This page serves to keep track of the various projects/teams that are either at work or about to start. We’re just filling it out starting February 14, so please be patient with us as each project team posts their information.

Local Communities (Meetups)

Meetups are the groups that power year-round local WordPress communities. The WordPress chapter program with meetup.com provides central account management for official groups. The Meetups program is overseen by Josepha Haden, and involves the projects listed below. To get involved, ping her in the team IRC channel, leave a comment on a relevant post, or use the team contact form.

New Meetup Application Review

Respond to incoming requests to join the meetup chapter program. Includes talking to applicants, checking for existing groups, and chapter setup on meetup.com if approved. Once we have the new meetup starter packs in place, this group of volunteers will also initiate shipments to new organizers.

Status: Ongoing.
Volunteers Needed: Yes, 1 or 2 for now would be enough.
Experience Required: Good search skills (to check for poorly indexed groups not on meetup.com), good written communication skills, friendly and welcoming attitude.
Time Commitment: Flexible, about an hour or two per week.

Existing Meetup Transfers

Respond to incoming requests from existing meetup organizers to join the chapter account, and reach out to qualifying groups to invite them to join. Review the guidelines with organizers and make sure there are no conflicts that need to be resolved. Submit group information to meetup.com for quarterly opt-in process if approved.

Status: Ongoing, but finite — just until we’ve contacted all the WordPress groups on meetup.com.
Volunteers Needed: Yes, 4-5 people.
Experience Required: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, at least 1-2 years in the WordPress community (so you’re familiar with the politics/cliques/backstories), ability to defuse tense situations and not take it personally if a community member directs their frustration/anger/defensiveness at you.
Time Commitment: Flexible, and as much time as you’d like. At least 1 hour per week, but as many hours as you want to offer, we’ll take.

Running a Local WordPress Meetup

Organize a local group, or an event series within a group to bring together WordPress users in your area.

Status: Ongoing
Volunteers Needed: Yes
Experience Required: Familiarity with/a love of WordPress, desire to meet other people who love WordPress, good communication skills, reliability, good organization skills.
Time Commitment: Varies based on role. Anywhere from 2 hours per month to 10+ depending on what you want to do.

New Meetup Starter Pack

Create a set of helpful materials to kickstart new local WordPress groups. Things like printed signs, sign-in sheets, sample flyers, and WordPress-branded buttons and stickers can help make it easier to get started. Need to create documents, decide on contents of package, and manage a shipment schedule.

Status: Just Starting
Volunteers Needed: Yes, a small team of 3-5 people.
Experience Required: Need multiple people: designers, writers, and existing meetup organizers to help decide what should be included in the starter packs.
Time Commitment: A few hours for a week or two.

 

WordCamp Central

WordCamps are the annual WordPress conferences put on by local communities. The WordCamp program is overseen by Andrea Middleton, and involves the projects listed below. To get involved, ping her in the team IRC channel, leave a comment on a relevant post, or use the team contact form.

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WordPress.tv

Moderation (Video Submissions, Comments)

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Video Subtitles

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Video Post-production

Often there is a long lag between a WordCamp and when the videos finally arrive on WordPress.tv because local groups don’t have volunteers with video editing experience to take the files from the memory cards and turn them into uploadable videos for each session. As a volunteer, you would download the  raw files, cut them into individual sessions, in some cases splice in accompanying slides or screencasts, and then upload the videos to WordPress.tv.

Status: Ongoing.
Volunteers Needed: Yes, desperately.
Experience Required: Video editing, compression, comfortable using both WordPress and ftp, able to cut images (slides) into videos.
Time Commitment: Flexible. Greatest need after each WordCamp.

Video Production Tutorials

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Diversity Outreach

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Demographic Study

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Mentorship Programs

Google Summer of Code

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GNOME Outreach Program for Women

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Summer Camp

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Contributor Drives

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Academic Programs

College Outreach

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High School Outreach

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Public Service

Help Desks

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Non-profit Site Builds

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Training

Theme School Modules

Theme School is based on the idea of creating a thorough set of modules that would make it possible to teach a workshop on theme creation, development, and troubleshooting, beginning through advanced. These modules can be taught by themselves or strung together to create half day and whole day sessions. Theme School is the first phase in a larger plan to create WordPress approved classroom-style curriculum (aka Training Modules) for all the main areas of WordPress knowledge.

Status: Ongoing
Volunteers Needed: Yes Please!
Experience Required: Customer Service knowledge, WordPress experience, Editing experience, Strong Writing skills, Teaching/Training experience is all useful!
Time Commitment: Flexible, about an hour or two per week.