WordCamp Incubator Program Receives 182 Applications, Narrows Candidates to 16 Communities

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In February the WordPress Community team announced that it would be launching an experimental WordCamp Incubator program. After a short application window of less than two weeks, the team received 182 applications from cities all over the world. Andrea Middleton reported that the team has narrowed the submissions down to the following 16 communities:

  • Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Chandigarh, India
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Kalamata, Greece
  • Kampala, Uganda
  • Kochi, India
  • Lagos, Nigeria
  • Medellin, Colombia
  • Nagpur, India
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Udaipur, India
  • Ulyanovsk, Russia

Some of these communities already have active local meetups and others have no organization whatsoever. Selection of the final cities will be based on the location’s potential to foster an emerging WordPress community.

The original plan was to incubate three WordCamps in 2016, but due to staffing changes the new scaled back plan is to commit to two events and intensively mentor a third. Middleton explained that the difference between the two is in the amount of support the local team will receive from the designated community team deputy:

Incubating an event will involve the deputy both advising local volunteers — acting as a kind of project manager for the team — as well as doing some of the organizing work on the event, like a lead organizer usually does. Intensively-mentoring will be more project management and involve less actual organizing work on the part of the deputy.

Middleton said the team is speaking with the remaining applicants about their communities and assessing their abilities to organize a one-day, one-track WordCamp with the help of the community team. The small events will focus on getting the local community connected for future events.

The WordCamp Incubator program is an intriguing concept that has so far received a great deal of interest from potential new organizers. Many locations in the remaining list of candidates are situated in regions that are not as easily accessible to existing WordPress communities. These are places that might not otherwise have an opportunity to host a WordCamp for years without a little boost.

We’ll be following the progress of the Incubator program to see if the experiment can successfully hatch a handful of new local communities. The three locations selected will be announced this month.

8 Comments


  1. Cool. Do Nigerian scammers really use WP though?

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    1. Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa and one of our biggest tech hubs.

      Perhaps not the most appropriate generalisation ;)

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      1. And also the source of so many internet scams. Most ecommerce site owners I know block Nigeria completely (myself included) among other countries (a TON of them in Africa of course).

        Of course if Prince Moontaco is really interested in letting me keep a cut for cashing (bogus) money orders, I’m in. :)

        I’d say the generalization is well-earned.

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    2. I guess no one will know until one of the few answers you.
      In the mean time, a lot of law-abiding Nigerians use WP, across the whole country. We use WP most, followed by other CMSs like Joomla, and Drupal
      SMH.

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  2. I vote Kalamata, Greece.

    But only cuz’ I love the olives. : )

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  3. Glad to have Lagos on the map. Looking forward to being a part of it! :)

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