• Carly Willats

Our weekend at JoomlaDay Australia 2019 in Brisbane

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Last weekend, JoomlaDay Australia 2019 was held, and Shani and I were volunteers on the organising committee (pictured here). We had a fantastic weekend at the conference learning and sharing with an incredibly talented and generous Joomla community.

JoomlaDay Australia 2019 volunteers
Shani, Stuart, Patrick, Mick, Carly (me), Nicky, Tim, Cheryl and Jeff

Having run JoomlaDay Australia in 2015, Jeff and I, were fairly well organised and felt surprisingly relaxed on Friday afternoon when we were able to finish our to-do list and head to the local bar, Ballistic West End, to join the Meet and Greet evening. It was a great way to kick-off the conference and meet speakers and sponsor representatives who had travelled to Brisbane.

Saturday was an early start for us, but with so many volunteers on board, and support from our venue (State Library of Queensland), we launched into our first day of the event with few issues. Lyndsey Jackson was our prized keynote speaker. She is an advocate for open source software and building our tech communities to be more inclusive, and she enables communities to take action through the power of technology. I personally found her presentation very inspiring!

Throughout Saturday we hosted a range of talks covering varying Joomla and website development-related topics and catered to all skill levels. It was our first year running a Beginners' Session, and due to its popularity we'll be reshaping, refining and running it again next year! Joomla 4 was also a hot topic, as we're all looking forward to upgrading and making the most of the new functionality included.

2019 saw the announcement of the inaugural Joomla Australia Site Awards winners and finalists. The awards put everyone to work in the lead up to the event, ensuring their websites were high quality and ready for judging by a panel of five esteemed, independent, international judges.

Saturday evening networking at The Fox, sponsored by Mity Digital, was a fun night out to celebrate the weekend and make new connections.

Sunday continued on with hands-on workshops and seminars, wrapping up the weekend with an audience driven interview with our panel of Joomla experts.

People travelled from NSW, Victoria, WA and Western Queensland to be here in Brisbane! I was sad to say goodbye to everyone, but I'm sure we will keep in touch with our new friends online until we meet again at the next JoomlaDay in 2020.

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