Announcement: Adding Global Sponsors to Meetup.com

There were a number of changes to the Global Sponsorship program for 2021, to reflect the current status of the WordPress events program. A new benefit to global sponsors this year was to feature sponsor logos on 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. chapter homepages and event pages. In recent months, the Global Sponsorship Working Group has been working with Meetup.com to implement some design changes so that global sponsors are featured alongside the people who make WordPress events possible: the organizers and attendees. 

I’m excited to share these changes with you! In the coming weeks, all meetup pages will have a new, rotating shelf of sponsors. Global sponsors will automatically be added to all Chapter meetups starting July 2021. Local organizers won’t be able to make edits to the global sponsors, but will still be able to acknowledge local sponsors. Local organizers will also be seeing some improvements to the user interface for managing local sponsors come August 2021, although all functionality will remain the same.

The maximum number of local sponsors that any meetup group can feature is 15, according to Meetup.com. The global sponsors do not count toward this limit. At the moment, this shouldn’t impact any chapter 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., but if you want to add more than 15 sponsors, please send an email to support@wordcamp.org.   

Please comment below if you have any questions about these changes. Major gratitude to organizers, attendees, and sponsors (both global and local!) – WordPress community events aren’t possible without your support and efforts!

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2021 Global Sponsors: Quarterly Update

I am excited to announce the Global Community Sponsors for Q1–Q2 2021! Thank you to all the sponsors that support the WordPress community programs, including WordCamps 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.

Full details on the 2021 Global Sponsorship program and packages can be found here. Since this year’s program is available on a quarterly basis, we will announce any changes to this list every quarter.

The Global Sponsor information for event organizers page in the handbook has been updated, and we’ll be updating the rest of the handbook pages in the coming days. WordPress Chapter Meetup group pages have also recently been updated to acknowledge our global sponsors.

Please join me in giving another big thanks to all the global sponsors for their continued support!

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Proposal: 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program

As promised, here is a proposal for a pared-down Global Community Sponsorship program for this year.

This is coming later than intended (we were aiming for January), due to the uncertainty about when in-person conferences will return to WordPress community programs. Also slightly unusual, this proposal is the work of a small group: me, @kcristiano, @courtneypk, with help crunching the numbers from @harmonyromo. When I wrote last year that we’d be making a public call for working group volunteers on a 2021 global sponsorship program, I did not realize that the pandemic’s effect on our team and programs would be so powerful, and last this long. Given the givens, it seemed expedient to simply ask the people who’ve been administrating the program the longest, to draft a 2021 version for community feedback.

This year, we propose offering one package only, available on a quarterly basis. A quarterly offering should help make us nimble, if our path to global in-person events accelerates in ways we don’t currently expect. Offering one single package should make this easier to administrate, which is extra-important right now, as volunteer engagement is (for perfectly understandable reasons) so low.

The one new benefit we’re able to offer this year, is acknowledgement on the meetup.com pages of all WordPress chapter groups. Meetup.com has offered to make this happen for us, once per year for up to 6 sponsors. Therefore, this benefit will only be available to the first 6 qualifying sponsors that inscribe by 26 March 2021, and only those that commit to at least two quarters of sponsorship. Inscription will be opened early to companies that have been sponsors of this program in the past.

EDIT: This version of the program does NOT include direct 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. sponsorship. Unless something changes drastically, WordCamp sponsorship in 2021 will be handled on an “a la carte” basis.


2021 Global Sponsorship benefit package proposal

Cost: USD $10,000/quarter; sponsor limit 6 (due to meetup.com constraints)
  1. Your company’s logo, with a link back to the company landing page of your choice, on all 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. group pages (as of Jan 2021: 454,482 Members, 745 groups, 109 countries). Available to inscribers by 26 March, who will commit to at least two quarters of sponsorship. 
  2. Acknowledgement in all WordCamp “ticket purchase successful” pages (39,000 in 2020; projected 19,000 in 2021).
  3. Acknowledgement on the WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. home page (over 400k annual views).
  4. Acknowledgment in one program-wide email to all 454,607 members of a WordPress chapter account meetup/user group.
  5. Acknowledgment on sponsor page on WordCamp Central (8,698 views in the past 365 days).
  6. Monthly email with spreadsheet of WordCamps in planning and on the schedule
  7. “Featured” acknowledgment on all monthly meetup organizer newsletters (received by 2,800+ WordPress community leaders every month).
  8. Opportunity to list discounts or free resources that meetup and WordCamp organizers can use for new user workshops, charity hackathons, etc., on the official WordCamp Organizer handbook page for use at community events. This page will be promoted through the Meetup Organizer newsletter, received by 2,800+ WordPress community leaders monthly.

Feedback

Please share any feedback, questions, or concerns you have about this proposal, no later than 26 February 2021. We hope to finalize the program details by 5 March 2021, and activate the program no later than the end of March.

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Global Sponsorship Update

As mentioned back in July, the Global Sponsorship program was suspended for 2020. All 2020 global sponsors that signed up at the beginning of the year were offered the opportunity to support WordCamps individually. As of today, these sponsors have been informed of their account balance with WPCSWordPress Coding Standards A collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) to validate code developed for WordPress. It ensures code quality and adherence to coding conventions, especially the official standards for WordPress Core..

As we near the end of the year, sights are turned to 2021 and exploring the possibility of a Global Sponsorship program for the next year. Until we can safely hold in-person WordCamps again, the program will have to look very different.

@andreamiddleton, @kcristiano, @harmonyromo, and I have been doing some preliminary feasibility research, as we helped administer the program. We are working on identifying the options for Global Sponsorship next year. As everything has been incredibly uncertain, it has made this process quite slow.

We hope to post a pared-down program proposal in January 2021. If you want to make suggestions about benefits that the Global Sponsorship program can offer consistently, despite all the unknowns this year, please leave them in a comment on this post!

#global-sponsors, #global-sponsorship

2020 Global Sponsors

Thank you for your patience, as this announcement is a bit late. But I am excited to announce the global community sponsors for 2020! Thank you to all the sponsors that support the WordPress community programs.

In region A (North, Central, and South America), the global sponsors are:

In region B (Europe, Africa, and Asia), the global sponsors are:

Full details on the 2020 Global Sponsorship program and packages can be found here.

The Global Sponsor information for event organizers page in the handbook has been updated, and we’ll be updating the rest of the handbook pages in the coming days. A group of volunteers will also be updating all 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. sites to reflect the current list.

If you are organizing a WordCamp that is scheduled in the next 4–6 weeks, please contact us at support@wordcamp.org if you don’t know if you need to reserve space for any Gold sponsors.

Please join me in giving another big thanks to all the global sponsors for their continued support!

#global-sponsors, #global-sponsorship

2019 Global Sponsors

I am excited to announce the global sponsors for 2019! Thank you to all the sponsors that support the WordPress community programs.

In region A (North, Central, and South America), the global sponsors are:

In region B (Europe, Africa, and Asia), the global sponsors are:

Full details on the 2019 Global Sponsorship program and packages can be found here.

The Global Sponsor information for event organizers page in the handbook has been updated, and we’ll be updating the rest of the handbook pages in the coming days. A group of volunteers will also be updating all 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. sites to reflect the current list.

Please join me in giving another big thanks to all the global sponsors for their continued support!

#global-sponsors

WordCamp 2018 Global Sponsor Updates

It’s a new year, and with that comes the need to check 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. sites created last year with last year’s Global Sponsors to ensure they’ve been updated for 2018. An email with updated sponsor information has gone out to all 2018 camps, but the next step is a site audit to ensure sponsors are being properly recognized on each site.

We need a few existing deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. who have access to WordCamp’s Help Scout to volunteer to check each 2018 WordCamp site, let us know if the sponsor areas are accurate and reach out to the team to remind them to update if it isn’t. Ideally this project will be completed by Monday, January 15, 2018.

We’ve created a spreadsheet listing each event, the event’s region, email address, and a column for you to leave any notes. If you’re interested in checking a few sites please dive right in, just sign off on the completed items by putting your name in the “checked by” column. You can find the spreadsheet here.

The 2018 Global Sponsors by region and level are as follows:

Western Region (The Americas):
Gold: Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bluehost
Silver: Dreamhost, GoDaddy
Bronze: Boldgrid

Eastern Region (Europe, Africa, and Asia Pacific):
Gold: Jetpack, WooCommerce
Silver: GoDaddy
Bronze: Bluehost

For more details read through the Global Sponsors page in the handbook. 

If you have any questions let us know below!

#deputies, #global-sponsors, #wordcamps

New Gold level Global Sponsor for the second half of 2016: BoldGrid

Hey folks, good news! We have a new global community sponsorGlobal Community Sponsor Company that sponsors the WordPress community events through the global sponsorship program. in the Western region for the second half of 2016: BoldGrid! I’ll be pushing out the sponsor post to each Western-region 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. on the schedule this week, and following up with organizers to make sure they get the message. 🙂 During that process, we might revisit global sponsorship grants with events that are struggling with fundraising, but we won’t be adding to the global grant if that would mean over-funding an event.

If you have any questions about this, please comment! 🙂

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Quarterly report on WordPress Community Team activity: April to June 2016

I send a quarterly report to our Global Community Sponsors on what the WordPress Community team has been up to in the past 3 months, and I thought it would be worth sharing amongst ourselves as well. 🙂 So here it is: our Q2 WordPress Community activity report!

WordCamps

Twenty-eight WordCamps were held between April and June (11 in the Eastern sponsorship region, 16 in the Western sponsorship region, and 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. Europe which of course is not a part of the global sponsorship program), with a total of nearly 9,000 tickets sold. The biggest event in this period (not counting WordCamp Europe) was WordCamp Miami, with three days of events and over 1,000 attendees, closely followed by WordCamp Atlanta, which sold 928 tickets for their three-day event.

Name Sponsor Region Tickets Sold
WordCamp Torino Eastern 396
WordCamp London Eastern 660
WordCamp Finland Eastern 262
WordCamp Bratislava Eastern 191
WordCamp Sunshine Coast Eastern 187
WordCamp Porto Eastern 324
WordCamp Denmark Eastern 71
WordCamp Antwerp Eastern 198
WordCamp Belgrade Eastern 226
WordCamp Marbella Eastern 122
WordCamp Bilbao Eastern 146
WordCamp Europe excluded 2,178 (plus 1,399 free livestream tickets)
WordCamp Jacksonville Western 210
WordCamp Nuremberg Western 295
WordCamp San Diego Western 584
WordCamp Albuquerque Western 100
WordCamp Buffalo Western 143
WordCamp Chicago Western 373
WordCamp Vernon Western 109
WordCamp Maine Western 171
WordCamp St. Louis Western 192
WordCamp Minneapolis Western 602
WordCamp Calgary Western 134
WordCamp Asheville Western 326
WordCamp Hamilton Western 190
WordCamp Kansas City Western 167
WordCamp Northeast Ohio Western 118
WordCamp Ottawa Western 246
 TOTAL 8,921 (or 10,320 including the WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. livestream tickets)

So. Many. WordCamps! We have 33 camps currently scheduled for the July-September period, 11 WordCamps scheduled for Q4 (including WordCamp US), and 31 WordCamps that have been approved for pre-planning (about 10 of these are slated for 2017, but still). We’re right on track for seeing more than 100 WordCamps organized this year!

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.

The 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. chapter account grew by more than 56 groups in Q2 (April-June), with a total number of groups on the chapter account clocking in at 305 as of July 1! There were a whopping 806 official meetup events in just the second quarter of this year, with a recorded attendance total of 15,976. The total number of members across all groups on the chapter account is currently 112,778. In the first half of 2016, we’ve added nearly the same number of meetup groups to the chapter account as we added for the entire year of 2015. Yeah, I can’t believe my eyes either!

Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook.

These last three months, our deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. have been focusing on providing as much support as possible to our WordCamp and meetup event organizers, who have been busy elves as you can see above! We’re going to start working on the 2017 Global Sponsorship program around September, and send out a sponsor survey around that time to find out what our global sponsors are loving and also where we can improve for next year.

Finally, the WordCamp Incubator program announced three locations for late-2017: Denpasar, Indonesia, Harare, Zimbabwe, and Medellín, Colombia will all have WordCamps this year for the very first time! Dates for those events should be announced no later than August, so stay tuned!

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Global Community Sponosrship informational hangout on March 9

For companies interested in joining the global community sponsorship program in the second quarter of 2016, we’ll be holding a Q&A hangout on Wednesday, March 9, 12pm – 1pm Pacific time.

If your company is not already enrolled in the global community sponsorship program but would like to be, and you have questions about the program, please reply in the comments or email support@wordcamp.org, and we’ll invite you to the Q&A. Companies that wish to join the global sponsorship program for Q2 must confirm and pay their first invoice no later than March 15.

If you’re an event organizer and have questions about the global sponsorship program, check out this page in the handbook! If you have more questions after reading that through, check out Sponsorship Office HoursOffice Hours Defined times when the Global Community Team are in the #community-events Slack channel. If there is anything you would like to discuss – you do not need to inform them in advance.You are very welcome to drop into any of the Community Team Slack channels at any time., Wednesdays at 17:00 UTC in #events.

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