Share your feedback about the new WordPress Events Page!

As announced in December, we have a new centralized WordPress Events landing page in WordPress.org that aims to give more visibility to all kinds of WordPress events around the globe. It shows next WordPress upcoming events like WordCamps scheduled, 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. and Next Gen WordPress Events (WordPress Events from now on).

For context, that landing page was the result of an initiative that I started with a post back in August 2023 that ended up with a first GitHub issue and a series of other related issues.

What we have now

The first iteration of this project created the following three pages:

Call for feedback!

Those three pages are just the beginning of a vision where we bring WordPress Events closer to our users and visitors of WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/.

The most important goal how I envision it, it’s for the Events landing page and the Organizers Landing page to become the main and only pages that anyone would need to check and/or share when want to check for upcoming WordPress events and/or when want to check or share any info about how to become a WordPress event organizer.

We want to keep iterating and your feedback is key to doing it! Please leave your comments with any relevant feedback about how you would improve those pages, and texts… are you missing anything relevant? Any ideas are welcome!

#events-2, #feedback, #highlight, #homepage, #next-gen-events

Thank you and bye (for now), Jill!

Today, I invite you to join me in expressing our collective thanks to Jill Binder (@jillbinder) for her remarkable contributions to the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project. After a decade of leadership, Jill has decided to step away from her work with WordPress, so let’s send her off with our best wishes for her next big adventure! 

Jill has been a key player in our community as the leader of the Diverse Speaker Training (#WPDiversity) working group and as the co-creator & maintainer of the Diverse Speaker Training Workshop. Her dedication to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in the Project has been inspirational. She’s been an incredible 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 guide, offering motivation, practical tips, and support to aspiring speakers from underrepresented groups. Her dedication to training others to run these workshops propelled this vital work globally; people have taken this workshop in 100 cities in over 50 countries and in 6 languages. Under her guidance, two additional projects were created: a Workshop focused on organizing diverse and inclusive WordPress events and a Diverse Speaker Support channel in the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. Jill’s tireless advocacy has profoundly influenced the diversity of speakers at WordPress events and fostered more inclusive gatherings. Check out the extraordinary impact of #WPDiversity and use the invaluable open-source resources created for WordPress event organizers, underrepresented speakers, Diversity and Community workshop organizers and #WPDiversity workshop translators.

Jil’s next chapter naturally embraces new challenges, including pursuing her passion for art, self-care, and 1:1 DEI consulting for individuals and companies. Please join me in celebrating her numerous accomplishments and to wish her well in her future endeavors. Thank you, Jill!

There’s still more DEIB work to be done! The DEIB working group is keeping the momentum going in the Making WordPress #deib-working-group channel and warmly welcomes your participation.

Call for Mentees & Mentors: Contributor Mentorship Program Cohort #2 (2024 Q1)

As on February 7th, 2024 23:59 PT (07:59 UTC), 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 Mentee applications for the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program have closed. Thank you so much for the overwhelming response to the call for 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 mentees. We will reach out to all applicants that had applied, regarding next steps.

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the second WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program cohort for the first quarter of 2024! This initiative is a fantastic opportunity for experienced WordPress contributors and those looking to get involved for the first time.

Program Goals

Our program aims to connect seasoned WordPress experts with newcomers to the community. Mentees will gain invaluable hands-on experience contributing to WordPress, while mentors share their expertise and enhance their leadership skills.

Who Can Join?

Mentees

Whether you are new to WordPress or looking to enhance your skills in a specific area, this program offers a unique chance to learn from experienced contributors in the community.

Never contributed? You’re invited to apply! Experience is not required, but we are looking for someone ready to dive into the program when we start the cohort in mid-February. Your chance of being selected will increase if the following criteria are met by the end of the application period (February 7, 2024):

  1. You’ve set up WordPress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ and SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. accounts (here’s how)
  2. You have at least one activity on your WordPress.org profile*

    * Some ways to achieve this are to visit the Contributor Orientation Tool to find your first contribution opportunity or take one of the Contributing to WordPress courses. A profile badge counts as an activity as well. If you have any questions, please leave a comment on this post – which actually will show up as an activity on your profile, too 😀

[Edit on January 29] A third-party grant is available for up to four mentees who are part of the LGBTQ+ community. For more information, visit this post.

Mentors

If you have experience in WordPress development, design, marketing, community engagement, or any other WordPress-related area and wish to guide new contributors, this is your chance to make a significant impact. 

This time, there’s also the option to propose a small project for folks to work on! If you have something you’d like to complete while guiding a group of 4-6 mentees, you’d be a perfect fit for this program. Read more about an optional project-based mentorship.

Edit on January 15: In the previous cohort, the mentorship relation was 1:1 between mentors and mentees. If you are interested in supporting multiple mentees, please indicate your interest in the last comment box of the application form.

Application Process & Cohort Timeline

To participate, please fill out the relevant form:
Mentor and mentee applications are now closed.

The timeline for this cohort is:

  • Application Opens: Friday, January 12, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 7, 2024
  • Cohort Selection Announcement: Third week of February 2024
  • Program Duration: February 19 to March 29, 2024 (6 weeks)

Benefits

For Mentees: Personalized guidance, skill development, and networking opportunities within the WordPress community.

For Mentors: A chance to give back to the community, enhance your leadership skills, and connect with emerging contributors.


I hope many of you participate in this exciting journey of learning and collaboration!

* For more information, please visit the WordPress Contributor Mentorship Program handbook page.

+make.wordpress.org/project/ +make.wordpress.org/updates/

This post was collaboratively written/reviewed by @nao @harishanker @kirasong @oglekler @tobifjellner @st810amaze @angelasjin and @patricia70 – Thank you!

#5ftf, #contributor-mentorship-program, #contributor-working-group, #five-for-the-future, #mentorship-program

2024 Global Sponsors: Announcement

I am thrilled to kick off the new year by unveiling our esteemed Global Community Sponsors for 2024. We extend our gratitude to all the sponsors who have played a pivotal role in supporting various WordPress community programs, including WordCamps, new events, and WordPress Chapter 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. groups.

This year, we present 5 Global Sponsors at the Gold level:

  • Automattic (Jetpack and WordPress.comWordPress.com An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. WordPress.com is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before. https://wordpress.com/)
  • Bluehost
  • GoDaddy
  • Woo
  • WPBeginner (Awesome Motive)

For a comprehensive overview of the 2024 Global Sponsorship program and packages, please refer to the full details here.

All 2024 WordCamps and event websites should display the 2024 Global Sponsors. For sponsors with multiple brands, please reach out to their points of contact to confirm which brand will attend your event.

The Global Sponsor information for the event organizers page and the rest of the handbook have been updated. WordPress Chapter Meetup group pages will also be updated soon to acknowledge our global sponsors.

Let’s come together to express our appreciation to all the new and renewed global sponsors for their outstanding responsiveness and unwavering support!

Thank you for being an integral part of our thriving WordPress community.

The members of the global sponsorship working group, @kcristiano @harmonyromo @cbringmann @angelasjin, have contributed to writing this post.

#global-sponsors, #global-sponsorship

Reminder: 2023 Annual Meetup Survey

Hello 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. members and organizers,

This is a reminder about the annual meetup survey. This year, we propose a unified survey for all Meetup members and organizers.

Please take a moment to respond to the Annual Meetup Survey . This survey is an important opportunity to share your feedback on WordPress 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. in 2023 and how we can improve the program in the future. Even if you did not attend meetup events in 2023, your input is valuable! The survey takes less than 5 minutes to fill out, and the results will help strengthen WordPress meetups in the years to come.

The survey will close on January 14, 2024.

To open the survey in a new tab, please use the following link: https://wordpressdotorg.survey.fm/2023-meetup-annual-survey

Then comment here to let us know. Thank you for your precious feedback!

#meetups, #community-team, #meetup

Community Team Meeting Agenda for 4 January 2024

The Community Team chat takes place the first Thursday of every month. 

This meeting is meant for all contributors on the team and everyone who is interested in taking part in some of the things our team does. Feel free to join us, even if you are not currently active in the team!

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly meeting: Thursday, 4 January 2024 at 12:00 PM UTC
Americas friendly meeting: Thursday, 4 January 2024 at 21:00 PM UTC

You will find a preliminary agenda for the meeting below. 

If you wish to add points to discuss, comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps:@peiraisotta, @Shusei, @leo, or @nukaga. It does not need to be a blog post yet, the topic can be discussed during the meeting nevertheless. We use the same agenda for both meetings.

Check-ins: DeputiesProgram Supporter Community 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. / 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. / Contributors

  • What have you been doing and how is it going? 
  • What did you accomplish after the last meeting? 
  • Are there any blockers? 
  • Can other team members help you in some way?

Highlights to Note

Here are a few things everyone should be aware of.

Open Posts

Check out these new and ongoing discussions needing review, feedback, thoughts and comments.

Announcements / Newsletters

Open Floor

This is your chance to discuss things that weren’t on the meeting agenda. 

We invite you to use this opportunity to share anything that you want with the team. If you currently have a topic you’d like to discuss, add it to the comments of this post and we will try to update the agenda accordingly.

Hope to see you on Thursday, either in the Asia-Pacific / EMEA (12:00 UTC) or Americas-friendly version (21:00 UTC) of the meeting!

Recap of the Contributor Working Group’s Mentorship Chat on December 21, 2023

In attendance: @adityakane, @alexcu21, @angelasjin, @gusa, @harishanker, @javiercasares, @onemaggie, @josepmoran, @juliarosia, @kafleg, @matteoenna, @kirasong, @devmuhib, @nao, @ninianepress, @oglekler, @onealtr, @patricia70, @sereedmedia,@st810amaze, @tobifjellner, @topher1kenobe, @webtechpooja, @sumitsingh, @tobifjellner, @yoga1103

Notes: @harishanker

Agenda:  https://make.wordpress.org/community/2023/12/19/contributor-working-group-mentorship-chat-agenda-december-21st-0700-utc-apac-emea-and-1600-utc-amer/ 

Meeting Start

Planning Mentorship Cohort #2 of the Mentorship Program

Our main focus for this chat was planning the second cohort of the mentorship program which kicks off in January 2023. 

Adjusted Schedule of the Mentorship Program Cohort #2

Based on feedback from the last chat, we decided to move our second cohort to January 2024, so as to give us more time to run the program on planned dates. Our updated schedule is as follows:

  1. Publish Call for mentees/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. (late November; close at the end of the year) Week of January 8, 2024
  2. Cohort selection & program building: (Jan 16 – Feb 9) (Jan 8 – Feb 15)
  3. Announce selected mentees/mentors (Feb 14)
  4. Mentorship Program: 4-6 weeks (Feb 19 – March 29; 6 weeks leading up to. T the release week)
  5. Graduation & Retrospective: 2 weeks (April 1 – April 12)

Contributor Feedback

  • All members were generally in agreement about the updated schedule.
  • @st810amaze shared a concern about holidays around the world in January and February 2023, which could affect the program, and shared about upcoming holidays in this period. While it is not possible to change the schedule right now, we decided that it would be best to work around these holidays to ensure that our contributors get the best experience.
  • @kirasong: “I’ve shared this elsewhere, but I think the schedule starting after betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. makes it a bit harder for folks to contribute to coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. for things landing in 6.5.Knowing that’s the case, though, we can pick tasks that are more likely to be able to be committed (like testing/tests/bug fixes). And/Or make the expectations clear that forms of contribution leading up to commits are good enough too. I like that the announcement post encourages getting set up early and if there’s any way I can help folks as they do that, I would love to.”
  • @harishanker: “Personally, I feel that the new schedule aligns better with our goals. It’s also nice to have the call for mentors/mentees in the new year, we could have some more sign ups that way. And in terms of timelines, I think we have sufficient time to work on all our tasks.”

Cohort Announcement Post Feedback

Our draft cohort announcement post and calls for mentors and mentees are out. All details can be found in the linked GitHub issue. Group members shared their feedback on the announcement post and the 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./mentee calls. 

Contributor Feedback

  • @harishanker suggested some mentor specific feedback along the lines of mentor motivation, experience, etc.
  • @angelasjin wondered whether we should add more questions or whether we should strike a balance to get the right mentors in our program. 
  • Based on the feedback, the mentor form was updated.
  • @alexcu21: “How will be the selection process, I guess you shared it on previous cohort but I can’t find it.”
  • As a result of the feedback, the mentor form was updated, and the selection process was clarified in the GitHub issue.

Projects for the Mentorship Program

In this meeting, we discussed the idea of project-based mentorship for the next cohort – an idea that was originally suggested by @oglekler and @tobifjellner in our past chats. Mentorship programs from other open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. initiatives (such as Linux Foundation Mentorship and Google Summer of Code, to name a few), have always been project-based. These programs have always had encouraging results, as project-based mentorships offer direction and provide a great pathway for mentee engagement. In our chats, we brainstormed a couple of ideas for mentorship program projects. 

  • A project to have a group of mentees come together to build Community Themes (proposed by @onemaggie, who has kindly offered to be a mentor in that project as well) 
  • A Learn WordPress Tutorial on a high-impact topic created by a group of mentees, dividing work around script writing, video & audio recording, editing, and subtitles, as proposed by @courtneypk – who has also kindly agreed to support the idea. 

Ideally, we identified that mentorship program projects have the following features: 

  • Completable in four to five weeks
  • Something you and/or someone else can mentor
  • Benefits WordPress projects at large rather than specific individuals or organizations only
  • Required skills are relevant for beginner- to intermediate-level mentees

Group members shared the following feedback:

  • @nao: “Both projects sound like great fit, they are well-defined and low-risk, and provide lots of opportunity to learn new skills. Plus, group work is a good way to gain collaboration experience.”
  • @josepmoran: “ @nao Completely agree. Cooperation and fostering cohesion of work groups would be great.”
  • @oglekler: “I will think about Core project, but I believe that it should be a team work. It will be fun and mentees will learn to collaborate”
  • @harishanker: “I strongly advocate for group projects, I’m not sure how much we can do this for our Q1 cohort, but I would love to do more projects for other cohorts too. Having a clear output could be immensely helpful.”
  • @kirasong agreed that group projects are a good idea. “I thinkit’s likely to be easier to arrange for next time but trying it out is a wonderful idea regardless,” they added.
  • @javiercasares: “I think the project idea is great, but yes, we probably need to clarify the project and, mainly, the goal. I’m thinking on some project, but I’m usually involved in seed projects, so I don’t have any project right now…But, I think documentation may have some projects (I know Mobile and others have some needs, but probably somebody from the Docs team can help better). For example, probably we will have some projects from the Hosting team that may be around the time for the 2nd cohorst, so when I have some clarity about it, I can try and propose something” 
  • @st810amaze: “I love the idea of group work. Working 1-on-1 with the mentor is great. But having a chance to catch up with other mentees might motivate them more, and always a chance to make new friends.”
  • @kafleg and @onemaggie supported the idea strongly and committed their support to mentor new contributors in this project as part of the Community Theme Projects idea.
  • @tobifjellner: “How about some mentees organizing an online 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.? Someone might join as speaker… #marketing should be able to share useful ideas. We haven’t had a WP-TranslationDay for a while
  • @nao was excited about the idea of a translation day. “
  • I think it would be great if someone can mentor to lead a group of mentees (some PTEs, perhaps?) to update WPTranslation Day tools and docs, so it’s possible to run it this September (and every year!).This could be a Community/Polyglots TeamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. joint project?”
  • On @nao’s nudge, @tobifjellner is going to ask in the next Polyglots meeting if anyone would be interested in being a mentor.
  • @gusa shared an excellent idea of a WordPress Hackathon from the Sustainability Team. “The description isn’t quite clear, but a primary goal is to create resources that could be used for training and mentoring. There’s already some overlap with multiple teams”, he added. Per Gus, this is already submitted as a NextGen event, and are working with the community team members to refine. 
  • @harishanker shared that the Contributor Working Group would love to work with the Sustainability Team on related projects. 
  • @gusa also pointed us to FundOSS – a program that tries to fund open source contributors. More can be found here: https://github.com/WordPress/sustainability/issues/22

Folks are also encouraged to share the feedback in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/: https://github.com/WordPress/wp-contributor-working-group-tracker/discussions/7

Mentorship Program Clarifications 

We clarified a few important housekeeping items for our chats:

We wrapped up the chat by thanking all group members for their contributions in 2023, and hoping for an exciting year ahead for the program in 2024. 

#contributor-working-group #mentorship-program #wpcontributors #meeting-notes

#mentorship-chat, #mentorship-chat-recap

Community Team Reps for 2024

We are excited to announce the Community Team Reps for 2024. 

In 2024, we will work with 4 Reps after discussion of overriding Reps from 2023.

New Reps in 2024

Isotta Peira (@peiraisotta)

Isotta is a passionate community manager who loves travelling, cooking, and meeting people from different countries and cultures. Years ago she started to work with international teams on remote projects and decided to pursue a fully remote career along side with her wife and travel as much as possible.

Since January 2022, Automattic sponsors Isotta to contribute full-time to the WordPress Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps.. As a community team member, she has been supporting WordPress event organizers and new contributors by reviewing applications, hosting orientations and budget reviews, and mentoring. Isotta has been and currently is on the organizing team of local and flagship events, and is contributing to the Incident Response team and the Global Sponsorship working group.

Shusei Toda (@st810amaze)

Shusei is a WordPress enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. His journey with WordPress has led him to actively engage and contribute to the community since 2018. Alongside the contributions, Shusei works as a Business Development Specialist at Kinsta and also pursues freelance projects in business strategy, photography, and videography. Having a passion for solving problems and experimenting with new paths has led to many opportunities over the years including getting involved with numerous WordCamps, including organizer, speaker, volunteer, sponsor, and photographer, currently focusing on 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. Asia. He currently is based in Tokyo, Japan but loves traveling around the world to meet new people and learn.

@leogopal and @nukaga remain from the 2023 Reps.

@mysweetcate will continue to support us!

Leo Gopal

Leo Gopal is a writer of Code and Poetry, to him, sometimes they are the same thing.

Leo Gopal has been part of the WordPress Community since he was a teenager (over a decade). Former Founder of WPHugs, he is now part of the BigOrangeHeart team as a Mental Health Advisor. Having been a Codeable Happiness Engineer, his ability to help the developer community led to his transition to the Codeable Expert Community Advocate role in 2023.

Other contributions to the WordPress Community have been as a CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Contributor, PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Developer, Translation Contributor, Multiple WordCamp Organiser and Speaker, as well as a local 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. Organiser.

Junko Nukaga

Junko lives on a small island in Japan with a population of 150. She is a freelance web designer and the director of a small library.

She has been contributing to the WordPress community since 2012, serving as lead organizer for WordCamps, WordPress 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. and do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org., and as a program supporterProgram Supporter Community 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. for the community.

She is interested in diversifying and revitalizing the WordPress community. She has been leading diversity speaker training in Japan since 2018.

We will try this new structure for a year (based on the Proposal for Reps Structure), and since two years is a long time, we decided on a four-person structure to allow for departures along the way.

In the next year, I and Leo will leave and we will welcome new reps.

Join us in bringing the 2024 Community Team to life!

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2023

Whew! What a year it has been, as was highlighted in the kick-off to the 2023 State of the WordState of the Word This 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/.. 77 WordCamps were held in 33 countries, a small part of the 3,300 WordPress gatherings worldwide. Our events have more than doubled since the pandemic, and as we all know, our 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. are at the heart of that.

It wouldn’t happen without organizers like you; thank you!

Speaking of incredible organizer accomplishments, read on to see how the community embraced this year’s State of the Word watch parties and get an update on a new communication tool the Make Teams are experimenting with.

State of the Word Watch Parties: A Look at the Numbers and Beyond

This year, over 475 community members RSVPed to attend one of the 47 State of the Word Watch Parties (27 online, 20 in person) held in 18 different countries. Imagine the fun they had celebrating together.

While both WordPress’s anniversary and the State of the Word celebration are ideal times to gather as a community, watch parties can be organized anytime! 

Many of the resources available for hosting those events can be applied to others as well. Plan now to watch the live streams for WC Asia, WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event., and WCUSWCUS WordCamp US. The US flagship WordCamp event. together. Additionally, WordPress.tv has a library of presentations you could watch together and discuss.

Whatever it is, consider making watch parties a part of your meetups regular routine!

More From the WP Community

  • WCEU needs you: Help to spread the word that both the Call for Speakers and Call for Sponsors are now open.
  • Contribute to WordPress in 2024: No matter your skill set, there is a place for you on one of the more than 20 Make WordPress teams. To make things even easier, you can now use the new contributor tool at make.wordpress.org/contribute to find the perfect WordPress Contributor Team to join. Whether you contribute as a 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. or individually, there’s never been a better time to start than now!

The Move to Matrix is On Hold

It was recently announced that starting in 2024 Community Team meetings would be held in Matrix. Due to usability concerns and a change in Matrix’s licensing, this move has been paused.

SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. will remain the primary chat platform for the WordPress community, but this does not mean that Matrix is going away. 

As Alex Kirk states in his post, “The Slack-Matrix bridge and integrations, such as Chatrix, are still valuable for contributors and will keep working. This allows for flexibility and the continued use of the achievements made so far, especially to help onboard new contributors. We encourage Make teams to further explore and take advantage of all the opportunities that Make team chat pages have to offer.”

So, if you’re interested in trying something new for 2024, check out Matrix and be a part of its feedback and testing.


A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: GoDaddy, Bluehost, Automattic, SiteGround, Weglot, and WooCommerce!


If you have any questions, Community Team Program Supporters are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community — let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

See you online soon!The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @mysweetcate, @peiraaisotta, @juliarosia, @bjmcsherry, @devinmaeztri @eidolonnight

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Contributor Working Group: Mentorship Chat Agenda | December 21st 07:00 UTC (APAC/EMEA) and 16:00 UTC (AMER)

It’s time for the next Mentorship chat of the WordPress Contributor Working Group. We’re meeting this Thursday (December 21st) to continue our work on improving the contribution experience of WordPress. For more information on the working group and its plans, check out our launch post and past chats.

Meeting times

We will hold these chats in multiple time zones to accommodate as many time zones as possible. These chats will continue to be held on the Third Thursday of every month.

The chat will be held on the #community-team channel of the Make/WordPress Slack. Here’s the link to a handy `.ics` file containing calendar entries for our upcoming chat so you won’t miss it. These chats have also been added to the Make/Meetings calendar. Everyone interested in improving the contributor experience in WordPress and building future mentorship programs is welcome to attend!

Pinging some of our active working group members:

@adityakane, @casiepa, @cbringmann, @coachbirgit, @courane01, @foosantos, @harishanker, @javiercasares, @jeffpaul, @jominney, @kafleg, @leogopal, @leonnugraha, @meher, @milana_cap, @kirasong, @mrfoxtalbot, @mysweetcate, @nao, @nomadskateboarding, @onealtr, @oglekler, @patricia70, @realloc, @sereedmedia, @st810amaze, @sumitsingh, @thehopemonger, @thewebprincess, @topher1kenobe, @tobifjellner, @unintended8, @webtechpooja, @yoga1103, @josepmoran, @ratneshsonar, @gusa, @matteoenna, @onemaggie

Agenda

In the last Mentorship Chat, we established a schedule for the next cohort of the Contributor Mentorship program. It’s time to open for the cohort 2 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. & mentee calls!

1. Welcome, introductions, and check-ins
How is everyone doing? New members joining the group can also introduce themselves.

Any volunteers for notetaking, next agenda drafting, or next meeting host?

2. Call for Volunteers for Mentorship Cohort #2
We are a bit behind schedule but still have enough time to run the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. program on the planned dates.

2-1: Review Adjusted Schedule

  1. Planning phase (now/ending)
  2. Publish Call for mentees/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. (late November; close at the end of the year) Week of January 8, 2024
  3. Cohort selection & program building: (Jan 16 – Feb 9) (Jan 8 – Feb 15)
  4. Announce selected mentees/mentors (Feb 14)
  5. Mentorship Program: 4-6 weeks (Feb 19 – March 29; 6 weeks leading up to the release week)
  6. Graduation & Retrospective: 2 weeks (April 1 – April 12)

2-2: Review the cohort announcement

https://github.com/WordPress/wp-contributor-working-group-tracker/issues/6

3. Team Project Wanted
Reflecting on the feedback from the previous cohort and related discussions, it appears we need to identify some well-defined projects for our mentees. @onemaggie brought up the Community Theme Project, which could fit well as one of them. 

Do you have any other project suggestions?

4. Clarification for the Working Group

  • SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.
    • Please make use of the Slack #contributor-mentorship channel for open discussion.
    • Don’t hesitate to share any relevant information for mentorship in general.
  • Contributor WG GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/
  • Five for the Future GitHub
    • If anyone wants to work on documentation for the 5ftF contributors, please add it to the GH repository

5. Questions, thoughts, and open floor!
If we still have time after all that intense discussion, we’ll open up the floor to discuss mentorship broadly and our program!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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