25 March, 2010
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In parallel with the Drupal sprint (http://sf2010.drupal.org/conference/drupal-sprints) and CiviCRM training session (http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=25), we'll be running a CiviCRM code sprint.

Using an unconference format, we'll likely focus on activism functionality or perhaps squashing some bugs. A great way to contribute to the community while sharing with others and getting support from the core team.

If you'd like to contribute ideas on what we should work on, edit the wiki page.

23 March, 2010
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups

We've had some great session proposals on the wiki but are still on the look out for more. CiviCon is your chance to debate the parts of CiviCRM that matter to you, so if you have something you want to show off - or something you' like to get off your chest - then sign up for CiviCon and add your proposal.

We've split the day into three tracks

  • Developer track
  • CiviCRM in action track
  • Usability and community track

So far the proposals are pretty evenly spread between these three. We may end up with different / more tracks depending on session proposals

Plus, Gregory Heller from Civic Actions is organising Ignite CiviCon - a series of 5 minute Ignite talks of 20 slides set to auto advance every 15 seconds: "englighten us, but make it quick!". There is a space for Ignite talk proposals on the...

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17 March, 2010
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We had another engaging NYC meetup on March 16th, competing with the first warm sunny day after the crazy noreaster, where around 20 people spent the evening to dig in to CiviCRM.

After our usual intros where folks can express what they'd like to get out of the evening, Fred kicked off a case study of how he used civi for the Man Up Campaign, and demonstrated the use of profiles to collect information from individuals who would like to engage or contribute to the campaign.

We then broke up into several groups based on the interests that popped up in the intros: one group huddled to figure out Civimail (and Jack posted notes on her blog); Joseph and I facilitated and answered questions from an inquisitive group of civi newbies, and spent a few minutes talking about the new drupal module, CiviEngage; Sacha led a group that wanted to focus on troubleshooting specific issues; and...

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02 March, 2010
By rczamor
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Meetups

Last Thursday, a dozen local CiviCRM users, developers and persons interested in learning about the system met at the NEXUS Resource Center to discuss the Boston CiviCRM training and challenges that we each have faced during implementations. Thank you to the The Green Roundtable for allowing us to utilize their space for this meetup.

I presented on a past project I worked on for the Jane Goodall Institute last year. The presentation brought up a serious gap that many people have identified within the CiviCRM community - an online advocacy tool set that integrates well with the Civi. There are various Drupal modules out there that seek to fill this gap, but there is no one solution that meets the general needs of organizations running online advocacy programs.

Much of the discussion that followed the presentation was focused...

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25 February, 2010
By shot
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Meetups, Training

In a month, on March 25th and 26th, FairSay invites you all to Oxford, UK to join us for a two-track CiviCRM/Drupal and Plone Campaigning Camp (free with lunch and tea break included!).

We’ll be planning, improving and developing campaigning tools like CiviEngage, Drupal’s Activism module and Plone’s Megaphone and eCampaigning Tool (as well as discussing potential CiviCRM/Plone bridging possibilities) – do consider joining us now and shaping the camp on the event’s wiki pages.

For the CiviCRM part, Michael McAndrew and Piotr Szotkowski will be there to also discuss any of your CiviCRM development needs. Register here...

24 February, 2010
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CiviCon - the first ever 'global' CiviCRM conference - is coming to San Francisco on April 22nd. We're getting really excited about the fantastic array of speakers and sessions already on the agenda ....
  • Nathan Yergler, Creative Commons CTO will be kicking off the day, sharing his thoughts about the importance of open source software like CiviCRM to the success of non-profits and grass roots organizations, why Civi is important to Creative Common's mission, and what the horizon looks like.
  • Cedric Brown, Director of the Mitch Kapor Foundation, along with Mitch Kapor (via video link) will be closing the day with their thoughts on the benefit propositions of open source software.
  • In between, there will be a lots of great user AND developer oriented sessions including:
    • ...
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11 February, 2010
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I am very excited to announce the first CiviCon! The day after DrupalCon this April, stick around in San Francisco for CiviCon. We'll have celebrity speakers, breakout sessions highlighting real-world examples of people making non-profits rock with CiviCRM, and ample opportunity to ask questions, meet people, and generally max out your CiviCRM fu. If you're reading this, you need to be there!

Here's the details: http://wiki.civicrm.org/confluence/display/CRM/CiviCon+April+2010

Ready to sign up? Yeah you are, you go-getter you. Go here: http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=37

Right now we're still in the planning stages, so this is a great opportunity to volunteer to run a break-out session or nominate someone you think should run one. Add your...

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09 February, 2010
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It's 19.50, I'm in the train from Brussels to home, on my way back from the CiviCRM developer camp. Erik Brouwer has just left the train, Eagles on the headphone and there's a multicolored display of non-identifiable ligths thru the window.....just another 90 minutes and I will be on the couch with a glass of red, cats purring on my lap and telling Floor all about the two days. So what was it like, this developer camp?

Well, perhaps I should mention first that it was very useful, that I have learned a lot about API's, hooks, ACL and localization that would have taken me days to figure out without the developer camp! In some cases the theoretical sessions were too fast for me, and I sometimes struggled to keep up. But once we got to the hands-on sessions I caught up and it was a great boost to be able to acutally do something with various ways of using API's in an hour. The whole 2 days were a very worthwile experience and I will be back for more on the next one that is...

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31 January, 2010
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Last Wednesday was a packed usergroup with more than 25 people squeezed into our meeting room in Scrutton Street. We were split more or less evenly between end users and developers/implementors, and between current and new users. There was a definite Drupal bias in the room, but there were some vocal Joomla implementors too. It was good to see familiar faces from last years developer camp and user training, as well as people that have started using CiviCRM in the past few months, and those that are just starting out.

After a quick round of introductions and a tour of some key CiviCRM functionality and new features in 3.1 (including dashboards and contact subtypes) we moved on to a discuss themes that attendees had requested we cover on the Wiki. Below I've tried to give a flavour of the event by pulling out the main themes and giving my thoughts on them. Would be great for you to fill in the gaps in bits I've missed, and to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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06 January, 2010
By shot
Filed under CiviCRM, Meetups, Training

We're preparing a CiviCRM developer camp in Brussels on February 8th and 9th – right after FOSDEM 2010. Developer Camps are a place where CiviCRM developers, administrator and users can get together around CiviCRM. We'd like you to let us know what you want to see at the camp by commenting on the wiki page.

The developer camp is aimed at those that want to learn more about CiviCRM from the people involved in its development. If you are interested in improving your CiviCRM admin skills, learning more about developing with CiviCRM or helping improve the product in any other way, then this camp is for you.

FOSDEM meetings are recognized as "The best Free Software and Open Source events in Europe" and participation is free, so coming to Brussels for the FOSDEM weekend might be a very good idea (Xavier Dutoit, Michael...

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