WordCamp Toronto 2018 is taking place on Saturday, December 1st.
We published a planning survey early this week and we just released the call for sponsors last night.
Our call for volunteers and speakers will go up in the next week or so.
I haven’t co-organized a WordCamp since going on hiatus in 2016. I did six WordCamps back-to-back from 2011 through 2015.
By 2016 I felt completely burnt out.
Fast forward a year and I felt the itch to start hosting meetups again. So I did, in the east end, as a monthly roundtable user discussion.
Why the itch to return?
WordPress is central to what I do for work, and I feel like co-organizing meetups and WordCamps is a great way to volunteer in the community.
So when I attend other WordCamps around North America, I can’t help but think about what’s happening in Toronto, and what we could be doing differently.
And on that note…
We need more inclusivity and diversity.
The organizing team has been a boys club since 2011.
I know I’m part of perpetuating that.
I didn’t think much of it in the past, because it felt like we were just a small group of buddies putting on a good event.
But, in hindsight, I realize that we may have been obliviously exclusionary.
Just take a look around the city: HackerYou, Canada Learning Code, Camp Tech, and LearnWP are all local, WordPress-related organizations with talented, whip-smart women at the helm.
Can we really say that we’re home to Toronto’s WordPress community when such a big chunk of the people who are using WordPress aren’t represented?
Let alone Toronto itself, one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world?
That’s my $0.02, at least.
I’d like to keep hitting on this topic in the coming months, especially with the rebooted speaker series. (More on that next week.)
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