WordCamp Europe 2023 in Athens attracted greater than 2,500 attendees from 94 international locations, made potential by 112 organizers and 250 volunteers. The occasion is now trying ahead to 2024, which might be hosted by the Italian WordPress group in Torino, Italy, June 13-15. This contemporary metropolis is positioned on the foot of the Alps in northwestern Italy and has greater than 2,000 years of historical past to discover.
WCEU 2024 is calling for organizers who will serve on considered one of a dozen groups which have been working for the previous few years, together with attendee providers, finances, design, gross sales and sponsors, communications, and extra.
These chosen to arrange will start planning WCEU in September 2023 and can work with a distributed crew on a weekly foundation till June 2024.
Throughout the 2023 occasion’s speaker bulletins, the WCEU organizing crew was criticized for the second year in a row regarding its commitment to diversity. The earlier yr organizers had been referred to as out for the lack of diversity on the organizing team and this yr the grievance was a scarcity of variety within the speaker choice.
WCEU 2023 organizers revealed a transparent account of the various selection processes used for organizers, audio system, media companions, and others concerned within the occasion. The article states that organizers are shortlisted primarily based on their abilities, with an effort “to maintain gender parity excessive while additionally choosing folks from all obtainable European WordPress communities.” It additionally states that candidates’ expertise and enthusiasm are chief amongst choice elements however organizers additionally attain out to encourage underrepresented teams to use:
Throughout the choice course of we don’t have something that resembles a “optimistic discrimination” coverage, whereby we select folks primarily based on their race, coloration, background, gender, sexual id, or some other attribute; we solely selected folks primarily based on their acknowledged expertise and enthusiasm to be a part of the crew…
Acknowledging that variety throughout the Organizing crew is vital, we attain out to group teams and members earlier than and in the course of the software course of, encouraging folks to use the place we’ve traditionally seen underrepresentation.
The article concludes with a press release of willingness to switch this choice course of if the group isn’t in a position to obtain a various lineup:
WordCamp Europe is an iterative occasion; every year learns from the final and 2024 might be no totally different. We can’t take with no consideration that reaching variety one yr ensures it the following. As a flagship WordCamp occasion we could have to positively discriminate to realize gender parity, or honest illustration of communities.
The call for 2024 organizers doesn’t establish any modifications which have been made to the choice course of. Potential organizers might want to fill out the application form highlighting their abilities, expertise, and desired function.