November 6, 2014 — In this presentation, I’ll address both the *why* and the *how* of contributing while freelancing. I’ll lay out both an economic and a philosophical argument for why freelancers ought to budget for time on the parent projects. And I’ll talk about some concrete strategies for making the process less painful than it might seem at first glance. I’ll use myself as a case study, and talk about how my yearly earnings have steadily increased at the same time that the proportion of my working week spent on client work has actually gone *down*, to the extent that I spend over 50% of my time on free software work that I’m not paid for directly.
November 4, 2014 — Simon Wheatley has been working with Open Source, running an Open Source focused consultancy, and persuading big companies against Intellectual Property hoarding for years now.
In this talk he discusses the open source principles that unite many of us, and how you can marry those with solid business principles to come up with a winning formula for your clients, your self and the wider world.
October 31, 2014 — This talk will present a number of arguments for why WordPress professionals ought to volunteer time to the project, arguments that will focus on practical and financial considerations rather than on moral ones. Boone Gorges will argue that the WordPress contributor pool is too concentrated, in a way that has the potential to do disservice to people who specialize in WordPress at the freelance and small-business level. Boone also outlines several concrete strategies for organizing one’s contributions in such a way as to minimize financial sacrifices.
October 6, 2014 — WordPress gives us all so much for free. Thousands of lines of code, thousands of hours of other people’s time all for the unbelievable price of free. So, ready to give back? It’s easy. This talk covers several ways that you can contribute to WordPress including ways that you can contribute if you’re not a programmer.
July 22, 2014 — Where do you start? How do you meet people? Learn more about what can you do online and in-person to get involved in the WordPress community. This talk is about the opportunities that exist (like WordCamp!) but also things like github, irc, wordpress.org communities, and of course Meetup groups.
June 30, 2014 — Do you love WordPress and are interested in getting involved with the community but bewildered at how to “get in”? Wonder no more! This session walks you through freely available resources to help you get involved in any aspect of the community that interests you and takes you from an unknown zero to a WordPress hero!
June 22, 2014 — WordPress への貢献（Contributing to WordPress）
WordPress オープンソースプロジェクトには開発者・デザイナー、そして問題解決が得意な人にとって参加の機会がたくさんあります。このセッションでは WordPress のエコシステム、そして WordPress コアプロジェクトに関わる興味深いグループの数々、それらに参加するためのリファレンスをご紹介します。また、「WordPress に貢献することで日々の業務にどういった好影響があるのか？」という疑問にもお答えします。開発サイクル、コア機能開発の新アプローチ、プラグイン開発ベストプラクティス、Twenty Fourteen 次期デフォルトテーマなどについても触れています。
June 12, 2014 — Unit testing can be scary for anyone who’s not a hard-core dev. But they don’t need to be! I’ll help you get up and running with the WordPress unit test framework so your new patches will never need to sit idle on this report page again! Even if you don’t have a patch to contribute to WordPress, you can still get your name on the contributor list by writing tests for any patches that live on this report, too!