The WordPress Community Summit is a by-invitation conference being held at the end of October 2012. We’re still in the planning stages, and this site will grow in the coming weeks to include information for attendees as well as event sponsorships, agenda, possible livestreaming, etc. In the meantime, here’s an FAQ based on the tweets and emails coming my way in the past day.
How Did You Decide Who to Invite?
The contributor group team reps from core, support (forums/docs), ui, theme review, plugin review, polyglots, and events formed the summit invite selection committee. A total of 18 people reviewed the list of potential invitees based on the nominations (both self and other) that we received from the original call for nominations. Some of the reviewers were familiar with many of the names submitted for consideration already, while others knew hardly any and had to go look people up online.
In voting on each name, we kept several things in mind:
- Active contributions to the WordPress.org project
- Influence/reach in the broader WordPress ecosystem (not necessarily within WordPress.org)
- Area of expertise (wanted a good spread between core, themes, plugins, consultants)
- Company (wanted to get multiple theme companies to the table vs having 5-10 people from 1)
- Location (tried to get a decent international contingent so we wouldn’t be so US-focused)
- Opposing Points of View (wanted to get people who typically take aim on Twitter talking to each other instead)
The selection committee members voted Yes, Maybe, No, or I don’t know this person (generally reserved for an unknown without enough of an online presence to form an opinion about their involvement). Anyone with more than 50% yesses and 0 “no” votes went on the invite list. Anyone who received “no” votes but still got more than 50% yesses/maybes was the subject of a discussion. Anyone who got less than 50% yes or maybe votes was reviewed, but not as much since by the time we finished the first two rounds we were having size issues already. Then we had to start cutting names, which sucked, because they were people we’d wanted to have there, but we were pretty far over our intended size already, even with the assumed 20% non-accept rate. So those people moved over to a Maybe list, and if we wind up with any room on the list later on we will reach out. Then we had Matt take a look to see if he thought we’d made any egregious omissions before sending invites (he didn’t think so).
What Did the Invites Say?
When it comes to WordPress, you’re kind of a big deal! We think so, anyway, and we’d like to invite you to participate in the community summit being planned for October 2012 by the WordPress.org contributor group team reps.
Who’ll Be There?
• Representatives from all the WordPress.org contributor groups: core development, forums/docs, theme review, plugin review, events, polyglots, accessibility, mobile apps, and any new contributor groups formed between now and then
• WordPress lead developers
• Co-founder and project leader Matt Mullenweg
• Other big deals from the community of WordPress makers: themers, plugin devs, consultants and agencies, hosting companies, translators, WordCamp and meetup organizers, etc.
• The event will be kept small to ensure that everyone can meet everyone else
What’s the Purpose of this Event?
• Build bridges between the people making WordPress (via the contributor groups) and the people doing the best and most influential work built on top of it
• Open channels of communication between project leaders, volunteers, and professionals in the community
• Learn more about each others’ goals, challenges, and ways we can help each other
• Share best practices
• Have a few drinks and get to know each other better 🙂
What’s the Format?
• Combination of flash talks, peer discussions, workshops, q&a, town hall, social time
• Agenda to be determined in part by the interests of the participants
• Since we’re trying to keep it small, hopefully we can livestream some portions to benefit your colleagues back home and the broader community
What Are the Logistics?
• Date: Monday, October 29, 2012
• Location: Tybee Island, GA
• Ticket Price: $100
• RSVP: By August 20 to reserve your spot
• Sponsorship Opportunities: Will be announced August 20
• Housing: Hotels, condos, and rental cottages are in walking distance and will have lodging discount codes
• The scheduled conference is one day long, but staying a day or two longer for hack days will be an option
• Some travel scholarships will be available
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or ping me on Skype.
You can RSVP yes, no, or maybe at [rsvp-poll-link]. We would love for you to be a part of the group, so hopefully you’ll RSVP yes and we’ll be in touch with more details soon!
Thanks for all you do for the WordPress community,
So Who Was Invited?
Had planned to focus more on who was participating after getting the RSVPs, but since there seems to be a lot of interest in knowing who was invited, here’s the list:
Aaron Campbell (team rep)
Alex Rabe – NextGen Gallery
Andrea Middleton (team rep)
Andrea Rennick (team rep)
Andrey Savchenko (rarst on wpse)
Andrew Nacin (team rep)
Chip Bennett (team rep)
Cristi Burca (team rep)
Daryl Koopersmith (team rep)
Diana (Katayama) Cury
Emil Uzelac (team rep)
Helen Hou-Sandi (team rep)
Jane Wells (team rep)
Johan “Spocke” Sörlin
John James Jacoby
Joost de Valk
Mark Jaquith (team rep)
Mel Pedley (team rep)
Michael “Mitcho” Erlewine
Mika Epstein (team rep)
Mike Schroder (team rep)
Otto Wood (team rep)
Remkus De Vries
Scott Reilly (team rep)
Thomas Scholz (toscho on wpse)
Will P Davis
Zé Fontainhas (team rep)
I Want to Know More!
That’s awesome, and we want to be as transparent as possible. We also need to get a bunch of stuff done, so the main focus right now is getting RSVPs, putting together a budget, and then raising sponsorship money to pay for the thing. So we’ll turn this into a site with lots of information, but please be patient while we attend to the more time-sensitive details first. Thanks!