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This team oversees official events, mentorship programs, diversity initiatives, contributor outreach, and other ways of growing our community.

If you love WordPress and want to help us do these things, join in!

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We use this blog for status reports, project announcements, and the occasional policy debate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to comment on posts and join the discussion.

You can learn about our current activities on the Team Projects page. There projects are suitable for everyone from newcomers to WordPress community elders.

You can use our contact form to volunteer for one of our projects.


In addition to discussions on this blog, we have weekly IRC meetings Thursdays at 19:00 UTC in the #wordpress-getinvolved channel on irc.freenode.net (webchat) for real-time communication.

Each week is devoted to a specific area:
• 1st — Meetups/other local events
• 2nd — Mentorship, diversity
• 3rd — WordCamps/conferences
• 4th — Contributor recognition, .org sites
• (5th — Virtual party)

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  • Jen Mylo 6:57 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Categories: Official Websites ( 2 )


    You may have notices that the new profile design has slowly started making it’s way onto the live servers. Please note that it’s getting on there a little at a time, so please don’t start creating trac tickets to fix things, since chances are the thing you’re reporting just hasn’t been deployed yet. We’ll do a big public announcement when we’ve got the full design in place and a solid v1 backend working properly. Thanks!

  • Jen Mylo 6:44 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Categories: Meetups ( 6 )

    New Team Member! Chase Livingston from South Carolina (@chaselivingston) will be starting to help out with meetup administration as well. Trained him on processes like I did with @andymci a couple of weeks back, and will likely have have him focus on reaching out to existing groups in between-roll in periods.

    Note: We are smack in the middle of the quarterly roll-in period for existing meetup.com groups, so I’m working through all the outstanding requests to join the chapter program. To that end, I’m going to start a series of meetup organizer hangouts similar to the ones being done around WordCamps. Will start out with a split between existing groups who want to join the chapter account and people who want to start a new group from scratch, since the orientations are so different. Once we get those started, I’m hoping we can standardize a few other topics (esp as tied to the mentorship stuff @andymci is working on), and where applicable, have some that work for both WC and meetup organizers (how to find a venue, budgets and running money through foundation, etc).

    We’ll use the WordPress google+ account for these, and I’ll post details on this blog later today with dates and times.

  • Jen Mylo 4:54 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Team chat today, topic mentorship/diversity. Hopefully Tracy can give us a recap of the diversity mixer at Philly Tech Week that we sponsored!

    Additional topics for today:

    • GSoC update
    • In-house mentorships (no progress to report I think?)
    • Speaker training workshops (general and for women)
    • Diversity Metrics
  • Andrea Middleton 10:38 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Categories: WordCamps ( 24 )

    WordCamp organizer hangouts FTW! 

    I’m really enjoying the WordCamp hangouts we’ve been having lately! Today’s WordCamp organizer’s orientation and this budget hangout were really fun, to name a few. If you are able to actually participate on video rather than just watch the stream, I encourage you to do so; we all benefit from more perspectives and questions.

    This month, in addition to our two organizer orientations, we have scheduled some additional single-subject hangouts, including two events focused on speaker recruitment and wrangling and two events focused on running the money through the Foundation, all happening next week:

    What other subjects would be beneficial for WordCamp organizers to discuss on a round table-style hangout? We have a few ideas (WordCamp organizing team dynamics, WordCamp.org tools and tips, veteran WordCamp organizer horror stories), but would love to incorporate your suggestions.

    • andreamiddleton 12:11 am on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I just added the WordCamp.org tools and tips hangout as well:

    • Siobhan 5:37 am on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      How about:

      • working with sponsors
      • something around swag or doing other nice things for attendees
      • video recording and live streaming
    • Jen Mylo 9:23 pm on April 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Suggestion: Call it Orientation instead of Hangout in the titles, and post them to wordpress.tv in addition to the autoshare with youtube.

      Twice a week for the same topic seems like pretty high frequency. Is that something you expect to continue, or is it just for now to do a practice and then a recording? Seems like once a month per topic would be more than enough moving forward?

    • Andrea Middleton 7:55 pm on April 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The twice a week model is just for the first two hangouts. The first being limited to 10 and not streamed, so the presenter (not always me anymore, yay!) can assess how to tighten up the agenda before facilitating the streamed/recorded hangouts. My goal is to have one of each hangout per 1-2 months, except for the orientations and make those twice a month, so we capture both time zones.

  • Jen Mylo 3:27 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Categories: Meetups ( 6 )

    Team chat today, topic is meetups. If you’d like a meetup-specific topic on the agenda, please leave a comment on this post.

  • Andy McIlwain 5:09 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Working around split audiences for local meetups. 

    Many WordPress meetups around the world are facilitated through Meetup.com, especially in larger cities. Meetup.com is also how we’re handling the chapter program.

    But other sites, like Eventbrite and Facebook, are also used for arranging and managing local events.

    So, how do we bring a local WP community together when folks don’t want to depart from the service they’re already using, or who don’t want to sign up for another site? e.g. they’re interested in attending WordPress meetups, but they don’t want to sign up for Meetup.com to do it?

    • Andy McIlwain 5:11 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An excerpt from a convo I was having today:

      “…It could also be a case of a central mailing list (e.g. MailChimp) and you just set up “satellite” events on Facebook, Meetup.com, etc. As long as everybody knows when and where to go, you’re good.”

    • therealkazia 6:48 pm on April 2, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like the mailing list idea as well.

      I’m in a smaller town, we have a Meetup group set up, and we’re also able to use the platforms from other community organizations (Library, writers groups, techies) to get the word out. Connecting with other community groups is a great way to connect and build the WP community, they will help get the word out without having people have to leave the service they are already happily using.

    • Jen Mylo 3:25 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The real answer is to centralize on wordpress.org and syndicate out, as we said in an earlier meeting. In the meantime, I don’t know that trying to standardize on a different 3rd party (mailchimp) would bring any greater benefit. People are already allowed to use whatever service they want for organizing, so if some communities really want to use facebook and nothing else, until we have something on WordPress that is project-run, I don’t know if there’s really a good reason to try and get everyone on the same platform, whatever that platform is.

    • Andy McIlwain 4:07 pm on April 3, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry, I wasn’t implying that we standardize around a 3rd party service. It was more about identifying viable, short-term solutions/approaches while the ideal solution — something wordpress.org, as discussed before — gets created.

  • Jen Mylo 5:52 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Team chat today, topic is contributor recognition and web site stuff. Behind on all counts. :)

    We’ll do a catch up and then see what we can break up into smaller bits of work to share it so I’m not the bottleneck.

    • Kim Parsell 6:23 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve got an idea for something contributor-related for the new profiles. Okay if I attend today’s meeting?

      • Jen Mylo 6:25 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yes, everyone is welcome. If you can post here with your idea beforehand, it will make it easier to respond in the meeting.

        • Kim Parsell 6:28 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s regarding the profile badges for contributors. Has the idea of providing Emeritus badges for major contributors who are no longer involved in the project been discussed?

          • Jen Mylo 7:01 pm on March 27, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes, but that’s definitely a v2 or later issue. First we need to even be able to identify who’s contributing now based on activity and teams. Getting into emeritus stuff means pulling in very old data that we want to include but haven’t yet figured out how to add.

  • Andrea Middleton 7:11 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Categories: WordCamps ( 24 )

    I posted to the Accessibility team to get help making WordCamp websites more accessible: http://make.wordpress.org/accessibility/2014/03/24/wordcamp-websites-and-accessibility/

    If you’re interested in helping with this effort, please comment on that post so everyone’s interacting on the same thread. :)

  • Andrea Middleton 11:22 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    I’d like to schedule a WordCamp budget-focused hangout for next Wednesday, March 26. I don’t plan to record it unless interest is off the charts. This event is intended for new and experienced organizers who want to discuss building a WordCamp budget and managing/prioritizing expenses; we might even dip into fundraising, though that won’t be the focus.

    If you’d like to attend, please fill out this poll to vote for a time: http://poll.fm/4pczl If you’d like to discuss a certain budget-related topic, please leave a comment between now and Wednesday, and we’ll make sure we cover it.

    • andreamiddleton 10:26 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, what a perfect split – that’ll teach me to give you an even number of choices. :)

      Scheduled for Wednesday, March 26, at 22:00 UTC. If you wish to attend and have not yet been invited, please email us and we’ll add you.

      • andreamiddleton 9:38 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Since we have 20 people who’ve expressed interest, I’m going to make this one first-come, first-served and then schedule another budget-focused hangout next week. (Changing from a “private hangout” to a hangout on air requires me to cancel this event and create a new one, which I think will be confusing. Also, I suspect people want to be able to discuss while not being recorded.)

        If you don’t “get in” to this event, don’t despair – this won’t be the last, and we’ll have another soon. :) I’ll open the hangout at 2:45.

    • andreamiddleton 11:28 pm on March 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, I guess I should have made this event a Hangout On Air, since so many people were sad about missing it! I’ve scheduled another budget hangout for Friday at 1pm Pacific – this one “on air” so people can watch if we fill up, and will schedule another next week, since there’s been so much interest. :)

  • Jen Mylo 7:16 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordCamp Mobile App!

    We put it on the GSoC Ideas list, and there are some students interested. I want to give them all the same feature set to respond to (most wrote proposals basically just porting the WC sites to mobile). Without going too crazy, and remembering this is a summer job for one college student, what would make sense to include?

    • All the info that’s on the WC site in standardized format (location/map, schedule, etc)
    • Ability to rate sessions/speakers
    • Follow Twitter mentions and official tweets in one stream (@wchogwarts + #WCHOG), and/or full tagregator stream
    • Push notifications (opt-in) based on organizer posts to [blog? a cpt? something else?] to notify of day-of time-sensitive things like lunch being served, closing remarks starting, lost laptop, etc.
    • Take the follow up survey once event is over
    • Check in/out of event?
    • Form to contact on-site organizers (emergency, safety, code of conduct, lost and found, etc)

    What would like to do from your phone at a WordCamp?

    • Dustin Filippini 7:25 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ooohh… I’ve been wanting this for some time. We are looking at making our own using AppPresser for this year. Here are the most important things I’ve thought of.

      • Standard post types on the site
      • Most importantly the schedule
      • Location/Map should also be able to use geolocation so people can find their way around.
      • More than just location of venue, add ability for other locations such as after party, suggested hotels, parking structures, suggested restaurants, or others.
      • Push Notifications are one of the big things I’ve wanted. I think it should be a CPT rather than using something already in place like blog posts. I can see instances where I would want to push out a notification to all attendees, but not necessarily have it posted on the blog. But, an option (checkbox) on blog posts may be nice too.
      • Contact to the organizers is a great feature too.
    • Marko Heijnen 7:26 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The idea I always had was to focus what you do on the WordCamp itself. Having the schedule which you can also personalize, seeing all session/speaker details. From the speaker view being able to read his tweets.

      Also a view with current sessions is really useful.
      When something changed/import info to send a push notification.

      Something like wparmchair in the mobile app would be great. Other important things are news and a screen for important/useful information.

      What I would not do is integrating contact and the survey because they fit best online. Also curious if we finally require WordCamps to send surveys. The same goes for checking in/out. For the people who use that we have Foursquare.

      • Sudden ImpactWebDesign 12:47 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I agree with Marko. A WordCamp app should be unique from a WordPress app and should be somehow (ideally) connected to WordPress.tv in posting presentations, preferably streaming or live if possible, and with as high a quality as possible. I love WordPress.tv but often find many of the talks truncated or with sound that is barely audible. If WordCamp is a big deal, the talks should be supported, not just presented and done with. Some tying in WordPress.tv with a WordCamp app would rock. Especially if there were a way developers (such as moi) who couldn’t attend a WC half a world away could still participate online via a BuddyPress side-site or sub-domain. I don’t see where the harm or expense would be in supporting higher technical quality talks, greater developer participation possibilities, and increased outreach.

    • Valerio Souza 7:26 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The application would be for the organizer or the users?

      • Jen Mylo 7:27 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply


        • Valerio Souza 7:29 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I am developing for WordCamp Belo Horizonte.

          From what I understand, people want a map, means of contact, summary of lectures to not get lost which has each lecture.

          In addition to notifications posts, twitter, ability to buy and use the cell phone to checkin at the event.

    • Kat Hagan 7:28 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is a great idea. The only thing I’d add to your list is a way to post photos directly from the app, and be able to browse everyone else’s photos.

      • Marko Heijnen 7:33 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The idea for posting is cool but there are apps what can do that better. We should not have this in the WordCamp app. Browsing on the other end would be great.

      • Jen Mylo 7:37 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tagregator would take care of the browsing part.
        For posting, might just launch the wp app? In the future, attendees will have a role on the site rather than just having bought a ticket via paypal, so allowing day-of posting of photos woud be doable, but putting that right in the app might be too much for the summer.

    • Andy McIlwain 9:00 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Regarding push notifications:

      Let the WordCamp organizers specify the post categories to include in the mobile app.

    • Andrey "Rarst" Savchenko 10:14 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wi-Fi details. Also it should shout at people to turn off dropbox, will save organizers a lot of effort.

    • diegorojas 11:25 pm on March 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Uhoh! This is awesome!

      Organizing the WordCamp São Paulo I felt somethings that could help a lot:

      • speakers doing a demo (trailer) video, to promote their sessions.
      • a financial interface to organizers make the fundraising really public and easy to do visual datas for wordcamp’s global numbers (that´s should be useful for the WP Foundation too)
      • And a “map” for the day sessions did it by the user, people should be able to do their own schedule and have some notifications from the app to where and what time should he need to be to keep the focus. I felt in the WordCamp acquaintanceship a little bit of distraction, causing the loss of some sessions.


    • Dee Teal 1:40 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Our team member Aaron Rutley built one for WordCamp Melbourne last year, it’s still available if anyone wants to pick ideas out of it – you can find it here http://wpaustralia.org/wcmelb, we loved the Instagram feed, it’s basically just a simple mobile site built in WordPress, so of course was easy for any of the team to edit.

    • Piet 4:14 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An app definitely should have a way to contact other attendees. In Leiden (WCEU) it was very difficult to get in touch with people you have known virtually only for a long time already. I guess that is the case with each WordCamp, so in my opinion an app should have something to facilitate that.

    • karenalenore 11:16 am on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Oh yes please! Every speaker tends to offer their slides or supporting resources on a platform like slidedeck or github and mentions it verbally at the beginning or end. Why not include a resources section for each presenter in the app with links to all the slides etc that presentation included so we can easily get to it all after the fact, even for sessions we missed?

    • Courtney Engle Robertson 4:46 pm on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An organization of their slides, and possibly including their talks from WordPress.tv after the fact. I’d like to see it as 1 WordCamp app that gathers data from all of the WordCamp events, not a different app per event.

    • Morten Rand-Hendriksen 7:01 pm on March 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Geolocation, schedule, rating and review, yes to all of this. Another feature that would be useful is some sort of basic social networking ability that allows attendees to quickly add each other to their contact lists:

      Could be as simple as a list of attendees with credentials attached. I meet you at WordCamp and want to talk to you later. I open the app, find you on the list, hit a button to add you to my contact list + follow you on Twitter or whatever other social network you chose to share. As a bonus if I’d be able to add a note attached to your profile for myself that would be great. Basically a very stripped down version of Evernote Hello http://evernote.com/hello/

      The initial goal for this app shouldn’t really be to meet all demands and serve all purposes. Rather it should be building a solid foundation for future development. Add in some key abilities and leave space for extensions when and where they are required. That way the app can grow and evolve with the requirements and wishes of attendees and organizers.

    • Ian Dunn 6:19 am on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      General features

      • List/Map of upcoming WordCamps with an X mile radius of me
      • Ability to star/pin/whatever upcoming camps to indicate that you plan on attending.

      For all of the camps you’ve starred, these could be “day-of” features:

      • Personal schedule listing the sessions I’ve chosen to attend, including time and location
      • Venue floorplan
      • Directions to the venue and after-party
      • Take the end-of-event survey while everything is fresh in your mind
      • Link to speaker slides to make it easy to follow along


      • Find an attendee/speaker/organizer you want to meet (via GPS, if both parties opt-in to allow it)
      • Get notified when a new camp is scheduled within X miles of me
    • Scott Bolinger 4:22 pm on March 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hi guys, we would like to volunteer AppPresser products, as well as some developer time to help make this app happen. We have already built most of these features including maps, ratings, push notifications, check ins, etc.

      The cool thing is that it’s all contained inside WordPress, no need for a native app, so it’s easier to maintain and update. If you are set on a native app, that’s cool too, just let me know.


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