Test the Web Forward Meetup Kit

Getting Started

This kit will help you host a Test the Web Forward meetup event, which is a smaller, shorter, simpler event than the larger hackathon events. The information in this kit is presented with the assumption that you have experience hosting meetups, so this it focuses solely on content related to Test the Web Forward.

To get started, you should first familiarize yourself with Test the Web Forward, its goals and its history (if you aren't already). The best way to do this is to browse through the information here on testthewebforward.org. If you haven't ever been to an event, it may also be helpful to take a look at some of the past event recaps. This will give you an idea of the goals of the movement and will give you a feel for larger events. Keep in mind that any portion of a previous event's program can be extracted and presented in a smaller meetup format. For example, a some the instructional talks given at a past hackathons can be presented at a meetup to educate attendees on how to contribute on their own. Also, if meetup attendees are already knowledgeable on W3C test writing, a meetup could take the form of a hacking session.

Once you have yourself familiarized with Test the Web Forward and how relates to your community, you can begin your meetup planning by considering the following:

  • When and where will you hold your meetup?
  • What is the goal of your meetup?
  • What topic(s) would you like to cover?
  • Who is your target community?
  • Who are possible speakers?

Also, subscribe to the general pubic-testtwf mailing list so that you will always stay updated on past and future events.


Notify the Mail List

Before announcing the meetup to your community, send a note to the public-testtwf-planning list to let the community know your plans. If you are still determining the details above, people on this list may be able to help you finalize them and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, once the Test the Web Forward leadership community is aware of your event, we will all help promote it through our respective channels.

Announce the Meetup

  1. Create an event page.
  2. Send an announcement to the public-testtwf list.
  3. Announce it on Twitter and /cc @testthewebfwd and it will get retweeted from there.
  4. Announce it in other channels that reach your local developer community.

After the Meetup

After your successful meetup, it's customary to publish a quick blog post summarizing the meetup. Your summary can include things like the number of tests written, the speakers, the atmosphere, highlights & challenges, and of course, photos and videos!

You're free to publish the summary on your own personal or group blog, but please consider cross-posting here on our blog following these guidelines.

The overarching goal of Test the Web Forward is to get the Web development community involved with Web standards on an ongoing basis. If there were tests written at your Meetup, please follow up on any outstanding pull requests from your event to make sure that they are getting reviewed. Follow up with attendees who submitted PRs and encourage them to continue to participate by submitting more PRs and asking them to respond to feedback on the PRs that they have posted to GitHub.

In order to improve and grow Test the Web Forward, please share your suggestions of how to make it better. We also welcome contributions to any part of testthewebforward.org.

Meetup Topics

As mentioned above, we suggest choosing a theme or topic for your meetup. Natrually, this will depends on your goals community's areas of interest. You are free to choose any topic you'd like, but here are some suggestions for things that align with the Test the Web Forward goals:

Goal:   Educate

  • The W3C Specification Lifecycle
  • How to Read a W3C Spec
  • How to Extract Test Cases from a W3C Spec
  • How to Write a W3C Reftest
  • How to Write a W3C Javasript test
  • How to Review W3C Tests
  • How to File Good Bugs
  • W3C Github Test Submission Workflow
  • How to Write Mobile Tests
  • How to Write I18N Tests
  • How to Write Accessibility Tests

Goal:   Raise Awareness

  • Why Testing Matters to You
  • Test the Web Forward: Past, Present, & Future
  • Becoming a Test the Web Forward Community Leader

Goal:   Status Updates

  • HTML5 Spec & Test Status
  • CSS (Module) Spec & Test Status
  • W3C Test Infrastructure Update

Goal:   Demo W3C Test Tools

  • WebDriver
  • W3C Test Harness
  • CSS Test Infrastructure

Logos & Designs

You are free to use the Test the Web Forward logos and assets to promote your event following our usage guidelines.

Usage Guidelines

Coming Soon!

If you have questions about using the Test the Web Forward brand, please send them to public-testtwf-planning@w3.org


A full library of logos and designs used for t-shirts, stickers for all past events is available for download in multiple formats.

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Meetup Resources

W3C Mail lists

Past Event Decks

Shenzhen, China, November 9, 2013

Tokyo, Japan, June 7-8, 2013

Seattle, WA, USA, Apr 12-13, 2013

Paris, France, Oct 26-27, 2012

Beijing, China, Oct 20-21, 2012

San Francisco, CA, USA, June 15-16, 2012

Past Event Recaps

Past Event Videos