We spoke with Gareth Lambe, Head of Facebook Ireland to find out more.

When and where is it on?

Facebook Community Summit (FCS) Europe will take place in London on February 8 and 9, 2018. The event is free to attend and will include a welcome reception on the evening of February 8th, followed by a full day agenda on the 9th that includes workshops and panels dedicated to building skills and providing advice for community leaders on Facebook.

How many years has it been going?

We hosted the first-ever Facebook Communities Summit in Chicago this past June, with hundreds of group admins from the United States in attendance. For us it was a chance to celebrate the role that Groups play in the Facebook community and to thank the group admins who lead them. FCS Europe will be the first event of its kind organized and run by Facebook in Europe.

What was the inspiration to start it?

At our FCS Chicago event in June, Mark Zuckerberg announced our new mission that will guide our work over the next decade – to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Community leaders come from all walks of life, connecting groups like local GAA players or organizing fund-raisers for local causes in the community.
Regardless of where they come from, every time I meet someone building a community on our platform, I’m reminded of the impact these leaders have on the people they serve. It’s our hope that we see as many of these people as possible at FCS Europe in February so we can continue building on the important role communities play on Facebook.

What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2018 version?

Irish community leaders attending FCS Europe can look forward to joining workshops and panels dedicated to learning new skills, applying new tools and getting advice on managing a community.
It’s a chance for attendees to hear directly from Facebook executives about the products we are building and features we are developing to help support safe and supportive communities, and, it’s a chance for community leaders here in Ireland to build connections with peers from across Europe.

What opportunities are on offer for those attending?

The workshops and panels will help develop attendees’ skills at managing an online community and how to best apply Facebook’s tools to their cause. However I think one of the greatest opportunities on offer is the chance for community builders to share feedback that will help Facebook support our work here in Ireland. Following on from our FCS Chicago event in June, we announced new features for groups that came about directly from the feedback we received from attendees.

Who will be speaking?

While we have not yet announced the Facebook leaders who will attend, we will share more information on that in the coming months. Attendees will hear from Facebook experts on the products we’re building to support safe and supportive communities online, but crucially will also connect with and learn from the experiences of other community leaders, from Ireland and across Europe.

What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?
Bring your passion, share your experiences with us and with your fellow attendees and see FCS Europe as an opportunity both for you to learn skills from us but also to inform Facebook of the ideas and improvements you have that can ensure our platform remains a safe and supportive environment to build communities online.

How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?

Applications for FCS Europe are open now and will close on December 1st. We’re looking for a diverse, active mixture of groups, pages and events that are using Facebook here in Ireland, to apply to attend the summit. You can  apply online by filling out a short application form and telling us why you want to join us at FCS Europe. After that, our team will be in touch to review your application and all invitations to the event will be sent starting in late December.

Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?

If any admins out there are interested in attending but think they need more information, please get in touch at  [email protected]com where one of our team will be more than happy to help you out. Otherwise, I’d encourage everyone to get their applications in as soon as possible here.

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