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!
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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.
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
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:
- WordCamp Speaker Recruitment and Wrangling: Tuesday, April 8, 23:00 UTC
- Running your WordCamp’s funds through the WordPress Foundation: Thursday, April 10, 17:00 UTC
- WordCamp Speaker Recruitment and Wrangling: Friday, April 11, 16:00 UTC
- Running your WordCamp’s funds through the WordPress Foundation: Friday, April 11, 17:00 Pacific (which is April 12, 0:00 UTC)
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.
Team chat today, topic is meetups. If you’d like a meetup-specific topic on the agenda, please leave a comment on this post.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?