty at the sites to answer questions from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily and to provide interpretive programs throughout the day and upon request.

Ford’s Theater (Timed Tickets, Reservation Fee)
The site of the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre is a working theatre, historical monument, world-class museum, and learning center. The hotel where Lincoln died is directly across the street.

U.S. Capitol Building (Free)
The United States Capitol is a monument, a working office building, and one of the most recognizable symbols of representative democracy in the world. The visitor center will teach you the history of the building, while a tour (must be scheduled) will allow you to see the Crypt, the Rotunda, and National Statuary Hall.

Library of Congress (Free)
The LOC s the largest library in the world, with more than 164 million items on approximately 838 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 38 million books and other printed materials, 3.6 million recordings, 14 million photographs, 5.5 million maps, 8.1 million pieces of sheet music and 70 million manuscripts. Take a guided or self-guided tour to see some of the amazing building and collection.

Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument (Free)
Home to the National Woman’s Party for nearly 90 years, this was the epicenter of the struggle for women’s rights. From this house in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court, Alice Paul and the NWP developed innovative strategies and tactics to advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and equality for women.

Strange/Hidden DC

Here is an alternate list of things to do and see in DC that are a bit more off the beaten path.  Enjoy.

Have fun in DC – it is small but amazing!

Speaker Guidelines

Are you speaking at WordCamp DC? Great! We appreciate you offering to share your WordPress knowledge with the DC WordPress community. Here are some things to keep in mind about our speaking policy.

Speaking Policies

  • Speakers must know the subject matter they are talking about.
  • Speakers must embrace the WordPress license. This means that if they are distributing WordPress-derivative works (themes, plugins, WP distros), any person (or their business) should give their users the same freedoms that WordPress itself provides. Note: this is one step above simple compliance, which requires PHP code to be GPL/compatible but allows proprietary licenses for JavaScript, CSS, and images. 100% GPL or compatible is required for product promotion at meetups when WordPress-derivative works are involved, the same guidelines we follow on WordPress.org and our sister WordCamp events.
  • Speakers must respect the WordPress trademarks. This means they do not operate websites with the word “WordPress” in a top-level domain, they do not use the logo in a way that violates the usage policy, they do not use the trademark in AdSense/AdWords, and they do not promote people/businesses/entities that do. Speakers must ensure that WordPress is spelled correctly in presentation material, with a capital ‘P’.
  • Share > pitch. WordCamps are educational events, not marketing opportunities, so a product pitch or anything really salesy will not get you very far with the speaker selection team. If you’d like to mention your product or service in your talk that is OK, however, please keep it to a minimum of 1 slide per presentation, and no longer than 3 minutes.
  • No “pay for play.” WordCamp DC never offers speaking opportunities in exchange for sponsorship or anything else.

Preparing Your Talk

You were accepted to speak? Exciting! Keep these things in mind when putting together your presentation:

  • Our events are open to everyone. That means your audience is liable to include people of all ages, backgrounds, and inclinations. Please keep your presentation G-rated in both images and content. Your content should not alienate anyone in your audience, this includes but is not limited to, political, religious or stereotypical threads.
  • WordCamps are about WordPress. Even if your talk doesn’t center on WordPress development or design, your audience is there to learn about working with WordPress. The expectation is that speakers whose topics are not WordPress-centric will use examples from WordPress websites/admin/codebase to illustrate their points.
  • Prepare. Know your topic, have your presentation prepared ahead of time, and practice your talk to ensure a quality delivery!

Thank you to WordCamp Tampa for the awesome text.

Time to get your Gravatar on!

What’s a Gravatar?

You may have heard of an avatar before, but just in case, it’s an image that represents a person in the virtual world. Well, a GRAVATAR is a “Globally Recognized Avatar” used in the WordPress world.

If you have ever seen an image next to someone’s name who wrote a blog or comment or been to a WordCamp where participants had a photo or avatar on their nametag, that was a Gravatar!

Nice! How do I get one?
Gravatar has easy to follow instructions on their website. We have also posted a cheet-sheet below. 🙂

Really Abbreviated Gravatar Instructions
Gravatar uses your WordPress.com account. If you don’t have an account already, you can set it up while creating your Gravatar.

  1. Go to the Gravatar home page and click Sign In. Fill in your WordPress.com account information.
  2. If you don’t already have a WordPress.com account, click Need an account? to register for a new account. Create your WordPress.com account. You will need to activate the new account by following the instructions in the activation email you will receive.
  3. You are now ready to add an image (avatar), a bio, and anything else you want the WordPress world to know about you!

P.S. If you are having trouble picking an image for your Gravatar and you don’t want to use a photo of yourself, might we recommend a Wapuu?

Donate Your Extra Ticket

Got an extra ticket?

Maybe your plans have changed* (hey, we understand; it happens), you found out you are speaking/volunteering and now have a free pass, or your sponsorship allotted you one or more tickets you do not plan to use.

Donate your ticket to a good cause!

For those of you who find yourselves with extra WordCamp D.C. tickets, please consider donating them to others without the means of buying tickets themselves. It’s all part of our desire to make WordCamp D.C. accessible for anyone who wants to attend.

If you’re interested in donating an otherwise unused WordCamp D.C. ticket to the cause, contact the organizing team to let us know, and consider it your good deed for the day!

*if you purchased a ticket and need a refund, we understand that too. Just tell us before June 30th.

Inaugurating WordCamp DC

We’re happy to announce that the first-ever WordCamp DC is officially on the calendar!

WordCamp DC 2017 will be held July 14-16 at the beautiful Carnegie Library of Washington, DC.

Our calls for speakers and sponsors will be posted very soon, so stay tuned in the coming days.

Subscribe using the form in the sidebar to stay up to date on the most recent news. We’ll be keeping you posted on all the details as they develop.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this summer!