WordCamp Incubator 2018-2019 Update Thread: March edition

Howdy Globlal Community Team!

Are you wondering how the last 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. Incubator went last weekend?

You’re very lucky, because this is the time of our monthly update about the WordCamp incubator and WordCamp Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) happened less than a week ago 😉

Pinging @adityakane and @bee for letting us how your Incubator went.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018-2019 Update Thread: February edition

Howdy Community Team!

Are you wondering how the 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. Incubator is going?

Well, this is the time of our monthly update about the WordCamp incubator in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia).

Pinging @adityakane for letting us how your Incubator is going.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018-2019 Update Thread: January edition

Howdy Community Team!

Are you wondering how the 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. Incubator is going?

Yes, we’re back! this is the time of our monthly update about the WordCamp incubator in Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia).

Pinging @emanuel_blagonic for letting us how your Incubator is going.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: November edition

Howdy Community Team!

Are you wondering how the 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. Incubators are going?

Yes! this is the time of our monthly updates about the two WordCamp incubators in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) 😉

PingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” to @remediosgraphic and @emanuel_blagonic for you both to tell us how your Incubators are going.

Thanks in advance! 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: October edition

Hola Community Team!
I’m sure you were wondering how the 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. Incubators are going…
So, yes! this is the moment of our monthly updates about the two WordCamp incubators in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) 😉

Pinging @remediosgraphic and @emanuel_blagonic for you both to tell us how your Incubators are going. Thanks in advance!

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: September edition

Howdy Community Team!
Are you wondering how the 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. Incubators are going? You’re lucky, because this is the moment of our monthly updates about the two WordCamp incubators in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia) 🙂

Hi @remediosgraphic and @emanuel_blagonic can you both tell us how your Incubators are going? Thanks in advance!

#incubator #wordcamps #monthly-updates

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: August edition

Hi all! If you’re wondering what’s going on with the two 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. incubators in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia), this is the moment of our monthly update 🙂

Here’s where @remediosgraphic and @emanuel_blagonic will post their updates for August 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: July edition

Wondering what’s going on with 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. incubators in Montevideo (Uruguay) and Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)?

Here’s where @remediosgraphic and @emanuel_blagonic will post their updates for July 🙂

#incubator #wordcamps

WordCamp Incubator Program 2018: locations announcement

I’m very happy to announce that we have identified the locations for the WordCamp Incubator program 2018 — and I’m particularly pleased to announce that we’ve been able to select *two* incubator locations! 🙂

The communities which will take part in the 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. Incubator program this year will be:

The other locations that were short-listed have been encouraged to explore the idea of organizing a local 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. group and/or WordCamp in their communities, and have been promised extra help from mentors if they are interested in giving it a shot. So we hope to hear from some groups on that list! 🙂

A rough outline of how this will go:

Montevideo and Kota Kinabalu will work with their respective co-leads to start a monthly WordPress meetup group to the chapter account program. Once the local WordPress user group is meeting regularly, each team will work on finding a venue, setting a date, recruiting speakers, and spreading the word about the upcoming WordCamp. I’m thinking all two of these events will happen in the last quarter of 2018, but that’s flexible based on the preferences and needs of each local community.

Each organizing team will meet with their co-lead on a weekly/biweekly basis. The co-lead will act as a sort of a project manager and mentor for the local team, training them to organize a WordCamp and following up on their progress regularly. Co-leads who are mentoring incubator WordCamps will report the progress of their teams on a monthly Incubator Update thread that I’ll initiate here.

In addition to the extra-extra support we’ll provide to the local team around keeping on schedule and thinking of All The Things, we’ll help them find speakers and sponsors.  Our goal will be to feature no more than 3 non-local speakers at each event. As for sponsorship, the global sponsorship grant for these events will cover 100% of the event’s fundraising needs, so that organizers don’t need to spend much time drumming up sponsorship. We’ll accept local sponsors of course, but incubator events won’t be given a local fundraising goal that they need to meet.

As a reminder, the goal for these events is to organize an easily reproducible, one-day, one-track event with about 50-75 attendees. Hopefully by the end of the organizing/incubating experience, members of the local community will feel confident that they can organize an annual WordCamp independently in the years to come.

If you have any question about the incubator locations or our expectations for the program, please ask them in the comments!

#incubator, #wordcamps

WordCamp Incubator Program v2: input on a new role name and a call for volunteers

When we launched the experimental WordCamp Incubator program, we didn’t know what to expect. We hoped that after attending 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. where there wasn’t already a WordPress chapter account 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. group, WordPress enthusiasts would be galvanized into forming a community that would sustain itself in the future. This certainly happened in two of the three communities that hosted incubator events in 2016. Plus, SIX communities that applied to be part of the program ended up organizing new WordCamps with the support of our amazing mentors!

New iteration, new challenge

In 2018, we’d like to launch a v2 of the WordCamp Incubator program, but we have an added challenge this time: finding people to support/co-lead/oversee each Incubator event.

In the first iteration of this program, we assigned 3 fully-sponsored volunteer staff to provide leadership and support to our incubator communities. But since the number of events and communities that the global community team supports continues to grow so quickly, our full-time sponsored volunteer staff is already fully committed for next year (and then some), mostly with maintenance projects. Therefore, we need to come up with another way to provide the support that made the incubator program successful in 2016.

The job

This is a time-intensive volunteer role. We estimate that lead organizers spend about 170 hours on a WordCamp, and I figure that the folks working to support the growth of an Incubator event needs to dedicate about 200-250 hours over the planning cycle. The job is that of co-organizer, mentor, and ambassador — since it’s probable that no one you’re working with has ever actually attended a WordCamp. You’re working as a community founder in a community that isn’t your own, which requires a lot of sensitivity, experience, and wisdom. The person absolutely must have experience organizing WordCamps, preferably more than one, as well as experience mentoring WordCamp organizers. Experience collaborating with people from other cultures is also very important.

What do we call this job?

Because this is such a distinctive role, I think that going forward, calling these folks “incubator mentors” isn’t a good idea. Mentorship is part of this job, but typically I think a mentor probably spends 1-4 hours a month working with their “mentee” WordCamp, whereas this role is more likely to require 25 hours a month. So! we need a new name for this program role. Here’s some very initial brainstorming that happened in Slack today.

1) Please comment below with your suggestions for a good name for this organizer-coach-midwife-counselor-guide role! I’m certain the right word is out there, just waiting to be found.

Where do we find these people?

My hope is that this challenging job will be an exciting opportunity for experienced WordCamp organizers that particularly enjoy the “start up” phase of the community, and who have successfully transitioned out of active leadership in their local community. (This is frequently “start a community from scratch” work, and the communities have to be self-sufficient at for the project to be effective.)

As mentioned above, this role is very time-intensive and high-touch. Not everyone can commit 250 hours in a year to a volunteer role, and I suspect that we may need to lean on volunteers who might be sponsored part-time to work on the incubator program. Maybe we could even help interested volunteers pitch their companies on sponsoring a certain number of hours a week to work on an incubator event.

Alternately, perhaps a team of 5-6 people would be interested in working with multiple incubator communities over a period of a year, and share some of the workload. (This makes me a little nervous, because sometimes when everyone is in charge, it means no one takes responsibility, but maybe there could be a rotating lead position on that team?) I’m open to suggestions.

2) Do you have some ideas of ways we could recruit people to take on this work and ensure their success? Please share your ideas in a comment on this post!

3) Interested in this role for 2018? Please also comment on this post to let us know!

Next steps

Once we figure out A) a name for this incubator-mentor-guide-organizer role and, B) a solid plan for recruiting enough incubator-mentor-guide-organizers to support a v2 of the Incubator program, then we can open up a call for communities who’d like to be considered as sites for a 2018 incubator WordCamp.

I’d like to set us a goal of completing our discussion by October 6, with an eye to publishing the results by October 11, and maybe we can even make the call for incubator communities by October 16.

 

#community-mentors, #incubator, #wordcamps