Tuesday Trainings: Online Event Formats

With things ever-changing for our events program within this global pandemic, it feels appropriate to focus the first installment of our Tuesday Trainings on our online events program. Just as we’re adjusting different aspects of our lives while our home communities are working on physical distancing, the Global Community Team is continuing to work on ways to continue bringing the WordPress community together.

Community deputies have currently turned most of our attention to how best to support organizers in focusing on online events. For a primer as you get started, deputies have prepared a new handbook for online events

In this handbook, you will find guidelines for online events, tools for online Meetups and WordCamps, additional available resources, and our code of conduct for online events. This handbook is constantly being updated, so be sure to bookmark it for future reference.

What hasn’t been shared yet are recommendations for formats of events that can be hosted online to continue to benefit your local communities during this time of physical distancing. Here are some ideas that 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. and 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. organizers have tried, which you can use for inspiration!

Online Meetup Events

  • Invite speakers from your community to deliver their session remotely, using Zoom, Hangouts, Skype, or other free online meeting tools.
  • Invite speakers from other Meetups to deliver their session remotely, using online meetup tools.
  • Play talks of interest from WordPress.tv during the Meetup event.
  • Online Lightning Talks are a great way to help new speakers and encourage participation.
  • Online Q & A sessions at Meetup events are always a good way to help the audience with specific questions and find out what their interests are.
  • Online Help Desk:  Members ask for help with their WordPress sites, and other members support them.
  • Online co-working hour: Have an online meeting where members drop in and work alongside each other — like a virtual co-working space or coffee shop.

Online WordCamps

  • Invite speakers to present sessions online.
  • Invite speakers to pre-record content on a video to stream during the live online event.
  • Support Desks to support folx in your community with questions needing individualized attention.
  • Host interactive Trivia games.
  • Virtual Hallway Tracks in Zoom rooms to encourage conversation and serendipitous meetings.

Additional Online Event Types

Have you tried any event types not listed here? Do you have additional ideas for online event formats? Please share your ideas and feedback in the comments section!