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  • Joomla Event Traveller Programme (JET) Now Open for JAB15

    The Joomla! Event Traveller Programme (JET) is pleased to announce that we will be taking applications from the worldwide Joomla community, for the upcoming J and Beyond Conference to be held on May 29-31, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic.

    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. The JET Programme will cover the cost of the admission ticket, and will provide assistance with travel and lodging for the conference.

    The Deadlines

    March 20: Deadline for application
    March 27: Recipients selected and notified
    April 1: Public announcement in a blogpost on joomla.org
    April 10: All tickets must booked

    Application Criteria

    The criteria to be followed by the JET Committee for the election of candidates is as follows:

    • Applications of the candidates will be arranged in accordance with the contributions made to the Joomla project (especially during the last year) based on the information enclosed in the application and duly proven with recommendations from team or working group leaders.
    • Subsequently, all applicants will be accepted in order of appearance in the final list until the estimated budget for this edition of the JET Programme is reached.
    • This is an opportunity for the entire Joomla community, however, priority will be given to those participants who have not yet received a JET recognition.
    • The JET Committee will give special consideration to well written applications that include details and timeframes of their participation in the Joomla project.
    • You must have a valid passport and be eligible for any necessary travel visas.

    We encourage you to apply using this form http://events.joomla.org/jet. Please note, there are certain criteria and conditions that must be met. Please read the guidelines carefully. Good luck!

    The JET Team

    The Joomla Event Traveller Programme team members are:

    • Dianne Henning (JET Team Lead, Community Leadership Team)
    • Guillermo Bravo (Community Leadership Team)
    • Roland Dalmulder (Production Leadership Team)
    • Jess Dunbar (Production Leadership Team)
    • Saurabh Shah (Open Source Matters)
    • Radek Suski (Joomla Events Team)
  • Joomla Taking a Break from GSoC 2015

    Greetings Joomlers!

    I have an important message to share with you regarding Joomla’s participation in Google Summer of Code (GSoC) this year. Unfortunately due to circumstances out of our control, Joomla was not accepted to participate in GSoC 2015.

    I had a team primed and ready to go - we built out ideas on our ideas list, had some amazing plans in the works, and submitted all the necessary documentation and paperwork on time. But, as fate would have it, so did a lot of other projects who applied to Google as mentoring organizations.

    I reached out to Google (as they recommend unaccepted organizations do) as to why we hadn’t been accepted. It turns out, that there was a record-setting number of organizations who applied, and the Google team decided to give newer organizations a little more visibility in the program this year. This meant that there simply wasn’t a slot available to Joomla this year. I know first hand what a tough decision controlling slots is, and I know the team at Google thought long and hard about this decision before ultimately deciding that first-time organizations needed a shot at GSoC.

    It’s Okay!

    I’ll be the first one to admit I was really quite sad and disappointed Joomla was not approved. I expressed my disappointment to the great team at Google as well as the GSoC team who had been working to get Joomla’s GSoC 2015 off the ground. At the end of the day, this was a decision that makes sense. Google gets quite a number of applications, and it’s only fair to allow other organizations to take advantage of the opportunity in the GSoC program.

    The Joomla Community, in the spirit of Open Source Software, should all be happy for all the new organizations who have an opportunity to be involved in GSoC this year. Let’s encourage them to make the most of this opportunity and wish them the best of success. The right thing to do here is to be happy for those who worked hard to get in and try our best to come back even stronger and better next year!

    Prepare for 2016!

    Joomla 3 is a stable code base that’s moving forward with great strides in innovation of features for all our users. But I hope by 2016 to see a fresh, clean, Joomla 4 for students to sink their teeth into. My hope for 2016 is a brand new Joomla 4 CMS that will really draw some excitement and give the opportunity for the latest and greatest that modern programming and web technologies have to offer. If our community rallies together we can continue building great web publishing software to take GSoC, and the world, by storm.

  • Thank You Joomla 3.4 Marketing Team

    Image Credit: Chiara Aliotta

    On 24 February 2015, Joomla! 3.4 was launched. We've watched the most incredible community come together for this release.
    The marketing team worked closely with the Production Leadership Team to create artwork, infographics, videos and update our Joomla 3 landing page.