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Welcome to upcoming IndieWeb events!

Upcoming

Upcoming indie web related events. Feel free to add any indieweb-related events, free or paid, whole camps/conferences, or even individual indieweb related talks at conferences.

2018

Add IndieWeb related 2018 events here! Even if they're tentative, month-level granularity, or potential, adding events helps us avoid conflicts when planning IndieWebCamps.

July

  • 2018-07-25 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco, Seattle
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

August

  • 2018-08-03 10:0017:00 (local time):
    Decentralized Web Summit Collaborate
    Where: Internet Archive, San Francisco
    Open doors at the Internet Archive where you can join for lunch and a tour. Tables set up for informal collaborating, hacking, and just hanging out.
  • 2018-08-08 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • : BornHack camp on Bornholm, DK
  • 2018-08-22 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

September

  • 2018-09-05 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, Portland
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-09-19 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

October

  • 2018-10-03 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-10-17 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-10-22…26 W3C TPAC 2018, Lyon, France
    • Including likely Social Web Incubator Community Group (SocialCG) meeting
  • 2018-10-31 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

November

  • 2018-11-14 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-11-28 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

December

  • 2018-12-26 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

2019

Start collecting proposals or dates of known events here for 2019:

  • 2019-04-04 Proposal: a "404" day to recognize missing pages/sites on 4/4. Previously: 2018-04-04 HWC, and 2013 proposal
  • 2019-04-10 Proposal: a "410" day to recognize deleted pages/sites on 4/10. Previously: 2018-04-10 HWC
  • 2019-04-18 Proposal: a "418" day to have tea & scones. Previously: 2018-04-18 HWC
  • 2018-04-29 Idea: a "429" day to discuss dealing with 429 errors (too many requests) / throttling

How To Add An Event

To add an event to the IndieWeb Events Listing, just edit this page and copy paste one of the event templates in the source into the right most-recent-first spot in the Upcoming list above!

In addition, for Homebrew Website Club (HWC) events:

  • Add it to Template:Homebrew Website Club
  • Create the event permalink page for it (copy paste from a previous HWC permalink page) if necessary
    • Ensure the venue in the h-event has a p-location property with h-card so that it will appear in the this-week newsletter
  • Add yourself to the RSVP on that page for the city you’re (co-)organizing
  • Update the next-hwc, Main_Page, Events wiki pages with the new event info
  • Update the Sidebar text (or ask an admin to do so) with the list of cities
  • Update the IRC /topic (or ask an admin) to link to that next HWC (assuming that is the next one)

And ideally:

  • Create an indie event on your own site for the HWC for your city, ideally with invitations to people that have previously participated.
  • POSSE that indie event to one or more applicable event silos/commons of your choice (e.g. Calagator, Facebook)
  • Add those URLs to the section for your city
  • Be sure to have Bridgy or some other backfeed setup to receive RSVPs from the silo copy to your indie event.
  • Invite folks on the silo/silos you POSSEd to, to the POSSE copy/copies.




Don't see an IndieWeb event near you? Plan one and add it here!
Jump on IRC, find folks near you, and plan an IndieWeb event/drinkup/dinner/meetup/hackathon/camp together.

More IndieWebCamp events are also being planned!


Want to help out with one of those? Say something in IRC and add yourself to the event page.

Add events to your calendar

Subscribe to current and future indie web related events, e.g. in Apple iCal, or Evolution:

See also:

Recent

Past indie web related events and related photos, blog posts, etc.

2018

July

  • 2018-07-11 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!


  • 2018-07-04 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Virtual on CEST
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

June

  • 2018-06-13 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-06-13 18:0021:30 (local time):
    Decentralized Web Meetup
    Where: San Francisco
    DWeb Meet Up for anyone interested in seeing some decentralized web projects-in-progress. Sign up to demo your project--we'll include as many as we have time for. We'll provide the pizza and beer!
  • 2018-06-18 18:3021:00 (local time):
    Re-decentralising the web
    Where: London
    An evening talk on how the IndieWeb has a part to play in re-decentralising the web.

May

  • 2018-05-01 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-05-02 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, San Francisco, London
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-05-15 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-05-16 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-05-23 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Virtual on CEST
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!


  • 2018-05-29 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-05-30 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, San Francisco, Virtual (Pacific Time)
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

April

  • 2018-04-02 09:0017:00 (local time):
    VRM Day 2018a
    Where: Mountain View, CA
  • 2018-04-05 16:0020:00 (local time):
    Inaugural Open Domains Lab
    Where: De Pere, Wisconsin
    People will work together on their domains and websites. Everyone (including those not affiliated with the University) is welcome! If you can’t make it to campus, or if you prefer working alone, that is OK! Tweet using #DoOO during Open Domains Lab (first Thursday of the month, every month, from 4 pm to 8 pm CT) and ask questions, get advice, or share your work! We envision this as a great place for people to show off their work, ask questions, and get inspired!
  • 2018-04-10 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-04-11 19:00+02:0021:00+02:00 (+02:00 UTC):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Amsterdam
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-04-18 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, Brighton, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-04-18 18:00-070020:00-0700 (-0700 UTC):
    Homebrew Microblog Meetup
    Where: Portland
    Join the IndieWeb and Micro.blog communities for an evening of demos and discussions!

March

  • 2018-03-07 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore, San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-03-14 18:00-070020:00-0700 (-0700 UTC):
    Homebrew Microblog Meetup
    Where: Portland
    Join the IndieWeb and Micro.blog communities for an evening of demos and discussions!
  • 2018-03-20 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-03-21 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-03-27 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore, MD
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

February

  • -: Meet the TAG in London, England.
  • 2018-02 Idea: a 1 week (or more) hackathon prior to FOSDEM
  • ...: FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium
  • 2018-02-06 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-02-07 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-02-14 19:00+01:0021:00+01:00 (+01:00 UTC):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Amsterdam
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-02-15 09:35+13:0010:05+13:00 (+13:00 UTC):
    Webstock 2018: Taking Back The Web by Jeremy Keith
    Where: New Zealand
    If you care about the longevity of your online presence, independent publishing is the way to go. But how can you get all the benefits of those third-party services while still owning your own data? By using the building blocks of the Indie Web, that’s how!
  • 2018-02-20 19:30-05:0020:30-05:00 (-05:00 UTC):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-02-21 17:30-08:0019:30-08:00 (-08:00 UTC):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Nürnberg, San Francisco, Los Angeles
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

January

  • 2018-01-09 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-01-10 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-01-11 19:30+1:0021:30+1:00 (+1:00 UTC):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Amsterdam
    Are you building your own website? Indie reader? Personal publishing web app? Or some other digital magic-cloud proxy? If so, come on by and join a gathering of people with like-minded interests. Bring your friends that want to start a personal web site. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, help work on a project...
  • 2018-01-23 19:3020:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: Baltimore
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!
  • 2018-01-24 17:3019:30 (local time):
    Homebrew Website Club Meetup
    Where: San Francisco
    Join us for an evening of quiet writing, wiki editing, IndieWeb demos and discussions!

Earlier

For more events, see IndieWeb 2017 events, IndieWeb 2016 events.

IndieWebCamps

Main article: IndieWebCamps
IndieWebCamps
2018 BaltimoreDüsseldorf8th annual IndieWeb Summit (Portland)SFNürnbergBerlin • And many more being planned!
2017 BellinghamDüsseldorfNürnberg7th annual IndieWeb Summit (Portland)DortmundIstanbulNYCBerlinAustin
2016 NYCMITNürnbergDüsseldorf6th annual IndieWeb Summit (Portland)NYC2BrightonLABerlinMIT2
2015 Cambridge MAGermany5th annual in Portland & BrightonEdinburghMITSF
2014 SFNYCPortland/NYC/BerlinUKCambridge MAOnline
2013 PortlandUKHollywood
2012 PortlandUK
2011 Portland


Homebrew Website Club meetups

Homebrew Website Club
2018 12-2612-1211-2811-1410-3110-1710-0309-1909-0508-2208-0807-2507-1107-0406-2706-1305-30&2905-2305-16&1505-02&0104-1804-1104-1004-0403-2703-2103-1403-0702-21&2002-1402-07&0601-24&2301-11&10&09
2017 12-2712-14&13&1211-30&2911-2211-16&1511-0110-19&1810-05&0409-21&2009-1309-07&0608-2308-1508-09&0808-0207-26&2507-12&1106-2806-2006-1406-07&0605-3105-1705-1005-0304-2604-1904-1204-0503-2203-0803-02&0102-2202-1402-0801-2501-11
2016 12-2812-2112-1412-0711-3011-2311-1611-0911-0210-2610-1910-0509-2109-1409-0708-2408-1708-1007-2707-1307-0606-2906-1506-0806-0105-2505-1805-1105-0404-2704-2004-1204-0603-2303-0902-2402-10&0902-0201-2701-13
2015 12-3012-1612-0812-02&0111-2411-18&1711-1011-04&0310-21&2010-1310-07&0609-24&2309-1709-10&0909-0308-27&2608-2008-13&1207-2907-1507-0106-1706-0305-2005-0604-2204-0803-2503-1102-2502-1102-07-ko01-2801-14
2014 12-1712-0311-1911-0510-2210-0810-05-par09-2409-1008-2708-1307-3007-1607-0206-1806-0405-2105-0704-2304-0903-2603-1903-1202-2602-1201-2901-15
2013 12-1812-0411-20

Past Years

Events
Events current20182017201620152014201320122011

Why

Why do we use this page for events?

Some of the benefits of using the wiki for events include:

  • There is no fixed template for events, so we are able to add new sections to the event page as needed
  • The layout of event pages has evolved over time as our needs have changed

Issues

Mediawiki awkward for events

One of our more awkward uses of MediaWiki is using it as an events calendar.

Multiple places to update

  • Adding an event like an IndieWebCamp or Homebrew Website Club involves updating several locations
    • Home page list of events needs to be updated manually
    • Events on events are updated manually
    • IWC or HWC templates are updated manually
    • /next-iwc and /next-hwc redirects are updated manually

Creating new HWC pages is tedious

  • Copy+pasting to create new HWC pages is tedious, and is typically only done by Gregor and Tantek
  • Entering all the HTML required to format the page as an h-event is error prone

Wiki pages require manual RSVP

  • Not easily able to add new features like accepting RSVPs to the wiki pages themselves

Event pages need better presentation

  • The event pages look like wiki pages, with little visual hierarchy, and are not immediately recognizable as an event you can RSVP to to the general public

Brainstorming

Problem Statements

  • Lots of manual work to create / update events on indieweb.org (most often for Homebrew Website Club, updating Events, Main_Page, and Sidebar.
  • Group event sites are hard, especially ones that take into account any particular community's needs

Non-goals

  • Just changing the plumbing. Just changing the plumbing has pretty much no positive (likely more negative) effect on usability. E.g. (just "let's use jekyll for that")
  • Just replace the editing UI / wiki mark-up/down syntax. E.g. the "simple web interface" benefit of jekyll is actually more complicated than the current wiki which is also a web interface. I.e. if all you're doing is replacing wiki markup with markdown, it's not a benefit. mediawiki: wiki syntax + mediawiki templates. jekyll: markdown + yaml blocks and includes. they're not actually that different.
  • "learning one more system" = worse overall UX.
  • Aspirational new system proposed by non-users of current system. The "I won't use the existing system because I hate wikis" argument is not a good argument, as absence of use of a current system provides no evidence that any new system would gain any use at all.

Replacement Requirements

Capturing here from IRC, some thoughts on possible requirements for any proposals to improve / replace entirety of how we create / update events on the IndieWeb.org site itself.

  • Maintenance commitment up front. Volunteers to build a new system should also consider volunteering to maintain it, otherwise it's just trading one (known) maintenance tax (updating multiple places in the wiki, annoying, but simple/easy that anyone can do it), for another (unknown) maintenance tax (updating/fixing software, likely much harder, means it doesn't get done).
  • Try and learn current system first. Volunteers to design/build/replace events should at least *try* actively updating / creating events on indieweb.org so that they have some direct first-person understanding of the needs of the community. Without that first-hand knowledge, any such proposal is likely ignorant of the community's actual needs.
  • Start with UI/UX sketches. Anything any of us want to build to replace the wiki events should start out with UI/UX sketches, no code at all.
  • Support your own indie events first. Group events software is so much harder / more complex than indie event / RSVP posting support (likely a superset of), that that would make a good prerequisite for any proposals/proposers.

Separate Events Site

We used 2016.indieweb.org for the 2016 IndieWeb Summit. The IndieWeb Summit 2016 event page was an initial attempt at creating a more friendly format for our events.

We have also set up 2016.indieweb.org/nyc2 for IndieWebCamp NYC2.

Possibilities for expanding use of a separate site for events.

  • Continue with YYYY.indieweb.org
  • New subdomain events.indieweb.org

Some options to consider

  • keep using YYYY.indieweb.org for annual summits, and YYYY.indieweb.org/CITYABBR for specific IndieWebCamps
  • build our own minimal event interface
  • adopt an existing running project such as Calagator
  • wait for an in-progress project such as Dark Matter Eventer

Requirements

(not comprehensive)

  • Some level of unstructured content on event pages, so that we can allow our use of it to continue to evolve over time.
  • Be able to quickly duplicate an event rather than set up recurring events (like Calagator's "clone" function)
  • Events must support multiple locations and varying start times and timezones per location (our HWC events do this currently)

Ideas

  • Quickly add links to posts (notes, photos, articles) about an event
  • Highlight photos from events
    • Upload photos directly to the wiki or event page
    • By retrieving linked photos in indieweb photo posts / tweets / instagram posts
  • RSVP via Webmention like http://2016.indieweb.org
  • RSVP directly on the page (an "I'm Going" button after you're logged in)

Tickets and Registration

For the past couple years, we've had a separate ticketing website for letting people register/buy tickets to the events. We've found that having an explicit step of acquiring the ticket leads to better no-show rates. In 2016, the attendance rate of people who RSVPd from their website was 73%, vs that of people who bought a $5 ticket was 39%.

There isn't any value gained by having the registration system outside of the main event page, so integrating them would certainly be a good goal. Here are the features of the registration system that have been useful.

  • Accepting payments for tickets.
  • Issuing "tickets" in a way that feels stronger than just RSVPing for the event.
  • Collecting the person's email address
  • Providing a way to contact them before the event, such as sending reminders leading up to the event.

Other community examples

  • WordCamps, which have many properties in common with Indiewebcamps
    • Uses wordcamp.org (likely derived from barcamp.org), a TLD different from the community: wordpress.org
      • Philosophy: a main landing page and using subdomains for the individual events, with year/location.
      • Making wordcamp.org itself the page for upcoming events
      • Use subdomains on wordcamp.org for specific events
      • Issues: they had an issue with URL structure last year.

See Also