This is early writeup to start wheels moving, but a lot of details are undecided and will be added as information becomes available.
Community Summit is a new kind of WordPress event, hosted by representatives of WordPress project contributor teams. It aims to bring together people from prominent WordPress businesses, communities and just contributing to it in interesting ways.
Event will be held at:
- Monday, October 29, 2012
- possibly with extra hack days after
- Tybee Island, GA
People to participate were freely (self)nominated by community and narrowed down by organizers to list of 131, which currently goes through RSVP process.
I am thrilled that WPSE is represented in that list by three of our community moderators:
as well as many more users:
(please edit yourself in if I have missed you)
Specific event agenda is to be decided at later date.
The selection for summit was driven (among other things) by factors of community reach and international representation. I think this makes it WordPress event with unprecedented potential impact and access to both formal and informal WordPress leaders (up to co-founder Matt Mullenweg himself :)
I think in communication going to happen and waves it will send through global community it will easily rival even San Francisco WordCamp and as such would be fantastic event for Stack Exchange to formally sponsor.
[update] I was informed SE will not be sponsoring the event.
When you sponsor this event — the first of its kind, and unique in intent, format, and attendee influence — you will be helping make a piece of WordPress history.
$10,000 or higher — Covers all kinds of things: venue, lodging for team reps, and anything that we can’t get via sweet-talk or bartering.
$5,000 — Covers a meal, drinks after conference, or some subsidized lodging for post-conference coworking/hack week
$2,500 — Equivalent of bringing one international volunteer to the event
$1,000 — Equivalent of bringing one U.S volunteer to the event
$500 — Fill in budget holes like taxis, coffee, wifi boost, incidentals
Sponsors will be listed here on the summit website (with link to sponsor sites), included in the printed event program, and thanked at the event.
While it was tentatively said that there will be some travel scholarships, I think that in line with logic above it would be just as fantastic for Stack Exchange to directly sponsor people to attend as well. Being international event it is great opportunity, but also potentially huge expense for people outside of US to attend.
Given many our users being on the list, I am not sure what selection criteria for personal sponsorship(s) should be - up to Stack Exchange to consider.
Please answer with:
- your support for Stack Exchange to consider sponsoring the event and/or speakers
- if invited - your intention to participate, if you are looking to be sponsored and how would you like to represent and promote WPSE at the event