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Communication

In addition to discussions on this blog, we have Office Hours four times a week in the #events channel on Slack for real-time communication. Office hours for the next week are scheduled for Monday 22:00 UTC 2016, Tuesday 13:00 UTC 2016, Wednesday 22:00 UTC 2016, and Thursday 13:00 UTC 2016 in the #events channel on Slack.

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  • Andrea Middleton 8:53 pm on August 23, 2016 Permalink |
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    WordCamp Incubator Update Thread: August edition 

    Wondering what’s happening with WordCamp incubators in Denpasar, Harare, and Medellín? Here’s where @_dorsvenabili, @hlashbrooke, and I will post our updates for August!

     
    • Andrea Middleton 11:17 pm on August 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m super-excited to say that WordCamp Medellín has found a venue and announced our date: November 5. We’re holding to that whole “launch and then design” idea really closely — we don’t even have a logo yet! 🙂 But we’re working on that — took 4-5 ideas to the meetup group for discussion last week — and should be able to settle on something at our meeting this week.

      This week we’ll also shoot for finishing up and publishing our call for speakers and sponsors, so keep an eye out for that! Also also, we’re setting up our social media accounts and working on getting an editorial calendar set up so we can do some promotion. Since the community in Medellín is still quite small, we think outreach will be one of the challenging-er challenges. 🙂

    • Hugh Lashbrooke 7:41 am on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      After a bit of a rocky start in Harare, the organisers have joined up with the Computer Society of Zimbabwe (a non-profit community of general tech-related people) to work on things together. They had a successful first meetup last weekend and they have now put together an organising team for their WordCamp. I’m super excited about this as it means that things are moving ahead!

      The next step is to get a venue and date finalised while also pulling together a preliminary budget. I’m working with the lead organiser on this and we’ll hopefully see some move movement on it soon. Given that it is already August, however, there’s a good chance their WordCamp will only happen next year, but we’ll see how things go over the next month before we make that call.

    • Rocio Valdivia 5:32 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      WordCamp Denpasar has found already a venue and the team is negotiating the conditions. We hope to close the deal with the venue at the end of this week and to have the preliminary budget ready next week. So, hopefully we’ll be ready to announce WordCamp Denpasar, Bali at the end of next week (our date will be in the middle of November for those who are curious about it).
      We’re already 6 members in the organizing team and we’re working on assigning tasks to everyone in the team.
      And I’m happy to say that we already have a logo and a wapuu! Looking forward to show it to the community team very soon! 🙂
      In the meanwhile, the new Meetup group will meet again at the end of this month and we’ll hopefully find some volunteers from the local group for helping during the WC 🙂

      • Jon Brown 4:47 am on August 25, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Awesome! FYI, I’m in Bali a couple more weeks until I leave to WC Singapore. If anyone from the organizing team wants to chat please reach out. If there is a meetup happening I’ve been unable to find it.

  • epetrashen 9:00 am on August 23, 2016 Permalink |
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    Outreachy: the final week 

    My main task this week was to populate the Teacher Resources page which provides the instructors with the information on how to prepare to teach a lesson on WordPress using materials created by WordPress training team.

    And this is how my internship comes to an end! It’s been amazing three months that offered me plenty a new knowledge about:

    • the amazing world of WordPress
    • what it’s like to contribute to an open-course project
    • training and community teams daily activities

    Huge thanks to everyone I met on this journey especially my kind and supportive mentors @andreamiddleton and @chantabourne 🙂 I hope that while it’s my last Outreachy-related post here, it’s not my last post ever and I will continue contributing to WordPress community/training initiatives.

     
    • Rocio Valdivia 6:47 pm on August 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thank you @epetrashen for your amazing job with documentation and trainning material! I’m so glad I had the opportunity of meeting you in person a few months ago. Hope to keep seeing you “around” in the community team! 🙂

    • Andrea Middleton 6:56 pm on August 23, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I couldn’t be happier with your work, your patience, your collaborative spirit, and your persistence, @epetrashen! You were a fantastic intern and embody the WordPress spirit in so many ways. A+++, would mentor again (ANY TIME) <3

  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on August 22, 2016 Permalink |  

    Hello to all our Deputies, WordCamp organizers, Meetup wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

    Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #events or #outreach in Slack and ask for help!

     
    • Michelle Ames 4:41 pm on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      WordCamp Rochester 10/15/16
      -24 tickets sold to date
      -20 speaker applications to date
      -$600 raised in fundraising, so far
      -Photobooth (donated) for afterparty
      -Free Stickers on the way from StickerGiant
      -Working on afterparty venue, more fundraising

    • Courtney P.K. 10:25 pm on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Meetup Annual Survey analysis
      • Vetting Meetup applications
      • SupportPress triage & tickets
      • Swag shipments
    • Lauren Jeffcoat 7:23 pm on August 24, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      -Started Myrtle Beach WordPress Meetup and scheduled first event
      -Checking out (FREE!) venue spot for launch event tomorrow

  • Andrea Middleton 10:42 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink |
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    Categories: Community Management ( 172 ), WordCamps ( 140 )

    Sponsorship and Finances Report for August 19 

    Here’s that weekly biweekly update on the payments and income for WordPress community events that we post on Fridays. This report might get more elaborate as we get the time to build more tools around financial reporting (currently it’s quite manual), so if there’s a level of detail we’re not providing that you’d like to see, please mention it in the comments!

    Between August 5 and August 18, here’s what came in:

    Ticket revenue via PayPal: $31,396.65 USD (894 total tickets )
    Sponsorship income via wire transfer: $6,901.74 USD
    Sponsorship income via check: $13,418.55 USD
    Sponsorship income via PayPal: $6,185.66 USD

    Total revenue (in USD): $57,902.60

    As for invoicing in this period:

    We sent 72 invoices to local sponsors.
    Of those, 32 invoices have been paid, and 40 invoices are still outstanding.

    And in this same period, here’s what went out:

    Total number of vendor payments/reimbursements: 50

    Total payments (in USD): $96,269.53

    Global Sponsorship Grants that were set this week:

    WordCamp Medellín: $2,000 USD

    WordCamp San José: $1,000 USD

    WordCamp Baltimore: $ 5,500 USD

    As always, if you have any questions, please ask away in the comments!

     
  • Josepha 8:36 pm on August 18, 2016 Permalink |  

    A Tee-Shirt Tool for Less Waste and More Good Feelings! 

    A couple of months ago, there was a Slack conversation about sharing aggregate tee-shirt sizes with sponsors in order to promote inclusion and minimize waste (https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/events/p1467075084000713).

    The folks at Central have been brainstorming some ideas and think that a page on central.wordcamp.org (available to sponsors, but not available in navigation) will be our easiest solution to this.

    We suggest that the page have the following information for each WordCamp:

    • WordCamp name and date
    • Current tee-shirt size counts
    • # of tickets available
    • # of tickets purchased
    • A mailto: for the city@wordcamp.org email addresses

    We don’t want to add additional work for organizers (hence the page) but we also want to be aware of the information that attendees trust us with, so there would be no information about individual attendees (or groups of attendees) listed on the page.

    Do you think this type of data would cover it, or should we add anything else? Drop your answers in the comments!

     
    • kdrewien 12:41 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I have the numbers for WCATL 2016 at hand and certainly open to sharing the data. We’ll be using that information to budget our order in 2017. As side note… I found Andrea’s math for projecting the number of shirts to order very helpful.

    • Jon Brown 3:23 am on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Makes sense to give sponsors anonymized camp specific info when it’s available. I could see being asked to also put other anonymized stats when available… but leave that can of worms for another day.

      Related, as a past first event in a region organizer… it would also have been helpful to have an idea of average t-shirt break down was for other camps. In our case we unexpectedly had almost dozen late signups that all wanted Women’s XL shirts… which was way out of line with what we forecast based on early signups. We’d ordered 10-20% extra of each size, but when we put that in there were only a few people signed up requesting a Women’s XL shirt (there were enough late signups that we ended up putting in a second t-shirt order in, but might have been able to avoid that with better guessing).

    • Melinda Helt 1:00 pm on August 22, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As a first year WordCamp, we had local sponsors (new to the WC world) ask us about types of attendees. We honestly had no idea if we would attract more users, developers, in-between folks. So we asked those question on the ticket form and will offer that information to sponsors as well. Specifically, a local hosting company wanted to be prepared if they would be meeting mostly users, mostly dev, etc.

      We are going to be able to say: With 100 tickets, X selected they are a WP User, X selected they are a WP dev, etc. We allowed people to check all relevant boxes and included: Developer, Designer, Blogger, WordPress User, Project Manager.

      I know not all camps collect this information, but it may be useful for overall planning.

  • Josepha 10:07 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink |  

    WordCamp Status Weekly Report (August 11th to August 17th) 

    Hello, Community Team! This is a report of all the WordCamp applications that we’ve seen work on this week (from August 11th to August 17th).

    We saw 9 WordCamps with activity this week, but there are a little over 70 we haven’t heard from in a while (yikes!). If your WordCamp isn’t on the list, but you’re still working hard, drop by the weekly update post or leave a comment here so we know you’re still okay!

    1)  2 new applications that need vetting

    • WordCamp San Diego, California
    • WordCamp São Paulo, Brazil

    2) 0 applicants asked to build their local community

    3) 0 applicants that need an orientation/interview

    4) 4 WordCamps moved to pre-planning (sent agreement and signed, site created, templates, etc.)

    • WordCamp Copenhagen, Denmark
    • WordCamp Dayton, Ohio
    • WordCamp Mumbai, India
    • WordCamp Orange County, California

    5) 0 WordCamps that need a budget review

    6) 0 WordCamps (with approved budgets) awaiting contracts

    7) 0 WordCamps that need a signed contract

    8) 1 WordCamp waiting on Central Listing information

    • WordCamp Žilina, Slovakia

    9) 2 WordCamps published to the schedule

    • WordCamp Baltimore, Maryland
    • WordCamp San José, Costa Rica

    10) 3 WordCamps needing debrief

    • WordCamp Fortaleza, Brazil
    • WordCamp Moscow, Russia
    • WordCamp New Orleans, Louisiana

    If you have questions (or your WordCamp is missing) let us know in the comments!

     
  • epetrashen 10:00 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink |
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    Outreachy week 12: Going live on handbook quizzes 

    Last week we have finally added the quizzes to the handbook pages which was agreed on earlier. So feel free to check it out! This is how it works:

    • We have the rules explained on Quizzes page for WordCamp organizer handbook and Quizzes section of the welcome page for WordPress meetup organizer handbook.
    • Links to quizzes were added to the end of the pages which we have quizzes on, 34 quizzes for WordCamp organizer handbook and 5 for meetups.
    • Note that the visual design of the way incorrect answers are being treated by the system is yet to change. We plan on just highlighting the incorrect answer with red so that the learner will have a chance to choose an answer again.

    I really encourage everyone who has a bit of spare time this week to try to register, click a little bit around the quizzes and see what you like about it and what should be improved. Really, any kind of feedback would be helpful.

    Additionally, I’ve written a couple of lesson plans last week (Building a Sitemap and Customizer: Taglines) and an instruction of how to write a lesson plan which summarizes the principles and ideas I follow myself when doing it. It can be also used for any kind of tutorial or even an e-learning course.

    This week is going to be my last Outreachy week! It’s hard to believe how fast time goes by. And I plan to wrap up working on the Teacher Resources page I mentioned in my last post, finalize everything else and write some final thoughts on this experience.

     
  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink |  

    Hello to all our Deputies, WordCamp organizers, Meetup wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

    Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #events or #outreach in Slack and ask for help!

     
    • Michelle Ames 11:47 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      WordCamp Rochester,NY (10/15/16):
      -17 tickets sold
      -2 sponsors so far
      -13 speaker applications
      -Social media is going strong

      Rochester, NY Meetup:
      -Averaging 20-25 in attendance
      -Meeting monthly with different people presenting, followed by open discussion/help
      -Monthly co-working days with 8-10 average attendance
      -Next meetup is tonight (discussing CSS/HTML: how to edit/use on a WordPress site)
      -Most activity for this meetup happens on Facebook with daily interactions between almost 200 group members

    • mktcamila 12:17 pm on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The WordCamp Fortaleza/BR happened this weekend (08/13/16 and 08/14/16):
      -162 tickets sold
      -15 sponsors so far

      • 37 speakers
      • 3 tracks (content, design / development and commerce)
      • 20,000 people impacted facebook
    • Josepha 1:38 pm on August 16, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Working on Meetup venue request payments (and getting some others trained to speed up progress)
      • Testing the new budget tool
      • Working on keeping WordCamps and Meetups moving in SupportPress

      I’ve been WordCamp Omaha’s mentor. We met last week to look at progress and prepare for the coming week’s team meeting. The team is forging ahead with publishing content to the site and reaching out to speakers/sponsors for their November event. 🙂

    • Courtney P.K. 7:09 pm on August 17, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Meetup orientation for Little Rock, Arkansas, US
      • Annual survey analysis
      • WordCamp orientation for Manila, Philippines
      • Office Hours
      • Setup email forwarder, site, Polldaddy for WordCamp Manila
      • SupportPress triage & tickets
      • Attended WordCamp NOLA, which was quite a successful event! Kudos to the organizing team. 🙂
    • Cami Kaos 11:04 pm on August 19, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tuesday

      • transferred USD to Polish Zloty to allow for refund requests
      • WordCamp Dayton interview/ orientation and organizer agreement sent
      • updated email forward for WordCamp DFW
      • miscellaneous WordCamp slack ping catchup

      Wednesday

      • WordCamp US – volunteers meeting, venue and hotel meeting, speakers, sponsors, budget, schedule
      • WordCamp Copenhagen Denmark orientation and sent organizer agreement
      • set forward, created site, confirmed PollDaddy account, and created budget document for WordCamp Dayton

      Friday

      • reviewed WordCamp Prague application 1 of 2 (duplicate with inaccurate user name) – closed
      • reviewed application and vetted applicant for WordCamp Miami 2017 – requested an interview/ orientation
      • reviewed WordCamp Tirupati application – declined -no local meetup group, asked applicant to start a meetup
      • reviewed WordCamp Prague application 2 of 2 and vetted applicant – sent request for additional information to address questions that arose during review and vetting.
      • reviewed WordCamp San Diego application and vetted applicant – sent request for her to schedule Interview/Orientation
      • reviewed WordCamp Lahore application – declined, they didn’t know about the meetup group. Advised them to join the meetup group.
      • reviewed WordCamp Sao Paulo application and vetted applicant – requested that he schedule an Interview/Orientation.
  • Josepha 10:19 pm on August 10, 2016 Permalink |  

    WordCamp Status Weekly Report (August 4th to August 10th) 

    Hello, Community Team! This is a report of all the WordCamp applications that we’ve seen work on this week (from August 4th to August 10th).

    We saw 15 WordCamps with activity this week, but there are a little over 40 we haven’t heard from in a while. If your WordCamp isn’t on the list, but you’re still working hard, drop by the weekly update post or leave a comment here so we know you’re still okay!

    1)  2 new applications that need vetting

    • WordCamp Tirupati, Andhrapradesh/India
    • WordCamp Prague, Czech Republic

    2) 2 applicants asked to join their existing local community

    • WordCamp Medellin (non-Incubator)
    • WordCamp Washington, DC United States

    3) 2 applicants that need an orientation/interview

    • WordCamp Bordeaux, France
    • WordCamp Copenhagen, Denmark

    4) 3 WordCamps moved to pre-planning (sent agreement and signed, site created, templates, etc.)

    • WordCamp Mumbai, India
    • WordCamp Nairobi, Kenya
    • WordCamp Medellin (Incubator)

    5) 0 WordCamps that need a budget review

    6) 0 WordCamps (with approved budgets) awaiting contracts

    7) 0 WordCamps that need a signed contract

    8) 0 WordCamps waiting on Central Listing information

    9) 3 WordCamps published to the schedule

    • WordCamp Rio de Janeiro
    • WordCamp Peoria
    • WordCamp Milwaukee

    10) 1 WordCamp needing debrief

    • WordCamp Toronto

     

    We also have three WordCamps who would like a mentor:

    • WordCamp Manila, Philippines
    • WordCamp Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • WordCamp Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

    If you have questions (or your WordCamp is missing) let us know in the comments!

     
    • remediosgraphic 6:33 am on August 15, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      i have been out of san jose CR but this week was very productive.

      • we already confirm the venue.
      • (budget almost complete) food, swags, extras.
      • have the document for sponsoring level
      • talk with several potential local sponsors (confirm 3)
      • have the logo identity design, working on the website.

      We need a budget review.

  • epetrashen 10:00 pm on August 9, 2016 Permalink |
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    Outreachy week 11: Teacher resources page and adding quizzes to community handbooks 

    Last week I completed Widget AreasWhat is contact form 7, What is Google XML Sitemap and Improving Site performance lesson plans. Additionally, I’ve been working on the outline for the Teacher Resources page. The idea of this page is to provide trainers with the information that will enable them to work with lesson plans in a more efficient way, i.e:

    • how to use the lessons and what to do to prepare for your in-person sessions
    • how to provide feedback, how to ask questions of the training team and how to participate in lesson plans creation
    • a lessons order/methodology one could use to build a learning path for the students

    Besides, after a short hiatus we’re continue working or the WordCamp organizer/WordPress meetup organizer trainings. As we have discussed earlier, because of the sync problem between the handbooks and the training pages we have to add the quizzes created for the trainings to the end of a related handbook page (and also create a page describing why we added quizzes and instructions on how to register at the website hosting quizzes). ‎

    The screenshot below shows how a link to a quiz might look like and I’ve also composed a draft of the Quizzes page.

    sample_page

    Please add your reactions to any of these ideas, suggestions or changes, and any other thoughts about the lesson plans/community trainings in the comments or google documents!

     
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