Researching livestream infrastructure and support

In light of the COVID-19 epidemic, several WordCamps have decided to either cancel or postpone. As mentioned in Josepha’s recent post:

We should do our part, as members of a highly connected global community, to limit the spread of the virus while there are still so many unknowns.

For those organisers who are considering canceling or postponing their upcoming meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. or WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more., deputies are currently researching how to provide infrastructure and support for livestream alternatives, available for all WordPress community organising teams.

While a livestream can’t replace the way a meetup or WordCamp helps create in-person connections, online events will allow WordPress enthusiasts to continue sharing their knowledge and bringing people together in that way.

This research will be much more efficient if organisers can share some feedback on the following questions:

  1. What training or documentation do you think your organising team would need, to effectively plan and/or convert to an online conference?
  2. What ideas do you have about how we can help attendees of an online conference connect in a meaningful way?

Please share your thoughts, concerns, and ideas in a comment on this post!

Is your WordCamp already trying to make this difficult decision? Reach out to your mentor or a member of the global community team via with any questions you have.