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, "academies" 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.
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 were permitted on tickets until May 5, 2013. This option has now closed. (Read more here.)
Is there anything I can attend or participate in without a ticket?
Due to space constraints, most WDS events are for ticketholders only. This year, you can join us by helping to set a world record by forming a human chain on the Willamette river... even if you're not a WDS attendee! Sign up here for a chance to make history on the morning before WDS officially opens.
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 are currently closed. If new applications become available, Chris will make an announcement on his blog and through Twitter.