WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: November 2018

Hello WordPress Meetup organisers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 5.0 RC version Released
  • Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community
  • WordPress Survey
  • Diversity Speaker Training Workshops

WordPress 5.0 RC version

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.0 is now available! This is an important milestone, as we near the release of WordPress 5.0.

WordPress 5.0 introduces the new block-based post editor. This is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site.

Local meetups are great places for folks to get involved, test or get information on the WordPress 5.0 and the new editor, so this would be a great time to organise a few meetups where you talk about the new editor with your community and help them get used to it before the 5.0 launch.

Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp US 2018 is happening on December 7-9 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. It is also a great way to watch “State of the Word” by Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress.

You can organize a “WordCamp US Live Stream Party” or a “State of the Word Live Stream Party” with your local meetup. 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.

Make sure to register for the free livestream ticket for WordCamp US 2018

Annual WordPress Survey

As is our annual tradition before the year ends, we will be sending out links to all members of our meetup chapter accounts a survey as well as a “thank you” to global sponsors. Also along with those surveys we will be sending out a survey to all organisers of WordPress chapter meetup groups.

These surveys are an important way for us to learn more about how the global program is coming along, so do keep an eye out for them. We will be sending these surveys out between the 15th and 21st of December 2018.

Diversity Outreach Speaker training for Meetups

In our Diversity Outreach Speaker training workshops we have two updates: the first is a bit of history for the working group and how it came along, in this essay by Jill Binder.

The other update is highlighting WordCamp Milan: last year, WordCamp Milan had 4 women speakers out of 19 (21%).

They wanted to make a change in 2018. Simona Simionato took part in the Diversity Outreach Speaker training and started running the workshops, live as well as online, for those who couldn’t attend otherwise.

She also posted to some digital groups for women and personally contacted women in the community who potentially had interesting experiences to share, and invited them to apply.

The results: the team increased their speaker diversity at Meetups, which is important to build the roster of speakers for WordCamps.

This year, there were 11 women out of 21 speakers (52%)! One of the new speakers is also an LGBT community member. Nine of these speakers (of both genders) will be first-time speakers.

You can read more about the Diversity Training Workshop here. To sign up and get more details, either fill out our form and comment with which date you’d would like to attend a training:http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak, or email the working group at speaker-training@wordcamp.org

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

Your friends on the Community Team