Regional WordCamps

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A Regional WordCamp is a special kind of WordCamp that represents the WordPress communities in a geographical area larger than one city/metro area.

The goal of a Regional WordCamp is to celebrate, represent, and grow local WordPress communities in the affected region. A primary goal for the WordPress Global Community Team is to help support the creation and growth of  WordPress 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. groups and annual WordCamps in as many cities as possible in the world. Regional WordCamps work toward that goal by connecting people who weren’t already active in their local WordPress community and inspiring attendees to start communities in their hometowns.

Sounds great! How do I get started?

Before you apply, make sure you have the following:

1. Established WordPress communities in your target region: To celebrate the local community in your region, there has to be some level of local community established already. Before applying to organize a regional WordCamp, there should be at least 3 cities in your region (but very possibly more) with a local group that meets monthly, and that have hosted at least one WordCamp. The size of your region (in geography and population) will affect the expected number of established communities.

2. Experienced WordCamp organizers: The organizing team for a regional WordCamp should include experienced event organizers that represent all (or as many as is realistically possible) of the established WordPress communities in the region.

3. Stable & healthy local communities: If more than one of the communities in the region has suffered financial shortfalls in organizing their WordCamp, or has had difficulties meeting expectations for transparency or inclusion in community organizing, we might ask applicants to address those issues before moving forward with a regional WordCamp.

The first step in getting a new regional WordCamp off the ground is to present a proposal for the event. You can see some previous proposals for regional camps in Asia and the Nordic region.

After a proposal has been accepted and a WordCamp is approved for pre-planning, we’ll expect all the other stuff we ask WordCamp organizers to do, plus:

  • for the lead organizer of the event to take the introductory section of the Community Deputy training course.
  • for you and your team to be good examples of the values of the WordPress project at work. Inclusion and transparency should be your bywords from start to finish.
  • that at least three people on your organizing team have participated on another WordCamp organizing team (they don’t have to have been lead organizers).
  • that you organize the event in collaboration with an experienced community deputy, who will help you model our best practices and meet the event goals.
  • that a member of your team or your mentor post a regular update (at least every two months, but monthly is preferred) on the progress of your event planning to make.wordpress.org/community.

If you’d like to start apply to organize a regional WordCamp, please post your proposal on make.wordpress.org/community.