Meetup Organizer Newsletter: Online Events Edition

Hello friends,

We are happy to share with you another meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizer newsletter, again with more information about upcoming virtual events and updates on resources for bringing your in-person events online!

Upcoming Online Events

Many people around the world continue to be in lockdown or are practicing self-isolation. As a result, there has been a rise in online events! We are excited to see the WordPress community continue to grow, connect, and support each other during this time. 

WordCamp Santa Clarita

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. Santa Clarita is back, this time as a virtual event on April 18th! Their full schedule is now available (all times listed in UTC-8) on their website, and you can register for a free ticket here.

WordCamp Spain

The Community Team proposed and approved some new guidelines for virtual events in 2020, including support for regional/country events. The first of these will be WordCamp Spain on May 6 – May 9! This WordCamp will bring Spanish speakers around the world together to create what is sure to be a memorable virtual event. The team is currently putting together the schedule, so for the latest updates, follow #WCES or their website

WordCamp Europe

After deciding to postpone WordCamp Europe in Porto this year, the organizing team decided to bring the biggest WordCamp in Europe fully online, including Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.! The event will be on June 4 – June 6, and you can get the latest updates on their website, or by following #WCEU. Looking ahead, mark your calendars for June 3-5, 2021 for the rescheduled WordCamp Europe 2021 in Porto!

Diverse Speaker Workshop and Diverse Speaker Group Coaching

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is hosting a number of workshops! We are in the middle of the first, three-part workshop, but you can still join for the last session tomorrow on Online Stage Presence (for more information and to register, visit this post). 

The next training will be a group coaching session on April 28th and April 30th. This event will help provide tips and guidance on anything related to public speaking at WordPress events, such as your title and pitch, practicing public speaking, answering Q&A questions you are worried people will ask, and more! If you are a member of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc, and are interested in participating, please register for the coaching sessions!!

Online Meetups

Local WordPress meetup groups around the world are moving online too! All the upcoming online events from WordPress meetup groups are shown on this page – times will be shown in your local time zone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to participate in any event to see what other meetup groups are doing!

Resources for Online Events

During this time, the Global Community Team has removed location limitations and reduced the planning process for events, and we continue to research tools that will best suit the needs of organizers and attendees. 

To help bring meetup events online, we have a page of resources and tips that offer some ideas and tools to use. If you are organizing a virtual Diversity Speaker Training Workshop, a virtual Contributor Day, or a virtual do_action event, you can now request use of a paid Zoom account for your event. For all events, don’t forget to indicate that your event is taking place online! This way, your event will be listed in the online meetup events page.

While we previously shared that we would be providing Crowdcast accounts for online WordCamps, we have determined that Crowdcast does not meet our needs for accessibility, and therefore is not a viable option for our community. We are now researching and vetting other platforms that we could recommend to community organizers. If you would like to help us identify, review and test possible platforms, please add your suggestions and comments to this spreadsheet

In addition, we are rolling out a new pilot program: production vendors for all online WordCamps! WordPress Community Support will be paying for the production costs of online WordCamps hosted in 2020. WordCamp organizers will be able to either select a production company from a list of recommended vendors, or request estimates from local vendors. This pilot program is brand new, so we want your input! Please share your thoughts on this post

Last but not least, the Global Community Team is also excited to share that we will soon announce training on various leadership and community topics, and would love to hear from you! If you have ideas or suggestions for topics we should include you would like to see, please email us at support@wordcamp.org. Otherwise, follow the Make WordPress Community blog to make sure you don’t miss this announcement!

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel. Please note that our Meetup.com inbox is not monitored, so please don’t reach out by replying directly to this message.

Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community, let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring our Open SourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. Community! 

We’ll see you online soon!

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