Open Source Summit Japan 2019

Last week, I volunteered at Open Source Summit Japan, a professional conference hosted by the Linux Foundation.

This was my first ever presence at this event. Although I’m not new to attending or staffing at events, I learned quite a lot of things from both perspectives.

“From User to Contributor” Talk by Riona MacNamara

Riona’s talk “From User to Contributor: How Documentation Enables Vibrant Open Source Communities” was excellent. Since I’m in the middle of organizing upcoming events (WordCamp Tokyo & Asia) and still figuring out the best way to program Contributor Day, it was perfect timing to understand contributor personas and blockers.

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Riona MacNamara

Not only that, her talk was a good reminder of why we should help othrers to contribute. Her different talk from Write the Docs conference is available on YouTube. Some of the key ideas I resonated are also in this one – well worth your 15 minutes!

Women in Open Source Lunch

Another highlight of the conference for me was attending Women in Open Source Lunch. Thanks to Sato-san & Fukuyasu-san frin Linux Foundation Japan (who also invited me to volunteer), I found out about the opportunity to meet more people in the field.

At my table, Sarah Novotony, Patricia Ferreiro, Raona Roess, and I talked about a wide range of topics like career path, mentoring/leadership, and continuing education. I feel very lucky to have had a chance to spend some time with them!

Volunteering in a New Community

I also got to meet other open source community leaders/members in Japan through volunteering. Between our shifts, we exchanged ideas about event organization and community management.

Overall, I’m so glad I decided to go to this event! I even wish I had done it sooner. I look forward to going back again in the future.


Header photo credit: The Linux Foundation (CC BY-NC 2.0)

My WordCamp Europe 2019 #WCEU

Here are some of my highlights of WCEU 2019 in Germany.

Contributor Day & Contribution Area

I’ve already written about Contributor Day, but again I very much enjoyed that day! Contribution Area on other days was also a nice space to have.

Meeting WordCamp Asia Organizing Team

14 of 41 team members were at WCEU. I met seven of them for the first time in Berlin. Thanks to Abha from Marketing Team, we got a nice group photo.

Some of the members were volunteering and others had a busy schedule with appointments, but we got to hang out in between sessions and after hours.

Getting Involved Table

I only spent 2 hours at the table, but the experience there as well as at Contributor Day made me realize something: there are still some hurdles for getting involved for the first time.

I really like what Training Team is doing to make it easier for everyone to participate. It’s my homework to review the flow for new Polyglots Team contributors and make some improvements.

Thanks to Mayo’s call on Twitter, I had a good conversation with Anyssa & Allyson from São Paulo about growing community.

WPCafe & Sessions

WPCafe was like a mixture of lightning talk & casual meetup. For the one I attended, Afsana opened the session with about 20 minutes of talk, and then the mic was passed around to the participants.

I’m glad that there was a full session dedicated to the multiligualization feature in core.

Picnic

I didn’t have time to explore Berlin during this stay, but thanks to Ellen & Manuel I had a chance to experience a little bit of the life of Berliners. It was nice to stay outside on a long summer day with colleagues and friends.

See you next time… online & at WordCamps!

To all the people who made the event happen – thank you for a great time.

Now it’s my turn to help make WordCamp Tokyo a place attendees feel sad to leave. And of course, WordCamp Asia too!

WordCamp Europe 2019 Contributor Day: Polyglots Team

As a polyglot, WordCamp Europe Contributor Day has always been one of the most exciting WordPress events to attend since I had experienced it for the first time.

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This year, I came back to WCEU (my last time was Vienna 2016) and the day was as great as I remembered, if not more.

At the Polyglots Team table, there were at least 60 volunteers. I was lucky to work with several experience translators and GTEs, as well as many brand-new contributors.

What we did:

  • Translation of core/plugins/themes/meta projects in Maltese, Serbian, German Informal & Formal, Portuguese, Arabic, Serbian, French, Japanese, Dutch, Persian, Hindi, Gujarati, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Catalan, and Afrikaans.
  • Translation review request documentation in English, Italian, Japanese, and Polish.
  • 12 translator interviews in collaboration with the Marketing Team.
  • Discussion on support & community documentation internationalization.

It was also great to catch up with WordPress Translation Day 4 organizers & local event hosts, and other polyglots contributors who are active in other teams.

Looking forward to continuing collaborating with polyglots on the Make Polyglots P2 and WordPress Slack #polyglots channel!