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 Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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., deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. 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 mentorEvent Supporter Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. or a member of the global community teamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. via with any questions you have.