After receiving 182 applications, WordPress.org last week announced the final three locations for the WordCamp Incubator program:
- Denpasar, Indonesia
- Harare, Zimbabwe
- Medellín, Colombia
The WordCamp Incubator program was first announced back in February as a way to bring WordCamp support to areas that have never hosted a conference. Each city will be paired with a mentor and begin by hosting monthly meetings.
“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,” the announcement said.
Each location will have a deputy that acts like a project manager and reports the team’s progress in a bi-weekly Incubator Update thread on WordPress.org.
Along with helping keep a schedule and finding venues, the team will work to bring in speakers.
“Our goal will be to feature no more than three non-local speakers at each event. As for sponsorship, the global sponsorship grant for these events will cover 100 percent of the event’s fundraising needs, so that organizers don’t need to spend much time drumming up sponsorship,” the announcement said. “We’ll accept local sponsors of course, but incubator events won’t be given a local fundraising goal that they need to meet.”
The hope is that these communities will feel empowered to continue hosting WordCamps independently in the future.
Providing communities with the tools to create their own WordCamps is another exciting step towards making WordPress more accessible to users all over the world.
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