Meetup Organiser Newsletter: 16 May 2018

Howdy WordPress meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 15th Anniversary
  • Data privacy tools coming to WordPress Core
  • Speaker training workshops held around the world
  • WordCamp Europe live stream

WordPress Turns 15 This Month!

On May 27, WordPress will turn 15 years old — meetup groups all over the world are celebrating this auspicious occasion, and it’s sure to be a fun month! Some of the celebrations have already taken place, but many more are on the way over the course of the month.

There’s still time to request some unique 15th Anniversary swag for your event, but we can’t guarantee that it will arrive before May 27. No matter where you are in the world, however, you can always print your own WP15 swag.

If you want your event to show up on the WP15 website, all you need to is make sure that is scheduled for sometime between now and June 10, and that ‘WP15’ or ‘Anniversary’ is mentioned in your event title.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your celebration and your WordPress memories using the hashtag #WP15, and join the worldwide celebration! Check out the #WP15 stream at wp15.wordpress.net/live.

Data Privacy tools are Coming to WordPress Core

The upcoming release of WordPress (v4.9.6, scheduled for May 17) will include a number updates to privacy and information storage options. This is important for all WordPress site owners to take note of, as it will assist you in making sure that your site is legally accessible from across Europe once GDPR comes into effect.

You can follow updates about the data privacy and transparency features on the Core team blog — this is a good opportunity to talk to your local meetup group about data privacy and transparency concerns with their websites and how to manage them with the new European regulations as well as other privacy standards from all over the world.

Speaker Training Workshops Held around the World

Have you ever had trouble getting women and people from other groups underrepresented in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop: https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Variations of this workshop have been run in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Montréal, New York City, Toronto, and Brighton, and each community had a significant increase in the number of WordCamp speakers who identify as women.

Vancouver and Montréal have had at least 50% for 3 years in a row, and in 2017 Seattle had the highest ratio so far, with 60% women speakers.

We are starting to run more regular trainings. Last week the community team’s working group trained 11 cities! Places that have run it since the last WordPress Meetups newsletter went out include:

  • Milan, Italy
  • Turin, Italy
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Bellingham, WA, USA

Did we miss you? Have you run it this year? Are you interested in running it? Let us know here: http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

Watch the WordCamp Europe Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp Europe 2018 is happening on June 14-16 and, to allow people all over the world to enjoy the great content, the organising team is opening up a live stream of the event.

This live stream will available for free all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. To help you out we have created an event template on meetup.com titled “WordCamp Europe Live Stream Party” — you can use that to create and schedule your event. If you need to rent a venue for a WordCamp viewing party, you can apply for financial assistance by making a Meetup Venue Approval Request.

Subscribe to the WordCamp Europe website for updates about how to access the live stream when it goes live.

 

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team
make.wordpress.org/community

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