18 June, 2008
Filed under Training

Thanks to the folks who expressed interest in attending a CiviCRM Boot Camp in Philadelphia this summer. Unfortunately we didn't get a sufficient number of signups to justify the expense of running the session (given that we'd be covering
airfare, housing expenses etc.) - so we are forced to cancel the session.

We will be scheduling another session in the fall on the west coast (either San Francisco, Los Angeles or Seattle) - I'll announce details on this blog as we get a bit closer. It would be great to have one or more East Coast sessions in the future. If you're interested in helping to organize this / recruit participants - send me a note (dave at civicrm dot org).

In the meantime we will be participating in the NTEN sponsored CiviCRM - Ask the Expert webinar on July 15.

15 June, 2008
Filed under v2.1, Training
If you were thinking of participating in the proposed Philadelphia Boot Camp, tomorrow is your last day to let us know (by sending an email to me - dave at civicrm dot org). We are still a few folks short of the number we need to run the camp - so if we don't hear from you tomorrow - we'll have to cancel this session. We're still planning to hold another camp in the fall on the West Coast - details to follow - but feel free to drop me an email if you're interested in that session. Meanwhile - on the new development front, the 2.1 release is coming along nicely. As of today there are only Read more
29 May, 2008
By shot
Filed under CiviCRM, Drupal, Joomla, Training

Based on the success of the previous trainings/boot camps, we’d like to schedule our first training on the US East Coast: July 23rd-24th in Philadelphia. We’d like to host people from three / four different organizations (around twelve participants) and conduct the sessions as a mix of advanced user training, developer training, design and coding, based on the interests of the attendees. We've built quite a few features and improved integration with Drupal / Joomla in prior trainings.

The training would be held at the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square (with lots of nice eating places nearby).

This would be a paid event – $1,000/person for the two days (none of us being from the East Coast, we need to cover our expenses). Please let us know (by mailing dave at civicrm dot org) if you are interested; we’d like to make the training definite in...

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30 April, 2008
By andrew
Filed under Training

Almost 10 days have passed since the Melbourne Developer Boot Camp, but the feeling of being part of an enthusiastic and growing community of CiviCRMers "down under" is still strong.

It was great to have the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work through some issues with Dave and Lobo that can help make our use of CiviCRM all the more effective. It was a chance to not only get a better understanding of the inner workings of the code and its frameworks, but also to develop friendships and an understanding of how we can all best contribute to the ongoing development of this great piece of software (particularly those of us in the Joomla! community).

It was also an opportunity to discuss the issues our clients have run into using CiviCRM, support the Foundation's ongoing development (both financially and personally) and provide some case studies and demonstrations of how our clients are using CiviCRM effectively (particularly CiviMail and Custom Searches) and show...

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29 April, 2008
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Lobo and I woke up at 5:30am (ouch) today to conduct the CiviCRM Webinar. A dark and stormy morning in New Zealand - but evidently a good time for the Webinar (11am PDT) - as we had an awesome turnout (40+ folks registered). The session was billed as in introduction to CiviCRM - so we spent most of the time describing the key features and components (contributions, memberships, event registration, etc.). In order to give folks a better idea of CiviCRM in Action - I created a separate slide-show with screenshots of CiviCRM pages from a variety of live sites...
  • User registration with CiviCRM profiles - from Amnesty International
  • Multiple online contribution pages (campaign-specific) - from The Conservation Fund
  • Membership signup - from NYAMA
  • Event listing and registration - from The Foundation for Prader-Willi Research
  • Searchable South African NGO eirectory - from SangoNet
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22 April, 2008
Filed under Training

Sunday 20th and Monday 21st April was CiviCRM Bootcamp in Melbourne - an excellent couple of days of training, discussion, and discovery.

There was a diverse range of users (about ten?) and different use cases, with representatives from business, politics and charity spaces, and both large and small installations. This led into a comfortable and informal couple of days with two core CiviCRM devs - Dave G and Lobo. For me (approaching CiviCRM mostly from a developer/integrator perspective), it was really helpful to see the different ways in which people use the system to suit their particular needs.

Training sessions covered how CiviCRM works - the basic types of data stored in the system, special things like groups and smart groups, and how they work and are used, custom data groups and fields, and profiles. There was plenty of room for "how do I" and "I wish that" discussion as well, which led to lots of "oh, we do that by ..." tricks being shared between the various...

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25 March, 2008
By emilyf
Filed under Training

Day 1: Technically, day 1 was a fabulous dinner hosted by CiviCRM at Herbsaint in the warehouse district of New Orleans. This is Susan Spicer's restaurant, and it was delicious -- they even made the vegetarian (me) a special-not-on-the-menu meal! We took this time to get to know each other and talk a bit about CiviCRM, what we liked/disliked, and the development community in general.

Day 2: 9 AM start at the Sheraton on Canal Street. Dave took us through a CiviCRM tour to go over new 2.0 features and other features/settings we may have not been familiar with. Went through the Global Settings piece by piece...some of the new or under-used pieces include fiscal year start in the Date settings and a new "Case" feature in CiviCRM that can be turned on under Site Preferences (this is in early stages). Walked through the "Tell a Friend" option that comes as a setting on any membership/donation/event form. We looked at the new contribution...

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25 March, 2008
Filed under CiviCRM, Training
Meeting folks who use and implement CiviCRM - face to face - is stimulating, challenging and just plain fun. I spent last week in New Orleans at our Boot Camp, at NTEN's NTC and at Penguin Day - and came home tired, a few pounds heavier (good eats in NOLA), and vowing to make these opportunities happen more often!

NTEN Affinity Group

Thanks to Judy Hallman's hard work and useful "pushing" - there were two specific CiviCRM events at NTC - an "Affinity Group" and a lunch "Discussion Table". The Affinity Group was well attended - especially given that it overlapped with NTEN's Day of Service and before many folks had arrived for the main conference. There was a good mix of folks from non-profits of various sizes and types, a few integrators and several folks who work for other eCRM platforms. However, none of the attendees were actual users - and the planned agenda was focussed on user... Read more
16 March, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

For April 20th and 21st. The session is already sold out. However if there is more interest, we can schedule another training (in Sydney?) and/or get another developer to help with this training. Please contact us immediately if interested.

On a related note, Dave Greenberg and myself will be leading a training in New Orleans this week (March 18/19 @ Sheraton). Dave will also be around for NTEN and Penguin Day. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself, so we can better associate names and faces :)

lobo

06 March, 2008
By lobo
Filed under CiviCRM, Training

A few folks from the core CiviCRM team (dave greenberg, kurund jalmi, michal mach, yashodha chaku and lobo) are having a CiviCRM team meeting in Nelson, NZ. Our current dates are for the meetup to happen between Apr 23rd to May 4th. We could potentially do a developer and/or end user training on the weekends apr 26/27 or may 3/4. Locations could be auckland/wellington/christchurch or if a lot of interest in AU, sydney/melbourne is a possibility.

Please let me know (lobo at yahoo dot com) if you are interested. Note that this is a paid event (sorry, we need to cover expenses). However, we might be willing to offer scholarships based on the time honored barter principle :)

If you can host the meeting at your workplace etc that would be great and much appreciated :)

Update: I just heard that there is Drupal Asia Pacific Conference happening from May 18th - May 22nd in Sydney. If we get enough interest we could do a training in...

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