[wp-edu] Hosting WordCamps

Muro, Matthew mmuro at advance.ua.edu
Tue Nov 16 21:32:11 UTC 2010


I'd be interested in learning more in order to get the University of Alabama involved.

Matthew Muro
Web Developer
UA Office of Web Communications

On Nov 15, 2010, at 12:27 PM, Jane Wells 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? :)

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