Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for July 2020

We’ve started working on the July 2020 edition of the 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. organizer newsletter, and we’d love to hear from you as to what to include!

This newsletter typically includes:

  • An interesting event format that organizers might want to try
  • News about global community team projects
  • News about 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
  • News about upcoming online WordCamps or meetups, in the recent months.

If there are any topics you’d like to see included, or if you’ve come up with or participated in any interesting meetup event formats that you think are worth highlighting, please share that with us in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until Wednesday, July 8th, and send the newsletter out on Friday, July 10th. If any deputies are interested in helping us put together this newsletter, awesome! Just let us know in the comments.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: June 2020

Hello friends,

We are happy to share with you another edition of our 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. organizer newsletter, packed full of updates from past and upcoming WordPress events, as well as news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • Online Event Updates
  • Upcoming Online Events
  • An opportunity to highlight your Meetup Group
  • Tuesday Trainings

Online Event Updates

WordCamp Europe Online 2020 
Following the success of 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. Spain online, WordCamp Europe was held fully online from June 4 to 6. The event had a record 8,600 sign-ups from people belonging to 138 countries, along with 2,500 sign-ups for the contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. WCEU Online also had 33 sponsors and 40 sponsors, along with a Q&A with Matt Mullenweg. You can find the videos of the event in WordPress.tv by following the link, or you can catch the live stream recording of the entire event from the WP Europe YouTube Channel.

do_action Japan
The first online do_action event – do_action Japan was held from May 16 – 17. About 70 Japanese WordPress community members and 9 non-profit organizations came together to do the event, which was also the first do_action event in Japan. The team made use of free tools such as 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/., Gmail, Google Forms/Sheets/Docs/Slides, as well as Figma for design, and Zoom for calls to plan the event. You can read more about the event in its recap in the Make/Community blog

WordCamp Kent online
On May 30-31, 2020, the Northeast Ohio WordPress community came together online for the first online edition of WordCamp Kent. The event had over 1400 attendees from all across the world, along with 21 speakers and 10 sponsors! For those who missed the event, videos of the event will soon be available on WordPress.tv! 

Featured Online Meetup: 
The WordPress Pune meetup (Pune, Maharashtra, India) is planning a weekly online meetup series called the: “WordPress Community Check-in Meetup”. The event is planned as a casual check-in for all attendees, and the idea is to mitigate the struggles faced by community members due to the lack of social interaction due to COVID-19. The first edition of the event – is scheduled for Friday, June 12th at 5:00 PM IST, and will subsequently be held every Friday.

Upcoming Online Events

While many people in the community miss the camaraderie of in-person events — that are currently on a pause due to COVID-19 — online events enable people to attend Meetups and WordCamps all across the world. In fact, we encourage you to attend online meetups and WordCamps, as it offers an unmatched learning experience! You can find out about all upcoming events here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/events/online/

If your local community is interested in learning about a certain topic, and if you are unable to find local speakers, feel free to reach out to external speakers. Other organizers have been able to  successfully recruit a speaker they found on a WordCamp speaker list, for their online meetup.

If you are holding a meetup online, please use the tag #OnlineWPMeetup so that the WordPress Marketing team can find you and bring you some communications and marketing support.

Here are some highlighted WordPress events and workshops coming soon:

  • WordCamp Denver 2020
    The WordPress Community of Denver, CO is coming up with the first edition of their Online WordCamp on June 26-27. The organizers promise a fun, informative, stress-free virtual conference for beginners, developers, and everyone in-between. The event will have 30-40 minute talks, fun activities, workshop-style sessions, Q&A panels, and more on a variety of WordPress topics, among others. Tickets for WordCamp Denver are free. Get yours now!
  • Diversity Speaker Training
    The Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has two kinds of workshops to highlight. As many tech events are moving to an online model, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) would like to help your community members from marginalized and underrepresented groups share their knowledge at your virtual meetups and WordCamps. Even if you are not holding your events online yourself at this time, your members could be speaking at virtual events in other communities, and be excited to speak at yours once your events are on again.
    1. We are holding workshops for the members of your community from marginalized and underrepresented groups: 
      https://make.wordpress.org/community/tag/WPDiversityWorkshops
      Next series: Late July (dates TBD). It will be announced at the link.
    2. We are holding facilitator trainings so you can learn how to run the workshop for your community: https://tiny.cc/wpdiversity
      Next training: July 18 at 5-7pm UTC. For this one and other dates, please fill out this form.

Opportunities to highlight your Meetup Group

We have two opportunities for you to highlight your local meetup group, as well as your events!

  1. Showcase your Meetup group in the Meetup.com blog
    Meetup.com would like to highlight one of our groups, to inspire other community organizers, and also to recognize the work that WordPress volunteers do. Would you like to have your local Meetup group featured in the Meetup.com blog? Did your group host a unique event that you’d like to share to inspire other community organizers? Send us an email to support@wordcamp.org with a brief description of your Meetup group, as well as any pictures of your meetups. We will review your suggestions and select some to  pass them along to Meetup.com. You have until June 30th, 2020, 23:59 UTC to send us your suggestions! 
  2. Feature your Online Meetups in our newsletter
    In an effort to highlight the hard work done by meetup organizers across the world, we will be sharing stories about online events from local meetup groups. Would you like to highlight recent online events from your local meetup group in our monthly newsletter? We will publish a call for content post for the next edition of the newsletter in the first week of July. Please comment on the post when it is up, or just send us an email to support@wordcamp.org to share about events in your local meetup group.

Tuesday Trainings

We started Tuesday Trainings (#tuesdaytrainings) last month as a way to share knowledge and help to train organizers and interested community members in a variety of skills, while also adding additional training documentation to our handbooks. Each week on Tuesday a different topic will be highlighted on the WordPress Community Blog. The content will come in a variety of formats including blog posts, recorded presentations, discussions, and workshops. You can find links to the latest Tuesday training posts below: 

Upcoming Tuesday Training Alert

On Tuesday, the 16th of June, the Community Team is planning a live 1 hour workshop on conflict de-escalation, by one of our long-time Community Deputies, Andrea Middleton. The session will offer a better understanding of conflict and how it intensifies, plus a step-by-step guide for responding strategically to de-escalate conflict in text communication. The workshop will happen over video chat at 9am PST (4pm UTC). If you’d like to be a part of the online event please respond in comments of this post. You can expect a calendar invite and an email reminder on Monday with more information on joining the call.

If you’d like to contribute your knowledge for a Tuesday Training, please email us at support@wordcamp.org 

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community, let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring our 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. Community! 

We’ll see you online soon!
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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for June 2020

We’ve started preparing for the June 2020 edition of the 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. organizer newsletter, and we’d love to hear from you as to what to include!

This newsletter typically includes:

  • An interesting event format that organizers might want to try
  • News about global community team projects
  • News about 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
  • News about upcoming online WordCamps or meetups, in the recent months.

If there are any topics you’d like to see included, or if you’ve come up with or participated in any interesting meetup event formats that you think are worth highlighting, please share that with us in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until Monday, June 8th, and send the newsletter out on Friday, June 12th. If any deputies are interested in helping us put together this newsletter, awesome! Just let us know in the comments.

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Meetup Organizer Newsletter: Online Events Edition

Hello friends,

We are happy to share with you another 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. organizer newsletter, packed full of information about upcoming online events, along with news, information, and inspiration for your local meetup.

Newsletter contents:

  • New resources for online and in-person events during COVID-19
  • Upcoming Online Events
  • Training Tuesdays
  • Call for Content for the Youth Working Group

New Resources for Online and In-Person Events during COVID-19

The WordPress Community has begun to host online Meetups, and there are guidelines for online do_action charity hackathons. Now, the Community Team has prepared a new set of guidelines for online WordCamps, and for in-person events during COVID-19. 

Online WordCamps – Resources, Tools, and Information

In order to assist organizers with the process of moving their 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. online, and to pave the way for new organizers to get involved, the Community Team has set up some tools, processes, and documentation to make things possible.

We are providing online production and captioning costs associated with any online WordCamp taking place this year will be covered in full without the need for local sponsorship. You will find more information in the documentation about production vendors, as well as what to look out for if you do look for local companies. We’ve updated our guidelines to cover the regional focus of online events and important changes to the budget review and planning processes.

The handbook also includes a code of conduct that has been updated to cater to this new format. There is also some new documentation on effective ways to moderate the chat during a live stream and how you can ensure your event’s chat remains friendly and inviting. We also have a handbook page that shares some excellent ideas about how to acknowledge your online event sponsors, along with some tips for speakers at online events.

The WordCamp schedule has been updated to indicate whether an event is taking place online or not, and we also have tips for WordCamp speakers

In-Person WordCamps

When in-person events are able to resume, those events will follow the guidelines that were already in place, taking note of these additional guidelines for in-person events taking place in 2020. The Global Community Team is planning to keep these guidelines in place until Q4 2020, at which point we’ll revisit and reassess depending on the situation at that time.

Upcoming Online Events

All the upcoming online events from WordPress meetup groups are shown on this page – times will be shown in your local time zone unless otherwise noted. Feel free to participate in any event to see what other meetup groups are doing! For tips on how to organize an online meetup, visit this handbook page

WCUS Call for Speakers and Interactive Office Hours

WordCamp US 2020 will take place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event still runs from October 27-29, 2020, and will be free to anyone who wishes to attend. 

At this time, the Call for Speakers is still open! You can apply to speak on the speaker application site until May 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm CDT (UTC-5). The WCUS programming team is holding an interactive office hours this Saturday, May 16th at 11:00 am CDT (UTC-5) to help prospective speakers learn more about WCUS attendees and brainstorm topics for their talk. This interactive session will be held in the Make WordPress Slack. For more information and to sign up, visit this post. This session will be followed by a second interactive office hours dedicated to helping prospective speakers create and submit their pitch, so follow the blog for the latest info. 

Bonus! The Call for Cities is also open. If your community is interested in hosting WordCamp US in 2021 & 2022, please fill out this application

WordCamp Europe

The biggest WordCamp in Europe is now fully online, including Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.! The event will be on June 4-6, 2020, and you can get the latest updates on their website, or by following #WCEU. Don’t forget to get your free tickets for WordCamp Europe now!

WordCamp Kent Online

On May 30-31, 2020, the northeast Ohio WordPress community will come together online for the first online edition of WordCamp Kent. You can get your free tickets for WordCamp Kent Online now!

Diverse Speaker Workshops and Coaching

The Diverse Speaker Training Group (#WPDiversity) is holding workshops and group coaching sessions in May and June. The workshop series will help dispel some myths about being a speaker, help you find a topic, create a great pitch, and provide tips for public speaking and being on camera. Participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops in the given week (the series will be run in May and again in June). In addition, there will be Group Coaching sessions where participants can get help with anything related to public speaking at WordPress events! These sessions are intended to train speakers who are members of a marginalized or underrepresented group in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, age, etc. For details on dates and times, and for additional information about these sessions, please read this post. If you are interested in participating, please sign up here.

Highlighted Online Meetup:  

In this section, we try to highlight the experiences shared by meetup organizers, about their experiences while organizing an online event. 

Sam Suresh from the Kuala Lumpur WordPress Meetup group shared his experiences about the first edition of their online event: MCO: WordPress Meetup via Zoom

The meetup draws its title from the Movement Control Order (MCO) issued by the Malaysian Government to enforce a lockdown in the country. This was the first online event organized by the meetup group, and over 50 people attended the live event hosted on Zoom. The event had four speakers who each spoke for 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. The organizers also live-streamed the event using the Facebook Live platform, in order to attain a wider reach. Attendees found the event enjoyable and they are planning to organize more online events in the future!

Would you like to share your experiences with organizing online events? Let us know!

Training Tuesdays

WordPress Community deputies and volunteers are creating a new series of content to share knowledge and help to train organizers and interested community members in a variety of skills, while also adding additional training documentation to our handbooks. The content will come in a variety of formats including blog posts, recorded presentations, discussions, and workshops. Each week on Tuesday a different topic will be highlighted on the WordPress Community Blog here with the #tuesdaytrainings tag. For more information, visit the announcement post. If you’d like to contribute your knowledge for a Tuesday Training, please email support@wordcamp.org 

Call for Content for the Youth Working Group

The Youth Working Group team is looking for individuals to contribute 5-10 minute video or video snippets that cover doing something with WordPress. This could be short instructional screencasts from the WordPress dashboard, or a short tutorial that depicts how one can build something fun and creative using WordPress. If you would like to contribute to the project, please 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.” Sandy Edwards (@sunsand187) directly in the Make WordPress Slack. If you do not mind the video being used for WCUS KidsCamp, you can apply to speak here: https://2020.wcus-speakers.org/. If you have any questions, you can get them answered at the Youth Events office hours that happen weekly on Thursdays at 2100 UTC/5 pm EST in the the #community-events channel of the Make WordPress Slack

If you have any questions, Community Team deputies are available to help. Please send an email to support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events 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/. channel.

Thanks for everything you do to grow the WordPress community, let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring our 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. Community! 

We’ll see you online soon!

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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for May 2020

We’re getting ready for the May 2020 edition of the 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. organizer newsletter, and we’d love to hear from you as to what to include!

This newsletter typically includes:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about 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
  • in recent months, news about upcoming online WordCamps or meetups

If there are any topics you’d like to see included, or if you’ve come up with or participated in any interesting meetup event formats that you think are worth highlighting, please share that with us in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until Friday, May 8th, and send the newsletter out on Friday, May 15th. If any deputies are interested in helping us put together this newsletter, awesome! Just let us know know in the comments.

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: February 2020

Hello WordPress 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. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • 2019 Annual WordPress Meetup Member Survey
  • Grow your meetup – from WCUS
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Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As a meetup or 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, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other under-represented groups to speak at your events? So have we.

There is a workshop created by and for people from under-represented groups to help us bust through Impostor Syndrome and other obstacles.

The Diverse Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity), run by the Community Team, busts through this and other obstacles.

Sign up to run the workshop in your local WordPress meetup chapter this coming year: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Bonus! If you have run the workshop in your meetup, please let us know by emailing us at speaker-training@wordcamp.org. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

2019 Annual WordPress Meetup Member and Organizer Survey

Since 2019 has come to a close, we would like to gather feedback on how the chapter meetup program is doing. Please share the WordPress meetup program survey with your meetup members.

Help your chapter by letting members know about the survey. You can share it in both online and in-person discussions!

Also, for organizers like yourself, we have the WordPress meetup organizer survey here.

Grow your meetup – Tips for Meetup organizers.

WCUS 2019 held a workshop to help organizers grow their meetups, and a wide variety of general tips were shared at this workshop for Meetup organizers. These tips are relatable to all meetup organizers and volunteers – even if you are just beginning to start your first meetup, this workshop will ensure you are starting off on the right foot.

The workshop is available on WordPress.tv

Visual Composer is now a 100% GPL-Licensed Plugin!

We’re very happy to announce that Visual Composer (and all plugins/themes from the same company) is now 100% GPL compliant!

From now on, Visual Composer, WP Bakery and any other of their plugins/themes can be sponsors of official WordPress Meetup groups in the chapter program and WordCamps, and their employees can be organizers, volunteers and/or speakers at our community events!
  

Join us in welcoming the big team of Visual Composer, and we would especially like to thank Michael Makijenko, the company’s founder, for his amazing and quick collaboration.

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

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for January 2020

It’s about that time again, when we start preparing the January 2019 edition of the 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. organizers newsletter.

If there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, please comment/leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until the 20th of January 2020 and send out the newsletter on the 21st of January 2020.

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 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

Thanks!

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Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for December 2019

It’s about that time again, when we start preparing the December 2019 edition of the 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. organizers newsletter. This will be the last one for 2019.

If there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, please comment/leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until the 19th of December 2019 and send out the newsletter on the 20th of December.

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 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

Thanks!
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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: November 2019

Hello WordPress 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. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • The WordPress Survey: Take it! Spread the word about it!
  • Join the Discussion about Community Swag
  • Video:  The History of WordPress in 4 minutes
  • Diverse Speaker Training Workshops
  • Thank you Global Sponsors!
  • Reminders

Take and promote the WordPress Survey

It’s time for our annual user and developer survey! If you’re a WordPress user or professional, we want your feedback. You can take part in the survey at this link.

Please also promote this survey among the members of your meetup group!  This document has helpful copy for encouraging your members of your group to take the survey.

Discussion: Community Swag

The community team has shortened the 18 month limit on meetup groups ordering swag packs to 12 months. There is now a discussion on the WordPress Community blog on how helpful the shortening of the limit has been? And if there is still a strong demand for this swag?

We highly recommend taking part in this discussion as a meetup organizer.

Video: The History of WordPress in 4 minutes

For the opening remarks at 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. para Desarrolladores Sevilla 2019, @nilovelez put together a “History of WordPress” video, that, in just about 4 minutes, covers how WordPress has changed over the years.It took him almost three months, and 35 Docker-Compose projects and 4 virtual machines to create!

This might be a great video to share with your local community for folks to get a sense of the development of WordPress over time — check it out on WordPress.tv

Diverse Speaker Training Workshops

As an organizer, have you ever had challenges getting women and people from other under-represented groups to speak at your meetups and WordCamps? So have we. One of the issues that would come up is people feel they have nothing to say that audiences would want to hear.

The Diverse Speaker Training workshop (#wpdiversity) run by the Community Team busts through this and other obstacles.

Here is a quote from a participant:

“I have always struggled to feel confident in picking a topic others would want to hear. After taking this workshop, I have more ideas than I can possibly give talks on!”

Sign up to run the workshop here: http://tiny.cc/wpdiversity

Upcoming training timings:

Wednesday, November 27th – 10pm – midnight UTC
Friday, December 11th, 10pm – midnight UTC

Thanking our Sponsors

A big thank you to our Global Community Gold sponsors for 2019Bluehost, Jetpack, Liquid Web, and WooCommerce.

Reminders

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

Your friends on the Community Team

make.wordpress.org/community

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WordPress meetup organizer newsletter: October 2019

Hello WordPress 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. organizers!

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

Newsletter contents:

  • 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. US – Community Track
  • Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community
  • Meetup Kit released by WordCamp Asia
  • Tips on getting more speakers to your meetup
  • Reminders

WordCamp US – Community Track

This year WordCamp US is holding its first ever community track. This track will feature workshops and interactive presentations designed to include the audience.

Here is what is being covered on the community track:

Creating A Welcoming And Diverse Space
A workshop to create WordPress events in person or online; on how to create a welcoming and diverse space.

Grow Your Meetup
This workshop will cover some popular ideas around marketing tactics, meetup formats and ideas along with WordCamps to grow your meetup. Check out their Grow your meetup Survey!

Running A Successful Contributor Day
This workshop will cover how to go about running a contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. for WordCamp that has never done it before. It might also be useful for Contributor meetups.

Organizing A WordCamp While Staying Sane
This workshop will explore tools, software and techniques to remove barriers and make running a WordPress meetup easier.

Watch the WordCamp US Live Stream with your Local Community

WordCamp US 2019 is happening on Nov 1-3 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 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/.” 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.

You can view the live stream by visiting the WCUS homepage.

WordCamp Asia 2020 Meetup Kit

The WordCamp Asia team in an effort to reach out to more meetups to learn about their first flagship WordCamp – have put together some useful resources as part of a meetup kit for organizers.

You can view the WordCamp Asia 2020 meetup kit here

Tips on getting more speakers to your meetup

Topher wrote a post on the community blog sharing a couple of tricks to get more speakers to your meetups.

One would be to encourage live remote speakers using video conference to talk about a topic that your meetup group wants to know more about but do not have a local speaker.

The other tip, suggests watching a session from WordPress.TV and then to have a round-table discussion around content at the meetup. Maybe have the speaker from the video available to take questions via chat.
You can read more about it here.

Reminders

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

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