6 October 2017 Europe's biggest event for the leading third sector CRM

Training Days and Sprint

Developer training 

Join us for a two day CiviCRM developer training 9th and 10th October. 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 contributing to CiviCRM. We'll announce a full course outline and trainer biographies shortly. In the mean time, if you have any questions, please contact Parvez Saleh.

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Residential sprint

Our annual residential sprint is your chance to dig deeper into CiviCRM and help push the project forward in the company of others that are doing the same. Sprints are friendly and welcoming events that provide an opportunity for you to get to know the rest of the CiviCRM community and contribute back to the project at the same time. They are ideal for working on your pet project, learning about the latest developments in CiviCRM and building up your CiviCRM network.

This year’s sprint will be held in Duvale Priory, Bampton, Tiverton EX16 9EG, over 6 days from 7th to the 12th October (leaving the morning of the 13th). We recommend attending the full sprint but you're welcome to come for a shorter time if you prefer (3 days is probably the shortest amount of time you would want to come for). We charge a fixed price of £250 for the sprint that keeps the event sustainable and covers all your costs while you are here. The longer you stay, the better the value - if you attend the full 6 days, it works out as £42 per day for accommodation and food!

Sprint attendees typically work in small groups on projects of mutual interest. Examples of areas we've worked on in previous sprints include:

  • creating, reviewing and publishing extensions
  • performance and usability improvements to core code
  • improving marketing materials
  • increased test framework and coverage
  • documenting new features
  • fixing bugs you have encountered
  • improving CiviCRM infrastructure (e.g. the extensions directory).

If you are wondering whether the sprint is for you, feel free to contact Olly (olivergibson@northbridgedigital.co.uk) and Michael (michaelmcandrew@thirdsectordesign.org) before you register and we can talk about your interests and how we can cater for them at the sprint. Otherwise, we'll be in touch once you've registered to talk through what you want to get out of the event.

And if in case you needed more convincing, sprint attendees will be able to attend master classes from the developer training (though they won't be able to attend the core sessions - if you'd like to attend those, please sign up for the training).

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Administrator training 

A comprehensive two-day, practical training course covering the configuration, administration and everyday use of CiviCRM.

Date: 4 & 5 October
Time: 9am-5pm
Location: 33 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
Cost: £450 - includes tea, coffee, snacks and lunch

The course is aimed at:

  • Administrators at organisations who have decided to start using CiviCRM
  • Administrators at organisations who already use CiviCRM but want to get the most from their system/understand what is possible
  • Implementers and developers who want to start to work with/increase their understanding of CiviCRM from the end user and administrator perspective

Topic areas include:

  • Introduction to CiviCRM - what does it do and how it will help your organisation
  • Installation and configuration - making CiviCRM work for you
  • Custom fields - extending CiviCRM to meet your data requirements
  • CiviCRM modules - including events, mass mailings, members, financial contributions, case management, reporting and more
  • Website integration - how does CiviCRM work with Drupal, Joomla or Wordpress
  • How to access further support and the CiviCRM community

The course includes a series of practical exercises using specially configured installations of CiviCRM. Participants should bring a laptop to the training so they can take part in the exercises. If you are new to CiviCRM, we recommend that you give yourself a good understanding of the basics of CiviCRM by reading the - free online book - in preparation for the training.

During the course we will share examples of previous projects, help with specific issues and talk about the challenges facing your organisation.

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Bampton village in bloom
Fields near Bampton village

Photos of Bampton and nearby field by Steve Harris and Allison Day under CC.

Getting​ to Bampton

The venue is 20 minutes from Tiverton Parkway, which has good rail links from most of the country. There are direct trains from Bristol (1 hour), London (2 hours), Manchester (4 hours) and other places.

If you get the 10.57 from London Paddington (there will be some CiviCRM people in coach B) and/or are at Tiverton Parkway station at 13.15 on Saturday 7th, there will be a minibus waiting for you. There will also be a minibus leaving the venue at 11.30am on Friday 13th which should get you to Tiverton Parkway Station by 12 midday. Please let michaelmcandrew@thirdsectordesign.org know if you want to take either minibus so he can ensure there are enough spaces, otherwise it is a £25 taxi ride.

The closest international airports are Exeter (£50 in a taxi) and Bristol, which has more flights (£90 taxi), else the easiest London airport to get to is Heathrow. Google Map.