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WordPress Contributor Mentorship: 2024 Q1 Cohort Graduates

I am honored to announce that the Second Cohort (2024 Q1) of the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program has concluded!

The cohort, which had 52 mentees supported by 28 mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues., kicked off on February 19, 2024, and went on for six weeks to formally wrap up on March 29. Out of this group, 44 mentees leveled up their WordPress contribution knowledge and made impactful contributions to the WordPress project.

Please join me in congratulating all our mentees who have graduated from the program!

Kudos to all our mentees for their fantastic contributions in the past six weeks: @acirujano @adarshposimyth @akmelias @alokstha1 @alxrz @ajithrn @andr3ribeiro @alexcu21 @atta98 @buenroger @diannagunn @drysand @eatpaintchic @elsatapia @fatematalks @flexseth @hectorjarquin @hellosatya @jagirbahesh @krishsundaram @krupajnanda @lighthouse79 @lumiblog @mainetenance @matteoenna @matumu @meilani @mujuonly @nonverbla @ohia @quentinldd @ratneshsonar @rishimehta03 @ryoraspp @saqib59 @sandroschutt @sancastiza @shilpamanoj @spencerravago @swethabc9 @teresagobble @vishalmukadam @voboghure @vbaimas

The Mentorship Process

To quickly recap, the contributor mentorship program was envisioned by the WordPress Contributor Working group as a way to bolster the contributor experience of the project. The second cohort aims to build on the success of the pilot cohort to offer a more robust and comprehensive contribution experience to a group of committed and passionate mentees with the help of dedicated and driven mentors.

Our mentorship program took place in a dedicated slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel in the Make/WordPress Slack for six weeks. For the first two weeks, our mentees were oriented to the program through kick-off session, got to know their mentors, set contribution goals, and learned about the WordPress project through learn-up sessions. On Weeks 3 and 4, our mentees started contributing to the teams of their choice, which continued through Weeks 5 and 6, when they wrapped-up by setting a 30-60-90 day goal and graduated from the program! Many mentees took part in projects where they worked in small groups to make collective contributions. Throughout the process, our mentees also got an inside view of the WordPress 6.5 release process and the WordPress project itself, as many mentees contributed to WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. by joining the release parties.

Achievements from our Program

In six weeks, many of our mentees went out of the way to contribute to WordPress. Compared to our last cohort, we had many more contributions to WordPress, as our mentees not only onboarded to the project, but also spent a bulk of their time contributing. Here’s a (non-exhaustive) list of achievements from our cohort members:

  • 👩‍💻Scores of Core Contributions (issues and patches)
  • 🌎 WordPress 6.5 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. and RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. release posts translated to local languages.
  • 🌎 Thousands of strings translated to several languages
  • 🎓 Translated Learn WordPress lessons
  • 🇫🇷🇮🇹Translating WordPress documentation to local languages (Italian and French)
  • ✍️ Extensive contributions to the WordPress User and Developer Documentation
  • 💬 Running Team chats for multiple teams (Community, Training, Test)
  • 📜 Writing summaries for multiple team chats (Community, Training, Test)
  • 🎉 Active participation in WordPress 6.5 Beta, RC, dry-run, and main release parties.
  • ♻️ Contribution to the Sustainability Team documentation
  • 📺 Becoming a WordPress.tv moderator
  • 📝 Leading contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. tables at a WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more.
  • ⛺️ Organizing a WordCamp
  • 📸 Contribute photos to the WordPress Photo Directory
  • 👔🤝 Individually advocating and helping their company join Five for the Future!
  • 🖥 Set up a local environment for WordCamp.org and started working on open issues for the WordCamp network.
  • 🎟 Contributed to the MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. Team by submitting Meta tickets. 
  • 🧑‍🎨 Several contributions to the Community Theme project (both existing and new themes).
  • 🛝 Contributions to the WordPress Playground Documentation
  • 📚 Updates to the CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress. handbook
  • 🖨 Several contributions to GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/
  • 💪 Active participation in team processes such as publishing blog posts in Make/Test 
  • ⚡️Supporting WordPress event reactivation

Another highlight of this cohort was that six of our graduating mentees were supported by an LGBTQ+ empowerment grant.

Contributions to WordPress 6.5

The biggest win of the program remains to be its impact on WordPress 6.5. To summarize:

Big congratulations and many thanks to all contributors! 

Mentor contributors
WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program: Version 6.5 contributors from mentees.

Learning Materials from the Mentorship Program

For folks who are curious about the Mentorship Program, we are sharing some of the learning materials that our mentees used and were created during the program.

Learn WordPress Courses

Online Workshops on the Project

We are in the process of uploading mentorship program videos on WordPress.tv. All videos will be made available soon – we will update this post with links as soon as they are available! Until then, feel free to check out the raw recordings that are currently available in our shared Google Drive folder.

  • Introduction to the WordPress Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Project (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ Onboarding for WordPress Contributions (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Anne McCarthy: Introduction to the WordPress Release Process (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Make/Sustainability Team: A Quick Overview (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Support Team Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Polyglots teamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Polyglots Documentation Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • BuddyPress Overview (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Community Themes Project Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)
  • Bengali Polyglots Onboarding (soon to be released on WordPress.tv)

Thank you!

This program was a true community effort, with WordPress Contributor Working Group members working hand-in-hand to make this pilot program a reality. We faced many challenges, but we all worked together to ensure a smooth contributor experience for our mentees. 

Mentors

As a heavily mentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues.-driven program, our mentors are the cornerstone behind the success of this cohort. Mentors went out of their way to support their paired mentees by helping them step up their contributions. I can safely attribute the success of our program to the exceptional support and commitment offered by our vibrant group of mentors.

WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program - Mentors

Major props and limitless gratitude to our all our amazing mentors: @adityakane @anandau14 @aravindajith @benjamin_zekavica @courane01 @devmuhib @dufresnesteven @estelaris @felipeelia @gounder @hasanuzzamanshamim @jdy68 @josepmoran @kafleg @mikeschroder @ndiego @nilovelez @ninianepress @oglekler @onemaggie @patricia70 @properlypurple @thehopemonger @tobifjellner @topher1kenobe @unintended8 @webtechpooja @yoga1103

Facilitators and Supporters

Members of the WordPress Contributor Working Group managed the entire program, with @harishanker @nao and @patricia70 leading the facilitation efforts. Big thanks to other members of the working group who helped shape the current state of the program through extensive discussions and active participation in our team chats: @adityakane @alexdeborba @alexcu21 @anandau14 @annezazu @askdesign @coachbirgit @devmuhib @gusa @javiercasares @jeffpaul @josepmoran @kafleg @kirasong @leogopal @lumiblog @malgra @matteoenna @nilovelez @ninianepress @peiraisotta @oglekler @onealtr @ratneshsonar @soberbanda @tobifjellner @topher1kenobe @unintended8 @sereedmedia @webtechpooja @yoga1103

Glimpses Into The Past Six Weeks

Our mentors and mentees did not miss any chance to connect with each other. We hung out with each other informal group calls and had a lot of fun! Some of us also met in-person a few times at WordCamp Asia and WordCamp Torrelodones!

What next?

Even though the mentorship program has formally concluded, our mentees’ WordPress contributor journey has only started. Many of our mentees have prepared 30-60-90 day plans and plan to active contribute to WordPress. Quite a few of our mentees have also expressed interest in participating in the WordPress 6.6 release process. We have a total of 19 participants from our program who would like to join the 6.6 release team so far, with 14 applications coming from mentees! Many mentees have formally ensconced their commitment to WordPress contributions by pledging to contribute through part of Five for the Future, with at least one mentee securing sponsorship from their employer to do so during the program! 

Going forward the success of our program depends on how engaged our mentees are. We are working on a post-event survey for our mentees and mentors, and the survey results will shed more light into how the program went. Working group members aim to check in with mentees later this year to see how they are doing with their contributor journey, to also find out more about their contribution journey and offer any support that they need.

Even as we celebrate the success of the contributor mentorship program, the Contributor Working Group still has miles to go. We will continue our monthly chats, and start working on the next iteration of the mentorship program alongside WordPress 6.7, in November.The working group also aims to start working on other tasks to improve the overall WordPress contributor experience, focusing on improving programs such as Five for the Future.

Join us for the next mentorship chat on April 18th in #community-team, if you would like to be a part of the working group and support us in making the WordPress contributor experience the best it can be!

Interested in being a part of the next cohort of the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program as a mentor or mentee? Leave a comment on this blog post expressing your interest!

Reading about the program so far, what are your thoughts on this mentorship program? Do you have any thoughts, suggestions, feelings, ideas, or feedback for us? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

+make.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org//project

+make.wordpress.org/updates

#5ftf #five-for-the-future #contributor-working-group #wpcontributors, #mentorship-program #mentorship-cohort-february-2024

Share Your Feedback with Meetup.com

Our Meetup.com contact Marie-Lou, has asked us to pass on this note with information about the company’s acquisition by Bending Spoons and a feedback form that goes directly to their product team. 

If you want to share feedback about Meetup.com, please use the form instead of posting in the comments. Their new parent company is planning to invest in improving the product and would love to hear our needs. Please use the feedback form instead of posting in the comments.

Currently, the form will stay open indefinitely and the team is eager to hear our feedback so Meetup.com can better meet the needs of the WordPress community.

Hello WordPress community,

It’s lovely to connect with you all. I’m Marie-Lou from MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook.’s Customer Success team, and I have the pleasure of working closely with the WordPress Community Team to help your groups and events thrive.

I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself, update you on some recent changes at Meetup, and share a new way to send us direct feedback about your Meetup experience.

Earlier this year, Meetup was acquired by Bending Spoons—an Italian-based tech company with an ambitious vision for Meetup’s future.

Bending Spoons acquired Meetup because they believe in our mission to foster human connections. Over the next few years, our new parent company intends to invest nearly $50 million into improving the product and growing membership. In particular, the team has plans to improve event discoverability and reduce the friction for organizers to create events and engage with their communities.

I believe these changes will make your Meetup experience even better, but we’d love to hear from the WordPress community directly! To do so, we’ve created this dedicated form to collect your feedback. Please use it to share how we can improve the Meetup platform.

I’m excited to continue working with this vibrant community during this new chapter!All the best,
Marie-Lou

#feedback, #meetup-com

Community Team April Meeting Recap

Attendance: @nukaga, @st810amaze, @webtechpooja, @aion11, @hellosatya, @leogopal, @devmuhib, @flopez1977, @matteoenna, @alexcu21, @golosins, @courtneypk, @gusa

Notes: This recap is a summary of the Community Team monthly meeting. It will cover the discussion points, ideas, and decisions that came up during the meeting. The aim of this recap is to provide a quick overview for those who were unable to attend as well as an overview for everyone. These meetings were based on the Agenda for April and are held in our #community-team SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel on Make WordPress.

You can find the meeting chat log here:

Please leave your comments if you have any feedback.

Additionally, each agenda item discussed may have its own Make post related to its topic with more information and you can add to the discussion directly to that post.

Chat Summary

Check-ins: Program and Event Supporters / Contributors

@st810amaze – Just finished WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia 2024, now wrapping up final tasks. Ready to resume community team responsibilities after event completion.

@webtechpooja – Co-mentoring WCDelhi & WCSylhet with @kafleg. Conducted 2 meetings with WCSylhet and 1 with WCDelhi, assisting with queries and preparations. Vetted 2 WordCamp and 1 MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. applications, sent orientation/info emails to applicants.

@aion11 – Vetted 1 meetup and engaged with organizer. Reviving Jeddah Meetup Chapter, alongside organizing local events and mentoring other meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook..

@hellosatya – Currently organizing local meetups while actively contributing to WordPress in marketing, Polyglots, and Photos. Also selected as a volunteer for WordCamp Europe 2024 with full sponsorship.

@leogopal – Docs (feedback phase), refining Automations and Workflows. Identifying integration points across handbooks, training, onboarding, and off-boarding, seeking team input for enhancement.

@nukaga – After successfully organizing WordCamp Asia in March, I’m now managing post-event tasks. Additionally, I handled Meetup vetting and orientation duties.

@flopez1977 – I was working mentoring WC Cartagena (Spain)  with sponsors levels and with some venue contract and already they are scheduled and the website will open soon.

@alexcu21 – I’m assisting my local meetup in organizing the inaugural WordPress Youth Day in Managua, Nicaragua, with no major obstacles so far. Additionally, I’m contributing to the LATAM reactivation project, establishing communication channels to aid organizers.

@courtneypk – Working with meetup organizer newsletter, Engaging with Meetup organizers in Oceania to re-energize their local meetups, Mentoring WP Youth Day and WC Minneapolis.

Highlights to Note

Here are a few things everyone should be aware of.

:bulb:Moving forward: new and ongoing discussions needing review, feedback, thoughts and comments. Even commenting +1 or something short to these posts is really valuable and helpful!

Discussion: Are we continuing to use Trello for project planning? – TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. has changed their free plan. Please give us your opinion on how the community team should operate the Trello. Please leave your feedback!

Feedback: Some thumbs up received.

:speaking_head_in_silhouette: In case you missed them, here are the latest announcements and newsletters. Take your time to read them now, or save it for later. Make sure you catch up whenever you can!

:speech_balloon: Last but not least, it’s time to open the floor!

@st810amaze – Yes, WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. is coming up! And for anyone attending the event and want to have a discussion during the contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., please share your thoughts :slightly_smiling_face: As not everybody may be able to attend, we can create an agenda then have a discussion on the day, and keep the conversation going either here in Slack or P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. :+1:

@alexcu21 – Well today was our cohort graduation and I feel grateful with all mentorsEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. and people that facilitated the program. One of my goal for this year is not only contribute to my local community but contributing to global and help people to know more about our community.

@gusa – I’ll ask a random question on behalf of the #sustainability team. If you look at the Sustainability Roadmap, you’ll see several projects (in the Contributing column) that are actually owned/managed by community team. The team was (still is) very new when corresponding issues (labeled as projects) were created in the Sustainability GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ repo.

Call for Meeting Facilitators

The Community Team Monthly Meetings happen on the first Thursday’s of every month. These meetings can be facilitated and run by any member of the community team, and is a great opportunity to engage with the rest of the community and team.

If you are interested in facilitating any of these meetings in the future, please feel free to comment or get in touch with any of the Community Team Reps.

If you wish to add points to discuss, comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps:@peiraisotta@st810amaze@leogopal, or @nukaga.

Suggested Updates Based on Feedback of the events.wordpress.org Site

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the feedback discussion for the event.wordpress.org site. We appreciate you all pulling from your different experiences and skill sets to offer suggestions on making this site more functional.

We have made note of all of the feedback. The items that seemed to have the broadest impact are:

  • WP.org Top Menu: Add “Events” as a top menu in the main navigation menuNavigation Menu A theme feature introduced with Version 3.0. WordPress includes an easy to use mechanism for giving various control options to get users to click from one place to another on a site. on WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ so people can find events as soon as they arrive at the site
  • Event schema: Evaluate the changes currently underway to see if more is needed
  • Events search: Improve the search filters for events
  • Define audience: Determine who the audience is
  • Content updates: Use the content to tell a story that appeals to the selected audience

Community Team Next Steps

Before involving other teams, the Community Team should discuss and decide on the following:

  • Decide who the audience is for the site
  • Determine a clear call to action for the site
  • Determine if the current Schema updates that are underway are sufficient
  • Decide what images will replace the map and statistics on the Home page; the current suggestion is “people enjoying events”
  • Decide what filters are needed for the Upcoming Events list
  • Decide on logical names for the filters
  • Determine if filters are easy to find; suggest updates as needed
  • Determine if the sub-navigation is logically named; suggest updates as needed

Filters Currently Under Consideration

One of the items above is to decide what filters the Upcoming Events list needs. The following filters were mentioned in the feedback:

  • A filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. that displays results according to location 
  • A filter that displays reasonable according to proximity (within a certain number of miles/kilometers)
  • A filter that displays events happening on a selected day

If the Community Team decides they do not want these filters, please mention it so they can be removed from consideration.

Future Phases

Once the Community Team has made its decisions, a granular list of tasks can be discussed with the marketing, design, and development teams. There are also further discussions needed around changing the url to wordpress.org/events, the map, displaying statistics, and the future of the central.wordcamp.org site.

#tools-update

Community Team Meeting Agenda for 4 – April -2024

The Community Team chat takes place the first Thursday of every month in the #community-team channel on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.

This meeting is meant for all contributors on the team and everyone who is interested in taking part in some of the things our team does. Feel free to join us, even if you are not currently active in the team!

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly meeting: Thursday, 4 April 2024 at 12:00 PM UTC
Americas friendly meeting: Thursday, 4 April 2024 at 21:00 PM UTC

You will find a preliminary agenda for the meeting below. 

If you wish to add points to discuss, comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps: @peiraisotta, @Shusei, @leo, or @nukaga. It does not need to be a blog post yet, the topic can be discussed during the meeting nevertheless. We use the same agenda for both meetings.

Call for meeting host
If anyone is available to host the second sessions of the Community Team monthly meeting at 9pm UTC, please reach out to one of the team reps, who are all based in APAC and EMEA countries: @peiraisotta, @Shusei, @leo, or @nukaga.

Check-ins: Program and Event Supporters / Contributors

  • What have you been doing and how is it going? 
  • What did you accomplish after the last meeting? 
  • Are there any blockers? 
  • Can other team members help you in some way?

Highlights to Note

Here are a few things everyone should be aware of.

Open Posts

Check out these new and ongoing discussions needing review, feedback, thoughts and comments.

Announcements / Newsletters

Open Floor

This is your chance to discuss things that weren’t on the meeting agenda. 

We invite you to use this opportunity to share anything that you want with the team. If you currently have a topic you’d like to discuss, add it to the comments of this post and we will try to update the agenda accordingly.

Hope to see you on Thursday, either in the Asia-Pacific / EMEA (12:00 UTC) or Americas-friendly version (21:00 UTC) of the meeting!

#agenda, #meeting-agenda, #team, #team-meeting-2

Events of the Month – February 2024

In an effort to provide some real-time information for event organizers and the community alike, Central is sharing monthly financial summaries for all the events of the prior month + any events from prior months that had not paid all invoices or submitted transparency reports by the month following their event. Below are links to the prior reports that have been shared:

January 2024 

November & December 2023

October 2023

September 2023

Updates on WordCamps Held Before February with Open Budgets
WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Tokyo, Japan (Oct 20-22)
Final Tickets Sold: 424
Approved Attendee Total: 400 
Budget Notes*: Transparency Report reviewed and budget closed
Final cost $40,926 USD/ 5,684,195 JPY and cost per person/ per day of $32 USD/ 4,469 JPY.
Event closed with a contribution to Global Sponsorship funds of approximately $403 USD / 56,002 JPY. 

Open Items – Finances: There was a surplus on hand with organizers totaling $6,634 USD/ 921,333 JPY that has since been returned to Central.
WordCamp Manila (November 11)
Final Tickets Sold: 289
Approved Attendee Total: 230 
Budget Notes*: Transparency Report reviewed but awaiting a few answers to open questions

Open Items – Finances: Open questions sent January 10, 2024, with the latest reply on March 8, 2024. Another request for answers was sent March 27, 2024. 
WordCamp Udaipur (December 2)
Final Tickets Sold: 300
Approved Attendee Total: 350
Budget Notes*: Transparency Report reviewed and a few open questions sent to organizers on March 18, 2024. Still awaiting a reply.

Open Items – Finances: Still awaiting answers to questions sent following the review of the transparency report.
WordCamp Ahmedabad (December 9)
Final Tickets Sold: 1051
Approved Attendee Total: 800 
Budget Notes*: Awaiting Final Numbers

Open Items – Finances: Still Awaiting final Transparency Report**. There has been communication with organizers on March 27, 2024, and the team has committed to providing the report by April 1, 2024.
WordCamp Nepal (Jan 12 – 13)
Final Tickets Sold: 859
Approved Attendee Total: 800 
Budget Notes*: Still awaiting Transparency Report submission and final numbers. 

Open Items – Finances: Still Awaiting final Transparency Report**, and the team has been in communication as late as March 26, 2024, to say the information will be submitted as soon as possible.
WordCamp Zaragoza (Jan 19 – 20)
Final Tickets Sold: 260
Approved Attendee Total: 225
Budget Notes*: The budget appears almost complete. The only remaining vendor to be paid appears to be the accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) services.

Open Items – Finances: One more vendor to pay. The budget wranglerWrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors. and organizing team were emailed on March 21, 2024, to ask about this remaining invoice.
WordCamp and Events Held in February
Kerala Photo Festival (Online) (Feb 3-10)
Final Tickets Sold: N/A (333 tickets were claimed for participation)
Approved Attendee Total:  N/A
Budget Notes*: Prize winnings are still being paid to the winners of the event

Open Items – Finances: All expenses still not paid
WordCamp Phoenix (Feb 9-10)
Final Tickets Sold: 224
Approved Attendee Total: 400
Budget Notes*: Final cost $30,350 USD and cost per person/ per day of $67 USD
Event closed with a contribution to Global Sponsorship funds of approximately $8,784 USD 

Open Items – Finances: No open items
WordCamp Pune (Feb 17)
Final Tickets Sold: 232
Approved Attendee Total: 400
Budget Notes*: Transparency Report submitted and reviewed
Final cost $6,075 USD/ 506,221 INR and cost per person/ per day of $26 USD/ 2,182 INR.
Event closed with a contribution to Global Sponsorship funds of approximately $2,366 USD / 197,166 INR

Open Items – Finances: There are still reimbursements to be made to the organizers, but the costs have been reported in total, so total expenses will not be affected. 
WordCamp Kansai (Feb 23-24)
Final Tickets Sold: 199
Approved Attendee Total: 260
Budget Notes*: Still awaiting Transparency Report submission and final numbers. 

Open Items – Finances: Still Awaiting final Transparency Report**, and the team has been in communication to say the information will be submitted by April 14th.

Budget Notes*: If an event was able to raise more sponsorship income or ticket income, or the expenses were less than amounts listed in the approved budget, the additional funds are contributed back to the Global Sponsorship fund. If, on the other hand, an organizing team raises less sponsorship income or ticket income than planned, or expenses are higher than originally budgeted, the additional amount needed to cover all expenses is covered by the Global Sponsorship fund and will be stated as additional Global Sponsorship funds used.

The goal of WordPress events is to provide a space where community members can come together and share knowledge, build relationships with other members and sponsors, and spread love for WordPress. The goal is never to make money. Because WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program. pays taxes on any net income at year end, we strive to hold events where income is equal to expenses.

Transparency Report**: WordCamps that run funds through WordPress Community Support (WPCSWPCS The collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) used to format and validate PHP code developed for WordPress according to the WordPress Coding Standards. May also be an acronym referring to the Accessibility, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, etc. coding standards as published in the WordPress Coding Standards Handbook.) – meaning WPCS collects ticket income and sponsorship income, and pays vendors directly – are not required to submit a Transparency Report. 

Alternatively, organizing teams that run money locally collect all or some of the ticket income and sponsorship income directly. The team then uses the collected funds to pay expenses of the event. The organizing team is responsible for completing a transparency report after the event where they submit receipts/documentation for all expenses, support for ticket income collected, and support for sponsorship income collected. More info can be found here

#community-team, #wordcamps, #events-of-the-month

#community-team, #events-of-the-month, #wordcamps

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: March 2024

Hi, WordPress MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. Organizers!

WordCamp Asia in Taipei, Taiwan recently wrapped up, and the energy in the WordPress Community is high! 

Curious to see all WordPress upcoming events worldwide? Check out the WordPress Events site! You can filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. by country, month, and event type and connect with the WordPress communities around the world!

News from WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia 

WordCamp Asia just concluded with a high note. Check out the highlights here. The next WordCamp Asia 2025 has been announced and will be held in Manila, Philippines. The Call for Organizers is open!

In his Q&A session at WordCamp Asia, Matt Mullenweg (WordPress Co-founder) announced that State Of The WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. 2024 will be held in Tokyo, Japan on December 16, 2024. You can view the full recording of Matt’s Q&A session on YouTube.

WordPress 6.5 Coming Soon!

WordPress 6.5 is around the corner! The third Release Candidate (RC3) has been released. Please help test WordPress 6.5 RC3 to ensure that everything in WordPress 6.5 is the best it can be.

Asia Meetup Revival Project

The Community Team has announced a project to revive Meetup Groups in big cities in Asia that are inactive, or help the local WordPress community that are not yet part of the WordPress Meetup Chapter Program to join. Please see the project’s post for more details, and let us know if you’d like to be involved!

MeetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. of the Month

This month, we celebrate the WordPress Meetup groups of Bengaluru (Bangalore, India), Griñón (Spain), and Satkhira (Bangladesh)!

Introducing our newest WordPress Meetup groups

Let’s welcome the new Meetup groups recently added to our chapter! Do support them in organizing both local (in-person) and global (online) meetup events, and let’s learn from their experiences and experiments along the way.

  1. Chicago WordPress Community Meetup
  2. Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
  3. Hanoi
  4. Luzern (Lucerne), Switzerland
  5. Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  6. San Francisco
  7. Santiago de Chile
  8. Seoul
  9. Surat, India

Meetup Organizers, we want to feature you!

We’d love to publish pictures from Meetups all around the world in each newsletter. Do you want your Meetup to be featured? Share 1 picture with the Community team! Rename your picture as “Meetup-name_event-date” and upload it to this folder. The formats supported are jpg and png. Please remember, always ask for permission from your group members before taking the picture and sharing it with us!

Meetup Tip of the Month

The best way to boost discoverability of your Meetup events is by putting relevant keywords in your event’s title and description (for example, “WordPress”). When writing your event description, be concise and specific. Include the same relevant keyword in your event title and at least twice in your description. The more you use a searchable keyword, the easier it will be for members to find your event. 


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Bluehost, GoDaddy, Automattic, WPBeginner, and WooCommerce!


If you have any questions, Community Team Program Supporters are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @courtneypk, @hellosatya, and @bjmcsherry.

#community-team, #meetup-organizer-newsletter, #newsletter

Discussion: Are we continuing to use Trello for project planning?

TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. has changed their free plan. It now limits free Workspaces to 10 collaborators. Currently their are about 24 current and former Community Team members associated with the team’s free Workspace.

Trello has informed us that:

  • On April 8, 2024, in free Workspaces at or over the limit, you’ll only be able to share boards with current Workspace collaborators.
  • On May 20, 2024, in free Workspaces over the limit, boards will become view only.

The initial conversation in Slack seemed to indicate that we might be done with Trello and ready to move to GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ for project planning. If so, then we can close our free Trello Workspace.

If we want to continue using Trello, we will need to limit the number of users.

So, the question I need feedback on is:

  1. Should we close Trello and use GitHub?
  2. Should we keep Trello and decide which 10 members have access to it?

    Please reply in the thread by 4 April. 🙂

    #community-team, #tools-discussion

    Community Team March Meeting Recap

    Attendance: @patricia70, @peiraisotta, @flopez1977, @devmuhib, @hellosatya,@krupajnanda, @vivamundo, @harmonyromo, @adityakane, @samsuresh, @courtneypk, @_dorsvenabili, @mauteri, @angelasjin, @alexcu21, @unintended8

    Notes: This recap is a summary of the Community Team monthly meeting. It will cover the discussion points, ideas, and decisions that came up during the meeting. The aim of this recap is to provide a quick overview for those who were unable to attend as well as an overview for everyone. These meetings were based on the Agenda for March and are held in our #community-team SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel on Make WordPress.

    You can find the meeting chat log here:

    Please leave your comments if you have any feedback.

    Additionally, each agenda item discussed may have its own Make post related to its topic with more information and you can add to the discussion directly to that post.

    Chat Summary

    Here are some discussion points from the meeting.

    What have you been working on and how’s the progress? Any recent accomplishments, blockers, or ways the team can assist you?

    • @patricia70 is co-organizer for Switzerland Community Day, looking for a last sponsor. Event supporterEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. for WC Bretagne, they are finalizing the budget, mentoring in the current mentorship program, onboarding volunteers as a WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. co-organizer, and handling additional tasks.
    • @peiraisotta, collaborated with @hellosatya on the February newsletter, mentored at WC Gliwice and WC Krakow, and contributed to the WC Europe sponsor team. Transitioning to dedicating nearly 100% of time to support the Five For The Future project, currently learning about its progress to determine the most effective ways to contribute.
    • @flopez1977, Secured GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ access with @devinmaeztri, successfully performed a vetting for a meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook., considering the establishment of a vetting team to streamline the process. Coordinated with WP Cartagena, obtained budget approval, and identified Github functions as potential blockers.
    • @devmuhib, Creating a tutorial for the Learn WordPress website while actively mentoring in the “Bengali Polyglot Onboarding” team and addressing issues in the Training team’s triage process.
    • @hellosatya, Planning first meetup, mentoring, contributing to WordPress, approved meetup group, volunteering at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe.
    • @krupajnanda, Collaborating with @oglekler, testing WP 6.5 BetaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process./RCRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. releases for priority issues.
    • @vivamundo, Working on WCEU, WC Romania, WC Leipzig and WC Rome

    Highlighted Things Everyone Should Stay informed: review the financial recap for January 2024 events, support Reactivation of WordPress Latam Communities, and draw inspiration from the Jakarta WordPress Web Challenge.

    @peiraisotta @harmonyromo, @adityakane shared their insights about the topic.

    @courtneypk. came back to contribute full time to the community team, after some years contributing full time to the Training team

    No feedback received on the proposal – Non-editable Footer for all Event Website Pages.

    In case you missed them, explore the latest announcements and newsletters, including the February Meetup Organizer Newsletter and updates to the newsletter documentation page. Also, the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program’s Second Cohort for 2024 Q1 has been announced.

    Time for Open Floor:

    Next Meeting

    Community Team Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month. There are two meetings to support different time zones. The meetings will take place on #community-team on Slack.

    Call for Meeting Facilitators

    The Community Team Monthly Meetings happen on the first Thursday’s of every month. These meetings can be facilitated and run by any member of the community team, and is a great opportunity to engage with the rest of the community and team.

    If you are interested in facilitating any of these meetings in the future, please feel free to comment or get in touch with any of the Community Team Reps.

    If you wish to add points to discuss, comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps:@peiraisotta, @st810amaze, @leogopal, or @nukaga.

    Asia Meetup Revival Project 2024

    Following up the WordPress Meetup Reactivation Project in 2022, we aim to revive some MeetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. Groups in big cities that are inactive or help the local WordPress community that are not yet part of our Meetup Chapter Program to join our program.

    We have selected 10 groups to be our focus for 2024.

    CityCountryPopulationMeetup URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.orgMeetup MembersNotes
    1KarachiPakistan11,624,219https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-karachi-meetup/2683, last active in May 2023
    2Ho Chi Minh/SaigonVietnam8,993,082https://www.meetup.com/Saigon-WordPress1511, last active in May 20202022 Reactivation Project
    3SingaporeSingapore5,638,700https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-singapore/2662, last active in June 2023Last WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. in 2019
    4JeddahSaudi Arabia4,697,000https://www.meetup.com/wordpress-jeddah/2765, last active in October 2022
    4ChennaiIndia4,681,087https://www.meetup.com/Chennai-WordPress-Meetup1427, last active in Jun 2020Reactivated in 2023
    6SurabayaIndonesia2,874,314https://www.meetup.com/Surabaya-WordPress-Meetup1713, last active in Mar 2023Reactivated in 2023
    7SapporoJapan1,973,832https://www.meetup.com/Sapporo-WordPress-Meetup310, last active in Sep 2023Reactivated in 2023
    8DavaoPhilippines1,776,949https://www.meetup.com/WordPress-Davao-PH336, last active in May 2023Reactivated in 2023, last WordCamp in 2019
    9SeoulSouth Korea10,349,312There is no official group.There are 2 WordPress groups on Meetup.com.There were two applications but declined.
    10HanoiVietnam8,053,663https://www.meetup.com/hanoi-wordpress-meetup/Removed from the Chapter in 2020 due to inactivity.We just completed processing the recent application, and a new group has been created, as the previous group can’t be revived. 

    Please let us know by leaving your comment below if you are:

    • Organizers of one of the groups or part of the local WordPress community in the city listed above and interested in becoming WordPress Meetup Organizers.
    • Community organizers from the same country and region of the groups listed above.
    • Event and Program Supporters from Asia who are available to participate in the project.

    We need your support to: 

    • Closely support the inactive Meetup organizers to plan Meetup events.
    • Organize regular check-ins with the inactive Meetup organizers.
    • Share experiences and encourage the group if they are interested in organizing a WordCamp or other WordPress events. 
    • Onboard new groups if you are a Community Team Supporter.

    The outreach to all the groups can be done anytime soon. However, in the first quarter of 2024, we will focus on:

    1. Karachi, supported by Yogesh (@yoga1103)
    2. Saigon, supported by Devin (@devinmaeztri)
    3. Singapore, supported by Pooja (@webtechpooja)
    4. Hanoi, supported by Devin (@devinmaeztri)

    Thank you to @devinmaeztri and @yoga1103 for contributing to this post!

    #asiapacific, #meetup, #reactivation