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

Apply to Host WordCamp US 2019/2020

With WordCamp US entering its second year in Nashville, TN it’s time to start exploring options for the 2019-2020 host city. If you think your hometown would be the perfect place for WordCamp US to call home for two years please start assembling your team and apply!

Applications are open now through 11:59pm PST Friday, February 2, 2018.

For more information or to start your application go to: http://wordcampcentral.polldaddy.com/s/wcus-2019-2020

#wcus, #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 WordCamp where there wasn’t already a WordPress chapter account meetup 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

Payment Intermission September 11-18

The Automattic sponsored staff members of the Global Community Team, who routinely handle WPCS banking, will be at a company offsite September 11-18. During this time we’ll halt WordCamp and Meetup vendor payments, reimbursements, and sponsor payment attribution. If you’ll need to pay for goods or services in mid-September, please submit all requests no later than 9am Pacific Friday, September 8, 2017. Payment requests submitted after that time will not likely be processed until Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Sponsor invoices paid September 11-18 won’t be marked paid until September 19.

If you have an urgent payment request that must be handled that week, but did not submit your request prior to September 8, please reach out to @kcristiano. He can be found on slack “@kcristiano“.

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

Normal vendor payment and sponsorship attributions scheduled will resume Tuesday, September 19, 2017 though it may take us a day or two to get fully caught up.

#payments #afk #wordcamps #meetups-2

New Documentation: Presenter Best Practices

It seems odd that in our ever expanding documentation we don’t really have much content on the best practices for presenters in our program. Given that presenters are one of the cornerstones on which we build WordCamps and Meetups that’s something we’d like to change but we need everyone’s help.

We’re looking for a good general set of best practices for each of the following specific presenters/ presentations so please let us know what has worked best for you both at events at which you’ve presented and which you’ve organized.

  • Opening Remarks
  • Emcees
  • Speakers

Example questions we’re looking to answer: What should be covered during opening remarks? How much content should an emcee share? How do you deal with attendees who interrupt your presentation?

But please don’t let that limit your response. Anything that can be of help to organizers, presenters, and emcees at WordCamps and Meetups could be relevant. We’re looking to curate some truly helpful advice and best practices for the handbook so let us know what you know, or what you’d like to see.

#wordcamps #meetups-2 #handbook