25 April, 2013
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This Meetup was kindly hosted by Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, at their office in Holborn.

 Jamie Novick (of Compucorp) demonstrated CiviMail as a mass means of communicating by email and SMS.

Owen Bowden (of LLR) demonstrated how to do surveys using CiviMail and WebForm-Civi which enables the key results of the survey questions to be stored in CiviCRM.

George Steven (of The Latin Mass Society) gave a very useful outline of how to install CiviCRM on a shoestring buget (presentation attached).

Dave Melkman (of Manta Ray Media) presented the key changes in CiviCRM 4.3.

Jamie Novick described a new...

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05 March, 2013
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Date/time: Wednesday 27th March 2013, 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Venue: Manta Ray Media Ltd., Finsbury Business Centre, 40 Bowling Green Lane, London EC1R0NE

Information/Registration: http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=288

20 February, 2013
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Date/time: Wednesday 27th February, 2013 6:00 PM  (till 8:30PM)

Location: Gamesys, 10 Piccadilly, 4th Floor Reception, London, W1J 0DD

Registration: http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=284

29 January, 2013
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January 23, 2013 was CiviDay. A celebration of an OpenSource Software that had made an impact on non profits across 5 continents. And so it was fitting that the celebration was not limited to the US but was held across the globe.

We in Web Access were possibly the first Global Meet that kicked off the CiviDay celebrations. The meet up was expected to gather around 6 to 8 people. So all of us were pleasantly surprised when we had over 14 registrations. And even more surprised when 18 people showed up.

The first event was the ice breaker. Introductions had to contain a funny or interesting fact about yourself that no one knew. Most managed both at the same time. And there were a few gems, such as “I used to be a singer and no one took me seriously. And so I became an Open Source Developer. And no one takes me seriously, even now.”

Deepak, a core CiviCRM developer gave an insider’s insight into CiviCRM and how organizations could extend the product to fit their...

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25 January, 2013
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We had a great turn out in New York City despite the bitter cold weather here.

We sent out a midday reminder - luring our registered participants with the promise of NYC-steam heat, food and drink. We had a record turn out of  close to 30 people who were a mix of end users, implementors, developers. We focused on introductions, tuned into Dave and Lobo's 'What's new in CiviCRM 4.3' presentation, peppered them with questions, and then talked as a group about what we could do in 2013 to build our community. We are leaning towards alternating meet-ups with co-working days every other month. We see a 'challenges and solutions' theme emerging...

It was agreed that we could really use a local user group on civicrm.org in order to facilitate organizing our meetings. We'd prefer to use this in combination with CiviMail and CiviEvents registration (which we're already using) than MeetUp in the spirit of "eating our own dog food" (an expression I first heard from Lobo years...

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25 January, 2013

The CiviDay for the Benelux in Apeldoorn was visited by about 25 people. Quite a few were new.

The day started with an explanation about CiviCooP bij Erik Hommel. CiviCooP will be a formal organisation where smaller CiviCRM organsations are able to do the work they like most, and cooperating with others for everything else.

Each organisation would then be able to offer the full CiviCRM service (hosting, building, maintenance, custom code, design).

We learned that especially government organisations are reluctant to contract small parties and they where very interested in this concept. It would help them to get CiviCRM introduced in their organisation.

There are still questions to be answered: is a formal coöperation the right form? A coöperation in the Netherlands means that all "members" share responsibility of one of the projects fails.

After that the group split in a tech session and a demo session.

In the tech session we spoke about how...

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25 January, 2013
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It was amazing to see and hear so many reports from CiviDay meet ups happening all over the world this Wednesday. It's an awesome example of the power of the CiviCRM community - and open source networks in general - to make things happen. It was only last month that we decided to create a CiviDay and put up a blog post inviting people to participate. In that time we managed to organise 24 meet ups in 5 continents with an estimated 250-300 people attending - and it was not hard to do.

Here are just a few highlights so far (feel free to add your highlights as comments below)

  • DC folks decided it is time for a CiviCamp on the East Coast of the US this Autumn - watch this space for details
  • France rocked! and amongst other things, found out how Wikimedia France raised 1....
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19 December, 2012
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It's with great regret that the Australia/New Zealand CiviCRM community announce the postponement of our first CiviCon. Whilst we had received some fantastic offers of sponsorship and session proposals, we just weren't getting the public registrations required to run such an event.

With hindsight it could be that coinciding the event with fundamentally a developer conference (DrupalCon) wasn't the best idea so we are currently investigating options for running at a time more convenient to our intended audience of implementors, systems administrators, CTOs and technical wizards at non profits and community groups.

We would like to again thank all of those who got involved with organising, volunteering and supporting and encourage any of you in our region to remain as involved with your...

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11 December, 2012
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Next Thursday december 13th. CiviCRM will be present in Buenos Aires and Madrid simultaneously!

Luciano Spiegel (iXiam's CTO) will be presenting CiviCRM in next OpenExpo CRM Event. 

Open Expo

Alejandro Salgado will be hosting the first CiviCRM meetup in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

07 December, 2012
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The concept behind CiviDay is pretty simple: all the local CiviCRM meet ups organise a meet up on the same day: January 23rd 2013.  And we use this as an opportunity to grow and strengthen local CiviCRM communities and create new ones.

Meet ups are a great way to meet other CiviCRM users, implementors and developers: to find people that can help, get your questions answered, find out about the latest developments in CiviLand, and build your local CiviCRM community. They are also a good opportunity to show off any cool work that you have been doing recently. And since its CiviDay, we'll also add a couple of extra suprises into the mix.

So what do you need to do to be part of CiviDay 2013? Simple - just head along to your local CiviCRM meet up and be part of a global network of CiviCRM gatherings happening that day.  At the time of writing we have meet ups (some of them happening for the first time!) in:

  • Apeldoorn (Netherlands)
  • Austin, TX...
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