Welcome to the WordCamp Video Challenge, our WordPress.tv (WPTV) teams’s first global contributor weekend! The goal of this weekend challenge is to make it easy for anyone to become a volunteer contributor to wordpress.tv. There are two ways you can accept this challenge

Option #1: Create one hour worth of subtitles or captions to add to an existing video on WordPress.tv that needs them, and submit your caption file to WordPress.tv to be added to the video. You can do this by subtitling several videos that are shorter in length, as long as the total number of video minutes add up to 60 or more. It’s also okay to do partial captioning, such as adding subtitles for the first half of a 40-minute video. The tool we use lets you save them and then somebody else can come along and do the remaining portion later.

Instructions for completing this challenge here

Option #2: Edit one hour of WordCamp video and submit to WordPress.tv.

If you can complete either of these challenges over the course of the weekend, that would be amazing, but there is no minimum commitment — even just starting out and giving us as much as you were able to finish is a helpful contribution! We will tally the results of this weekend contributor drive both individually and per local meetup group, so getting together with some other folks to work on videos together is a great way to participate and have fun.

You can get started with this challenge here!

Here’s what you’ll need to participate:

  • A WordPress.org account – Log in at wordpress.org/support. If you don’t already have an account there, create one.
  • A WordPress.org Slack account – If you are not already on it, join the WordPress.org Slack instance for contributors. This is the group chat room application we use for all WordPress contributor teams, and is where the WPTV team will be available to answer questions if you get stuck. It’s also where the action will be reported as we periodically tally how many submissions we’ve had over the weekend.
  • Computer – You will need a laptop or desktop computer for the video editing challenge, and it is recommended for the subtitle/caption challenge. You may be able to use a tablet or mobile device for the subtitle/caption challenge, so if that applies to you, let us know in Slack in the #WPTV channel.
  • Headphones – This is optional if you are working in a quiet space by yourself, but if you are in a shared workspace, or other noisy location, you will need headphones
  • Editing Software (Video Editing Challenge only) – The edits you need to make on a typical WordCamp video are simple and don’t require a professional app, but you will need something that has basic editing tools, such as iMovie on a Mac. There is an open-source application called Shotcut you can download for free as well.

What to do when you are ready to start the WordCamp Video Challenge:

  • Add yourself to the challenge spreadsheet. Pick an empty row and enter your name, wordpress.org username, slack username, and location, and which challenge option (editing or captions) you want to take on. You can choose both types if you want to try both. When you have chosen a video to subtitle or edit, grab the link and put it into the appropriate column — this will give us an easier way to track your work when we tally the results next week. If you are not on this spreadsheet, we won’t have a way to credit you for your participation, so do this first!
  • Join the #wptv channel at https://wordpress.slack.com/messages/wptv/ and introduce yourself to any video team members (and/or other challenge takers) who might be online to let them know you are getting started.
  • Open the wptv handbook in a tab so you’ll have quick access to the main reference for completing your challenge.
  • If you are going to work on subtitling/captioning, follow these instructions to begin creating subtitles
  • If you are going to work on video editing, follow these instructions to begin editing.

How will we assess your answer?

Once the challenge weekend has ended, the video team will check out all submissions during the following week and create a tally of how many minutes of video you have subtitled and/or edited. When we announce next month’s contributor weekend, we will recognize all those who successfully completed the video challenge. It is okay to try your hand at both subtitles and video editing this weekend — you don’t have to complete an hour of each to successfully complete the challenge, just an hour all together, so you could (for example) subtitle a 20 minute video and edit a 45 minute video and that would be considered successful for this challenge weekend.

Please be sure to add your name and info about the video you worked on here. We want to be sure you get recognized for your hard work!

Who’s running this show?
There are often a number of volunteers in the #wptv channel on Slack (as mentioned above, you’ll need to create an account to interact there) who can help if you if you need help. @jerrysarcastic will be online on Saturday to answer questions, and other volunteers will pop in and out throughout the weekend.

What counts as “the weekend” for this thing?
As long as it is February 27-28 in your time zone, your contributions will be counted. After we’ve caught up with checking all the submissions that have come in from the end of the challenge, we’ll tally it all up, and we’ll post the results here on our team blog. The results will also be published to meetup groups in the March email from the community team, and in a post on wordpress.org/news.