What You Need to Know for WordCamp PDX 2015

WordCamp PDX will be here in less than 48 hours!

The following should answer all your questions about everything you need to know about attending WordCamp PDX 2015.

Where is it?

Eliot Center in downtown Portland, just off I-5 on the corner of SW Salmon and SW 13th Avenue. The address is:

1034 SW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

The entrance is on Salmon Street.

When is it?

  • Date: Saturday, October 24, 2015, all day
  • Registration: 8:00AM
  • Conference Starts: 9:00AM
  • Lunch: approximately 1:00PM
  • End: approximately 6PM
  • After-Party: 6:30PM

For more details, see our Schedule of events and speakers.

Is There a Code of Conduct?

There sure is! We appreciate all attendees, organizers, volunteers, speakers, and sponsors reading it and adhering to it.

What Do I Need to Bring?

Primarily, just yourself! You don’t need to print out your ticket, just come to the registration table with a photo ID and we’ll make sure you get everything you need. Feel free to bring your tablet or laptop, but it’s certainly not a requirement. Some attendees may find they are able to engage in the event more effectively without their devices.

WIFI Access

WIFI access is free.

Look for firstunitarianguest with the password: Portland (with a capitol P!)

As with all conferences, we appreciate the silence of all mobile devices including laptops and tablets, and respect for the WiFi bandwidth. Please note: this WiFi is free, but not abundant. If you’re able to use your phone to tether your devices, you may find that to provide a faster connection.


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The closest parking areas for vehicles are:

  • City Center Park, 1215 SW Taylor Street, Portland, Oregon
  • SmartPark Garages, 730 SW 10th Ave, Portland, Oregon
  • Southpark Garage, 914 SW Taylor St, Portland, Oregon

If you enjoy a walk, there maybe street parking available west crossing I-5 on Salmon in and around the sports stadium. Within the city, street parking is typically metered and first come, first serve.

Public Transportation

We highly recommend you use public transportation. If you drive, consider parking at the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton, Jantzen Beach Transit, or another transit center and taking the train or bus in. Most major transit lines cross close to the Eliot Center.

From Sunset Transit, take the Blue or Red Line and get off at King’s Hill and Salmon and walk east, or the Multnomah County Library and walk northwest.

From the east side of Portland, use the Red Line to take you to the Multnomah County Library and walk northwest.

The Streetcars run along 11th. Get off near Salmon and walk west.

Buses 15 and 51 run right along SW Salmon.

Hotels and Lodging

If you are coming from out of town, there are two options for lodging. There are lovely hotels in the immediate area, though a bit pricey, or you might consider staying with a WordCamp volunteer or community member. If you don’t know anyone in the area, contact us for helping finding someone to stay with.

For those desiring to stay in a hotel, check this map of hotels near the Eliot Center. All are within walking distance and prices range normally from $130 to $250 a night.

What’s to Eat?

Lunch is provided by Bete-Luka’s Ethiopian Restaurant and features vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Please double check your WordCamp PDX 2015 confirmation email and click the link inside to confirm your meal option by October 15.

Snacks and drinks will be available throughout the day during breaks. If you’d like to help keep cleanup and trash to a minimum, bring your own cups, and take them home with you when you go. We recommend you put your name on them to ensure they will be found when you misplace them.

If you have food sensitivities, please feel free to bring your own.

Please bring all liquids in a sealed container.

T-shirts and Schwag

Each attendee will receive a custom WordCamp PDX 2015 t-shirt. Sizes were set in the WordCamp PDX 2015 confirmation email you received after registering. To double check the size and type of t-shirt is the one you ordered. If the size isn’t right, wait until later in the day to see if there are left-overs to switch sizes.

Many sponsors have been generous with their schwag, and we appreciate it. Check your bag at registration to see what other goodies maybe in there. Some goodies may also be on sponsor tables. Say hello to our wonderful sponsors while you are looking for nice schwag.

The After-Party

The fun after WordCamp at the After-Party is going to rock Portland as we gather at Enso Winery at 6:30PM.

Enso Winery
1416 SE Stark Street (Google Map)
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 683-3676

For more details, directions, and maps, see our after-party announcement.

Filming and Photographing at WordCamp

WordCamps are open forums and filming and photography of the event and the speakers is welcome.

Some of the speakers will be filmed and the videos will be uploaded to WordPress.tv where you will find many WordCamp presentations including some from past WordCamp Portland events.

We have an Instagram channel and other social media channels so share your photographs and video with us to share with the world. Don’t forget the hashtag #WCPDX.

Accessibility and Access

The Eliot Center meets the public access codes for the city with easy access to the building with ramps and elevators between floors.

If you need extra assistance during the event, just let us know.

May I Bring a Laptop?

The majority of seating is theater style, but tables are often available to accommodate those live blogging or bringing their laptops.

If you choose to bring a laptop, please bring a short extension cord/power strip. We do our best to work with the facility to provide adequate power and access to outlets, but be a good tech neighbor and share a plug or two. Belkin and Monster Cable make great mini-power strips that are handy for conferences and travel.

Last Minute Tickets

If the event is not sold out, last minute tickets are only available online, not at the door.

Last minute tickets do not guarantee food or t-shirt options. Sorry.

Lost and Found

If you lose something during the event, check the registration area.

For your own safety and security, please keep electronics near you and labeled with your contact information. Please leave all valuables at home. We are not responsible for you losing or having things misappropriated.

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