Discussion: add a CRM as a new tool for WordCamp organizers

As 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. organizer, you’re confronted with a lot of data: personal names, corporate names, email addresses, facts, etc. Every year that pool of data increases with new data. Usually, it’s scattered all over Google Drive: in spreadsheets, text documents, but also on P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/.. Every year new organizer starts to look through all this old data, and when they find it they copy it to their own personal corner in either Google Drive or on P2. (Side note: we have to consider GDPR regulations as well)

At this moment the WCEU2022 teams are working on the content of the event, however, they don’t want to reinvent the wheel: besides new content and ideas, the content from previous years could be reused as well. And as parts of the original program for the Porto WordCamp of 2020 was cancelled, getting back in touch with the original speaker applicants or sponsors is one of the first things to do. In the last few months, I have had a number of organizers asking me for info from previous years, info that should be passed on from team to team. The same goes for side info on potential sponsors or sponsors that have been declined for particular reasons. All this could save time for every new organizing team starting up the next WordCamp. Maybe Jetpack CRM (or a different CRM) could be a helping hand here, even Jetpack Forms supports Jetpack CRM. Quite useful for those speaker and sponsor application forms!

With this post, I would like to investigate the interests but also the options and ideas of other organizers. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.