Earlier this year WordPress.org announced they were looking to set up three projects in cities that are lacking an active WordPress community, to help them organise and run their first WordCamp. Almost 200 cities submitted their bids and the three chosen locations have now been announced:
- Medellín, Colombia
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Denpasar, Indonesia
A volunteer deputy has been assigned to each location and will assist them in setting up the event and helping to establish a WordPress community within the city.
In the recent announcement, project lead Andrea Middleton confirmed the following:
‘Denpasar, Harare, and Medellín will work with their respective deputies to start a monthly WordPress meetup group or add their existing meetup group to the chapter account program. Once the local WordPress user group is meeting regularly, each team will work on finding a venue, setting a date, recruiting speakers, and spreading the word about the upcoming WordCamp. I’m thinking all three of these events will happen in the last quarter of 2016, but that’s flexible based on the preferences and needs of each local community.
As a reminder, the goal for these events is to organize an easily reproducible, one-day, one-track event with about 50-75 attendees. Hopefully by the end of the organizing/incubating experience, members of the local community will feel confident that they can organize an annual WordCamp independently in the years to come.’
We’re excited to follow the journeys that these three communities undertake throughout 2016 and can’t wait to see how their first WordCamp meet ups go. The WordCamp Incubator is a fantastic way to create new WordPress communities across the globe, so congratulations to the team who made it happen.