Organizing WordPress Meetups: Supporting an Online Meetup

The Organizing Meetups is series of workshops aimed at all WordPress Community members across the world that are interested in organizing meetups.

Part 2 of the workshop is aimed at supporting meetup groups that would like to organize online events during the pandemic. This part will go into detail on the ins and outs of organizing online meetups, including topics like how to organize online meetups, how to keep them engaging, experimenting with different session formats, finding topics and speakers, among others.

Learning outcomes

  1. Familiarity with the different tools available to organizers to support and build their Meetups.
  2. A comfortable understanding of how to generate speaker ideas and/or resources for finding speakers.
  3. Ideas for different types of Meetup events, including how to run a Meetup based on the Learn platform.

Comprehension questions

  • What are some tools you can use to host online meetups?
  • Why is it important to bring in more organizers, and what are some ways to do so?
  • What are some ways for selecting topics and speakers? Do you always have to have experienced speakers?
  • What are some other event formats for Meetups?
  • Length 11 mins
  • Topic Community Team, Contributing, Meetups, WordPress
  • Language English
  • Captions English

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Angela Jin
An inveterate volunteer, Angela has a longstanding passion for building strong, inclusive communities. She joined Automattic in 2018 as a community organizer for the WordPress open source project, and adores working with WordPress communities around the world. Originally from Seattle, Washington, Angela is currently trying out Madrid, Spain, where she delights in learning Spanish, exploring by eating, and reading a good book.
Erica Varlese
I am a Community Wrangler sponsored by Automattic and based in the New York area. I spend most of my time contributing to the Polyglots, Community, and Training teams. My WordPress journey began about 10 years ago, when I started my blog while working as a freelance writer. In my offline life, I love travel, coffee, dogs, and learning languages (ping me in français, italiano, português, o español – I love any chance to practice!)
Hari Shanker R
I am a Community Manager for WordPress, and my contributions are sponsored by Automattic. WordPress is one of my biggest passions in my life and I enjoy working on programs that support the global WordPress community. I believe that open-source tech has the potential to make the world a better place. I have had a rather diverse career with significant experience in the domains of Retail Banking, Print & Web Journalism, Web Development, Entrepreneurship, Event Management, Professional Blogging, and Education. Outside of work, I enjoy writing (blogging) as a hobby, and I’m a compulsive bibliophile. I’m also happily married pet-parent.