IRL FTW!Organizing Meetups and WordCamps   Aaron Hockley    @ahockley
Meetups /User groups
Meetups: Location• Big enough• Wifi• A/V
Meetups: Content• Topics: broad or  narrow• Mix w/ related  groups• Invite notable  guests
Meetups: Last         Thoughts• Use ustream for  free/easy streaming• Close with "whos  hiring, whos  looking"
WordCamp:Its the PeopleEverything Else Is Secondary
Event Format• All scheduled?• Unconference?• Solo speakers?• Panels?
Support from WP        Foundation• Registration/  ticketing• Financial  management• Planning resources
plan.wordcamp.org
WordCamp IsntAbout the Money
WordCamp Logistics
WordCamp Logistics• Venue• Food• Shirts / badges /  swag
Q&A Aaron Hockleyaaronhockley.com   @ahockley
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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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  • IRL FTW! Organizing Meetups and WordCamps

    1. 1. IRL FTW!Organizing Meetups and WordCamps Aaron Hockley @ahockley
    2. 2. Meetups /User groups
    3. 3. Meetups: Location• Big enough• Wifi• A/V
    4. 4. Meetups: Content• Topics: broad or narrow• Mix w/ related groups• Invite notable guests
    5. 5. Meetups: Last Thoughts• Use ustream for free/easy streaming• Close with "whos hiring, whos looking"
    6. 6. WordCamp:Its the PeopleEverything Else Is Secondary
    7. 7. Event Format• All scheduled?• Unconference?• Solo speakers?• Panels?
    8. 8. Support from WP Foundation• Registration/ ticketing• Financial management• Planning resources
    9. 9. plan.wordcamp.org
    10. 10. WordCamp IsntAbout the Money
    11. 11. WordCamp Logistics
    12. 12. WordCamp Logistics• Venue• Food• Shirts / badges / swag
    13. 13. Q&A Aaron Hockleyaaronhockley.com @ahockley

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