WordCamp, Meetups, and Other Events: Let's Plan!

WordPress meetup groups around the world are being encouraged to break out of their habits and start doing more -- and more varied -- events. The goal is for the most people in the group to be able to have some connection with local WordPress folks, even if the regular meetup presentations don't work for them in terms of timing or content. So let's make some plans!

1. WordCamp Portland. Eric Mann and I looked at getting it going in the spring, but venue dates were so limited as to make it unfeasible. Based on feedback from previous years, we wanted to stay away from summer, leaving us with fall. It's time to start planning for a fall WordCamp. If you're interested in being on the team, come to this meeting (or if you can't make it, use the form at http://2014.portland.wordcamp.org/) to get involved.

2. What about other kinds of events we could do to benefit the community? Trainings, Contributor Days, Hackathons, etc would all be great, and the WordPress Foundation will cover venue costs for these kinds of things. Are you interested in planning or being involved with events like this? Come to the meeting, and let's try to plan some things like this for the 2nd half of the year!

3. Regular meetups. The presentation series for users and developers that are usually organized by Zack and Daniel are fantastic, but the people attending are a pretty small percentage of the entire group. Let's set up some additional recurring events in different formats/topics/parts of town to try and provide more opportunities to get involved. It only takes 2 people to start, and anyone can be an organizer! Even something as casual as 'let's meet at a coffeeshop and work on our WordPress sites' counts. If you have ideas, come to the meeting and let's get it going.

Because there was a significant response on the annual survey that said downtown meetups are kind of a pain (with some specific requests for meetups on the east side), we'll set the location of this meeting based on your votes --- leave a comment on this event post stating whether you'd rather meet downtown or on the east side. We'll set a location based on the majority and send out an update to those who RSVPed as yes.

Hope to see you there!

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  • Daniel P.

    I'd never thought about what it takes to organize a WordCamp, eye opening

    July 15

  • Kronda

    I won't make it, but I'd be interested / willing to do a training for site admins and host a coffee shop WP cowork (probably during the day).

    July 15

    • Jen M.

      Cool! The idea is for lots of people to run events, so after tonight's meetup we'll send around more info and some kind of sign up sheet.

      July 15

  • Jenny S.

    can't make it unfortunately but want to stay in the loop here!

    July 15

  • James G.

    I've been intending to attend my first WordPress meetup for a while now. I was just wondering if this event would be good for a first-timer like myself to attend, since it looks like the topic will be planning for a future event, or if I should catch the next one.

    July 14

    • Daniel P.

      This specific Meetup is for organizers and volunteers .... There are other WordPress Meetups with the title of User or Developer that have speakers and a topic.

      July 15

    • CA C.

      Hello. I won't be able to attend this evening.

      July 15

  • Denise H.

    I agree with Daniel Payne. Tualatin has easy access from I-5, 217 and I-205 and meeting places with free parking.

    1 · July 5

    • Jen M.

      Tualatin is a different city. It would be cool to start seeing events there as well, but I don't think it makes sense as the central Portland location, since it's 15 miles away.

      July 15

    • Blythe

      Very much agree with Jen... I come from Washougal. I LOVE an eastside venue. Plan to make tonight, but I do have a schedule conflict, and may not be able to.

      July 15

  • Dan M.

    I unfortunately have to miss tonight, but I'd still like to be involved in planning or volunteering for WCPDX, etc. as much as I can/is needed. Will other planning meetings be run through Meetup as well or should I get my contact info to someone?

    1 · July 15

  • Jen M.

    Updated with a location that's a throwback to the old beer & blog days: Green Dragon on SE 9th, so it will be casual. Unless it rains, let's plan to take over the patio. I'll bring some easel flip charts so can take notes of the plans we come up with and have sign-up sheets.

    July 14

  • Kronda

    We should definitely have it at Cup Coffee http://cupcoffeeco.com/ cause it's 1. A mile from my house :)-
    2. Right on the MAX line (across the street!)
    3. You can reserve the basement for free-ish ($40 worth of purchases by the group)
    4. Closer to Aaron Hockley. :)

    3 · July 10

    • Taylor D.

      Cup coffee's hours kind of stink, but their coffee and location is cool! Also just a few minutes from my house :)

      July 14

    • Jamie S.

      I have a meeting out in the west hills until 5:30, what times are we looking at for this?

      July 14

  • Jenny S.

    Coming from the deep west... so: downtown, the SE, or Sellwood (Sellwood Public House is a good meeting place) are ideal.

    July 11

  • Alex M.

    It being downtown is why I almost never go. It takes me 45 minutes to an hour to take a bus or MAX from the west side into downtown. It makes sense though as a central location for the presentations to be there, but I'd love to see some additional meetups, even if they're just casual "let's hang out and network" or something.

    July 11

  • Nancy Wirsig M.

    Here's a place on the east side with affordable space rental: http://taborspace.org/spaces/

    July 10

  • Nancy Wirsig M.

    I'm with Aaron, make it downtown (central) so it's equally inconvenient for everyone... and good for transit. For what it's worth, I'd be coming from far southWEST Portland.

    1 · July 10

  • Jamie S.

    I'm out by mt hood sooooo.... :)

    July 6

  • Benjamin T.

    I prefer places in the SE or Downtown. I'm excited to see the ideas that come from this meetup.

    1 · July 8

  • Mary Ann A.

    Downtown works fine for me but I am flexible.

    I would like to see more of a combination meetup between Designers and Developers. Something that is at a higher level than the Designer is generally and still down-to-earth enough that experienced designers can understand it.

    I have been to some of the Developer meetings in the past and I am pretty sure that the content was over the heads of most of the folks in the meeting.

    July 7

  • Matthew E.

    Jen, I have a schedule conflict and can't attend, but remain interested in helping with WCPDX.

    July 7

    • Robert L.

      Jen, I too have a scheduling conflict but am willing to help with WCPDX.

      July 7

  • Andrew M.

    As a TriMet-er in North Portland downtown works well for me

    July 6

  • Kostas N.

    Understandably everyone prefers to meet somewhere close to where they live (Tualatin, Vancouver, inner-NE in my case etc) but please consider all the people who use public transportation and/or bike. I believe downtown is the best choice. Also parking is not that bad if you park north of Burnside and walk across.

    1 · July 5

  • Aaron H.

    I'm in Vancouver, so I guess we should just do it here ;)

    While downtown PDX can be a parking mess, it does have the advantage of being equally inconvenient for most folks...

    4 · July 5

  • CA C.

    I'm in Gresham and can travel. Have you check with any of the local restaurants for a meeting place? I belong to some other Meet-Up groups and we meet in restaurants and coffee shops. Nice atmosphere for a gathering. Just a suggestion- Thanks Hope to meet you on the 15th.

    July 4

  • Scott H.

    and I'm in Clackamas, which pretty much spreads out the pack ;)

    July 4

  • Meredith F.

    Downtown actually works great for me, but I'll be there no matter what.

    1 · July 4

  • Daniel P.

    I'm from the suburbs, so prefer meeting in Tualatin.

    1 · July 4

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