For the fourth year in a row, Denver has had a growing and thriving CiviDay co-organized by Cividesk and Teaming 4 Technology. We welcomed nearly 45 attendees for an all-day event in the beautiful venue at the Mile High United Way.
The day began with an informative presentation about the Vision and Ecosystem of CiviCRM presented by Cividesk. Then the participants split up in three different tracks with one track for new users or users evaluating CiviCRM, one track for current users and a technology track for more technical users.
Both Cividesk and Upleaf presented sessions in the morning. Then after lunch we continued full speed ahead in the afternoon with 2 different training sessions for new users and intermediate users and a co-working session where Cividesk and Upleaf teamed up as experts in the field to answer any questions related to CiviCRM.
Session topics included:
We had about 20 participants, half of them totally new to CiviCRM, who came to discover the solution. Other participants were either already involved in CiviCRM projects, current end-users or preparing to begin using CiviCRM.
For the second time around, CiviDay was celebrated Cologne. Most of the twelve attendants were interested newbies and folks looking for a suitable CRM for their organisation.
The "hot topics" of the evening were:
Everyone who attended appreciated the opportunity to be in a room with other community members to talk through issues and hear about the work that others are doing. We had a good mix of developers and administrative end-users that ensured everyone had someone to bounce their ideas off of.
Topics of discussion included:
Mit so einem großen Andrang haben wir nicht gerechnet: Bei 15 Teilnehmer.innen aus 10 verschiedenen Organisationen mussten wir sogar noch Stühle aus dem Nachbarraum dazuholen!
We had a awesome CiviDay 2016 in Amersfoort yesterday! A record 40 participants made me happy before the day even started :-) The Socialist Party was our host for the day, and they had prepared a morning session where they shared their experiences with CiviCRM, showed what they did and explained what they want to do in the future. A really impressive and inspiring session with the underlying message: there is so much to gain if you start using open source software, become part of a community and feel you can actually have an impact on your toolset!
Well, ok, not quite but I’m hoping that anyone who’s used CiviMail and message templates in anger will relate to the need for change and how CiviMail can become an asset rather than the elephant in the room.
Here's a quick run down of major CiviCRM events for your calendar for 2016.
- CiviDay - locations around the world - February 24th
- CiviCon North West Europe - 26th May
- The main event - 2nd and 3rd June
- Trainings for users, administrators and developers - 31st May and 1st June
- The sprint (your chance to contribute to CiviCRM in person) - 4th to 8th June
- CiviCon London
For the past 2 years, the last Wednesday of each January has been earmarked for CiviDay, a worldwide effort to come together and promote all things CiviCRM. This year, CiviDay witnessed 26 events, from virtual meetups to all day affairs, across 13 countries, bringing together newbies and veterans alike to share stories and to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for organizations everywhere.