WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: February 2019

Hello WordPress Meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Annual Meetup Surveys close on 28 Feb
  • Event Format: Ask me Anything on WordPress
  • Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops
  • Reminders

Annual Meetup Surveys close on 28 Feb

Last month we sent out our meetup member and organizer surveys.

Please help us improve our support of meetup organizers and member all over the world by taking 10 minutes to fill out the organizer survey! The survey will be up until the 28th of February 2019.

It would be helpful if organizers could also remind their members to respond to the surveys.

Event Format: Ask me Anything on WordPress

Some meetups are experimenting with new type of meetups format, where organizers and volunteers are hosting an open-office or help desk, where attendees can get to ask about their WordPress problems to experts.

Some examples are these meetups from communities in Karachi, Pakistan and Pune, India.

This is a great way for ensuring local WordPress users getting to meet and interact with local WordPress experts.

For more event formats that have worked well in other WordPress meetup groups, check out the meetup organizer handbook page on event formats!

To hear a round table discussion between other meetup organizers about popular topics at meetups, check out this video.

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops

The diversity outreach speaker training working group is asking for feedback from organizers who have run the diversity speaker training. Send an email to speaker-training@wordcamp.org to get the feedback questionnaire!

For more info, to let us know that you are running a speaker training workshop, and if you want to request training to run the workshop, please check out our page: https://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

This month’s featured speaker training case study: Kirsten in Vancouver, BC

Diverse public speaking changes lives and local communities. Kirsten took the speaker training workshop and spoke for the first time at WordCamp Vancouver. While there, she was spotted by a local agency and was hired as their first female developer. Kirsten quickly became the senior developer and team lead and is still in this role three years later. Recently she hired another female developer at her company!

“It had never occurred to me before that I had anything worthwhile to offer the WordPress community. Through the workshop, I saw that I had been underestimating my experience and perspective, and I became comfortable and confident about speaking on a topic I felt would be of interest to others.” – Kirsten

Reminders

  • On the community team we have Office Hours four times a week in the #community-events channel on Slack: Mondays & Wednesdays 22:00 UTC, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 UTC.
  • There is a proposal to improve this newsletter with additional organizer tips and training. You can leave your feedback on this link.

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: December 2018

Hello WordPress Meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup. This will be the last newsletter for the year 2018.

Newsletter contents:

  • The Annual Meetup Survey
  • Thanks to our Global Sponsors
  • Event Format: A Meetup of Meetups
  • Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops

The Annual Meetup Survey

If you have been involved with organizing meetups for a while, you will be familiar with the annual meetup surveys that we send out at the end of each year. These are surveys that we send out to all meetup organizers and members to find out how you feel the meetup program is going and provide feedback on what we can do to improve things.

This time around we’re changing the schedule slightly and will be sending those out in January 2019, so keep an eye on your inbox for those and share them with your meetup group – more responses is better for the program overall!

Thanks to our Global Sponsors

As many of you know, WordPress community programs benefit greatly from the generous financial support of a number of companies. WordPress Global Community Sponsors allow us to pay for meetup venues when necessary, help with accessibility costs for WordCamps and meetups, and provide every single WordCamp in the world with a “nest egg” of sponsorship on the very first day of active planning.

We’d like to take a minute here to give our global sponsors a big thank you for their ongoing commitment to supporting WordPress global community programs!

Our gold sponsors for 2018 include Jetpack and WooCommerce worldwide, and Bluehost in the Americas. Silver level sponsors are GoDaddy worldwide, Bluehost in Europe, Africa, and Asia, and DreamHost in the Americas. Finally, BoldGrid was a bronze level sponsor in the Americas. Thank you to all of these companies for their dedication to global community events.

Event Format: A Meetup of Meetups

Planning for your 2019 meetup schedule and struggling to come up with ideas of find speakers? Angie Meeker might just have an idea that will help you – the Columbus tech community has quarterly “Meetup of Meetups”, where the various leaders of different meetups in get together to discuss what is upcoming at their meetups, what their needs are individually, and how they can best contribute to needs in the city. These meetups are held every quarter, with a year end ‘Meetup of Meetups” party.

This is a fantastic way to connect your local WordPress meetup group with other related communities in your area and it would be great to see a WordPress community lead the way in this sort of thing.

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Workshops

The meetups who have been running the diversity outreach speaker training workshop to get more women and other underrepresented groups to start speaking at their meetups and WordCamps have been having phenomenal results. Many of the WordCamps achieved 50% or more women speakers in less than a year.

Our last training of the year will be Sunday, December 16th, 2018 @ 17:00-19:00 UTC.

We will also be running trainings on the following dates:

* Thursday, January 10, 2019 @ 16:00-18:00 UTC
* January 27th, 2019 @ 17:00-19:00 UTC

Are you interested in learning more? Would you like to sign up for one of the trainings? https://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for December

Howdy folks, we’re going to start drafting the December edition of the meetup organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post?

I will leave the comments open for one week until the 12th of December 2018.

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open source project

Thanks! #meetups #newsletter

WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: November 2018

Hello WordPress Meetup organisers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 5.0 RC version Released
  • Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community
  • WordPress Survey
  • Diversity Speaker Training Workshops

WordPress 5.0 RC version

The first release candidate for WordPress 5.0 is now available! This is an important milestone, as we near the release of WordPress 5.0.

WordPress 5.0 introduces the new block-based post editor. This is the first step toward an exciting new future with a streamlined editing experience across your site.

Local meetups are great places for folks to get involved, test or get information on the WordPress 5.0 and the new editor, so this would be a great time to organise a few meetups where you talk about the new editor with your community and help them get used to it before the 5.0 launch.

Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp US 2018 is happening on December 7-9 and, to allow people all over the world to enjoy the great content, the organising team is opening up a live stream of the event.

This live stream will available for free all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. It is also a great way to watch “State of the Word” by Matt Mullenweg the founder of WordPress.

You can organize a “WordCamp US Live Stream Party” or a “State of the Word Live Stream Party” with your local meetup. If you need to rent a venue for a WordCamp viewing party, you can apply for financial assistance by making a Meetup Venue Approval Request.

Make sure to register for the free livestream ticket for WordCamp US 2018

Annual WordPress Survey

As is our annual tradition before the year ends, we will be sending out links to all members of our meetup chapter accounts a survey as well as a “thank you” to global sponsors. Also along with those surveys we will be sending out a survey to all organisers of WordPress chapter meetup groups.

These surveys are an important way for us to learn more about how the global program is coming along, so do keep an eye out for them. We will be sending these surveys out between the 15th and 21st of December 2018.

Diversity Outreach Speaker training for Meetups

In our Diversity Outreach Speaker training workshops we have two updates: the first is a bit of history for the working group and how it came along, in this essay by Jill Binder.

The other update is highlighting WordCamp Milan: last year, WordCamp Milan had 4 women speakers out of 19 (21%).

They wanted to make a change in 2018. Simona Simionato took part in the Diversity Outreach Speaker training and started running the workshops, live as well as online, for those who couldn’t attend otherwise.

She also posted to some digital groups for women and personally contacted women in the community who potentially had interesting experiences to share, and invited them to apply.

The results: the team increased their speaker diversity at Meetups, which is important to build the roster of speakers for WordCamps.

This year, there were 11 women out of 21 speakers (52%)! One of the new speakers is also an LGBT community member. Nine of these speakers (of both genders) will be first-time speakers.

You can read more about the Diversity Training Workshop here. To sign up and get more details, either fill out our form and comment with which date you’d would like to attend a training:http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak, or email the working group at speaker-training@wordcamp.org

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

#newsletter

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for November?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the November edition of the meetup organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week?

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open source project

Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to post a call for suggestions at or around the 5th of every month, that would allow us to keep collecting suggestions with a little more time to spare.
While this is a bit late in the month, so we will be publishing the newsletter on Monday, November 26 2018.

Thanks! #meetups #newsletter

WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: October 2018

Howdy WordPress meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Preparing for WordPress 5.0
  • Diversity Outreach Speaker Training for Meetups
  • WordCamp Viewing Parties

Preparing for WordPress 5.0

Earlier this month, the schedule for rolling out WordPress 5.0 (including Gutenberg – the new block editor) was announced: https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/10/03/proposed-wordpress-5-0-scope-and-schedule/

This puts the release date for WordPress 5.0 less than a month away, on November 19, 2018. With that in mind, this is a great time to talk to your meetup group about Gutenberg, WordPress 5.0, and what people can expect from it all.

As meetup organizers, you are uniquely positioned to help guide your community through what is promising to be a very significant core update. To help prepare your community, share some Gutenberg resources with them, organise a meetup where you demo and discuss the new editor, or gather your community for a work-along so you can learn about the new editor together.

If you discover a bug or have a suggestion for improvement, please log an issue here: https://github.com/WordPress/gutenberg/issues/

Diversity Outreach Speaker Training for Meetups

We know of 15 Meetups or WordCamps who have run the workshop for getting new speakers to step up, particularly women and other underrepresented groups, in 2018.

We are pretty sure there are more groups out there which have run this training, so if you haven’t been in contact with us, please let us know at: speaker-training@wordcamp.org

Have you not yet run a workshop, but you’re interested in doing so? The workshop information is here: http://diversespeakers.info/

Would you like help from us to run it? We are holding a training on Saturday, October 27.

Write to us to sign up for this or find out about future training sessions here: http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

Event Format Spotlight: WordCamp Viewing Party

Many WordCamps stream their content live all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. If you can’t travel to a WordCamp, then the live stream is a great way to share in the content of the event along with other local WordPress enthusiasts.

The basic requirements for hosting a live stream party are an internet connection and a computer. To help you out we have created an event template on meetup.com titled “WordCamp Live Stream Party” — you can use that to create and schedule your event for any WordCamp. Additionally, if you need to rent a venue for a WordCamp viewing party, you can apply for financial assistance by making a Meetup Venue Approval Request.

The next WordCamp that will live streaming their content is WordCamp US coming up on November 7-9. WordCamp US includes Matt Mullenweg’s annual State of the Word address, which is always a treat! Stay tuned to their website for live stream details as they are announced: https://2018.us.wordcamp.org/

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

– Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

#newsletter

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for October?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the October edition of the meetup organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week?

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open source project

Some examples of newsletters are here and here.

Thanks!!! #meetups #newsletter

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for September?

Friends, we’re about to start drafting the September edition of the meetup organizers newsletter — if there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, could you please comment on this post by the end of this week? 🙂 Thanks!!! #meetups-2 #newsletter

Call for topic suggestions: monthly meetup organizer newsletter

Every month we try to send out a newsletter for meetup organizers in our program. As you can see from these examples (#, #, #), the newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open source project

If you’d like to recommend an interesting event format (preferably tried and tested by a group in the chapter) or suggest an additional topic to include in the newsletter, please leave a comment on this post!

We try to send the newsletter out pretty close to the 15th of every month, so if we don’t get your suggestion in time to add it to this month’s email, we’ll consider it for next month’s email.

Also, if anyone would like to volunteer to post a call for suggestions at or around the 5th of every month, that would allow us to keep collecting suggestions with a little more time to spare. #meetups #newsletter

Meetup Organiser Newsletter: 16 May 2018

Howdy WordPress meetup organizers!

Welcome to another meetup organizer newsletter full of news, information and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • WordPress 15th Anniversary
  • Data privacy tools coming to WordPress Core
  • Speaker training workshops held around the world
  • WordCamp Europe live stream

WordPress Turns 15 This Month!

On May 27, WordPress will turn 15 years old — meetup groups all over the world are celebrating this auspicious occasion, and it’s sure to be a fun month! Some of the celebrations have already taken place, but many more are on the way over the course of the month.

There’s still time to request some unique 15th Anniversary swag for your event, but we can’t guarantee that it will arrive before May 27. No matter where you are in the world, however, you can always print your own WP15 swag.

If you want your event to show up on the WP15 website, all you need to is make sure that is scheduled for sometime between now and June 10, and that ‘WP15’ or ‘Anniversary’ is mentioned in your event title.

Don’t forget to share pictures of your celebration and your WordPress memories using the hashtag #WP15, and join the worldwide celebration! Check out the #WP15 stream at wp15.wordpress.net/live.

Data Privacy tools are Coming to WordPress Core

The upcoming release of WordPress (v4.9.6, scheduled for May 17) will include a number updates to privacy and information storage options. This is important for all WordPress site owners to take note of, as it will assist you in making sure that your site is legally accessible from across Europe once GDPR comes into effect.

You can follow updates about the data privacy and transparency features on the Core team blog — this is a good opportunity to talk to your local meetup group about data privacy and transparency concerns with their websites and how to manage them with the new European regulations as well as other privacy standards from all over the world.

Speaker Training Workshops Held around the World

Have you ever had trouble getting women and people from other groups underrepresented in tech to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? Check out the Diversity Outreach Speaker Training workshop: https://make.wordpress.org/training/speaker-training

Variations of this workshop have been run in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Montréal, New York City, Toronto, and Brighton, and each community had a significant increase in the number of WordCamp speakers who identify as women.

Vancouver and Montréal have had at least 50% for 3 years in a row, and in 2017 Seattle had the highest ratio so far, with 60% women speakers.

We are starting to run more regular trainings. Last week the community team’s working group trained 11 cities! Places that have run it since the last WordPress Meetups newsletter went out include:

  • Milan, Italy
  • Turin, Italy
  • Hamilton, ON, Canada
  • Bellingham, WA, USA

Did we miss you? Have you run it this year? Are you interested in running it? Let us know here: http://tiny.cc/wpwomenspeak

Watch the WordCamp Europe Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp Europe 2018 is happening on June 14-16 and, to allow people all over the world to enjoy the great content, the organising team is opening up a live stream of the event.

This live stream will available for free all over the world, making it a great opportunity to get your local community together to watch it. To help you out we have created an event template on meetup.com titled “WordCamp Europe Live Stream Party” — you can use that to create and schedule your event. If you need to rent a venue for a WordCamp viewing party, you can apply for financial assistance by making a Meetup Venue Approval Request.

Subscribe to the WordCamp Europe website for updates about how to access the live stream when it goes live.

 

That’s it for now — chat to you next time!

Your friends on the Community Team
make.wordpress.org/community

#newsletter