Questions and Answers

What is WDS?

The World Domination Summit (WDS) is a gathering of creative, interesting people from all over the world. Every summer, thousands of people travel to Portland, Oregon for an immersive experience in life, work, and travel.

The weekend consists of three primary activities: main-stage events with keynote speakers that are attended by the entire group, workshops that focus on specific topics, and lots of meetups, parties, and informal engagement. Despite the large number of people who attend, WDS is an introvert-friendly zone, and everyone who participates is a big part of the event.

WDS was founded by Chris Guillebeau, explorer of the world and New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup.

How can I get a ticket?

Tickets for WDS are only offered twice a year, and they go quickly. There is no fast-track or secret process to get a ticket; they are all offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The best way to be informed of opportunities to register for next year is to join the 2014 waiting list.

Please note: once tickets are gone, they're gone. We do not hold any tickets back for higher-priced sales later, nor do we sell tickets at the door.

What is the refund / exchange policy on WDS tickets?

All WDS tickets are non-refundable. Transfers and name changes on tickets are available for a $100 fee up to 60 days prior to the event. After May 11, 2014 no further transfers or name changes will be possible.

How can I transfer a ticket?

If you are a registered attendee, look for the "Transfer Ticket" link that appears on the bottom of this website when you are logged in. You'll need the name, email address, and mailing address for the new ticket holder. Click the link, complete the necessary information, and pay the transfer fee to complete the process.

Can I nominate myself or someone I represent to be a speaker?

We're sure that you or your client would be great! But we do not accept nominations for speakers.

Can I sponsor WDS or donate something for your attendees?

WDS is a sponsor-free, non-commercial gathering. We do not accept advertising or sponsored products.

Can I be a volunteer?

Every year we recruit a number of volunteer "ambassadors" to serve our attendees during WDS. To apply for this role, you must live in Portland at least most of the year, and you must be available during the entire weekend of the event. Applications will open after ticket sales end. When applications become available, Chris will make an announcement on his blog and through Twitter.