Posts Tagged ‘events’
Thursday, February 18th, 2016
WordCamps are locally-organized WordPress conferences that happen all over the world (and are so fun). Sometimes people don’t realize that WordCamps are organized by local volunteers rather than a central organization, and they contact us asking, “Can you bring WordCamp to my city?” When this happens, we always suggest they start with a meetup group, and think about organizing a WordCamp themselves after their group has been active for a few months. We emphasize that WordCamps are locally-organized events, not something that the central community team plans from afar.
This has been successful in many areas — there are currently 241 meetup groups on our meetup.com chapter program! In some regions, though, enthusiastic volunteers have had more of a challenge getting things started. Because of this, we’re going to try an experiment this year called the WordCamp Incubator.
The intention of the incubator program is to help spread WordPress to underserved areas through providing more significant organizing support for a first event. In practical terms, this experiment means we’ll be choosing three cities in 2016 where there is not an active WordPress community — but where it seems like there is a lot of potential and where there are some people excited to become organizers — and will help to organize their first WordCamp. These WordCamps will be small, one-day, one-track events geared toward the goal of generating interest and getting people involved in creating an ongoing local community.*
So, where should we do these three events? If you have always wanted a WordCamp in your city but haven’t been able to get a meetup group going, this is a great opportunity. We will be taking applications for the next week, then will get in touch with everyone who applied to discuss the possibilities. We will announce the cities chosen by the end of March.
To apply, fill in the application by February 26, 2016. You don’t need to have any specific information handy, it’s just a form to let us know you’re interested. You can apply to nominate your city even if you don’t want to be the main organizer, but for this experiment we will need local liaisons and volunteers, so please only nominate cities where you live or work so that we have at least one local connection to begin.
Thanks, and good luck!
* For the record, that describes the ideal first WordCamp even if you have an active meetup — there’s no need to wait until your group is big enough to support a large multi-day event, and small events are a lot of fun because everyone has a chance to be involved and get to know most of the other attendees.
Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Our first global contributor drive is coming up next weekend, January 30-31, 2016, and we want you to be involved!
Many of our current contributors first got involved at a Contributor Day at a WordCamp or WordPress Meetup event near them, but not everyone has had that opportunity, so we’re trying to create an online experience that will give new contributors the same kind of live support and group dynamic. We’ll be doing these as weekend challenges rather than one-day events so that WordPress users all over the world can participate without worrying about pesky time zones, but each challenge will be designed to be completed within a few hours, comparable to an in-person Contributor Day.
Our inaugural Contributor Weekend is focused on the Support Team — the folks who volunteer their time to help people with WordPress questions in the support forums and IRC. Over the two day span, forum moderators will be available online to help new contributors and answer questions as needed. The challenge this month is called 20 Questions; your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to help WordPress users by answering 20 forum support requests over the course of the weekend.
You can participate on your own, or you can get together with other people from your local meetup group and work on it together. Working together in person is really fun, so we highly recommend trying to get some folks together if you’re able, but if that’s not possible you can still connect to other participants online. Either way, this is a great way to give back to the WordPress project and have some fun helping people at the same time.
Interested? Get the details on how to participate.
Hope to see you next weekend!
Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
Last week saw the halfway point for 2015, yay! This seems like a good time to update you on WordCamp happenings in the first half of this year.
There have been 39 WordCamps in 2015 so far, with events organized in 17 different countries and on 5 continents. More than 14,000 people have registered for WordCamp tickets so far this year, isn’t that amazing?
WordCamp Europe was held in Seville, Spain just a few weeks ago, with close to 1,000 registered participants and over 500 live stream participants. You can watch Matt Mullenweg’s keynote Q&A session from WordCamp Europe right now on WordPress.tv.
WordPress.tv has published 537 videos so far in 2015 from WordCamps around the world. Some of the more popular 2015 WordCamp talks on WordPress.tv include Tammie Lister: Theme, Don’t Be My Everything from WordCamp Maui, Jenny Munn: SEO for 2015 – What’s In, What’s Out and How to Be In It to Win It (For Good) from WordCamp Atlanta, Fabrice Ducarme: Les Constructeurs de Page pour WordPress from WordCamp Paris, Ben Furfie: How to Value Price Websites from WordCamp London, and Morten Rand-Hendriksen: Building Themes From Scratch Using Underscores (_S) from WordCamp Seattle. Check them out!
Lots of great WordCamps are still to come
WordCamp US is currently in pre-planning, in the process of deciding on a host city. The following cities have proposed themselves as a great place to host the first WordCamp US: Chattanooga, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. It’s possible the first WordCamp US will be held in 2016 so we can organize the best first WordCamp US imaginable.
At this time, there are 28 WordCamps, in 9 different countries, that have announced their dates for the rest of 2015. Twelve of these have tickets on sale:
- WordCamp Columbus, Columbus, Ohio: July 17-18
- WordCamp Scranton, Scranton, Pennsylvania: July 18
- WordCamp Boston, Boston, Massachussetts: July 18-19
- WordCamp Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: July 24-26
- WordCamp Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina: July 24-26
- WordCamp Kansai, Kansai, Japan: July 25-26
- WordCamp Fayetteville, Fayetteville, Arkansas: July 31-August 2
- BuddyCamp Brighton, Brighton, UK: August 8
- WordCamp Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, BC, Canada: August 15-16
- WordCamp Russia, Moscow, Russia: August 15
- WordCamp Norrköping, Norrköping, Sweden: August 28-29
- WordCamp Croatia, Rijeka, Croatia: September 5-6
- WordCamp Krakow, Krakow, Poland: September 12-13
- WordCamp NYC, New York City, New York: October 30-November 1
The other 16 events don’t have tickets on sale yet, but they’ve set their dates! Subscribe to the sites to find out when registration opens:
- WordCamp Pune, Pune, India: September 6
- WordCamp Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa: September 10-11
- WordCamp Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland: September 12
- WordCamp Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City, Utah: September 12
- WordCamp Lithuania, Vilnius, Lithuania: September 19
- WordCamp Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada: September 19-20
- WordCamp Switzerland, Zurich, Switzerland: September 19-20
- WordCamp Tampa, Tampa, Florida: September 25-27
- WordCamp Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island: September 25-26
- WordCamp Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California: September 26-27
- WordCamp Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark: October 3-4
- WordCamp Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada: October 3-4
- WordCamp Hampton Roads, Virginia Beach, VA, USA: October 17
- WordCamp Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, Michigan: October 24
- WordCamp Portland, Portland, OR: October 24-25
On top of all those exciting community events, there are 26 WordCamps in pre-planning as they look for the right event space. If you have a great idea for a free or cheap WordCamp venue in any of the below locations, get in touch with the organizers through the WordCamp sites:
- WordCamp DFW: Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
- WordCamp Rio: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- WordCamp Saratoga: Saratoga Springs, New York
- WordCamp Sofia: Sofia, Bulgaria
- WordCamp Austin: Austin, TX
- WordCamp Ottawa: Ottawa, Canada
- WordCamp Charleston: Charleston, South Carolina
- WordCamp Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
- WordCamp Albuquerque: Albuquerque, New Mexico
- WordCamp Prague: Prague, Czech Republic
- WordCamp Seoul: Seoul, South Korea
- WordCamp Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky
- WordCamp Omaha: Omaha, Nebraska
- WordCamp Grand Rapids: Grand Rapids, Michigan
- WordCamp East Troy: East Troy, Wisconsin
- WordCamp Mallorca: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
- WordCamp Edinburgh: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
- WordCamp Orlando: Orlando, Florida
- WordCamp Mexico City: Mexico City, Mexico
- WordCamp Netherlands: Utrecht, Netherlands
- WordCamp Phoenix: Phoenix, Arizona
- WordCamp São Paulo: São Paulo, Brazil
- WordCamp Manchester: Manchester, United Kingdom
- WordCamp Tokyo: Tokyo, Japan
- WordCamp Lima: Lima, Peru
- WordCamp Seattle: Beginner: Seattle, WA
Don’t see your city on the list, but yearning for a local WordCamp? WordCamps are organized by local volunteers from the WordPress community, and we have a whole team of people to support new organizers setting up a first-time WordCamp. If you want to bring WordCamp to town, check out how you can become a WordCamp organizer!
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