Open Source October: How to become a contributor and the top ten FREE plugins

Oct 16, 2019 · Perth, Australia

As per last month, there will be a half-hour presentation for developers followed by networking and refreshments, then a user talk and Q&A with the panel.

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Technical Presentation
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Networking & pizza/drinks (Thanks Sponsors!)
7:00pm - 7:30pm: User Level Presentation
7:30pm - end : Q&A with the expert panel

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HOW TO BECOME AN OPEN SOURCE CONTRIBUTOR
Presented by Jo Minney

Hacktoberfest is upon us, so it's time for us to whip out those pull requests and earn our free t-shirts! If that's all gibberish to you, have no fear - Jo will be sharing with us her crash course on becoming an open source contributor, whatever your skill set. While focusing on the WordPress ecosystem, you can transfer most of these skills and resources to pretty much any Open Source community.

Jo Minney runs a web development agency (House Digital) in Perth, Western Australia. She has managed the Perth WordPress Meetups for the past year and a half, and has been a regular presenter on a range of topics from Security to Page Speed at both local meetups and WordCamps whenever she can get to them. Jo is also an advisor with the ASBAS program run through Business Station which offers consulting and workshops that are heavily subsidised by government funding.

Jo also helps facilitate an organisation called SheCodes - Formerly Perth{web}Girls - that is aimed at getting more girls into the web industry, and wrote the WordPress tutorial that has been completed by around 300 women over the past year. With a background in process engineering and software development, Jo is a strong advocate for developing better user experiences and pushing the boundaries of what WordPress can do.

--- User Topic ---
THE TOP TEN FREE PLUGINS
(AND HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE WORDPRESS REPOSITORY)
Presented by Gaye Nilson

Everyone has a plugin that they can't live without - and Gaye has taken the plunge to investigate just what those plugins are and collated the top ten FREE plugins for WordPress in celebration of our Open Source October theme. As well as the top ten plugins, Gaye will also be sharing her top tips on how to make the most of the WordPress repository - that place where thousands of free plugins of varying quality reside!

Gaye Nilson is a tech tamer and website designer at Simply Savvy Web. Her mission is to help small business owners present the best version of their business to the world with a website that will boost their online credibility and bring in more customers. Simply Savvy Web provides custom-designed websites along with ongoing support for busy business owners who want it all taken care of for them.

Gaye also loves to help aspiring entrepreneurs to learn how to create their own little niche in the online world, and so created the Savvy DIY Website Program to help them conquer their tech phobias and gain the confidence to build and launch their own WordPress website.

As always, our meetup is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors...

--- About our Sponsors ---

SPACECUBED is a Social Enterprise, supporting tailored coworking and office spaces, events, programs and a curated community of small businesses, sole traders, corporates and entrepreneurs. The team at Spacecubed manage Riff & Flux, and generously donate the use of their venues to support the local WordPress community making our meetups possible.

WP ENGINE equips you with the tools you need to build and deploy a range of online experiences from campaign sites to content hubs to ecommerce extensions. Their platform is unified by powerful technology, award winning service, and an ecosystem of partners and developers that expand the value you gain from all solutions.

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