WCSF Tickets and Stuff

Tickets sales for WordCamp San Francisco will be opening this week, so I wanted to do a pre-emptive note to all the contributor teams about some things we expect people to ask.

  • We are trying out an update to the ticketing system, which asks you to log in with your wordpress.org username (or create one). Since everyone on these teams has a wordpress.org username, this shouldn’t be a problem for any of you. Why are we doing this? So we can reflect WC participation in profiles.
  • For those staying for the summit day and team meetup days, this regular conference ticket covers you. If you are planning to skip the presentation days and just do the community days, still buy the regular ticket. We’ll ask people to specify which days they’re attending sometime after the schedule has been posted.
  • Worried we’ll sell out before you get a ticket? Don’t worry. We have a block of tickets reserved for contributors just like you, so if you’re traveling, in an opposite time zone, or just likely to oversleep, we can give you a special link to buy your ticket if we sell out. Never again: http://twitter.com/markjaquith/status/216596401713459200/photo/1
  • People receiving travel assistance are expected to buy tickets. Some travel assistance recipients have not yet responded to the offer, so we’ll be pinging those people this week as well to see what’s up.
  • People applying for visas should not buy a ticket until after the visa is approved. Again, don’t worry about tickets selling out. We have some in reserve for this, and giving a reservation link is easier than doing a refund (and doesn’t cost us anything, unlike a refund).
  • We’ll be opening a forum on the WCSF site after the first rush of ticket excitement has died down a bit, that will allow everyone to propose topics for the unconference day. Unlike the 2012, we’ll be setting the schedule in advance, so figuring out who wants to talk about what and with whom in these forums will be a good thing to do in the first couple of weeks in October, to give us a week to put together the grid.
  • Team meetups. This is the first time we’ve arranged for every team to have a face-to-face meetup. Historic moment! This isn’t just a chance to meet face-to-face, though. We’re expecting teams to take advantage of this opportunity to talk about issue, review progress (or lack thereof), set goals, and have discussions that will improve the processes and output of the teams. Working on a specific project together that’s been neglected or hasn’t been prioritized so there’s also a tangible output from the meetup is expected. Each group should start talking about their potential agenda and project. In a couple of weeks I’ll be asking team reps to let me know what their teams are considering, so we can work out an overall plan and set expectations for everyone.

Once the teams have talked about plans and they’ve been collected and checked to make sure no one’s trying to tackle too big a project or something, we’ll post all the team agendas/projects and a list of who’s attending.

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