09 July, 2010
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Following on from our training camps last summer, we are very pleased to announce another two training events in London this September/October. The first is aimed at users and administrators, and the second is aimed at integrators, implementors and developers.

We'll have folks from around CiviLand joining us for these trainings (Archduke Lobo, Grand High Wizard Dave Greenberg, and more) so you'll be learning from the experts.

We received lots of positive feedback about the camps last year and the 'training team' have put a fair amount of work into improving the content of these trainings based on people's feedback. You can see the planned agenda on the event pages, and you're welcome to add specific items that you would like to see covered on the event Wiki pages.

Both events are at the end of September, and for the really keen they'll be followed by a 4 day code sprint (details to follow but please get in touch if you would like to play a part in shaping...

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29 June, 2010
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Last Friday I we had a BeNeLux CiviCRM meetup in Vianen, with 21 attendants from all three countries (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg). Lobo was present too as he was in the neighborhood (Paris?) anyway.

It was a very inspiring sessions, that got off with a good introduction. We split up in different parallel sessions, where Lobo did a general introduction, Erik Brouwer did a session on localization and I discussed my showcase of synchronizing data between CiviCRM and an Oracle application at De Goede Woning.

We rounded up with lots of small conversations and the general wish to come back together, get a developer camp organised and perhaps present CiviCRM on the next Drupal Jam. Good meeting, good to know there are more CiviCRM adepts out there!
Pictures avialable at http://picasaweb.google.com/erik.hommel63/CiviCRMMeetup25Juni201002#

15 June, 2010
By bgm
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Join us for the first Montréal CiviCRM meetup, Thursday July 8th, 17-19h! There will be report backs from CiviCon, French translation status, talks about the new book, case studies. We hope to encourage informal group talks based on various interests (users, integrators, developers).

Meetup agenda:

  • Report back on the first CiviCon (which was in April 2010 in SF after DrupalCon) and book/translation/code sprint
  • French translation status and recent changes to the translation system
  • New CiviCRM book and plans to translate
  • .. and anything else you would like to talk about related to CiviCRM!
  • Discussion will be in French and English.

    The event is free and open to all. Please confirm your presence by registering to the event.

    Annonce en français

14 June, 2010
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We will be live streaming the CiviCRM Toronto Meetup at June 15, 6:30-8:30pm EST.

To join us, go to


I'll be presenting on How to Plan a Successful CiviCRM Implementation. We're hoping that remote participants will be able to join in our discussions.

Many thanks to the RNAO.org for hosting our Toronto Meetups.

22 May, 2010
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We(NET Tuesday Taiwan) have a CiviCRM workshop since last August and had meetups for about 6-7 times. After Jimmy Huang came from CiviCon/Translation Sprint, we had a review meetup at 5/15 and gathered about 40 people from local NGOs. What's the next? Due to limited resource, I think we need have 2~3 successful local case studies and empower ourselves to better support local NGOS.


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20 May, 2010
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About 25 folks gathered at the Wikimedia Foundation offices last night for our May SF meetup. We had a good mix of new and experienced folks, representing both organizations and consultants.

After a brief recap of CiviCon (and some great feedback from folks in the room who were there) - Lobo and I discussed the results and learnings from our recent book and translation sprints.

Then we divided into break-out groups...

  • a newbie group where folks discussed the basic features / deciding whether CiviCRM is right for your organization.
  • a tutorial on Personal Campaign pages, followed by a free-wheeling QA on contribution reporting and the future of invoicing and accounting integration in CiviCRM
  • an advanced QA session w...
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19 May, 2010
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The first Toronto CiviCRM Meetup held at the RNAO headquarters near King St and University Ave last night was a great success.

There were 29 registrants and about that many attended. (It seems like the small number of regrets and no-shows were canceled out by non-registered people showing up!)

Louis-Charles Lavallée, the Director Information Management & Technology at the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario welcomed everyone to the event. People introduced themselves, revealing a good mix of people wanting to learn about and currently using CiviCRM. There were a number of consultants, small and large non-profits, and several political campaigns and parties represented. I presented an overview of CiviCRM focussing on functionality and the strength and growth of the community culled from a couple of CiviCRM core team presentations (see attached). TechSoup Canada's great cookies and brownies fed the conversation and networking at the break, accompanied by fair...

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14 May, 2010
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Come to St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace and Reconciliation this Tuesday 1st of June for a real-life CiviCRM case study and to find out more about CiviCRM and how it can benefit your non profit organisation.

St Ethelburga's use CiviCRM and Drupal to publicise and administer their event programme and keep in contact with their supporters. They are about to start using it to support their fundraising campaigns. We'll have a look how they are using CiviCRM, how they have managed their CiviCRM project, what they learnt in the process, and what the next steps are. St Ethelburga's staff will be able to answer questions and give their experiences.

We'll also take a took at CiviCRM more generally (both in terms of what it can do, and how you can implement CiviCRM at your organisation) and talk about how you can become more involved in the CiviCRM community.

This event is suitable for people new to CiviCRM, and also those that...

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06 May, 2010
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There seems to be growing interest in CiviCRM in Seattle. People want to know more about what it is, how it works and how they can harness the power for their clients or their own organizations. Recently at DrupalCon in San Francisco I ran a training on CiviCRM that was attended by a fellow Seattlite, and in the weeks just before that I was introduced to a few other folks in Seattle using CiviCRM. So it seems like it is time.

In this first Seattle CiviCRM User Group meeting we will share introductions, experiences and talk about growing the community of CiviCRM users and implementers in Seattle.

Not formal experience with CiviCRM is necessary, just a curiosity and a willingness to learn.

Where: Office Nomads, 1617 Boylston Ave, Second Floor, Seattle, WA 98122 - (206) 323-6500 - (north of Pine) on Capitol Hill
When: Thursday, May 27th 5pm until 7pm, at which time we may adjourn to a local establishment for food and...

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16 April, 2010
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Calling all Drupalers: we'll be holding two BOF sessions at Drupalcon this year. Both are on Monday in room 212. The first one, from 11am to midday, is aimed at end users and administrators. The second, from 4 to 5pm is aimed at developers. Come along to talk about all things CiviCRM-Drupal!

More details on the drupalcon BOF page. Looking forward to seeing you there!