Should You Be an Organizer?

tl;dr: If you want to organize a 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., apply here! Successful applicants are already active in their local WP community where they want to organize an event and understand that organizing is a volunteer, group effort.

Local organizers are what make each WordCamp unique. Organizing a WordCamp is a volunteer labor of love for WordPress and your local community.

If you’ve never organized a large event before, we suggest that you start by organizing a 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. first for a few months. This helps gauge community interest, allows you to make contacts with the local WordPress community, and provides you with some low-key event planning experience. 

A Few Facts

Organizing Teams: WordCamp organizing teams should have 5-10 members, and preferably will include a variety of people from the meetup group, not just one company, school, or group of friends. Inclusion and transparency should be the bywords from start to finish.

Approved by the Community team: WordCamp organizers and events are approved by the WordPress Community team, a group of global community members who work together to promote WordPress through events around the world.

For the Benefit of the Entire Community: WordCamps are meant to benefit the local WordPress community through live events and the broader WordPress community through the sharing of online video and other materials. They are not-for-profit events.

Leftover funds: Leftover funds from a WordCamp budget should be discussed with your mentorEvent 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 WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program..

Excess funds are not to be pocketed by the organizers; organizers are considered community volunteers. If you are interested in putting together a for-profit WordPress conference, you should do so under another brand, as this is not allowed under the WordCamp brand.

Please consider taking the Should you be an organizer? course. Read Quizzes page if you have any questions about quizzes and how to navigate them.

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