WordCamp Europe 2018 – Community Team Plans

Yesterday I was reminded by a nice poem that WordCamp Europe 2018 is 50 days away. Woot woot!

😱
The day has yet to come,
but we can already hit the drum.
You may or may not know,
that today marks 50 days until the show.
So, it’s time to plan your stay,
hey, you don’t want to miss the day.
Book the hotels, get your flights,
and get ready to see Belgrade’s lights.
#WCEU pic.twitter.com/dPt8xKNz1i

— WordCamp Europe (@WCEurope) 25 aprile 2018

 

WordCamp Europe and WordCamp US are what we consider flagship events and are always a great opportunity for teams to get together, contribute and onboard more people. There are going to be a whole lot of us present and we should take advantage of that and maximize our time together.

This year, in addition to the Contributor Day, there is a Community Room, which sounds like an amazing opportunity to continue conversations or start new ones in a nice environment. Here is the info we have from the WCEU team:

Jenny

The Community Room will be open all day on both days of the main conference. It is located just off the area where both the Get Involved table and the Happiness bar will be set up, so is the perfect place to take any longer conversations that start there over to. The room will be set up with tables and chairs as well as some more comfy seating. Any Make groups who want to continue work in this space left over from Contrib day can. If you think some paperboards or whiteboards might be useful, let us know, we can probably work something out. Note, like last year, Contrib Day is the day *prior* to the conference. So the Community Room is thought of as carry over from Contrib day as desired. It won’t be a restristed space either – someone who needs to take a work call or shoot off some emails or whatever would be welcome to hang there.

Milana

This room is not “mandatory” for any team, it’s meant to be for people who’d like to continue contributing, or who weren’t able to attend Contributor Day, or haven’t heard of Contributor Day, etc It is mostly to create bridge between conference days and Contributor Day and to generally increase awareness for contributing to the project.

As we did last year, please add in the comments ideas and suggestions for tasks we could work on together while in Belgrade and ideas for the Community Room: again, presence there is not mandatory, so there is no pressure to “staff the table”, but it is definitely a great initiative and we could think of something cool for it as well.

Deadline to comment is May 18 so we can discuss this during the next two Community chats: after that date I will summarise in a post (like the one we had last year) and we will go from there!

#wceu, #wceu-contributorday

Finalising topics for the Community Summit

The Community Summit is going to be hosted in Paris just a few days before WordCamp Europe, on 13 & 14 June 2017. We are at the stage now where all contribution teams are being asked to finalise their topics for the Summit, so that is what I would like to do here. The deadline for final topics is 9 June 2017.

The currently proposed topics for all teams are listed here, and these are the ones for the Community Team:

  1. Global involvement in the Community Team
    • Language barriers
    • Diversity
  2. WordCamps & Money
    • Responsible use of WordCamp funds within the new legal structure
    • Sponsoring volunteers
    • Sponsorship levels
    • Better value for sponsors
    • Cost of swag
  3. Marketing & Engagement
    • Engaging people outside the WordPress bubble
    • More involvement at meetups & WordCamps
    • Going from a strong meetup to a WordCamp
  4. Paying for speaker travel
  5. Regional camps
  6. Improving deputy training
    • Improving training materials
    • Keeping deputies updated
  7. Code of Conduct and harassment reports
    • Training organisers on how to handle harassment reports
    • Reviewing the Code of Conduct to be more inclusive
  8. Supporting other event types
    • Financial and logistical support for different types of events
    • Microgrants tool

What we need to know from the community and our deputies (whether you will be attending the Summit or not), is the following:

1. Which of those topics do you think we could sort out in a Slack and/or P2 discussion before the Summit?
2. Are there any additional topics that you feel are important for us to discuss at the Summit?

While answering those questions, please bear the following from the Summit announcement post in mind:

The main purpose of the summit is to move the project forward before and after the event, with the event being a milestone in a larger set of work.

With this main goal in mind, we’ll touch base with all team reps to figure out which of the topics proposed can be handled beforehand, and come up with topics that would be:

1) of importance to the project as a whole
2) would benefit from cross-team collaboration
3) will leave us in a better position than when we started

#community-summit #wceu

Planning for WCEU Contributor Day

WordCamp Europe is hosting a Contributor Day on Thursday, June 15th (info here) — let’s start thinking of projects we can work on while we’re there!

Here are some ideas I had; please don’t take them as settled, because this is just my first brainstorming pass:

I think it might be good to host an in-person meetup orientation as well as (if possible), an in-person deputy training session.

Project ideas for experienced contributors:

  • work on the grants program
  • make a list of “active contributors” or whatever we’re calling the folks who might get the new contributor badge

Project ideas for new contributors who are involved in a local meetup group:

  • community meetup testimonial videos (multi-lingual)
  • meetup best practices list for: running meetings, finding speakers, etc — essentially in which the best practices list might be created by meetup attendees answering a survey with questions like “what topics interest you,” “what were your favorite meetups last year,” “what meeting times/dates are best for you” — essentially our year-end survey, with some additions?

New contributors who are 100% new to community and have no local WP group:

  • attend an in-person meetup organizer orientation
  • compile a list of local diversity in tech groups to help make a resource for local organizers who want to recruit diverse speaker lineups
  • testing the speaker application plugin? maybe?

Like I said, this is totally just a first pass. 🙂 Please please please suggest project/task ideas in the comments below!

#contributor-day #wceu