Creating a New Event Page

It's very easy to quickly create a new page for your upcoming hackathon or meetup event in just a few steps. We have ready-to-go event page templates for you to simply fill in your details.



The steps for setting up, forking, and cloning this website's repository are the same as the steps we've documented for submitting tests. The small differences here are just repo URLs and branch names.

Now the page you build in the steps below will be created in a branch of your local copy of the website repository.


Setting up Jekyll to build and preview your changes is also very easy - it just takes one command. See the Build tool section of our contributing guidelines.

Event Page Creation

A blank event page template is available for you. The layout and format is already in place so all you have to do is fill in the data specific to your event.

Create Your Page From Template

Make a copy the page template and rename it for your event, saving it in the directory for the year of your event.

For example, if your event is in Seattle in January 2014:

$ cp events/kits/resources/site/ events/2014/

Fill in Event Details

Open your copy of the page template and follow the inline instructions to fill in the details of your event.

Note: It is ok to push your event page live leaving some of the sections defaulted to "Coming Soon!" At a minimum, the date, location, and About section should be filled in before going live.

Update Site Config

  • Open _config.yml at the root of the testtwf-website directory.
  • Add your event to the events array.

    For example:

        "upcoming:" "true",
        "date": "November 9, 2013",
        "location": "Shenzhen, China",
        "slug": "shenzhen",
        "year": 2013

Note: The value for slug must match the filename of your event page. If you named your page '', the slug must be 'seattle'.

Preview Your Page

Before you send the pull request, you'll likely want to preview your changes. If you've set Jekyll up properly, you can launch the local server to see your changes:

$ jekyll serve --watch

Then navigate to http://localhost:4000/events

  • Verify you see your event in the Upcoming Events section of this page
  • Verify you see your event in the Upcoming Events sidebar
  • Click through on your event page and verify it's laid out properly

If you need to make changes and preview them again, just refresh your browser.

Go Live!

Commit & Push

Before you send a pull request, you'll need to commit your changes to your local branch and the branch oo the server:

$ cd testtwf-website
$ git add path_to_your_event_page
$ git add _config.yml
$ git commit -m "adding new event page for Seattle 2014"
$ git push origin your-branchname

Send Pull Request

  • Follow the submission instructions, using the branch name and URLs you used above.
  • Once your pull requests has been sent, notifications will be sent to the repo owners, but you may want to also send an email to public-testtwf-planning to request it be reviewed and merged.

Making Ongoing Changes

It's very normal to make updates to your event page as you confirm details, experts, speakers, etc. As you confirm the details of your event, you can come back and make edits and send new pull requests as often as you like by following these guidelines.