04 February, 2015
By mpeth

CiviDay Cologne (or Köln, as the city is called in German) was a pretty lively gettogether of CiviCRM old-timers and newcomers. It was hosted by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst and SYSTOPIA Organisationsberatung. With 16 participants it showed healthy interest in CiviCRM in (western) Germany. After all, this was the first meetup of its kind in the Cologne-Bonn area, and CiviCRM usage and community networks in Germany generally still have some room to grow. So we are already planning on follow-up user meetings since a strong community will be the key to CiviCRM's success here.

Newbies could get their feet wet in a brief introduction to CiviCRM. Naturally, there was a lot of interest in how CiviCRM can be adapted to specific German organizations' needs. The good news is that we have already made a pretty good part of the way. With extensions for SEPA direct debit, automated processing of bank statements and generation of donation receipts according to German law, the most...

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03 February, 2015
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CiviDay Denver was hosted by Cividesk and T4T Colorado and welcomed nearly 40 attendees under beautiful, sunny, Colorado skies in a comfortable atmosphere within the training center of the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits. Participants came with different objectives in mind: some to learn more about the possibilities of CiviCRM, and some who are new users of the database were seeking clarity on certain functionalities. More experienced users were in attendance to convene with the Civi community and attend workshops that would dig deeper into the capabilities of CiviCRM.

Denver’s CiviDay was unique because the sessions were also broadcasting in real time with CiviDay Phoenix! Participants in Phoenix were able to view the presentations on shared viewing screens and receive the live...

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03 February, 2015
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CiviDay Paris, organisé par Cividesk, a accueilli ses participants dans un café associatif place de la République : un utilisateur vétéran de CiviCRM, une organisation dans le domaine de l'environnement, et des consultants du monde associatif. La présentation de Joshua de la Core Team (l'équipe de CiviCRM) sur le projet a été très appréciée. Nous avons parlé de la Communauté, des événements (CiviCon, CiviDay...) et présenté la richesse des fonctionnalités de la solution.

C'était une réunion informelle très sympathique et les échanges ont été très intéressants. D'autres Meet up parisiens vont suivre, donc guettez les informations.

For non french speakers :

Participants of CiviDay Paris organized by Cividesk gathered in a nice associative café...

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31 January, 2015
By noah
Filed under Community, CiviDay, Meetups

This year's San Francisco Bay Area CiviDay meetup "felt like a family reunion," according to one attendee, and no wonder it seemed homey: its venue was the large but comfortable common space of a cohousing community in Oakland. Over 30 people (reportedly over 40 at the peak) filled the dining room chairs, including CiviCRM core team members, nonprofit workers considering CiviCRM for their organizations, current users, consultants and developers looking to integrate CiviCRM with their own products.

CiviCRM cofounder Dave Greenberg gave us the origin story and described how a remarkably compact team (compared with some other CRM platforms) got us to where we are today after getting "bit by the open source bug" 10 years ago. Recently, a dedicated core group have been working hard to get CiviCRM on a solid, sustainable footing as the project outgrows its original funding model. Dave outlined the new ...

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29 January, 2015
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Hosted by Cividesk's Regional Account Manager Neil Planchon at Swan's Market Cohousing, Oakland, CA

CiviDay was an opportunity for Dave Greenberg, a CiviCRM founder, to look back at 10 years of CiviCRM, plus allow two presenters to talk about how CiviCRM let them support their organizations – James Meehan, for Bay Area Children’s Theater, and Josh Mailman, for NorCal CanciNet, WARMTH and Piedmont Yoga Initiative.

The event was attended by 42 people representing various organizations.

We started by introducing ourselves and the organizations we represented – they include Open Oakland, Bay Area Children’s Theater, CiviCRM itself (Tim Otten, Dave Greenberg), Bikes East Bay, SF Bay Keepers, Aspiration, Event Proplan, Abrahamic Alliance, East Bay Meditation Center, (ex) Giant Rabbit, Rockford Leadership Institute, Backdrop (a new CMS-to-be, being worked on by Jen Lampton and cohort of Drupal fame, check out...

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05 February, 2014
By Slovak
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We had a great time in Dallas, Texas during CiviDay 2014.  We want to give special thanks to Improving Enterprises for continued use of their facility and Skvare for being the long-term organizer of the group.

Invitations for CiviDay 2014 went out via the Meetup group and each of the attendees had differing experience with CiviCRM. Some were the resident experts and answered general questions about CiviCRM, others were users or completely new to the open-source idea.

To demonstrate community collaboration, we let the group members list the topics that they wished to discuss during the meeting. Based on our community’s response, we first discussed the ecosystem of CRMs and CMSs. Then we looked at specific open-source solutions and finished off with CiviCRM's roadmap for versions 4.5 and 5.0. Our...

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03 February, 2014
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We had a great event in Philadelphia.  BackOffice Thinking co-hosted the night with PhillyCAM.  PhillyCAM provided the space as well as the technology to live stream the event, so even those unable to be there in person, were able to participate.  All 11 attendees felt the session was packed with great insights and ideas, so much that we agreed to meet again and make this a quarterly meetup.  Some tips for newbies that were generated by the group were:  

Don't be afraid of the IRC.  This is a great resource so take advantage of it!

Always backup your data before importing new data.  

03 February, 2014
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I ‘discovered’ CiviCRM at the end of last year. Looking for an open source software for non-profit organizations. So, January 29th was my first CiviDay, the first meeting with CiviUsers and the people of CiviCoop. A half-day meet up, well organized bij CiviCoop in Apeldoorn. Informal and intriguing. All about to learn more about CiviCRM. I am impressed by the functionality that CiviCRM offers.

After introduction, there was (very enjoyable!) plenty of time to exchange experiences. Later, given by Erik Hommel, an impressive presentation of the CiviCRM case about fundraising in MAF (Mission Aviation Fellowship) in Norway. The company specific CiviCRM development for them is impressive. Completely different from the developing process in closed source software. Realizing that success is of course also determined by the eagerness of the employees at MAF. Wonderful cooperation between MAF and CiviCoop....

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03 February, 2014
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The North of England CiviDay Meetup, held in Manchester, went well with 14 people in attendance. These were mostly regulars but there were 2 people attending who are new to CiviCRM and wanted to learn all about it. This was also a special meeting where we showcased the latest amazing CiviCRM extensions. The extensions covered were;

Oliver Gibson - CiviVolunteer

Heather Oliver - CiviBooking

Jon-man Cheung - CiviHR

It was also decided that the quarterly meeting location should be rotated between Manchester and Leeds from now on. We are now working hard to find a suitable location in Leeds City Centre for the April 2014 meeting. As always big thanks to NetSquared and The Madlab for hosting the meeting.

Oliver Gibson

02 February, 2014
By seank
Filed under CiviDay

CiviDay in Bristol was an especially extended meet-up so we could run our Bristol themed Prezi introductory seminar for the first time to all the new attendees, nearly everybody was new!). Most of our usual attendees had made their apologies, but we still had twice the normal number. We had biscuits and fruit (which was a first) and a much larger room than we normally use for meet-ups. Sean (me) introduced proceedings with a little history about CiviCRM in Bristol and then we dived into showing the participants the full capabilities of CiviCRM in a fast moving, multimedia presentation that captured everyone's imagination (at least no-one fell asleep, there were 68 slides!)

After the presentation we had introductions, the vast majority of participants were evaluating CiviCRM for use in their own organisations, but we had Wordpress and Drupal developers looking to learn more about how it could solve their customers issues. DaveM gave updates on the community news ,...

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