This page serves to keep track of the various projects that the community team are currently engaged with.

Local 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 a group of people including Courtney Patubo Kranzke, Rocío Valdivia, and involves the projects listed below. To get involved, 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.” them in the #community-team Slack channel, leave a comment on a relevant post, or use the team contact form.

New 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. Application Review

Respond to incoming requests to join the meetup chapter program. Includes vetting meetup applications, interviewing applicants, running organizer orientations, checking for existing groups, and chapter setup on meetup.com if approved. This group of volunteers also initiates swag shipments to new organizers.

Status: Ongoing.
Volunteers Needed: Yes, 4–5 people.
Experience Required: Good search skills (to check for poorly indexed groups not on meetup.com, as well as to vet applicants), 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, 1–2 people.
Experience Required: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, at least 1–2 years in the WordPress community (so you’re familiar with the community’s background), 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 and/or have 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 up to 10+ hours per month, depending on what you want to do.

 

WordCamps

WordCamps are the annual WordPress events organized by local communities. The WordCampWordCamp A WordCamp is a conference where the WordPress community come together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. https://central.wordcamp.org/about/. program is overseen by Andrea Middleton and Cami Kaos, and involves the projects listed below. To get involved, ping them in the #community-team Slack channel, leave a comment on a relevant post, or use the team contact form. 

Community Deputy Program

Community deputies are a team of volunteers in the Community Team from all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview and train lead organizers, order swag for Meetups and WordCamps, mentor WordCamp organizers,wrangle & advise sponsors, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each.. The Deputy handbook has more  information as well as a sign up form for those interested in joining the program. You can see the list of currently active deputies here.

Mentorship Programs

Google Summer of Code

The Google Summer of Code, often abbreviated to GSoC, is an international annual program, first held from May to August 2005,[1] in which Google awards stipends, which depends on the purchasing power parity of the country the student’s university belongs to,[2] to all students who successfully complete a requested free and open-source software coding project during the summer. The program is open to university students aged 18 or over.

For more information, please see the full article on Wikipedia.

The next session is planned for 2018.

Outreachy

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and 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. software get involved. We provide a supportive community for beginning to contribute any time throughout the year and offer focused internship opportunities twice a year with a number of free software organizations.

For more information, please check the Outreachy program site.

The next session is planned for 2018.