From Japan to Rome: Recent and Upcoming Next Generation WordPress Events

WordPress events spark innovation and adoption by way of accessible training and networking for users, builders, designers, and extenders. We celebrate community by accelerating 21st-century skills, professional opportunities, and partnerships for WordPressers of today and tomorrow.

– Purpose Statement, WordPress Community Events Program

The WordPress community is buzzing with innovation, and Next Generation WordPress Events are at the heart of it!

The Community team continues to encourage WordPress enthusiasts around the world to organize creative events that align with the above purpose statement. The ‘Next Generation WordPress Events’ project invites you to think beyond the traditional 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. format, and consider what sort of unique event – whether in-person or virtual – would meet the needs of your particular community. For inspiration, check out this recent post with ideas for NextGen WordPress events.

With this purpose in mind, we are excited to let you know about three upcoming and two recent NextGen events that are shaping the future of WordPress.

Three upcoming NextGen events

September 29, 2023: WordPress Community Day in Rome, Italy

This one-day event will focus entirely on the activities of the WordPress Community Team, and will provide support and practical tools to people who organize local meetupsMeetup 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 WordCamps (or would like to start doing so), or who would like to propose talks, panels and workshops, but do not know how to begin. There will be opportunity to discuss improvements to documentation in Italian to support organizers, and to explore new event formats such hackathons, do_actions, and NextGen events. Participants will share experiences and develop a deeper understanding of which tools and best practices can help build a stronger WordPress community.

September 30, 2023: WordCamp Gdynia

This one-day WordCamp in Gdynia, Poland has a unique focus: ‘Optimization: Work and WordPress’. Speakers will present various approaches to this topic, and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions, connect with other WordPress enthusiasts, and develop practical knowledge.

October 22, 2023: WordCamp (NextGen Event) Tegal

This one-day “Scale Up” workshop in Tegal, Indonesia will focus on enhancing participants’ WordPress skills for the enterprise world. Approximately 50 local WordPress enthusiasts will gather to learn from four experienced WordPress experts who will serve as mentorsEvent 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. and facilitators. By attending this workshop, participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to make the most of WordPress for enterprise purposes.

Two Recent NextGen Events

Community Building Workshop in Japan

This monthly Community Building workshop series brings together Japanese contributors to develop community leadership skills. They have held two events so far: at the August workshop, participants shared tips about sustaining a successful WordPress 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. group. At the recent September workshop, participants discussed the GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. (general public license) and trademarks. To cater to the Japanese audience, the team uses two platforms: their page for registration, and the event website for promotion. Here is a recap of the first event, in Japanese.  

WordCamp Bengaluru

Video: Percussion at the opening of WordCamp Bengaluru. Published under CC0, video by Arun Shenoy.

Held on July 29, 2023, this one-day WordCamp Bengaluru was organized a little differently than a traditional WordCamp.The event’s tracks combined panel discussions, workshops and lightning talks, and the event was infused with traditional local culture. It kicked off with percussion and floral arranging; and instead of an after party, attendees were invited to join a historical walk of Bengaluru. A full recap of the event can be read here.

Image: Attendees of NextGen WordCamp Bengaluru

It’s Your Turn!

Are you inspired to organize a NextGen WordPress event in your community or online? Apply to organize a NextGen event!

Have you attended a NextGen WordPress event, or do you have an idea for a future event? Share your experiences, hopes, ideas, and questions in the comments below!

Thank you to @deadpool76, @devinmaeztri, @kharisblank, @motylanogha, @nukaga and @yoga1103 for contributing to this post!

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