WordCamp Incubator Program to Launch in Indonesia, Zimbabwe, and Colombia

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After receiving 182 applications from cities all over the world, the WordPress Community Team has selected three locations for the WordCamp Incubator program:

  • Denpasar, Indonesia
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Medellín, Colombia

Representatives from the thirteen other short-listed locations are encouraged to organize a local WordPress meetup and will have the help of Community Team mentors as needed.

Thanks to the addition of a new volunteer deputy from the Community Team, the program will move forward with three locations, instead of having to scale back to two, as previously anticipated. Each event has been assigned a deputy who will meet bi-weekly with the local team to mentor the new WordCamp organizers.

Andrea Middleton outlined in the announcement how the team plans to proceed with getting these events off the ground.

“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,” Middleton said. “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.”

In order to take the pressure off the new organizers, the Community team will assist them in scheduling and finding speakers. The events will be 100% funded by the global sponsorship grant so organizers can focus on community building without the pressure of fundraising. Middleton said they are aiming for no more than three non-local speakers at each event, which she anticipates will happen in the last quarter of 2016.

The challenge with the Incubator program is to ensure these events are a launching point and not just a flash in the pan. Middleton and the community team deputies are working to establish these emerging communities so that they continue to grow organically after the events conclude.

“The goal for these events is to organize an easily reproducible, one-day, one-track event with about 50-75 attendees,” Middleton said. “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.”

18 Comments


    1. Thank you, that can be confusing for people

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  1. Great to see Denpasar is part of the program. I’m only a 2-hour flight away from Bali so a WordCamp there would be as close to a local WordCamp as it comes :)

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    1. Yeah, very attractive event to attend, the last WordCamp in Indonesia is WordCamp Jogja 2013. We can meet there may be Eric. :)

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  2. Wow it’s so awesome that we’ll be having a WordCamp in my hometown of Harare, Zimbabwe. How can I get in touch with my local organizers? I’d love to be a part of this!

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    1. Dude… you live here, in Harare too?

      We gotta get in touch with our organizers pronto!!!

      I SO gotta speak at this event.

      Glad to meet a fellow Zimbo here.

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      1. Hello from a former-Harare citizen, now in the UK (since 2001). Only a year into my WordPress journey, and pleasantly surprised to see Zim pop up in my WP newsfeed.

        How’s Harare these days? :)

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  3. I’m so happy that Colombia is part of the group
    I would love to participate as speaker
    How can I get in contact with the organizer?

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  4. This is great, how can l get in touch with the organisers in Zimbabwe. I really want to be part of this.

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  5. They will probably make announcements on make/wordpress.org/community once the dates are finalized and they start searching for speakers.

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  6. Big shock seeing mother Zimbabwe in the list.

    We’re not going to disappoint.

    I’m gonna hunt down the Zimbabwean organizers and make sure I’m part of this historic event!

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  7. Interesting.This got my attention too..Those in Zimbabwe when you get together drop me notifications and heads up so that we partake together.

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