[wp-hackers] Meetups

Jane Wells jane at automattic.com
Fri Jun 18 13:26:05 UTC 2010

Hi Alex. WordPress meetups are generally informal local gatherings that 
tend to happen monthly in a given location. Though we are planning to 
bring planning functionality for these into wordpress.org soon, for now 
a lot of people use http://meetup.com to organize these kind of regular 
meetup groups.

WordCamps are annual gatherings that bring together more people, often 
from surrounding areas, and are organized via wordcamp.org. The WordCamp 
UK event that Mike Little linked to is the official event for this year. 
That said, places that have in past years had one all-encompassing event 
named for their country (or in the UK's case, their collection of 
countries) are finding that with the rapid growth of WordPress and 
people who want to grow their local communities, there are more 
WordCamps happening than ever. For example, there's WordCamp UK, but 
there was also a WordCamp Ireland this year. I would not be surprised to 
see a WordCamp London separate from a WordCamp Manchester at some point 
in the future (just as an example), let alone seeing breakout events in 
Scotland or Wales as those communities grow, so there are opportunities 
to get involved. The first step is to get involved with your local 
meetup group if there is one, and if there's not one, then start one. :)

Jose Fontainhas has also talked about organizing a "WordCamp Europe" 
that would be larger and bring together people of many countries and 
have a bit more focus on international issues, though that event has not 
been confirmed yet.

If you have any questions about setting up a meetup or WordCamp feel 
free to email me offlist at jane at wordcamp.org.


On 6/17/10 8:50 PM, Alexander Hempton-Smith wrote:
> What is the process for promoting the idea of a wordpress meetup? I
> could put in a plan for a European meetup, but I'm not sure what the
> uptake would be?
> It would be in the West Midlands of the UK, bringing together 4
> countries straight away ( Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England) and
> hoping to bring in people from all over the world!
> I'll make it happen if people are interested.
> -- Alex
> Sent from my iPhone
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