The Seattle WordPress Meetup started more than three years ago with three committed individuals passionate about WordPress: Red Russak, Calvin Freitas, Josh Harrison.News quickly spread about the hip new kids on the block and the Meetup has grown and thrived to over 1,200 members, making the Seattle WordPress Meetup one of the larest WordPress Meetups on the planet!
In late 2012 the Meetup leadership team sent out a questionnaire to all members of the group to discuss our strengths, and opportunities for future growth. One of the beautiful things about the WordPress ecosystem ( and its strength! ) is the wide variety of individuals it contains. As the Seattle WordPress Meetup has grown so has our diversity. We are bursting at the seams with developers, designers, themers, users, hobbyists, and business people, just to name a few! A common thread throughout the questionnaire results was the need to offer a much more diverse set of activities at the monthly Meetups.
Since the survey in November 2012, the leadership team has been envisioning and presenting exciting opportunities to the community for input. We are now extremely pleased to announce, the monthly meetups are moving to a new venue, effective July 2013.
Over the years we have been proud to have many excellent sponsors, however none have been more reliable or steadfast than TechStars. TechStars is a first rate startup incubator and has provided a great space for us to meet each month at no cost to the Meetup. TechStars has been a great place, however the community has outgrown the available space. Nordstrom has stepped forward and offered us use of their Seattle offices and boardroom spaces. We will now have breakout rooms for each major interest group. No more crowded noisy breakouts all in one room!
Along with the new venue we are announcing a complete revamp to the monthly Meetup format. With the addition of multiple breakout rooms come exciting possibilities! Instead of one speaker followed by breakout groups we will now essentially have a mini WordCamp each month. We will gather as normal beforehand for food, networking, and announcements, however after that attendees will have the choice of several topics being presented at one and have the option to attend whichever suits their interest most, or simply hang out in the networking space and continue conversation.
The new venue and format will allow the Meetup to connect with the largest audience and should encourage greater participation amongst the members.
Over the coming months the leadership team will be fine tuning the new Meetup with the help of your input. Along with these changes come even greater opportunities to get involved. If you are interested in leading, speaking, teaching, organizing hack sessions, or have any other ideas you would love to see happen in this community please feel free to contact any member of the leadership team. This is your community and we are here to help you get the fullest out of your passion!
See more pictures of this fantastic venue on Ben Lobaugh’s site: http://ben.lobaugh.net/3w8v