It’s that time of year again – we’re looking for motivated volunteers to join the WordCamp Cape Town 2019 Organising Team.
In case you didn’t know: WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences that focus on everything WordPress. Each WordCamp is different, reflecting the local WordPress community it represents, but usually a wide range of people from casual users to core developers participate, share ideas, and get to know each other.
A WordCamp Organising Team should consist of 5-10 diverse people who want to promote WordPress and help grow the local community. This means we’re looking for any individuals with a wide range of skills to join our team and help put together one of the greatest WordPress conferences in Africa.
Not sure if you’ve got what it takes to be a part of the Organising Team? Nonsense! It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner user, an experienced UX designer, a mid-level front-end developer or a social media guru – it takes team work to make the dream work, and we need multiple skill sets to make WordCamp a success.
You’re probably thinking “It must take so much time to organise a conference, and I just don’t have any…” and you’d be correct. However, that’s why we try build a strong team to help share the workload.
As someone who’s been a part of the Organising Team for a few years now, I can testify that in most cases all it takes is up to 2 hours a week – a 1 hour meeting that happens via the #wcct-planning channel in Slack, and possibly 1 hour to work towards the goals for the next meeting. It’s also very important to remember that we are all volunteers – if you’re unable to make a meeting, or a deadline for a specific task is missed by a few days, IT’S OK! Life happens, we are all working professionals with lives and families, and we understand that.
So what are we looking for exactly? Listed below are some of the responsibilities involved with running a WordCamp:
- Venue logistics (including insurance)
- Fundraising (finding & securing sponsorship)
- Budget/money handling
- Speaker recruitment & selection
- Swag (t-shirts, towels, etc.)
- Volunteer wrangling
- Printing (Agenda’s, signage, etc.)
- Design (Logo’s, social media artwork, banners, attendee badges, etc.)
- Website design, development & maintenance
- Publicity & Social Media
- Volunteer Dinner & After Party
If you, or anyone you know, wants to give back and support the WordPress Community, and has the skills to help a talented team of volunteers with the above mentioned responsibilities by giving up to 2 hours of your time a week to organise one of the best WordCamps in Africa, then please signup and get involved!