19 February, 2018


This year we will have two CiviCamps in the UK to choose from!

  • May 15th in London

  • October 5th in Manchester

CiviCamps are one day events covering everything related to CiviCRM. They are a great opportunity to learn about CiviCRM and what it can do for your organization, meet other CiviCRM users, partners and Core Team members and gather their feedback, learn advanced strategies for managing your online database, ask any questions you might have, share tips and build connections! This is the opportunity to meet the CiviCRM community and share experiences and knowledge with other organizations using CiviCRM!

In addition, we will have a Sprint for those who are interested in contributing further, and a choice of Administrator and Developer Training for those who want to expand their knowledge:

  • UK Sprint: October 6th to 12th

  • Administrator Training: 3rd and 4th October

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12 February, 2018

Last week we had a Sprint in the wonderful city of Brussels. This blog post is a recap of what I have been up to.

Form Processor

I started the sprint to work on a new extension the form processor.  This idea came to my mind as I had a few clients at which I had to develop a custom api for data coming from their website (in those cases CiviCRM was separated from the website). And my idea was that I wanted to give system administrator and implementers a tool in which they could create those kind of API by themselves. So the form processor was born.

Below is a sketch of the screen of the form processor (click the image for a larger preview):

The form processor is designed so that the user first defines the...

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07 February, 2018
Filed under CiviCamp, Community, Sprints

Just arrived back home after spending a few days with the CiviCRM community in Brussels. And as always I really enjoyed myself and returned inspired and full of inspiration.

I started last Sunday, 4 feb 2018 at FOSDEM (https://fosdem.org/2018/). What an experience, I have never seen so many geeks in one spot! It was great to dive in, look at all the stands And I had a nice chat at the CiviCRM stand. Good that we (as in the CiviCRM community) had a stand there and we all took turns. Thanks Tim, Mathieu, Jaap, Klaas, Michael, Alain, Rose, Fabian, Björn and Phil. Quite enjoyed the dinner afterwards too :-)

Monday 5 feb 2018 was the first CiviCamp Brussels. A crowd of about 80, great location at Muntpunt and interesting sessions and roundtables. Quite a few showcases of users sharing...

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07 November, 2017
By alainb
Filed under CiviCamp, Sprints

We are excited to announce the CiviCRM conference in Brussels in February 2018!

User Conference

The 1-day user conference (aka CiviCamp) on Monday 5 February 2018 is the conference for seasoned CiviCRM users, and people considering using CiviCRM. The conference will be packed with the essential presentations, workshops and people that will help your organisation get the most from CiviCRM.


Following the user conference, there will be a non-residential 4-day sprint for contributors.

It will be held in the center of Brussels from Tuesday 6 February till Friday 9 February. It is an opportunity to help push the CiviCRM project forward: add new functionality, fix bugs, improve marketing materials, document new features, interact with core team members and fellow CiviCRM-developers... and enjoy the capital of Europe.

Call for...

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16 October, 2017
Filed under Sprints
Having made amazing strides over the last year in terms of the user interface, some of the folk attending this years UK CiviSprint took a look at what improvements could be made in terms of accessibility.   Issues have been raised in recent years by screen reader users and people who are not comfortable using a mouse or trackpad.  After testing the new bootstrap-based Shoreditch theme, with a variety of assistive technology, several issues were identified and put to the team of developers. 
The main issues included: the lack of keyboard access to the menu, the invisibility of hints, tips and alerts to users who require high levels of screen magnification or screen reader software.  The lack of working keystrokes to allow quick access to the different parts of the templates, the presentation order of the fields displayed on the interface screens, the lack of consistent and informative labels on some field elements and the difficulties experienced by...
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13 October, 2017
By John_B
Filed under Sprints, Training

Writing on the train back to London from the CivicCRM Sprint at Duvale Priory in mid-Devon, I can see why some people are willing to travel from across the world for the Sprint: it is a great way to spend a week. I went for the Developer Training, delivered by Parvez and Raj of Veda Consulting. The training was held for two days alongside a week's sprint (5 days + 2 travel days). I stayed for the rest of the Sprint.

Having looked at the code, and dipped into the developer documentation over the years, I still started with little idea of how the CiviCRM code works and is structured. My background is providing Drupal and WordPress support covering sysadmin, development, site building and front end work. One of my clients, Arts Professional, is a CiviCRM user and provided financial support for my attendance at the training. The training was pitched well for people like me, covering the...

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12 October, 2017
By AnneDru
Filed under Community, Sprints
Following CiviCon London many of us made our way to Devon for the CiviSprint. 
A group of around 40+ developers, installers and users gathered together for 6 days to work jointly on CiviCRM projects. By coming together in one place, we were able to move projects forward in a way that is challenging when everyone is scattered around the world and involved in their own work and family commitments. The overall aim being to take CiviCRM forward by sharing knowledge.
We arrived on Saturday and settled into our rooms in Duvale Priory near Bampton in Devon. Before dinner we gathered together for introductions – many of us were unknown to each other – or knew the names, but had not met before, and some of us were there for the first time.  The organisers, Michael McAndrew of Third Sector Design and Oliver Gibson of Northbridge Digital then set about creating project groups who would work together on a given task over the next few...
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29 September, 2017
By KarinG
Filed under Extensions, Sprints

Greetings from Montréal!

We have officially released CDN Tax Receipts extension 1.4.0 for 4.6 / 4.7 : https://civicrm.org/extensions/cdn-tax-receipts

Current Features:

  • single, aggregate and annual receipting
  • one-off and bulk receipting
  • email and print methods
  • default layout (logo, watermark, authorized signature) and press-ready PDF template options - detailed reporting (receipts issued; contributions eligible but receipts not yet issued)
  • uses non-deductible amount field
  • uses financial_type -> is_deductible settings
  • works for lineItems
  • hooks: hook_cdntaxreceipts_eligible(); hook_cdntaxreceipts_eligibleAmount(); hook_cdntaxreceipts_writeReceipt();
  • email tracked opening feature

We have worked with (and continue to work with) a BDO Tax Partner who has strong ties to...

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29 September, 2017
Filed under Community, Sprints

This was my first sprint; I came somewhat prepared from reading other ‘first sprint’ blogs in that I brought a laptop set up with Ubuntu and Buildkit. Beyond that technical hurdle I came with no ideas of what to expect, hoping that I could both learn and contribute.

The sprint was at a beautiful old house in the middle of a large farm in Maryland complete with cows, a fire pit, and cable Internet (albeit probably the thinnest cable any of us have experienced in awhile)!

Since this is a QA sprint, our focus was on open pull requests rather than any new features. A few of us started by taking a look at what was sympathetically known as “old s**t from the hopper” - which was either a PR that one of us had opened too long ago and had languished, or in my case starting down the list of pull requests sorted by “Least recently updated” and looking for things...

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21 August, 2017

Developer training

Join us for a two day CiviCRM developer training on the 9th and 10th October (straight after CiviCON UK). The course covers everything you need to know to get up and running as a CiviCRM developer, and more. The training is delivered by CiviCRM experts from the UK, Europe, and further afield. At its core is a set of sessions that cover everything you need to get your development environment up and running, and to start writing extensions and improving core. As well as this, we're running a set of master classes on the latest techniques and technologies by subject matter experts.

The training costs £500, which includes food and accommodation while you are here. It is run alongside our residential sprint so there'll be plenty of chances to chat with and learn from other developers, implementers and power users from the CiviCRM community. You're also welcome to stay on for the remainder of the sprint at no extra cost to continue learning about and...

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