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  • Joomla will be at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing - Come and join us!

    Joomla at Grace Hopper

    Image credit: Chiara Aliotta

    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?

    To discuss this post please use the following forum thread: http://forum.joomla.org/viewtopic.php?f=704&t=860228&p=3222374

  • JED 3 Nearing Completion: Call for Beta Testers

    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.

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    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.

    Important Dates

    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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  • A new organizational structure and methodology to empower the growth of Joomla!

    Why do we want to see a change?

    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.