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The Joomla! project recently announced their support for the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing as a Silver sponsor. The event, which attracts around 8,000 women from around the world, is being held in Phoenix, Arizona (USA) between 8-10 October 2014.
There will be a booth representing Joomla at the event. Ruth Cheesley from the Community Leadership Team will run a session within the Student Opportunities Lab entitled ‘Getting involved with Joomla’. This session will showcase the opportunities for women to get involved with Open Source projects such as Joomla during their academic career and beyond.
The event is an incredibly inspirational opportunity for any women with an interest in computing and we would really encourage you to attend if you’re able to do so.Call for mentors
We expect to receive a lot of interest at the conference. We are setting up clear channels through which people can get involved with the Joomla project. Through our experience with various teams within the project, we have found this works best by setting up an ‘on-boarding’ process.
To facilitate this, we are currently recruiting mentors who would be willing to assist with bringing new volunteers on board, helping them find their feet in the community, putting them in touch with the right teams, and supporting them in the early days of their Joomla journey.
If you have great communication skills, are actively involved within any area of the project, and feel you would like to dedicate some time to help new volunteers get started, please add your details via this form.Come and join us!
We would really love to meet up with community members at Grace Hopper, so if you’re planning to attend do let us know, and drop past the booth to say hello!
Sarah Watz and Ruth Cheesley will also be speaking at a Joomla User Group Phoenix meetup so if you’re local to the area why not come along?
We’re really excited to share that the development process for the new Joomla Extension Directory (JED) getting close to the finish line. As of right now, the front-end and back-end development is approximately 90% complete, and the JED Team is seeking beta testers to locate bugs and provide detailed feedback.
Call for Volunteers
Once Fabrik is finished with the development phase, the JED Team will conduct internal testing for roughly one week, ending on October 3, 2014.
After we conduct these initial tests, we’ll conduct testing with the following groups for a two week period of time:
- 10 normal JED users (with no extensions listed on the current site)
- 10 extension developers that have listings in the current site
After the limited beta round we will open up testing for all volunteers interested in helping test functionality. If you would like volunteer to beta test, please use this application form.
Please note that each of the dates listed below is subject to change if any major bugs are found. Any changes will be updated on the JED3 Project Status page here.27 Oct 2014 The Current JED site will stop accepting listing submissions. The submission process wil be closed until the new JED 3 site is live. 29 Oct 2014 All pending submissions will be screened. 31 Oct 2014 All corrected submissions will be re-screened. Any submissions that still have errors will be rejected. 31 Oct 2014 The current JED site will stop accepting new review submissions. 03 Nov 2014 All data from the existing site will be transferred to the new site.
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The leadership summit which occurred prior to J and Beyond 2014 brought about a number of incredible improvements. The theme for this year’s event “Investing in our Future” and the focus of the event - “Make it Happen” were both brought to reality by the entire event and specifically the leadership team.
The Joomla project has a great community already. But the leadership would like to empower more volunteers to effectively contribute by increasing the transparency, communication and trust. The majority of the leadership felt that our current organizational structure and methodology is not optimal for the processes in our community moving forward.
The Joomla Event Travel Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we have selected 15 members from the worldwide Joomla community. With 49 applications to choose from, it was a difficult decision that was made easier because of the criteria point system that was put into place prior to the call for applications.
We also selected some people who are heavily involved in core teams so they will be able to meet face-to-face with their team members. Next year we will be giving more opportunities to new candidates.
We would like to congratulate the following JWC14 JET recipients:
Jorge Leonardo Soto Pozo
They will have the cost of admission covered to the upcoming Joomla! World Conference on November 7 - 9, 2014 in Cancun, Mexico, and will receive assistance with travel and lodging.
The JET Programme is an initiative that was created to support active project volunteers and community members who have dedicated time and energy to make Joomla better; and who would like to attend larger Joomla events, such as J and Beyond and the Joomla! World Conference.
We wish to thank all those who applied, and congratulate those who were accepted! We look forward to seeing you in sunny Cancun in November!The JET Team
The Joomla Event Travel Programme team members are:
- Guillermo Bravo (Community Leadership Team)
- Javier Gómez (Production Leadership Team)
- Dianne Henning (Community Leadership Team)
- Saurabh Shah (Open Source Matters)
- Radek Suski (Open Source Matters)