It’s been a seriously long time since my last update; sorry! Mea culpa maxima, for sure.
- Approved the following WordCamps for planning: Minneapolis, Chicago, Nicaragua, Hamilton, and Nashville
- Approved the budgets for and put the following WordCamps on the schedule: Atlanta, Miami, Melbourne, North Canton, Windsor, and Columbus
- Worked with the following WordCamps on planning: Ottawa, Seattle, Winnipeg, Cluj-Napoca, Pune, Baroda, Jerusalem, Bologna, and Norway
- Published 26 WordCamp 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. videos
- All subcommittees are fully kicked off; most stalled or paused during the holidays.
- Event Training Materials has a great list of documents that they’re working on collecting or asking organizers to write. I’m working with them to prioritize the list. Andy McIlwain had to resign from this group due to work pressures.
- Multi-Event Sponsorships is almost ready to propose a program; they took a break for the holidays and should be back at it next week.
- The New Organizer Mentorship Program is homing in on a functioning program, which we’ll add as a page on plan.wordcamp.org. In the next two weeks I expect to be able to have a comprehensive plan to have approved by the Team Reps.
- WordCamp Base Theme Page Templates got stuck over the holidays too, but as of this week they’re wireframing Speaker and Session profile templates and a Day Of WordCamp template and should have those ready to review when they meet on Tuesday. This team was hit particularly hard by the holidays, but I’m hoping people will drift back soon; if not, I’ll make another call for volunteers.
- Review WordCamp Guidelines is having a hard time getting a handle on their scope, but is almost ready to start reaching out to past WordCamp organizers for input on the guidelines. I expect that data-gathering phase to start next week.
- WordPress.tv Event Video moderators have a working P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. that they use quite effectively, and though things slowed down over the holidays, they’ve already bounced back and are interested in doing some planning for 2013. They’re really doing a great job.
- Andrea to write a year-end post for WordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each.
- Andrea to touch base with the remaining “stalled” subcommittees and help them come up with some target dates for completion
- Andrea to revisit WordCamp stickers and ship buttons to all events on the schedule that don’t already have them.
- WordCamp Victoria is tomorrow, the first on the calendar for 2013, and Phoenix is next weekend. It’s starting again!
- Get WordCamp Base Theme trac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. opened up for contributors.
A side note: We have a #wordcamp room on irc.freenode.net now – I’m still trying to figure out how to best use this resource so I haven’t publicized it yet. Should we just let people know about it so they can ask WordCamp questions of other WordCamp enthusiasts? Maybe a weekly open forum for organizers to get together to share and commiserate? Or none of the above? 🙂 I’m open to suggestions!
Another side note: The Events group is not listed in the drop-down menu under Get Involved. I can’t remember if this is on purpose or an oversight.
Since @andreamiddleton is on vacation this week, I’m acting as her backup and posting the Events group intro.
This is a new official contributor group, though people have been contributing to WordPress by organizing WordPress events for more than 6 years. The group is newly formed, but there are already quite a few contributors, made up of pre-existing WordCamp 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. and Meetup 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. organizers. Andrea and I posted a laundry list of projects that should fall under the group’s aegis, and people volunteered to work on the ones that inspired them the most. Andrea is currently in the process of posting “assignments” to these projects based on a combination of expressions of interest and required skills and/or backgrounds.
The projects are numerous, which is a risk; keeping track of so many actions at once can be difficult, especially in a mostly-volunteer environment where deadlines may have to be set aside on occasion as the day job requires it, so keeping things moving but manageable is the top priority right now.
Here are the areas where “subcommittees” of contributors will be working on putting together recommendations, or will be getting trained in how to maintain things:
- WordPress.tv event video management
- Multi-event Sponsorship Program
- Event planning training materials
- Meetups program
- WordCamp guidelines review
- Translation of event guidelines and/or materials
- New organizer mentorship
- WordCamp base theme templates
- Speaker mentorship
- Event type inventory
There will be natural areas of overlap with the Training and Community Outreach groups. Regular updates from this group will be posted on Thursdays by Andrea moving forward.