[wp-edu] Hosting WordCamps

Helen Hou-Sandi helen.y.hou at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 21:44:44 UTC 2010

Looks like we'd probably be able to scare up some interest and resources at
the University of Rochester! Jane, maybe you still know some locals :)


Helen Hou-Sandi
757.288.8767 (cell)

On Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 1:27 PM, Jane Wells <jane at automattic.com> wrote:

> One of the biggest hurdles for organizing a WordCamp in any city is finding
> a venue. Ideally, venues are donated, so that the organizers can focus on
> content rather than raising lots of money for room rentals, and one of the
> best sources of venue donation is college and university campuses. They tend
> to have various room sizes, projectors, etc. and are usually easy to get to.
> Since academia is a growing area of WordPress use, it frequently happens
> that hosting a WordCamp at a college campus is possible because someone at
> the college wanted to be involved in bringing a WordCamp to their school. A
> faculty member who wants his/her department to host/sponsor a WordCamp has
> built-in access to facilities and services, while an outside organizer would
> be handed off to conference rentals, when what is usually appealing about
> campuses is the classroom format.
> Why am I telling you this? If you are on this list, chances are you're
> using WordPress in an academic setting. Some WordCamps, like New York City,
> feature an academic track due to close collaboration with college personnel,
> and I'd like to see this trend continue.
> If you work for a college with a campus that would make a good setting for
> a WordCamp and would be interested in getting involved, let me know. I can
> try to put you together with local people who are also interested in
> organizing a WordCamp. Whether you try to include an academic track or not,
> bringing WordCamp to your campus has benefits on all sides.
> While I'm at it, is anyone here affiliated with any San Francisco
> universities? :)
> Jane
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