Hosting workshops

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How to host a Bloominglabs workshop

Members: we would LOVE to see you run a workshop on a topic you feel confortable talking about (even if you are not a member). Simply contact us at a meeting or send us an email and we can discuss your idea (members should use the members mailing list, non-members can reach us at contact at bloominglabs dot org). Workshops can be members-only or open to the public. We will work with you to identify any tools or supplies you would require and address any safety concerns. Generally members help each other out during workshops so it's not you alone working with a class of 20 people. We try to avoid our normal meeting dates for workshops (currently Wednesday each week) as there simply is not enough space on those evenings.

RSVP Management

For workshops and classes which have limited seating, we strongly recommend only holding seats for attendees who have paid ahead of time. Numerous times in the past we've held seats for no-shows and ended up with mostly empty classes which costs us all time and funds. Non-refundable pre-payment of workshops ensures our time is not wasted in these scenarios.


For advertising of events we have a number of outlets available, please see this page: Publicity_Outlets. Generally the workshop holder is responsible for advertising their event. Our social media resources can be used for this, generally someone at contact at bloominglabs dot org can assist you in reaching those resources.

Survey Data

Post-workshop surveys allow us to collect important metrics, not only for the instructors, but for Bloominglabs as a whole. Survey results give us feedback we can use in applying for grants which is becoming more and more important. The Officers can provide access to our online survey forms and their results, contact at bloominglabs dot org.

Setting up PayPal links for Workshop Payments

When we run workshops we usually generate a PayPal button for each one on our front page which lets people pay for a workshop immediately. This is hugely beneficial and highly recommended for getting people enrolled in workshops. There are two steps for this. Firstly, someone with access to the Bloominglabs PayPal account needs to create unique "buttons" for each workshop (usually this will have to be the treasurer or president). Next, PayPal will give that person html code to embed in our website. The code will look similar to this:

<form target="paypal" action="" method="post">
<input type="hidden" name="cmd" value="_s-xclick">
<input type="hidden" name="hosted_button_id" value="PLHKBNSXD46K6">
<input type="image" src="" border="0" name="submit" alt="PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!">
<img alt="" border="0" src="" width="1" height="1">

This can be embedded directly into our MediaWiki site and works just fine. You will need to add some text above the button to describe the workshop and such. All signups will be seen by the officers who get mail sent to treasurer at bloominglabs dot org. They will need to communicate signups with workshop holders to make sure workshops are not overfilled - ie: the buttons will need to be removed from the website if a seat limit is hit.

Other questions

We try to help each other out, if you have other questions about holding workshops, just ask! Come talk to people during our weekly public night, or ask questions on our various mailing lists.

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