The guidelines have been put together based on the experiences of past event organisers in conjunction with the CiviCRM Core Team. They are split into a small number of requirements (“Requirements”) that all CiviCRM events must follow in order to be recognised as official CiviCRM events, and a larger number of key considerations, tips and suggestions that we think are useful. They aim to make it as straightforward as possible to organise a CiviCRM event and to ensure that all events are as successful as possible for the attendees and organisers, and for the project in general.
CiviCRM events come in many shapes and sizes from small local meetups to international conferences, and from trainings to sprints. They cater to different audiences from the new to the very experienced, from consumers of and contributors to CiviCRM, and for end users, implementers and developers. Events are a key way in which we can increase the involvement of our community and contribute to the financial sustainability of the project.
While CiviCRM encourages anyone to host an event in which CiviCRM is a focal point, only those adhering to the following key points will be considered sanctioned and recognized appropriately by CiviCRM. Events must be:
CiviCRM events are intended to be inclusive and to foster community participation. Such events may leverage CiviCRM’s infrastructure for communications and are, upon approval by the Core Team, automatically able to use the CiviCRM trademark and logo, consistent with CiviCRM’s brand standards. Events promoted and covered by these guidelines include:
CiviCRM also promotes workshops, meetups and webinars. These events are covered separately outside of these guidelines.
We’ve tried to keep these requirements simple and clear, remaining consistent with the core principles that underlie our operational objectives (sustainability and growth).
The core team is happy to support events that contribute to our vision and meet our objectives of growing the ecosystem and deepening community engagement with the project. Since we are a small team with a finite capacity, there is only so much we can do for each event. Hence we prefer to work with event organisers within our community, supporting them as conference organisers.
We are happy be help new teams get off the ground, be involved in initial brainstorming, offer ongoing advice, be part of planning meetings, etc. But we expect the organising teams to so the bulk of the work and take responsibility for the event. We may be able to offer seed funding to start conferences in parts of the world where we are keen to grow the ecosystem.
We aim to send at least one member of the core team to each of our larger events and typically choose 1 or 2 events per year to have a large core team attendance.
CiviCRM encourages the growth of events by the community and recognizes that some events, for one reason or another, may not qualify to be officially sanctioned. Such events are often run by community members as for profit endeavors, or in such a way that they do not fully adhere to CiviCRM’s own requirements. That’s perfectly fine. Here’s what you can expect for non-sanctioned events: