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Welcome to the official blog of the community/outreach team for the WordPress open source project!

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!

Getting Involved

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 Office Hours on Tuesday 20:00 UTC 2015 and Thursday 20:00 UTC 2015 in the #events channel on Slack for real-time communication.

• Tuesdays: Meetups and Volunteering
• Thursdays: WordCamps and Finances

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  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on May 3, 2016 Permalink |  

    Tuesday #daily-updates

  • Rocio Valdivia 11:10 pm on May 2, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From April 22th to May 2nd) 

    Hola Community Team!
    This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from April 22th to May 2nd).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments! 🙂

    Clinton, NJ, US
    Halle, Germany
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Würzburg, Germany
    Bitburg, Germany
    Parma, Italy
    Québec, Canada
    Juba, South Sudan
    Caracas, Venezuela
    Medellin, Colombia
    Rockville, US
    College Station, TX, US
    Managua, Nicaragua
    Oulu, Finland

    Lille, France (reached out to applicant about a trademark issue)
    Vizag/Andhra, India


    Hortolandia, Brazil (scheduling with Rocío)
    Crete, Greece (scheduled with Rocío)
    Cork, Ireland (scheduling with Rocío)
    Bari, Italy (scheduled with Rocío)
    Vancouver, Canada (scheduling with Josepha)
    Kochi, India (scheduling with Aditya and Rocío)
    Aix en Provence, France (scheduling with Rocío)
    Antibes, France (scheduling with Rocío)

    Appleton, WI, US
    Kapolei, HI, US

    Verona, Italy
    Genova, Italy
    Maidstone, UK
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • Cami Kaos 7:43 pm on May 2, 2016 Permalink |
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    Swag Report 4/25/16 – 5/1/16 

    Lanyard 100 packs sent: 3

    WordCamp Asheville: 3

    Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 1

    WordCamp Asheville: 1

    Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 0

  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on May 2, 2016 Permalink |  

    Monday #daily-updates

    • Cami Kaos 12:16 am on May 3, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • WordCamp Moscow budget review and approval
      • WordCamp Wilmington interview/ orientation
      • WordCamp Geneva interview/ orientation
      • sent organizer agreements for WordCamps Wilmington and Geneva
      • posted weekly swag report
      • support triage
      • WordCamp Phoenix budget review/ approval
      • WordCamp Orlando mentor check-in: They’ve experienced multiple setbacks on getting their site design underway. She’s decided not to let that continue to prevent getting content up on the site and will get the basic site up and soon release the call for sponsors.
  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on May 1, 2016 Permalink |  

    Sunday #daily-updates

  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on April 30, 2016 Permalink |  

    Saturday #daily-updates

  • Andrea Middleton 8:49 pm on April 29, 2016 Permalink |
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    Sponsorship and Finances Weekly Report for April 29 

    Here’s that weekly 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 April 22 and April 28, here’s what came in:

    Ticket revenue via PayPal: $11,809.12 USD (total tickets 256)
    Sponsorship income via wire transfer: $8,204.51 USD
    Sponsorship income via check: $4,240.00 USD
    Sponsorship income via PayPal: $7,868.66 USD

    Total revenue (in USD): $32,122.29

    Number of sponsor invoices paid: 24
    Number of sponsor invoices issued: 20
    Total invoiced: $10,600.00 USD

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

    Due to some changes we’ve made to the back end of the vendor payment tool, I don’t currently have a straightforward way to create a breakdown of what payments were for which event, but here are the totals:

    Total number of vendor payments/reimbursements: 24
    Total payments (in USD): $73,999.88

    Here’s a list of this week’s global sponsorship grants (which are determined at the budget review):

    Nashik 150,000 Indian rupees

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

  • Andrea Middleton 8:00 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink |  

    Community Team meeting reminder 

    Just a quick reminder that our monthly Community Team Chat will be held next Thursday at 19:00 UTC in the #outreach channel of WordPress.org Slack. Mark your calendars and double-check the time in your zone, because Daylight Saving Time happened (a while back there now but still)!

  • WordCamp.org 4:00 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink |  

    Friday #daily-updates

    • Cami Kaos 11:32 pm on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • deputy orientation + set up new deputy SP account for Francesca
      • published three organizer reminder emails for WordCamp video (Thanks to @jerrysarcastic )
      • vetted WordCamp Juba application – declined asked to start a meetup
      • vetted WordCamp Wilmington WordCamp application – requested orientation
      • vetted WordCamp Manchester – requested orientation
      • vetted WordCamp Cologne – requested orientation
      • re-reviewed WordCamp Maine budget – small increase to their global grant
  • Andrea Middleton 9:01 pm on April 28, 2016 Permalink |  
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    WordCamp Incubator update 

    In February, we announced a new experiment called the WordCamp Incubator, with the intent to help spread WordPress to underserved areas through providing more significant organizing support for a first event. The plan was to select three cities in 2016 where there is not an active WordPress community — but where it seems like there is a lot of potential and where there are some people excited to become organizers — and to help those communities to organize their first WordCamp.

    We ran into some staffing challenges after making that announcement, and so we’re both behind schedule and possibly not going to be able to make good on incubating three WordCamps this year. 🙂 But we really want to try it, so the plan now is to incubate two events and intensively mentor one event.

    The main difference between “incubating” and “intensively mentoring” a WordCamp will be in the amount of support that the group of local volunteers receive from a community team deputy. Incubating an event will involve the deputy both advising local volunteers — acting as a kind of project manager for the team — as well as doing some of the organizing work on the event, like a lead organizer usually does. Intensively-mentoring will be more project management and involve less actual organizing work on the part of the deputy.

    We received 182 applications for this program, and we’ve winnowed down that list to 16 communities:

    Denpasar, Indonesia — there’s a local tech meetup but none oriented toward WordPress
    Chandigarh, India — no local group
    Colombo, Sri Lanka — chapter account meetup, active
    Thessaloniki, Greece — no local group
    Harare, Zimbabwe — no local group
    Budapest, Hungary — chapter account meetup, active
    Kalamata, Greece — no local group
    Kampala, Uganda — no local group
    Kochi, India — non-chapter account meetup, active
    Lagos, Nigeria — chapter account meetup which is not active
    Medellin, Colombia — non-chapter account meetup, semi-active
    Nagpur, India — non-chapter account meetup, active
    Nairobi, Kenya — chapter account meetup, active
    San Jose, Costa Rica — chapter account meetup, active
    Udaipur, India — chapter account meetup, active
    Ulyanovsk, Russia — no local group

    Andrea Middleton and Rocio Valdivia will each incubate one WordCamp this year, and Aditya Kane as agreed to intensively mentor an additional community that applied for the incubator program. We’re currently in the stage of talking to applicants about their communities and what kind of time they think they can put toward organizing a small, one-day, one-track event geared toward the goal of generating interest and getting people involved in creating an ongoing local community. In May, we hope to announce the three locations selected.

    If there are deputies interested in stepping up to intensively-mentor another WordCamp organizing team in a location on this list, please let me know! I think there are more than a few communities listed above that just need extra support (and possibly a better understanding of how modest and uncomplicated an event can be) to organize a WordCamp in their town. I’d love to match a few more deputies up with communities that are excited to try something new — assuming we have some mentors with extra bandwidth. 🙂

    Questions? Concerns? Feel free to share them in a comment!

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