The festival of WordPress
July 23, 2021

The festival of WordPress


Enabling a global celebration of WordPress, bringing our community together in a safe environment, whilst facilitating freedom of movement within a virtual event.

1000 +
Illustrated people accessing a virtual conference via mobile devices

January 22, 2021

The journey:

A festival of inclusive events for remote



A global community

Join members across 93 global territories, and be part of the celebration

Check it out

What to expect

WordFest will be a celebration of YOU, the WordPress community, with talks about WordPress, remote working, and mental health, too.

We’re also excited to add virtual tables for networking and fun conversation. 

As well as some special “extras” thrown in for a truly festive time!

Your WordFest Organisers

Dan Maby
Lead Organiser

Dan Maby

Dan is the Founder of Big Orange Heart, where he helps deliver a vision of better well-being and mental health support within the remote working communities.

Speaker Lead

Michelle Frechette

Michelle is a volunteer with Big Orange Heart, and the Head of Customer Success for GiveWP. She’s also the podcast barista at WPCoffeeTalk. 

Michelle Frechette
Hauwa Abashiya
Sponsors Lead

Hauwa Abashiya

Describing herself as a ‘creative soul,’ Hauwa discovered WordPress in 2018. She fell in love with the community and was the WordCamp London Sponsors Lead in 2019. She is in the process of transferring her project management skills to web development and becoming a contributor to WordPress and a member of the WordPress 5.6 Release Squad. She is our Sponsors Lead, and has been liaising with established and potential new sponsors. We want our sponsors to be part of the event and thank them for making WordFest 2021 possible.

Marketing Lead

Cate DeRosia

Using her skills as a writer and editor, Cate has filled a variety of roles in the WordPress community from WordCamp organizer and volunteer to bringing visibility to new products and businesses entering the ecosystem. Currently, she is leading the HeroPress expansion and downsizing all areas of life so she can run away from home with her husband and spend the next few years exploring North America in their RV.

Cate DeRosia

So what can you join?

Talks, panels, and conversation from all over the globe:

36 Sessions over 24 hours

Watch live session and join live Q&As.

Connect with speakers and the community through live sessions.

Talks and Workshops

Practical sessions focused on you.

Develop practical life and business skills in our interactive sessions.

Socials and Celebrations

Connect with the community, freely.

Use our custom social space to move about, as you would IRL.

Friday 22 January 2021

24 hours of programming for you to consume within your time zone, or at any time in the WordFest day!


We love them.

What the community says:

Meet our supporters

They believe in our work.

The work we do at Big Orange Heart
is possible through individual donations and support by our sponsors.

You are not alone.

Connect with the remote working communities.

Big Orange Heart Event Organisers
Ask away

Frequently Asked Questions

July 23, 2021.  But if you want to get technical about it; we start July 22, 2021, from 23:00 UTC.  You see, it depends where you are in the world.  WordFest Live is a 24-hour event, which will move between timezones.

Of course, the event is virtual, so you can join us at any time and in any location.  How fun is that!

All over the world, all at the same time.  WordFest is omnipresent!  This just gets better.


So to join the festival, you’ll need to register, we’ll then send you a magical link that will let you jump on board our global festival via the interwebs.  

On a slightly more practical note; WordFest is an online festival and will take place right here, at WordFest.Live!

About 4-24 hours of your life.  You won’t have to hand over any of your hard-earned cash though.  Tickets are free!

There is an optional $10 donation that can be made when registering.  We’d be over the moon if you selected this option, it will help us continue to provide free well-being and mental health support in remote work communities.  But it isn't necessary to do so to claim your ticket.

Nope, because there’s nothing to refund.  Tickets are 100% free.  


An optional donation can be made to Big Orange Heart when you select your ticket but the tickets themselves are free, zero, nothing, not-a-one!  Cha-ching!

Yes, 100% without a doubt, please do! 

If you have something to share with the community, we want to know about it. You can apply right here on the website. Although we won't be able to accept all applications (due to a limited number of sessions) we want to hear your ideas! You can apply under the Open Calls tab at the top of this page.

We want to ensure there is representation from each of the continents we’ll be delivering WordFest from, so please hit that speaker registration as soon as it's live.

You know how this goes… hand your marketing budget, we’ll throw up a logo.

No, no, no, no.  We can not stand this model.  We recognise times are different and so we’ve developed a truly social experience for our attendees.  We want to see how we can partner with you to keep building on this best experience, for all involved.  

If you want to join us as a partner of WordFest, we’re very open to ideas and discussions.  We have to ensure this is mutually beneficial for you, the attendees and us the charity. 

We love WordCamp!  We’re a team of WordCamp organisers.  We wholeheartedly support and encourage WordCamp.  But we’re delivering this event, in part, to raise awareness as well as funds for Big Orange Heart.  BOH is a registered charity with a mission to support and promote positive well-being and mental health within remote working communities.  


WordCamps do not permit fundraising for specific charitable organisations and as such we are delivering this event independently.

100% of your donations will go directly to Big Orange Heart.  This will enable the continued growth of free well-being and mental health support for the remote working community.  If you’re interested to know more about how funds are used, please see