Inclusivity starts with awareness

On behalf of the WCEU organizing team, I would like to thank our muslim community members, and M Asif Rahman in particular, for bringing us greater awareness, so that we can continue to improve and accomplish our mission of making WordCamp Europe truly accessible and inclusive.

The choice of dates for our annual event starts with the application process, when local communities apply to host future editions of WordCamp Europe, and is shaped by a number of factors, including:

  • The venue’s availability.
  • A hard requirement to be at least 5 months apart from WordCamp US.
  • Local bank holidays and school vacation periods.
  • WordCamp traditionally falling on a Friday-Saturday.

Whereas we were aware of the period of Ramadan, which has fallen around our event dates for the last two years, we were ignorant of the fact that the dates we had chosen for our upcoming event June 14-16, 2018, fall more specifically on Eid al-Fitr, a special day of observance.

After learning of this, we went back to the venue and tried to change weekends. We deeply regret that we were not able to at this late date, and offer our sincere apologies to all those who will not be able to attend in 2018 because of this conflict.

Looking ahead, we are happy to see that our mid-June dates will no longer fall during Ramadan at all for at least the next three years. And what’s more, we now have this valuable lesson to bring to future organizing teams and host cities, bringing us all greater awareness, improving our processes and continuing to provide a welcoming, inclusive experience for all.

Please believe us when we say that this truly is important to us, that we really do care.

WCEU 2018 Call for Organizers

UPDATE: The call for organizers is now closed. Many thanks to all who applied! All applicants will hear back from us by July 31.

WordCamp Europe, considered by many to be not only the largest, but also one of the most impactful WordPress events in the world, is already gearing up for 2018 in the beautiful city of Belgrade!

We have created a bridge between east and west, an annual travel destination where thousands of people look forward to seeing each other year after year, to meeting new people, to learning, to sharing, and to contributing.

In order to produce such a diverse, inclusive event at this scale, we need a large, diverse group of organizers!

The 2018 organizing team will be broken down into the following areas:

  • Communications
  • Community
  • Design
  • Local
  • Public relations
  • Photography
  • Speakers
  • Sponsors
  • Volunteers

If you want to join our tight-knit team of organizers, and share in the experience of making WordCamp Europe 2018 the best one yet, please fill out this application by Sunday, July 16 at midnight UTC +2 (CEST). Join us!

All applicants will be contacted by July 31, 2017.