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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 WordCampWordCampWordCamps 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.
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 meetupsMeetupMeetup 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.
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.
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 SupporterEvent 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.
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 meetupMeetupMeetup 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 GPLGPLGPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. 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 Meetup.com page for registration, and the event website for promotion. Here is a recap of the first event, in Japanese.
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.