Kia ora every one
We are having a Drupal 8 contribution event (a d8, if you can tolerate the pun) on this coming Monday, the 24th. It is one of Wellington's first-ever attempts to have a structured, organised impact on the development of the next version of Drupal. And it will herald in the beginning of this regular event which we will run as a community on an ongoing basis. Let's kick it off with a bang and keep it going!
Sparks Interactive deserve a massive thanks for throwing a lot of their people, time, resources, venues, and energy into this one. The event is happening concurrently in both Auckland and Wellington at the Sparks offices in each city. Asides from an IRC channel and the option of remote-participation (if you can't make it down to the Sparks office), we'll also get a live video feed happening between the venues so we can observe the thrilling spectacle of watching and bantering our Auckland counter-parts as they sit at computers scratching their heads figuring D8 out like ourselves, except 800km away.
We're after no more than 8 people to attend in-house at Sparks, and there's room for others to participate virtually - in IRC, via Skype, and with the simple but straight-forwards resources we are developing for leading you into D8 contribution. People will also be available on the day (Heike, Alex) to help anyone attending remotely or on the ground to guide them towards a meaningful form of contribution and support their efforts. Opportunities to be involved will range from:
• familiarising yourself with D8 and doing your first D8 install
• writing code / contributing development time towards D8
• writing documentation for D8
• testing and bug reporting on D8
• other D8 related contribution tasks
Want to learn more? Heike Theis has been busy at work putting together a great deal of information and resources for the community (thanks Heike!):
So there's something for everyone!
Get your employers to get behind this and dedicate some time for yourself so you can up-skill, give something back to the community, and start participation in this important ongoing event.
"Only super lame Drupal companies don't contribute to Drupal sprints" - that's a (free) motivational line for your boss which is bound to work wonders :)
And if you're self-employed, you have no excuse! So snap up one of those available spots straight away.
This doesn't just count as helping the global community of Drupalers, it's also a chance for professional development and to up your perception value as a Drupal professional.
RSVP and also send your expression of interest to [masked]
Time to give something back guys, see you there!
Thanks again to SPARKS INTERACTIVE who are sponsoring this event with beer, pizza, staff, their venue, and the energy involved in making this happen.