CiviDay Cologne (or Köln, as the city is called in German) was a pretty lively gettogether of CiviCRM old-timers and newcomers. It was hosted by Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst and SYSTOPIA Organisationsberatung. With 16 participants it showed healthy interest in CiviCRM in (western) Germany. After all, this was the first meetup of its kind in the Cologne-Bonn area, and CiviCRM usage and community networks in Germany generally still have some room to grow. So we are already planning on follow-up user meetings since a strong community will be the key to CiviCRM's success here.
CiviDay Denver was hosted by Cividesk and T4T Colorado and welcomed nearly 40 attendees under beautiful, sunny, Colorado skies in a comfortable atmosphere within the training center of the Colorado Collaborative for Nonprofits. Participants came with different objectives in mind: some to learn more about the possibilities of CiviCRM, and some who are new users of the database were seeking clarity on certain functionalities. More experienced users were in attendance to convene with the Civi community and attend workshops that would dig deeper into the capabilities of CiviCRM.
CiviDay Paris, organisé par Cividesk, a accueilli ses participants dans un café associatif place de la République : un utilisateur vétéran de CiviCRM, une organisation dans le domaine de l'environnement, et des consultants du monde associatif.
This year's San Francisco Bay Area CiviDay meetup "felt like a family reunion," according to one attendee, and no wonder it seemed homey: its venue was the large but comfortable common space of a cohousing community in Oakland. Over 30 people (reportedly over 40 at the peak) filled the dining room chairs, including CiviCRM core team members, nonprofit workers considering CiviCRM for their organizations, current users, consultants and developers looking to integrate CiviCRM with their own products.
Hosted by Cividesk's Regional Account Manager Neil Planchon at Swan's Market Cohousing, Oakland, CA
CiviDay was an opportunity for Dave Greenberg, a CiviCRM founder, to look back at 10 years of CiviCRM, plus allow two presenters to talk about how CiviCRM let them support their organizations – James Meehan, for Bay Area Children’s Theater, and Josh Mailman, for NorCal CanciNet, WARMTH and Piedmont Yoga Initiative.
The event was attended by 42 people representing various organizations.
We had a great event in Philadelphia. BackOffice Thinking co-hosted the night with PhillyCAM. PhillyCAM provided the space as well as the technology to live stream the event, so even those unable to be there in person, were able to participate. All 11 attendees felt the session was packed with great insights and ideas, so much that we agreed to meet again and make this a quarterly meetup. Some tips for newbies that were generated by the group were:
I ‘discovered’ CiviCRM at the end of last year. Looking for an open source software for non-profit organizations. So, January 29th was my first CiviDay, the first meeting with CiviUsers and the people of CiviCoop. A half-day meet up, well organized bij CiviCoop in Apeldoorn. Informal and intriguing. All about to learn more about CiviCRM. I am impressed by the functionality that CiviCRM offers.
The North of England CiviDay Meetup, held in Manchester, went well with 14 people in attendance. These were mostly regulars but there were 2 people attending who are new to CiviCRM and wanted to learn all about it. This was also a special meeting where we showcased the latest amazing CiviCRM extensions. The extensions covered were;
Oliver Gibson - CiviVolunteer
Heather Oliver - CiviBooking
Jon-man Cheung - CiviHR
CiviDay in Bristol was an especially extended meet-up so we could run our Bristol themed Prezi introductory seminar for the first time to all the new attendees, nearly everybody was new!). Most of our usual attendees had made their apologies, but we still had twice the normal number. We had biscuits and fruit (which was a first) and a much larger room than we normally use for meet-ups.