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WooCommerce to Host Virtual Contributor Day April 19, 2023

WooCommerce has announced a 24-hour virtual contributor day that will happen on April 19, 2023. Contributors will be working on the WooCommerce Core and WooCommerce Blocks repositories. To give better coverage over time zones, organizers will have two kickoff times (0 UTC and 12 UTC).

WooCommerce hasn’t had a WooConf in-person conference since 2017, opting instead for virtual events like WooSesh where people can attend and watch presentations for free. The open source project has focused more on virtual communication channels to help contributors stay connected, such as the new monthly chat focused on WooCommerce block extensibility. This virtual contribution day will be the first of its kind for WooCommerce.

“We are asking for a minimum of 4 hours of your time to dedicate to a curated list of issues,” WooCommerce developer advocate Stephanie Pi said. “These issues have been selected based on the effort needed to solve them –we’re only including issues that we believe can be solved within the day.

“Any issues picked up and worked on during contributor day will be merged before the next release. We are committed to making sure this happens because we want to honor the time our community is dedicating to this event.”

The virtual event will be a more intense, focused time than what one might experience at a WordCamp contributor day, with key WooCommerce decision makers present to help keep things moving.

Organizers will be creating new channels in the WooCommerce Community Slack, that will be dedicated to the different issues they plan to work on during the 24-hour event. This includes a channel for helping contributors get set up with a development environment. Those interested to attend can watch for updates in the #announcements channel.