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IRL FTW! Organizing Meetups and WordCamps

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  • Stats from matt... Millions of blogs\nThriving online communities\nTranslate into offline \n
  • IRL is important. You know this because you're here\nTalking about meet ups/word camps\n
  • Usually monthly, but don't hesitate to get together more often\nTake advantage of special guests in town\n
  • Free is ideal\nCompanies?\nWork spaces?\nEducational facilities?\n
  • "user" group vs builder group\n
  • meetup.com fee\n
  • Venue, badges, food, swag, streaming all are optional\nDon't model SF\n
  • It's up to you\nPeople assume speakers are an authority. Vet them. \nFeature local. \n
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  • Don't copy WCSF, Not big-dollar event\nDon't seek lots of money or make profit\nFind local sponsors, adwords\n
  • Let's talk logistics\n
  • Venue: cheap, no catering lockin\nAV, wifi\nFood: DIY, bring own, send people out\nSwag is optional\nBadges\n\n\n
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  • 1. IRL FTW!Organizing Meetups and WordCamps Aaron Hockley @ahockley
  • 2. Meetups /User groups
  • 3. Meetups: Location• Big enough• Wifi• A/V
  • 4. Meetups: Content• Topics: broad or narrow• Mix w/ related groups• Invite notable guests
  • 5. Meetups: Last Thoughts• Use ustream for free/easy streaming• Close with "whos hiring, whos looking"
  • 6. WordCamp:Its the PeopleEverything Else Is Secondary
  • 7. Event Format• All scheduled?• Unconference?• Solo speakers?• Panels?
  • 8. Support from WP Foundation• Registration/ ticketing• Financial management• Planning resources
  • 9. plan.wordcamp.org
  • 10. WordCamp IsntAbout the Money
  • 11. WordCamp Logistics
  • 12. WordCamp Logistics• Venue• Food• Shirts / badges / swag
  • 13. Q&A Aaron Hockleyaaronhockley.com @ahockley