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We are currently updating the names of our contributor roles throughout our resources. The new role names are Community Team Event SupporterEvent 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. (formerly MentorEvent 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.), Community Team Program SupporterProgram SupporterCommunity 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. (formerly DeputyProgram SupporterCommunity 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.), and Program ManagerProgram ManagerProgram Managers (formerly Super Deputies) are Program Supporters who can perform extra tasks on WordCamp.org like creating new sites and publishing WordCamps to the schedule. (formerly Super DeputyProgram ManagerProgram Managers (formerly Super Deputies) are Program Supporters who can perform extra tasks on WordCamp.org like creating new sites and publishing WordCamps to the schedule.).
State of the WordState of the WordThis is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. is an annual keynote address delivered by the WordPress project co-founder, Matt Mullenweg that is streamed online for those who can’t attend in person and includes key updates about the WordPress project and community, highlights from the past year, and a look ahead at how the project will grow in the coming year.
The keynote ends with a Question and Answer time that community members are encouraged to participate in, even remotely.
Have a question to ask? Send it ahead of time to email@example.com or ask during the event in the live stream chat on the WordPress YouTube channel.
If you aren’t able to attend in person, here are some tips and resources to help you host a fun watch party with your local community as we look back at the previous year and consider what a new year in WordPress will hold!
People in your 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. may be unaware of the State of the Word and how it impacts them. A watch party is a great way for them to experience it.
A watch party is an excellent opportunity to revitalize your group as you begin planning more in-person events.
You and your meetup group get a platform to ask questions directly to Matt without having to travel.
A watch party can be the perfect non-religious way to end a year as you reconnect and have a blast with your WordPress friends!
You do not need a fancy venue for the watch party! All you need is a place that has:
enough room for your community, preferably wheelchair accessible
a large enough screen that you can stream YouTube to
a decent audio system
a reliable internet connection that supports seamless playback of HD streaming video.
This could even be the home or office of a community member.
Try your best to find a free venue, but if you are facing difficulties in finding a venue, try reaching out to sponsors to get a donated space. It is best to find spaces that allow social distancing practices and COVID guidelines.
Bonus points if the venue:
allows you to serve refreshments
has a separate space for socializing
offers guest WiFi
Make sure that you post clear directions for the locations in the meetup listing so that it is easy for attendees to locate the venue.
Before the event, make sure that you test the video and audio equipment.
Try playing a video before the event (why not experiment with a 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. video) to see if the video is playing well and if the audio is clear.
Make sure that you enable subtitles for the video. You might also want to test the internet connection at your venue and arrange a backup in case it is not sufficient.
If your venue has a space for socializing, encourage people to interact with each other in a way that does not interrupt the stream.
While we encourage groups to organize watch parties using free venues if at all possible, that’s not always possible. If your group needs to rent a venue for this particular event, you can fill out the meetup venue support request form. You will still need to meet the current guidelines for this event, as for Meetup venue rental support requests:
meets minimum requirements for safety
accessible to all attendees
approximately $5 per person
However, you will not need to submit a bill for multiple months in one invoice, as this is a special event.
On The Day
If you’re meeting at a place that is unusual for your group, make sure to post clear directions and maybe even put out some signs to make it easy to find the party.
Here are two ways to organize an online watch party. The difference is the link you share with your meetup group. Some prefer to directly share the State of the Word streaming link and interact with each other over a third-party service. Others may use a Zoom or Google Meet link unique to their group and screen share the State of the Word stream.
Schedule an online event for your Meetup.com group; use the template we’ve made available if you’d like
Add the State of the Word YouTube streaming link available on the announcement post.
If you’d like to chat with your group, set up a third-party application: SlackSlackSlack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/., Discord, or a WhatsApp/Telegram group. Include that link in the invitation.