WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: October 2018

Howdy WordPress meetup organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • Preparing for WordPress 5.0
  • Diversity Outreach Speaker Training for Meetups
  • WordCamp Viewing Parties

Preparing for WordPress 5.0

Earlier this month, the schedule for rolling out WordPress 5.0 (including Gutenberg – the new block editor) was announced: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/10/03/proposed-wordpress-5-0-scope-and-schedule/

This puts the release date for WordPress 5.0 less than a month away, on November 19, 2018. With that in mind, this is a great time to talk to your meetup group about Gutenberg, WordPress 5.0, and what people can expect from it all.

As meetup organizers, you are uniquely positioned to help guide your community through what is promising to be a very significant core update. To help prepare your community, share some Gutenberg resources with them, organise a meetup where you demo and discuss the new editor, or gather your community for a work-along so you can learn about the new editor together.

If you discover a bug or have a suggestion for improvement, please log an issue here: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training for Meetups

We know of 15 Meetups or WordCamps who have run the workshop for getting new speakers to step up, particularly women and other underrepresented groups, in 2018.

We are pretty sure there are more groups out there which have run this training, so if you haven’t been in contact with us, please let us know at: speaker-training@wordcamp.org

Have you not yet run a workshop, but you’re interested in doing so? The workshop information is here: http://diversespeakers.info/

Would you like help from us to run it? We are holding a training on Saturday, October 27.

Write to us to sign up for this or find out about future training sessions here: http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

Event Format Spotlight: WordCamp Viewing Party

Many WordCamps stream their content live all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. If you can’t travel to a WordCamp, then the live stream is a great way to share in the content of the event along with other local WordPress enthusiasts.

The basic requirements for hosting a live stream party are an internet connection and a computer. To help you out we have created an event template on meetup.com titled “WordCamp Live Stream Party” — you can use that to create and schedule your event for any WordCamp. Additionally, 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.

The next WordCamp that will live streaming their content is WordCamp US coming up on November 7-9. WordCamp US includes Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word address, which is always a treat! Stay tuned to their website for live stream details as they are announced: https://2018.us.wordcamp.org/

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

– Your friends on the Community Team