Contributor Day

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We’re happy to host a Contributor Day at WordCamp Minneapolis St. Paul on Sunday, August 6, 2017. This event is open to conference attendees at no additional charge—just wear your lanyard with tickets for Friday and/or Saturday.

Volunteer contributors are key to the success of WordPress, and Contributor Days are for everyone, on every experience level, with any interest in helping with the WordPress project.  Become a part of the community that makes and supports our open source software system that runs 28% of the web.

You don’t have know how to code. There are a variety of roles to fill and many projects where you can be involved:  Accessibility, CLI, Community, Core, Design, Documentation, Flow, Marketing, Meta, Mobile, Plugins, Polyglots, Support, Themes, Training, TV. Find out more about all the contributor groups at Make WordPress.

Young man and young woman with laptops at WordCamp MinneapolisWe’ll start the day with a general session on how to become a WordPress contributor. Contributor Day will also feature Breakout Groups for networking and discussion about working with WordPress and in the web industry. Bring your passion, find your tribe, and see how you can benefit from the WordPress community and give back to the project.

It’s a little work and a lot of fun!

  • Check out Make WordPress
  • Bring your laptop
  • Meet new people
  • Help make the web happen

Register before July 12th to guarantee your spot!

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Register for #WCMSP before July 12th to secure your spot!

Minniepuu** and Wapauul** are teaming up to remind you it’s your last chance to register for WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul to guarantee a shirt, badge, and other sweet swag. We will be selling tickets until right before the event, but you don’t want to miss out, so quit procrastinating! Register before July 12th to claim your spot!

Need convincing?

WordCamp Minneapolis / St. Paul is one of the best values around for learning and connecting with the local WordPress and web design/development communities. We have sessions for every level, from people who are installing their first WordPress site, to people who actively contribute to WordPress core. We welcome designers, developers, project managers, hobbyists, bloggers, content producers, strategists, SEO specialists, writers, buisness owners, and anyone enthusiastic about WordPress!

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Ready to join us? We look forward to seeing you there!

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**Wait, who is this Wapuu character? Read a brief history of the WordPress mascot.

Interview with Lindsey Miller

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

I feel like I have a unique perspective as a business owner outside of the WordPress community. Campaigns have a limitation on how much time you have to actually show success and it helps me frame differently how to make good decisions in WordPress businesses.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

The WordPress community is the most helpful and supportive community I have ever encountered. For anyone considering joining this community I say, “Go for it!” You will see a return in all the efforts you put into this community.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

I don’t think there is anything I would improve. I truly love this community and am so happy that I am involved in a formal capacity.

Who do you most admire and why?

My grandmother Mary. She has found a way to be accomplished, determined, solid in her stances and at the same time be kind, funny and loving. I hope that as I live my life I can be the same.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Interview with Zach Stepek

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

E-Commerce is a vast subject, and there is a lot of domain knowledge required to effectively help clients navigate all of the complexities and tools needed to be successful. My hope is that, after this talk, freelancers and agencies are more prepared when approaching e-Commerce topics with their customers.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

Dive in. Just commit to it and jump. We’re very fortunate to be working in a space where there is both demand and an excellent community.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

I’ve wanted to add art direction features to the media library for a while to make sure the focal point of an image is shown at all sizes and crops with minimal interaction. I just have to find the time to build it!

Who do you most admire and why?

Each and every person who has taken a risk and started something they can call their own. The creatives, developers, architects and dreamers. Jumping off that cliff isn’t easy, but the potential result is worth it.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

All your questions can be answered, if that is what you want. But once you learn your answers, you can never unlearn them.

Interview with Amy Zellmer

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

I believe everyone has a story to share with the world, and I hope to inspire others to share theirs.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

It’s a fun community to be a part of!

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

none!

Who do you most admire and why?

My brain injury community … every single day I watch them overcome obstacles they never thought possible. They inspire me to keep writing and sharing my story!

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

“Nobody puts baby in a corner”

Interview with Katie Elenberger

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

I relied on a lot of resources when I began to freelance and I wanted to be able to pay it forward and help others that might not know where to begin, want ideas on how to grow, or the discover tools and techniques available to be efficient.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

Coming as a designer, the WordPress community has been great! It really fits all levels of development experience.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

I already feel like I learn something new in WordPress every time I use it and I love that!

Who do you most admire and why?

My mother – She is caring, genuine, supportive, pushes me to excel and be a good human, but best of all – always full of crazy creative ideas.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

“We have so much time, and so little to do. Strike that, reverse it.” – Willy Wonka

Interview with AJ Morris

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

I think now is the time that there’s a lot of people just getting started. The types and tricks I am providing are ones I wish people would have given me when I was just getting started.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

Soak up everything. WordCamps bring some of the best of the best together. You can learn just as much in the hallway track or walking around the sponsor booths, then you can in a session. Meet people. Try to meet at least 10 new people you can start building relationships with. Be open and honest about what you are struggling with or the challenges you face. We can experience them together!

Interview with Karim Marucchi

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

Love Minneapolis

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

It’s a wonderful diverse community that thrives on people helping each other out. One of the most healthy open source communities in the world.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

Move all core features around the customizer(& Gutenberg) to a plug-in. The complexities around trying to make the user experience more SquareSpace or Wixs like, could create serious problems for trying to keep WordPress as flexible as possible as a CMS.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

Let me explain. No, is too much… Let me sum up…

Interview with Travis Totz

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

For the past year or so I’ve really been questioning wireframes as a design process. Often they are rushed to get out the door, and have far too many oversights. As a user experience design process, we should be thinking beyond the wireframe and how the user actually interacts with the design elements, not just blocking out a page layout. Wireframes have stifled the creative design process and I believe that designers should rethink their effectiveness.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

The WordPress community is a fantastic, welcoming, and fun ecosystem to be a part of. The people and connections that are possible are truly inspiring.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

Making things easier for the user to be on-boarded to WordPress. There are a lot of opportunities for WordPress to really become an ‘easier’ platform for the user. This is especially true when looking at other platforms like SquareSpace, Wix, etc. that make that first step much, much easier for the user. As a community I think we have a user experience problem to solve and fix, in order for WordPress to continue it’s growth.

Who do you most admire and why?

The individuals who stand up for what is right, just, and fair. The individuals out there fighting for others, taking a stand for morality throughout their lives. I truly believe that when we stand together there is nothing we cannot accomplish. But when we’re divided, the evils of the world will always win. I will forever be inspired by those in my life who have the courage to stay along the ultimate moral compass to push for the rights of those who are less fortunate or do not have the ability, voice, or position to do so themselves. These are the people that we all should hold up together, for the greater good.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

“We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” – J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Interview with Aaron Holbrook

What inspired or motivated you to give this talk at WordCamp?

I’ve found that there is still a lot of interest from people in learning about things that I’ve worked on and refined through the course of my professional career.

Things like: where to place your code, how to use an IDE and debugger, building and utilizing a deployment system and ways to make your code much simpler and easier to understand and maintain.

I love the feeling of helping someone from sharing something I know; it’s such a powerful and intense feeling, seeing their eyes light up and their excitement at seeing a new way of doing something! All from just sharing some information – it’s so amazing.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for those who are thinking about getting involved in the WordPress community?

Do it! Just start – there is no prerequisite other than an earnest desire to help others.

There is no secret club, there are no secret handshakes. There is just doing good for others and meeting other people that do the same. The networking and friendships I have made by volunteering and contributing are powerful and have contributed to my personal and professional growth.

If you could make one improvement to WordPress today, what would it be?

I would love to have an easier/more integrated way to publish and update plugins via GitHub.

Using SVN and the entire process for publishing a plugin makes things extremely cumbersome and is a huge barrier to entry for people looking to publish their first plugin.

Who do you most admire and why?

I admire Steve Zehngut and Chris Lema greatly. They are both very intelligent and savvy businessmen.

Steve is very good at understanding people and situations. I continue to learn from him better ways to approach and handle situations.

Chris is a thought-provoking and forward thinking individual who has a very solid understanding of the current landscape, where it’s headed and what opportunities exist.

I greatly respect and admire them both.

What’s your favorite quote from a book or movie?

“Ship like this, will be with you till the day you die.”
– Firefly