BigWP December Meetup

Big WP Meetup London
Big WP Meetup London
Public group
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The BigWP meetup is open to developers, product managers, and editorial teams who work on high-traffic or high-profile WordPress sites.

Doors will open at 6:00pm and presentations start at 6:30pm. This will be followed by four fifteen minute presentations, with 5mins Q&A between each talk.


Diving into Gutenberg by Tammie Lister

What is Gutenberg and how will it impact existing flows? Hear the story so far, from the design lead of the project. This talk will guide through the features and also focus on the current project state, with a little dash of what is to come. Along the way you’ll get to find out how to be more involved and where to go to get ready for Gutenberg.

Rebuilding Liveblog by Jason Agnew

We'll discuss how we rebuilt Automattic's Liveblog plugin from the ground up. We'll cover how Liveblog V2 gets around some of the performance bottlenecks of the original and how using React, Redux & RxJS Observables simplifies the overall build.

A New Digital Culture of Creation at Capgemini by Parker Ward

Earlier this year, Capgemini—a multi-billion euro technology consultancy present in over 40 countries—underwent a huge replatforming project, moving their network of 27 sites from their legacy Drupal CMS to WordPress VIP. There were several reasons for this: the previous platform was no longer facilitating workflows and supporting editorial needs; the lack of backwards compatibility with previous versions made the website increasingly unstable and difficult to use; the system no longer supported their digital roadmap, and teams across the organisation were becoming frustrated with the lack of usability and extensibility – thereby seeking their own solutions outside the group platform.

WordPress helped Capgemini to enable a new digital culture of creation with a robust, usable, and intuitive CMS to support them in delivering their business objectives and empowering their global network of teams to do their jobs effectively. The transition has been hugely impactful, and in this presentation, Parker will talk through the top level features and the various reasons WordPress was chosen as a new publishing platform for Capgemini’s 400-person marketing and communications network.

WordPress on the Lions Rugby Tour by Dan Drave

Sotic are a digital agency focused exclusively on the world of sport, running sites for top-flight professional clubs, national governing bodies and international events such as the Ladies European Golf Tour and cycling's Tour Of Britain. Over the past year, they have adopted WordPress as their platform of choice; and senior front-end developer Dan Drave will explain how they used it to power the data-rich website for the British & Irish Lions rugby tour to New Zealand this past summer.

Talks will finish at approximately 8pm and be followed by drinks and small bites. After the meetup we will go to the pub (TBC).

If you plan on attending, please be sure to RSVP as space is limited. Sign ups will close 24hrs before the start of the event and you must be on the guest list in order to get into the venue.

A huge thank you to Twitter for hosting this meetup.

Guests are welcome but must sign up themselves as security will be checking the sign-up list at the door.