06 June, 2016
Filed under Sprints

In line with tradition (confirmed by exhaustive research and returning code sprint attendees) I have been tasked with the typical initiation duty of writing a blog post about my first CiviCRM code sprint, specifically the first day. This year's Code Sprint took place early June in Fort Collins, Colorado.

With a kitchen stocked full of snacks and coffee and an entire floor of a very 2016 dorm at our disposal on the seemingly abandoned Colorado State University Campus, the CiviSprint 2016 team (a very welcoming, generous, and jolly group with representatives from around the globe) settled in and made themselves at home.

Led by the core team and the one and only Eileen, we met and decided on a list of topics to tackle over the course of the next few days:

  1. Documentation/Marketing (non-coders…who it is worth noting feel this should be separated into two distinct categories)
  2. Reports
  3. Extensions
  4. Themeing
  5. I18N (...
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27 April, 2016
By josh

CiviCon is back in ColoradoCiviCRM sprints are a tremendous opportunity to get involved with the community while supporting the project. But, they can be a bit off-putting for non-developers because there is often a perception that they’re geared towards writing code. There are always opportunities for non-developers to get involved with CiviCRM, and this year’s post-CiviCon Colorado sprint is no different. In fact, we hope to pull together a team of people focused on marketing CiviCRM to current and new potential users. If you’re on the fence about attending the sprint, read on!

We listed one of our 2016 operational objectives as forming “project teams” around the primary areas of the overall project, including development of the software (...

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24 March, 2016
Filed under CiviCon, Sprints, Training

We are really excited about CiviCon happening on June 2nd and 3rd 2016 at the Colorado State University. It is a great opportunity to attend a world-class conference where you will meet and learn from the people in the CiviCRM community and other CiviCRM users.

Attending CiviCon is an excellent way to learn more about - and contribute to - CiviCRM, and meet our growing community. It is an equally enriching experience whether you are simply evaluating CiviCRM, a new user, and implementor, a consultant or developer. Come join us to learn, enrich your knowledge and stay informed about the latest and greatest.

And this year, we're going to pamper...

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22 February, 2016
Filed under Sprints

Most people going to Vail, CO go to ski. However, some come to work on making CiviCRM even better. High up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains ten people got together to squash bugs, work on CiviCRM for Drupal 8, enhance CiviCRM for WordPress, improve the payment processing tools, and update the end-user documentation. 

Everyone enjoyed themselves at the sprint.  Personally I had a lot of fun being with others who are passionate about making CiviCRM better.  The primary activities for everyone were working on CiviCRM projects but we also enjoyed great conversations and cooking for each other.  Some of the sprinters went skiing on the last day of the sprint.  

Sam Gazal, Virginie Ganivet and I (Steve Kessler) made progress working on documentation.  We worked on updating the CiviCRM book for CiviCRM 4.7. We also are working on making the book more consistent. There is still more to be done and if you are interested you can help by looking...

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15 January, 2016
Filed under CiviCon, Meetups, Sprints, Training

Hello! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.  My name is Angela Bruns and I will be Conference Coordinator for the North American CiviCon 2016 in Fort Collins, CO.  My background is in event planning and volunteer management within Colorado nonprofit organizations and I am excited to be a part of this conference. 

The conference will be held on the Colorado State University campus and is scheduled for May 31 – June 8, 2016.  Trainings will happen May 31 & June 1, the Conference will take place June 2 & 3, and the Sprint will follow on June 4 – 8. Please see the save the date blogpost for some additional information on the event.

We want to make this conference the best it can be this year and are looking for some great volunteers to serve on our conference committees.  If you would like to be a part of planning the 2016 CiviCon, please email me at...

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18 December, 2015
Filed under Sprints

Want to help CiviCRM integrate with Drupal8 (or Backdrop or WordPress)? Want a winter getaway and a chance to go skiing? Hey, you can have both!

Come join us for the CMS-Integration Sprint in Vail, CO Jan 30 to Feb 4 2016.

Big thanks for Nicolas Ganivet at CiviDesk for sponsoring this event and generously donating the venue!

We'll be working on:

  • Integrating CiviCRM with Drupal 8
  • Porting our Drupal integration to also support Backdrop CMS
  • Improving WordPress integration and our presence in the official WP plugin repo.
  • Writing documentation (a great task for non-coders).

Sign up here.

Can't attend in person? We'll also be organizing a virtual sprint to allow you to participate remotely (...

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23 October, 2015
I'm excited to provide a final report from the CiviCRM User Summit, which was held in Washington, DC, September 24-25.
The Summit expanded to two days this year, allowing us to increase the number of sessions offered and add an unconference track.  Attendees proposed and voted on unconference sessions at the beginning of the User Summit, and we had a wonderful variety of topics.
The vast majority of attendees rated their experience at the conference "great" or "outstanding", and all but one survey respondent would recommend the User Summit to their colleagues for next year.
In particular, User Summit attendees valued the PURLs session presented by Peter Petrik, the keynote by Amy Sample Ward, and the...
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30 September, 2015
By BjoernE

If you (and your colleagues/users) are an English native speaker, DON'T READ THIS. You don't have to bother. Lucky you.

The CiviCRM localisation has come a long way, and by now it's pretty comprehensive and surprisingly versatile. Sometimes the quality of the translated strings is a little questionable, ranging from "strange" to "funny", and sometimes far into the absurd. But that's mostly due to inexperienced translators, and nothing that a little bit of quality control by the Transifex coordinators can't fix.

There is, however, one problem that's been particularly elusive. What to do if the same English word has two or more different translations in your language, depending on the context? I'll give you an example in my native language, German:

  1. "Write an email to Mark" would translate as "Schreibe eine E-Mail an Mark".
  2. "CodeSprint will be from the 10th to the 16th" would translate as "...
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19 August, 2015
Filed under CiviCon, Sprints


There will be a CiviCRM sprint in the beautiful Edale, Derbyshire, UK - 10th/18th October 2015, and you can register here.
The sprint starts the day after the amazing CiviCon London 2015

The idea is to have as many community members present so we can achieve lots and have a great time!
Accomodation will be provided and Craig, our resident chef, will be cooking some amazing food.

There are no hard and fast requirements for attending a sprint, apart from a desire to work on improving CiviCRM in some way and the time to do it. The idea is that we can work on improving CiviCRM and increase your skills and knowledge at the same time. Having skills in specific areas like coding, documentation, writing tests, etc. is great but not a requirement. 

Once you are registered we'll get in touch before the sprint to ask about the topics you'd like to cover...

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09 July, 2015
By totten
Filed under Community, Release, Sprints


  • July: Open development. Major initiatives may still be accepted for 4.7 if significant implementation work has been done.
  • August: Feature freeze.  Existing 4.7 initiatives should be mostly done, but there may still be some work on development/maturation/gaps/loose-ends. Bug fixes encouraged. New (minor) enhancements may be accepted, but this will grow stricter as the month progresses.
  • September: Stabilization. 2 or 3 alphas. Mostly bug fixes. Split off 4.7 from master.


CiviCRM is community open-source, heavily influenced by the participation of partners and users. Twice each year, we gather for week long sprints to plan and develop. The April sprint in Colorado produced a number of great initiatives, and a major factor was the alignment with the release: 4.6.0 was out; the roadmap for 4.7 was as clear as...

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