WordCamp Incubator 2018-2019 Update Thread: January edition

Howdy Community Team!

Are you wondering how the WordCamp 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 WordCamp Incubators are going?

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

Ping 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 WordCamp 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 WordCamp 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

Payment Intermission: 1-7 October 2018

The Automattic sponsored staff members of the Global Community Team, who routinely handle WPCS banking, will be at a company offsite meeting from 1-5 October 2018. During this time we’ll stop WordCamp and Meetup vendor payments, reimbursements, and sponsor payment attribution.

If you’ll need to pay for goods or services at the start of October, please submit all requests no later than Friday, 28 September 2018 at 16:00 UTC.

Payment requests submitted after that time will not likely be processed until Tuesday, 9 October 2018. Sponsor invoices paid during 1-7 October 2018 won’t be marked paid until 8 October 2018.

If you have an urgent payment request that must be handled that week, but did not submit your request prior to 28 September, please reach out to @kcristiano or @adityakane on Slack.

Deputies, mentors, and community members will still be available by email at support@wordcamp.org or on Slack in the #community-events channel as usual.

Normal vendor payment and sponsorship attributions scheduled will resume Tuesday, 9 October 2018, though it may take us a day or two to get fully caught up.

#payments #afk #wordcamps #meetups

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: August edition

Hi all! If you’re wondering what’s going on with the two WordCamp 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

Changes to WordCamp camera kits distribution

Capturing videos of WordCamp presentations should be one of the organizers higher priorities. The video is how great knowledge will live on and be shared with the world on WordPress.tv. To help organizers with recording, we have a handful of camera kits that WordCamps happening in US, Western Europe and Canada can borrow.

Starting today, we are streamlining the process of the camera kits distribution. As a part of this, camera kits need to be requested by WordCamp organizers themselves. Requests should be done as soon as the organizers know they will need the camera kits and at latest one month prior to WordCamp. Otherwise, we cannot ensure that the request can be fulfilled.

Camera kit request form is added to the WordCamp Organizer Handbook.

At the moment, camera kit requests are coordinated in HelpScout by:
US – @tashan
Europe – @sippis
Canada – @mikeyarce 

#video, #wordcamps

WordCamp Incubator 2018 Update Thread: July edition

Wondering what’s going on with WordCamp 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 WordCamp Incubator program this year will be:

The other locations that were short-listed have been encouraged to explore the idea of organizing a local meetup 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 2018 Global Sponsor Updates

It’s a new year, and with that comes the need to check WordCamp 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 deputies 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