Events Group Update for January 31, 2013

Past Week(s):

  • interviewed 4 WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. applicants
  • approved 4 WordCamps for pre-planning
  • approved the budgets and dates for 7 WordCamps and put them on the oficial schedule
  • weathered/got sandbagged by Caputo/ThemeForest/GPLgate and talked to a lot of people asking questions about GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. & guidelines
  • worked with 10 WordCamps in planning
  • reminded subcommittees to post to the Events site
  • Event Video Moderators added 3 new volunteers and set a meeting schedule
  • Review WordCamp Guidelines has created a survey for past and present WordCamp organizers to start zeroing in on pain points with the guidelines. They’re trying to start broad and then narrow down into more detailed conversations as their project progresses.
  • Review WordCamp Guidelines also had a hangout with Matt about GPL issues and philosophy.
  • WordCamp New Organizer Mentorship Program group has created & collectively reviewed a set of documents for the program, including expectations for mentors and mentees, a mentor application, and mentor/mentee feedback forms.
  • Event Planning Training Materials group added a couple of volunteers, and is working to get back to a roadmap. I feel this will happen more quickly now that they have more people.
  • WordCamp Base Theme Templates group also gained a few members and is working to code up a new sessions template and a “day of” WordCamp template.
  • Multi-Event Sponsorship group is really stalled. They just need to find one more meeting time that works for everyone, but things keep falling apart. I’m going to give them one more week to get it together, and if they can’t, then re-form the group.
  • Aaron did some Meeetup Best Practices posts that got a lot of participation, yay!
  • Andrea ordered some basic stickers for WordCamp swag from Sticker Giant.
  • Events groups were asked to move their meetings to #wordpress-events on freenode

Coming week:

  • form a group to create MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through 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 will help you find options in your area. guidelines
  • launch the Mentorship Program
  • send out Guidelines Pain Points survey to WordCamp organizers
  • continue coding Day of Event and Session templates
  • make another Meetup Best Practices post
  • review and publish videos from Phoenix, Nepal, and Vancouver
  • publish some Event Planning Training Materials at GPL vetting checklist, invoice and budget templates, and WordCamp milestones documents
  • continue responding to WordCamp applications and working with WordCamps in planning