Last year I had the pleasure of being invited to the first #wcls it was a great event and last Monday I attended the follow up event.
This time, Microsoft hosted, with @simona_cotin doing a great job of organising and MC'ing the event.
Simona welcomed us and had a clearly defined agenda for the day.
We started with a similar approach to last year getting to meet people. It was nice to see a good mix of familiar and new faces.
After this @ThisIsJoFrank and @poshaughnessy put together a retrospective. One of the frequent positives here was the Slack group that was created.
https://webcommunityukie.slack.com/ if you're a community lead in your area, please come and join us :)
I myself can vouch for the Slack group. As a result of the Slack group I've had help with extra speakers at McrFRED and immediate useful, helpful feedback for meetup advice.
Some of the actions from the retro:
- Improve branding
- Create a logo / badge for communities to use
- List events on the WCL website
- Add a calendar for upcoming events
- Create a mission statement
- Hold another #wcls event 'up north' => Something I'm going to be talking to Simona about, fingers crossed!
Thanks to Jo for also putting together a Trello for this: https://trello.com/b/h9bU83WR/webcommunityleadssummit2018-retro
Other Things Learned
Some useful links from various people who gave lightning talks:
- https://experiments.withgoogle.com/collection/chrome (interesting ideas for meetup talks)
One of my challenges, having gone freelance this year (if you're interested I've been writing about this: First Week, First Month) is having the time to dedicate to a meetup and conference. I'm super enjoying some of the things I've been up to, including running a workshop for the BBC with hopefully more to come.
All this is awesome, but can make it tricky to find the time, or to keep up communications efficiently. Having discussions with a number of people, my feedback… get a co-organiser. And, so, I'm happy to announce that from today Alex Clapperton will be a co-organiser.
I've worked with Alex and he's a regular McrFRED attendee, so this made perfect sense. Please can you join me in saying thanks :)
I'd love to help bring the #wcls to Manchester. We have a great community here around http://technw.uk/calendar and other areas and it would be great to meet even more people and pool together all our resources and efforts and help each other out.
#wcls is a wrap and big thanks to @simona_cotin and Microsoft for hosting, as well as Mozilla, Samsung, Google and our amazing web community for making it. Looking forward to more great collaboration across the community ahead pic.twitter.com/YKAH7xKxAE— Rupert Whitehead (@rupertwhitehead) July 2, 2018
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