30 August, 2013

This coming Friday, September 6, is the first and most {event.event_type} CiviCRM conference on the East Coast, CiviCamp. Held in {address.location_type} downtown Washington, DC, CiviCamp is a one-day conference along with a two-day training, code and documentation sprint, and showcase reception: a chance to learn and meet other CiviCRM users, {contact.contact_sub_type}, and developers.

Register online by midnight PDT tonight, August 30, and you can save $15 off the {contribution.financial_type} for the conference. We will also accept last-minute registrations by cash, credit card, or {contribution.payment_instrument} at the door.

While you're at it,...

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01 August, 2013
Filed under CiviCon, CiviCRM, Sprints, Training

The CiviCamp session planning met today, and they have put together a fabulous schedule for the conference on September 6. If you weren't already planning to come to DC for CiviCamp, you should check out the variety of interesting talks scheduled.

I believe it's only fair to see what you're getting before registering for a conference, and since the selected sessions have been announced today, the early-bird rate has been extended through tomorrow, August 2. Register today to lock in the discounted rate!

Are you interested in seeing what others have done with CiviCRM for their organizations? Join us on the evening before CiviCamp for the CiviCRM Showcase, sponsored by BackOffice Thinking. It will be a free, casual event featuring 10-minute talks from users...

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21 May, 2013
Filed under CiviEvent, CiviMember, Training

I started out with CiviCRM as an end user who installed it for organization where I used to work.  My colleagues and I were self-taught through trial and error, and after a little while, we understood the concepts and day-to-day contact management fairly well.  However, we lacked the opportunity to fully explore functionality before diving in and using it.

At my firm, AGH Strategies, we've been providing trainings for CiviCRM clients since the first one over five years ago.  While the training is customized to each client's needs, training is most effective when we can focus on a single process, start to finish.  Meanwhile, most public CiviCRM trainings are general, soup-to-nuts treatments of everything that require the commitment of one or two entire days.

As an alternative, we're offering two targeted, two-hour "Start to Finish" training sessions in the next couple of weeks in Washington, DC.


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28 March, 2013
By johanv
Filed under Training

I was at the Benelux developer and implementer training

The decision was made some time ago. We are going to migrate our organisation's administration to CiviCRM, on top of Drupal. We needed some training, so we contacted Mediaraven. I'm not sure what exactly happened then, but some days later we were suddenly registered for the Benelux developer and implementer training. A two day training in Ghent, at the Mediaraven headquarters. With about 20 civicrm-enthousiasts from the Benelux and beyond.

The training started at 9.00 am. I had to take a train at 7:20. And even then, I was late. My collegue and I arrived at 9.07, and everyone else was already there, introducing theirselves, while chocolates were flying through the air. Being part of the CiviCRM community involves - as it seemed - a certain amount of chocolate.

The concept of the training was that...

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14 February, 2013
Filed under CiviCRM, Training


We will be running a 2 day CiviCRM training course on the 21st and 22nd of March 2013 in central London, UK. The venue will be confirmed soon. The course is aimed at new or existing CiviCRM users, administrators and developers who would like to learn how to setup, configure and administrate CiviCRM. 
If you would like to find out more and to register please see the course advert here on the CiviCRM website (http://civicrm.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=272
Oliver Gibson, Northbridge Digital Ltd


06 February, 2013
By lewissa
Filed under Training

At the request of our CiviCRM developer, I've typed up a 'case study' on our successful transition to CiviCRM with an emphasis on staff training.


In early 2012, Donate Life Northwest, a small Portland non-profit, made the transition from eBase (an outdated open-source filemaker database) to CiviCRM.  Prior to this conversion, over a year was spent investigating new database options.  Organizational needs were clarified and wish list items identified with extensive participation from the entire staff.  The database would be used for managing contributors, volunteers, fundraising events and a large number of volunteer related outreach events.  Staff documented the processes they were currently using for contribution management, event tracking and volunteer management.  They identified what functionality was critical to keep and what they would like to improve or do differently. 


The final database contenders were between CiviCRM and...

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27 October, 2012
By xavier
Filed under v4.2, API, Training


Node.js allows to run javascript on the server and is great for real time applications when you want to have lots of users and connections at the same time

I wrote a node module to easily connect to a civicrm server from that node.js. I found a cool module that makes it easy to generate names, addresses, phone number and emails and hacked a quick example of how civi can be used from node.js.

Without further intro:


Imaginary friends on CiviCRM

You have installed civicrm, but realised you don't have friends or contacts? Fed up of having activities with the same 102 contacts that ship by default with civi?

civi-charlatan is going to fill your social life with lots of interesting sounding contacts from all around the world. You will even have their emails, addresses and phones!

It's like...

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04 August, 2012
By lcdweb
Filed under Joomla, Training

If you are a Joomla+CiviCRM user or implementer in the New York City region, you may be interested in some upcoming sessions at JoomlaDay NYC, September 22-23. Details are here: http://www.joomladaynyc.com/

On Saturday I'll be leading an Intro to CiviCRM session that will provide an overview of CiviCRM functionality and touch on some key administrator/implementer considerations.

On Sunday we'll do a developer session that covers implementing CiviCRM hooks through Joomla plugins, PHP/tpl override directories, and an introduction to the API.

If anyone from the CiviCRM community is considering attending and has specific things they'd like to see covered, please comment through this blog and I'll see if I can work it in.

08 June, 2012
Filed under Training

The first Manchester UK CiviCRM User and Admin training was held last week with a fantastic group of attendees who travelled from around the UK to learn more about Civi. Everyone got involved in sharing their experiences and user cases which made a friendly atmosphere over the two days.

The 7 attendees were looking to use Civi in different ways which lead to some interesting discussions about the user scenarios that Civi can adapt to. We managed to cover system set up and configuration and all Civi modules with some time for everyone to use a test site to try configuring a system themselves (Phew!).

Thanks to each of you who attended! Looking forward to catching up with you all at another UK Civi event soon.

22 May, 2012
Filed under Meetups, Training

Despite torrential rains yesterday, New York City's first CiviCRM Co-Working day was a hit. A diverse group of people representing workers unions, religious organizations, Occupy Wall Street, The Drupal Association and more gathered to work together. The morning started out withOUT coffee and donuts (we can blame the rain) yet everyone buckled down to work with Dave and Lobo standing by on IRC to answer any questions. After breaking for lunch and a case study presentation midday,  the true collaboration began with many questions asked and answered.


This was a much more satisfying model for those of us who have been organizing the monthly meetups because attendance was hirer and people seemed to really be mentoring one another while getting their own work done.  We'd love to get some feedback from those who did and didn't attend. At this point our thought is to hold CiviCRM Co-Working on the third Monday of each month. A nice way to kick off the week!