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I challenge all WordCamp US and WordCamp NYC speakers to caption their talks

The text transcripts from WordCamp NYC and WordCamp US are now public. If you spoke at the event, grab yours and caption your video!

Last week I put out a community challenge for WordCamp speakers to caption their talks and help make more accessible. Now I’m issuing a personal challenge to the speakers at WordCamp NYC and WordCamp US to start the ball rolling by captioning their own talks.

Why these two WordCamps in particular? Because they both had CART captioning, which means text transcripts of their talks already exist. And those captions have been made available for everyone to download!

So here’s the challenge:

If you spoke at WordCamp NYC or WordCamp US in 2015, go to the spreadsheet, click the tab for the appropriate event (WordCamp NYC text or WordCamp US text), grab the text file, sign up for an account, and caption your own talk.

Almost all the work has been done for you, so if you want to get the most out of the least amount of work, this would be a great task to start with.

You can help make WordPress learning more accessible, and it all starts with captioning your WordCamp NYC or WordCamp US talk!

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

4 replies on “I challenge all WordCamp US and WordCamp NYC speakers to caption their talks”

I just wanted to say thank you a million times for this! 🙂

I’m hard of hearing and having those live captions at WCNYC were such a great help. Getting to see all the talks I didn’t attend that weekend as well as WordCamp US? I can hardly wait until they’re all captioned on

I attended a WordCamp London conference a few weekends ago; they closed captioned the whole thing, it was great! I actually am not deaf, but my brother is, and I have felt during my years of growing up with him, that i tend to learn more when I am reading what I am listening too. They were not 100% perfect but it was good to be able to listen and read what was being said in real time.

Great idea and while you are at it, could you speak to them about videos that they have made of their talks?

Could you encourage speakers and WordCamp organisers to ensure that the screens behind the speaks are visible to the video machines recording for and that the audio is audible.

I have watched or started to watch many videos on and had to abandon them and leave a comment about the poor audio. It is a pity because some of these talks could be gems and worth reaching a big audience.

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