We were so nervous before and now? Just happened! But it was nice.
One day full of interesting, helpful and necessary sessions. Here and there something to smile and thanks to the „Holländer“ also plenty to laugh… Not only the oranje neighbours and Belgian found the way to cologne, also people from Finland and the Ukraine, Austria, Poland and Serbia took the long way and became part of a really successful event. Even the USA, Canada and the UK were represented. Only the guy from India got lost… :( So the CiviCon NW Europe became a really international happening and were much swinging than we thought.
The keynote from Ansgar Holtmann from viva con agua gave us an easy entrance to the conference and so we were able to dive in to the different sessions easily. The widely program with sessions for every state of knowledge were filled up with something for everybody. So were...Read more
***Before you read on: Did you miss the chance to attend CiviCon St. Louis? Or perhaps you live in Europe? Good News! CiviCon Cologne in Germany will take place June 9, 2017! All the details here
By now, if you attended CiviCon St. Louis (and we sure hope you did!), you have had time to process the experience and perhaps even begin to apply some things you learned about CiviCRM. The annual conference took place in the beautiful city of St. Louis, there was so much happening and many great topics that were explored, plus the Sprint that followed, so the CiviCon experience may have required some time to sink in!
Participants found thempselves in the music center at the University of Missouri. We had the whole building to ourselves which included a large concert hall with a...Read more
Following what was a successful annual gathering for CiviCRM community at CiviCON St. Louis, the traditional Sprint commenced boasting 35 in attendance including participants from New Zealand, UK, Canada, and folks from all over the US from the east to west coasts. The Sprint is an annual opportunity for the CiviCRM community to come together and work on developing the CiviCRM software in a context that allows face-to-face interaction as opposed to the usual remote work and conversations.
During the Sprint, a number of groups are created to work on different topics such as coding, marketing and documentation for the software.
This year, the Sprint took place at the same time as the end user and...
CiviCon Cologne coming soon!
Less than one month and the CiviCon NW Europe will start for the first time in Germany. We are proud (and a bit nervous) to be the host this year, but we are sure that you will be well entertained by the different sessions. Around the conference, there will be a user training for beginners and a three-day sprint for those who can't get enough of CiviCRM... If you are not registered for the conference or one of the other events yet, you can do it here.
So at the 9th of June we meet in Cologne in the Alte Feuerwache. We are going to have many sessions in parallel tracks so different audiences may visit suitable presentations throughout the day, no matter if newbie, user, implementers or developer. There will also be Lightning Talks for anyone who has something small to share with the community. Be it a little extention you made or discovered, a tweak or trick, a heads-up for fellow...Read more
It’s 5:45pm CDT on the final day of the CiviCRM St Louis conference and I’ve been walking for almost two hours, I have no clue where I am. I know I set off in the opposite direction to my hotel and I know I left the conference before it finished but I really didn’t think this through.
So what drove me to walk with the pure aim of just walking, akin to a mini TV version of Forest Gump?
Well, it’s simple and complicated. I haven’t been to a CiviCRM conference in the USA for a couple of years and was feeling a bit disconnected to the community, hence I decided to jump on a plane and try to restore some of the “love” as well as work through some functional design we’re planning on working on back in the UK. It’s been great to see the community members and catch up, as well as have some comfort knowing a lot of the early troopers are still involved, albeit maturer in their approaches. It’s been a great couple of days. But, after the lightning...Read more
I'm sure many CiviCRMers are checking their schedules and and making travel arrangements for CiviCon St. Louis in May. While this post is a bit off-topic, I want to highlight a place in St. Louis like no other place on Earth... the City Museum. It's already on the list of things to do while at CiviCon, but in my opinion it should also be on a list of things to do while you're alive! So if you're going to St. Louis, or if you're thinking about going, I encourage you to fit this place into your schedule, and follow some tips below when visiting.
I'm thinking it would be fun if a bunch of people from the code sprint decided to go either on Friday May 12th or Saturday May 13th. Are you in?? If so, please...Read more
CiviCon St. Louis is taking shape, and early bird rates are still in force until April 7th. If you're planning to attend, now's the time to register and secure your lodging. Still evaluating CiviCRM? We've got something for you...
This year at CiviCON, for the first time ever, we are introducing a very affordable one-day option for Evaluators. This curriculum is designed for people who may be thinking of using CiviCRM but aren’t sure yet if it’s a fit. As the first day of the Evaluators / Users track, these sessions will be geared towards those seeking to better understand the breadth and depth of CiviCRM as a system and how it may be leveraged to help make their organizations more effective. As such, these sessions will be a bit less technical in nature overall, and will focus on CiviCRM’s power to enable an organization's people to...Read more
CiviCon London wrapped up last week, with over 150 attendees attending more than 30 information-packed sessions. It was great to have such engaging presentations, representatives from the core team talking about the direction of the project, and so many long-term contributors around. But for me, this is the most valuable thing about attending CiviCon...
You get the chance to meet, and put faces to, the names that flicker across the chatrooms, issue queues and StackExchange. You realise that you’re not part of a virtual network of people - you’re part of a real community of users, implementers and developers. A community that is full of passionate people who don’t just want to help create a great CRM, but want to make a positive impact on the world by using it.
Organisations big and small were represented at the conference, and attendees ranged across...Read more
This year, around 25 dedicated and fascinating people have gathered together in Edale, Peak District, to make improvements, discuss progress, and learn more about the CiviCRM project. Some have already left us and some will be here right up to the end of the weekend, but we have all contributed to the project in a helpful and constructive way.
We are staying in a lovely cottage in the Peak District, at the foot of the Pennine Way and half way between Sheffield and Manchester. We chose early on to split up into two groups: the Developers (‘Devs’) and the ‘Non-Devs’, each with different targets, supplemented with opportunities to come together and grapple with various issues, usually over food.
The Devs have been focussed on reviewing Pull Requests (PRs) and writing tests, which has evolved into various side projects, including writing procedures to reconcile table indexes, fixing new bugs found when testing PRs, improving reports, making Buildkit work with Bitnami...Read more
CiviGmail is a chrome extension for Gmail, which allows Gmail to directly interact with CiviCRM via OAuth2. Once authorized emails can be filed as activities in CiviCRM. Idea is to support same set of features like CiviOutlook, reusing its apis.
- Record emails from Gmail inbox against CiviCRM contacts
- Use email address deduplication to attach emails to the correct contact including creation of a new contact if they don't exist.
- Prompts for duplicate contacts so that user can select...