Last year, in an effort to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software (OSS), the WordPress Foundation helped fund two “Introduction to Open Source” workshops in Mombasa and Kanpur.
The goal of this workshop is to highlight the potential of open source software in regions where there is less participation in OSS projects.
Last year’s workshops were quite successful, so in 2018 we’re expanding this program to support up to four separate events. We are particularly interested in funding event held in regions where there might be less awareness of — or support for — participation in open source, specifically Latin and South America, Africa, Oceania and Asia*.
To learn more about this workshop program, and how you can get involved, read on!
Event title: Introduction to Open Source
Event description: What do people mean when they use the term Open Source when referring to software? This workshop will cover that question as well as what the GPL software license provides, why WordPress is an open-source project, and how this is important for both the users of WordPress and the contributors to WordPress.
Event purpose: Spread knowledge and understanding of the open web and open source through two-hour training events, staffed and organized by local communities, and financially supported by the WordPress Foundation, using training materials here:
Financial support: up to $500 USD per event, available to cover costs associated with event venue, refreshments, and/or videography.
Expectations for organizers: Event should be free of cost, open to anyone, and organized/held in 2018. Strong preference will be given to organizers who are already members of a community group that is part of the WordPress open source project’s meetup chapter program, but has not yet organized a WordCamp. Organizers should not need to solicit additional event sponsorship. Financial support will be provided via Paypal or wire transfer, and will require documentation.
Interested in organizing an event like this? Fill out this 10-question application!
We’ll close grant applications on August 23, and notify the successful applicants no later than September 10, 2018.
*According to a recent study, the majority of Github participation in OSS projects is centered in North America and Western and Northern Europe.