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  • 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

  • Since its inception, JAB has been an awesome & feature packed event which gets together 300+ Joomla! users across the world. The best innovations and advancements in the Joomla world are shared here and it would be fair to say that it is the Mecca of anyone working in Joomla. As always it was a rocking event ! Read on to see what Marketing did at JAB14 !! 

  • Once again Joomla will be participating in the Google Summer of Code, and this year we have 8 excellent student projects that were accepted by Google on April 21, 2014. Congratulations to all the students that will be joining the Joomla Google Summer of Code project this year! 2014 Joomla project Google Summer of Code Students Accepted www.google-melange.com/gsoc/org2/google/gsoc2014/joomla With 39 applications submitted, it was a difficult task to narrow down the list of potential students to the final 8. Thanks to all of the Mentors and Joomla community members that helped us determine who got in. With the help of some great Joomla volunteers, we will have 2 Mentors for each student to help guide them through the process. If you would like to keep up with the students as they progress, the Joomla Community Magazine has graciously dedicated a topic to the Google Summer of Code project again this year, and will publish blog posts of each student’s progress throughout the summer starting in May with 4 of our students. Joomla Community Magazine Google Summer of Code Articles http://magazine.joomla.org/issues/issue-apr-2014//itemlist/tag/Google%20Summer%20of%20Code What is Google Summer of Code? Google Summer of Code is a program designed to encourage university student participation in open source software development. Some quick facts about the Google Summer of Code program. GSoC gives students an opportunity to work on real-world software development projects. Encourages students to get involved in Open Source projects, bringing new developers into our ecosystem. Students gain new skills and make new contacts in the Open Source community. Allows students to work with mentors that can share experience and knowledge with them. Students who pass their midterm and final evaluations will be paid a stipend by Google for their work in Joomla. This year, the stipend has increased to 00 USD for students. Joomla and the Google Summer of Code 2014 We have set up a Google Mailing List that is open to the public, as well as a new section outlining this year’s Joomla GSoC on the Joomla Documentation website. Here’s some links for you to find out more. Joomla GSoC 2014 Information http://docs.joomla.org/GSOC_2014 Joomla GSoC 2014 Mailing List https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/joomla-gsoc-2014 You can find out all the information you need and more on those pages. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask a question on the Mailing List and someone will be happy to help.

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