The WordPress community as a whole had a big year. In his tenth annual State of the Word, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg shared some pretty impressive statistics regarding WordCamps and WordPress meetup groups. In 2015:
- There were 89 WordCamps, with 21,000 attendees in 34 countries.
- WordCamps were put together by 601 organizers — 60% being first-time organizers
- 1,600 speakers presented at 2,100 sessions at WordCamps around the world.
- 40,000 people attended 2,000 Meetups across the country.
Our local Sacramento WordPress community has a lot to be proud of as well — and I’m not just saying that because Brian and I are two of the organizers along with Jake Goldman and Joe Boydston. In 2015, the Sacramento WordPress Meetup Group:
- Held 11 monthly Sacramento WordPress meetups
- Had an average of 30-40+ attendees at every meeting
- Hosted the first ever WordCamp Sacramento with 8 organizers, 19 speakers, 21 sponsors, and 180 attendees
- Livestreamed the entire WordCamp Sacramento Advanced track for WordPress users around the world to watch
- About 75% of all WordCamp and Meetup speakers were from our local Sacramento region
- WordCamp Sacramento sold out in just over two hours
With Growth Comes Change
For the past several years, Hacker Lab has generously donated space to the Sacramento WordPress community to host the monthly meetup. Finding a location to meet and a speakers each month are the hardest parts of running the meetup, so we extend much gratitude to Hacker Lab for helping make the meetup happen.
When we began meeting at Hacker Lab, our meetup was smaller. Over the past few years, it has continued to grow and today the Sacramento WordPress meetup has 859 members, with many new faces joining our community since WordCamp Sacramento in November. We are so excited to see our community grow and to welcome new designers, developers, bloggers, business owners, consultants, and WordPress users to the Sacramento WordPress community — yet, with growth comes change.
To accommodate our growing meetup community and to welcome even more WordPressers to the meetup, we’re moving locations beginning with the January 2016 WordPress Meetup. We are saying goodbye to HackerLab and hello to The Urban Hive.
The Urban Hive, named one of the best shared work spaces in the U.S., is located at 1931 H Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811. The Urban Hive has also signed on as a partial venue sponsor, donating half of the meetup venue cost. We’re thrilled to be joining The Urban Hive community and look forward to another year of WordPress training, education, and community building.
The Sacramento WordPress Meetup Needs You
The Sacramento WordPress Meetup is a community meetup centered around all things WordPress. We meet on the first Tuesday of every month and rotate the topic focus of the night from talks on development, design, blogging, using WordPress, plugins, WordPress training, and hands on WordPress help nights.
The hardest part about planning and scheduling the meetups is finding speakers.
Yes, the one of the organizers could speak every month — but that is not what the meetup is about, and that’s also why none of the organizers spoke at the first WordCamp Sacramento. The WordPress meetup is about EVERYONE in the community sharing knowledge. It is about giving everyone who wants to try their hand at it, and opportunity to speak and share something they have learned or are passionate about that involved WordPress. It is about helping the community as a whole grow, improve, and get better.
So we need you.
The Sacramento WordPress meetup is currently scheduling our 2016 events and we’re looking for speakers to give full talks (40-60 minutes) and lightning talks (10 minutes). We’re looking for development focused talks, design focused talks, plugin demos and tutorials, content/blogging focused talks, and anything else specifically related to WordPress that someone else may find helpful.
If you’re interested, please let us know!
And we hope to see you out at the next Sacramento WordPress meetup.