December 2013

Riot Games

Riot Games, the producer of the popular League of Legends multi-player online battle arena, has been a sponsor of the High Performance Drupal meetup.

Patexia

Patexia has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Build a Module.com

Build a Module.com is a frequent raffle prize sponsor at our events, including the Downtown Drupal, San Gabriel Valley Drupal, Ventura Drupal, High Performance Drupal and Frontend Drupal meetups.

Drupal Watchdog

Drupal Watchdog is a frequent raffle prize sponsor at our events, including the Downtown Drupal, San Gabriel Valley Drupal, Ventura Drupal, High Performance Drupal and Frontend Drupal meetups.

SSD Software Solutions

SSD Software Solutions has been a sponsor of the San Gabriel Valley Drupal meetups in Pasadena, California.

The Recording Academy

The Recording Academy, the producer of the GRAMMYs, GRAMMY.com and GRAMMY365.com, has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Opodz

Opodz has been a venue host of several of our meetups, including the Downtown Drupal meetup in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Downtown Los Angeles.

Lullabot

Lullabot was a sponsor of our Drupal 7 Release Party in Los Angeles, California.

Joico

Joico was a sponsor of a San Gabriel Valley Drupal meetup in Pasadena, California.

Gofobo

Gofobo has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Digital Playspace

Digital Playspace has hosted several Downtown Drupal meetups at their office near Downtown Los Angeles.

Four Kitchens

Four Kitchens has been a sponsor of our Drupal Design Camp LA conference.

PINGV Creative

PINGV Creative has been a sponsor of our Drupal Design Camp LA conference.

Citrus Studios

Citrus Studios was the venue host of one of the High Performance Drupal meetups.

TheWrap.com

TheWrap.com has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Oversee.net

Oversee.net has been a venue host for many of our meetups, including the Downtown Drupal meetup in Downtown Los Angeles.

UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has been a host of some of our events, including one of our video sprints to preserve and upload presentations and tutorials from dozens of our meetups.

Varnish Software

Varnish Software was a sponsor of our Varnish 3 Release Party, an event closely modeled after our Drupal 7 Release Party earlier that year.

Monstrositee

Monstrositee has been our T-shirt sponsor at our conferences, including the Drupal Design Camp LA.

American Public Media

American Public Media (APM) has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs. APM was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

Achieve Internet

Achieve Internet has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Pixelgate Networks

Pixelgate Networks has been a venue host host for the Ventura Drupal meetup.

MediaTemple

Winkynet has been a venue host and raffle prize sponsor at our meetups, including the Frontend Drupal and High Performance Drupal meetups.

Winkynet

Winkynet has been a venue host and raffle prize sponsor at our meetups, including the High Performance Drupal meetup.

KWALL

KWALL has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Chernick Consulting

Chernick Consulting has been a sponsor of the Pro Drupal 7 Development Study Group, the Drupal 7 Release Party, and has exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

SageTree Solutions

SageTree Solutions has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

SendGrid

SendGrid has been a raffle prize sponsor at our meetups, including the High Performance Drupal meetup.

BlazeMeter

BlazeMeter has been a sponsor of our High Performance Drupal meetup. Check out their Drupal module at http://drupal.org/project/blazemeter!

3D Avatar Store

3D Avatar Store has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

JustDeals

JustDeals has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

IJHANA

IJHANA has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Avanti interactive

Avanti Interactive has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Microsoft

Microsoft has been a food sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Loconuts

Loconuts has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Drupal Association

The Drupal Association has been the fiscal co-sponsor and co-provider of insurance for our events, including the COD for Drupal 7 code sprint and Drupal Design Camp LA conference.

Sensis Agency

Sensis Agency has been a frequent venue host and supporter of our meetups, including the Downtown Drupal meetup in Downtown Los Angeles. Sensis Agency was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises was a sponsor of our Drupal Sprint Weekend in Los Angeles in 2013. Princess Cruises was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

MJD Interactive

MJD Interactive has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs.

Filter Digital

Filter Digital has hosted many of our meetups focusing on Frontend Drupal and High Performance Drupal, and been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs. Filter Digital was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

CivicActions

CivicActions has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs. CivicActions was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

Stauffer

Stauffer has been a sponsor and exhibited at our Drupal job fairs. Stauffer was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

SoftLayer

SoftLayer, an IBM Company, operates a global cloud infrastructure platform built for Internet scale and provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service to leading-edge customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises. Many of our systems, including email, Dropbox mirror, and conference websites, are graciously hosted by SoftLayer.

Droplabs

Droplabs has provided organization support and been a venue host for many of our Drupal events, including Drupal Coworking Fridays, the Pro Drupal 7 Module Development Study Group, Drupal Design Camp LA 2012, the Drupal Module Development Boot Camp, and meetups focusing on High Performance Drupal, Frontend Drupal and Drupal Commerce. In 2013, Droplabs was recognized as the "top Drupal location" in the world.

Exaltation of Larks

Exaltation of Larks has exhibited at our Drupal job fairs, sponsored the Drupal Module Development Boot Camp, is a frequent sponsor of our meetups (providing parking, video conferencing support and raffle prizes) and has fiscally co-sponsored and insured our conferences. Exaltation of Larks was also represented at our Drupal Employers Summit in 2013.

Greater Los Angeles Drupal's 2013 Year in Review: Part 2

Shawarma

2013 has been a big year for us and there's so much to share that this is Part 2 in our ongoing "Year in Review" series of highlights.

This post is a long one, so grab your favorite beverage (or a shawarma) and join us when you're ready.

(Did you miss Part 1 about our amazing members and organizers, the number of service providers in our business directory, and how many events we had? Read that first.)

Highlights from 2013

Drupal Job Fair & Employers Summit
In January, 2013, our community had another Drupal job fair but this time also had its first Drupal Employers Summit. All the companies in the area who had ever hosted a Drupal meetup or other Drupal-related event, had sponsored any of the previous job fairs, or simply asked to attend, were invited.

Half a dozen companies were represented, including CivicActions, Exaltation of Larks, Filter Digital, Princess Cruises, Sensis Agency and Stauffer and they talked into the night about hiring strategies and challenges, the desired skills that candidates should have for various roles, and ideas on how to grow Drupal talent.

Relaunched as Greater Los Angeles Drupal
At our open governance meeting in April, 2013, we voted to rename our group from "Downtown Los Angeles Drupal" to "Greater Los Angeles Drupal" (or just "GLAD", for short). This made sense since our organizers now endeavor to serve the 5 counties in the Greater Los Angeles Area and not only the Downtown Los Angeles region, but the name change led to some debate and vexation from members of a nearby group.

Governance policy enacted after a year of work
GLAD is founded on the values of teamwork, transparency, accountability, and the sharing of assets and resources. Work began on a formal governance policy just 6 days after the group was approved on Drupal Groups, and our policy document grew to include definitions of roles, our own code of conduct and a procedure for how to manage and resolve conflicts.

As far as I know, GLAD is the first Drupal user group to draft and implement a governance policy like this that's separate from the Drupal Code of Conduct. Hopefully, this governance policy can serve as an example and help other groups decide whether if a similar policy would be a good fit for them.

GLADCamp 2013 postponed :(
As with the change of name to Greater Los Angeles Drupal, not all of our highlights from 2013 went smoothly. Originally planned as a 3-day megaconference for all things Drupal, our 2013 conference was supposed to be a successor to Drupal Design Camp LA but it fell through when contracts with the venue didn't materialize. This was terribly disappointing, but provided bittersweet lessons for our organizing team.

Module Development Boot Camp at Droplabs
In the summer, Droplabs started its free, community-led Module Development Boot Camp. With 12 weeks of drills, exercises and exams, all aimed at training PHP and Drupal programmers the skills they need to write Drupal modules, this is the first event of its kind as far as I know.

Droplabs named world’s “Top Drupal location”
With 62 events dedicated to Drupal, Droplabs was recognized by Drupical as the world's "top Drupal location" between the months of July, 2012, and July, 2013.

Drupal Watchdog magazines for everyone
Are you an an organizer of an open source group or event in Southern California? Would you like a box of Drupal Watchdog magazines to give to your members and attendees? Droplabs announced that it had a very large surplus of Watchdog magazines and that they're just giving them away. They're already making their way as far as San Diego for the upcoming SANDcamp conference.

OneDayCareer.org wins at Stanford
What started out as a barn raising to help attendees of the Module Development Boot Camp get hands-on experience with custom module development, Git, Features and team-based collaboration, the OneDayCareer.org team went on to win at the Technology Entrepreneurship Demo Day at Stanford University, beating out 20,000 other students!

Again, there is simply too much to cover in one post. If there's anything missing, just post in the comments below. See you next time in the last part of our series!

Shared Assets & Resources

This document lists some of the physical and non-physical assets and resources possessed and / or used by the Greater Los Angeles Drupal group.

Anyone organizing a Greater Los Angeles Drupal meetup or related event is welcome to request the use of assets listed here, as well as offer assets that would be useful to the rest of the group.

Is something missing or out of date? Please edit and update the community wiki page that this page is based on.

Greater Los Angeles Drupal's 2013 Year in Review: Part 1

2013 has been a big year for Greater Los Angeles Drupal (GLAD). There's so much to share that this is Part 1 in an ongoing series. First, let's start with the numbers.

Numbers, because we like numbers!

12 members helped organize events in 2013
Our members make GLAD what it is, and 12 amazing members stepped forward to help organize the group in various ways this year, from organizing meetups and running code sprints to participating at our open governance meetings and generally advocating for the group.

The organizers, volunteers, presenters and venue coordinators for each and every each event are difficult to put a number to, but it's much, much higher than 12. As a bottom-up organization, we love it when members step up and support each other to take leadership positions in our community.

Membership numbers (remember, we like numbers!)
Anyone can join and leave the group at any time, and the number of members at the time of this writing is 464 on Drupal Groups — that's up from just 292 in 2012 — and 131 on Meetup.com. GLAD also has 465 followers on Twitter. Would you like to be our 466th? Follow GLADrupal!

64 service providers now in GLAD’s business directory!
Our Greater Los Angeles Drupal Business Directory grew to include 64 entries, becoming the definitive "who's who" of consulting firms, service providers, independent consultants, freelancers and trainers in the Greater Los Angeles Area. Are you in the Greater Los Angeles Area but don't see your name? As always, you're welcome to edit and add to the directory.

Can you guess how many events there were?
There were a total of 88 events in 2013. That's an average of 7.3 events a month, or 1.8 events a week! This doesn't include happy hours or unscheduled social gatherings, or events produced by other Drupal user groups in the area.

These 88 events were high-quality meetups, code sprints, barn raisings, workshops, trainings, boot camp sessions, governance meetings, movie outings, Drupal Coworking Fridays… the list goes on and on. Events are the heartbeat of an open source community, and our heart is strong.

That's it for this time, GLADiators. Join us in a couple days for Part 2 to hear of some our highlights from 2013.

Business Directory

This is a business directory of Drupal service firms and independent consultants that are in the Greater Los Angeles Area (or are very involved in the Greater Los Angeles Area Drupal communities).

To propose an addition to this directory, you may either contact us or edit the community version that this directory is based upon at https://groups.drupal.org/node/73063  

GLADCamp planning meeting #4

Vote for your favorite GLAD mascot name

Greater Los Angeles Drupal It's been about a month since name suggestions for the GLAD mascot stopped coming in, and it's time to start voting. This poll will run until March 1st, a week before GLADCamp.

This is a multiple choice poll and everyone in the community is welcome to vote for all the names they like. We'll go with the name with the most votes.

Drupert
30% (3 votes)
Drolo
20% (2 votes)
Gladwell
20% (2 votes)
Dru
10% (1 vote)
Glador the Conqueror
10% (1 vote)
Gladius Maximus
10% (1 vote)
De Man / DeMan
0% (0 votes)
Drah
0% (0 votes)
The Dropinator
0% (0 votes)
Drupalito
0% (0 votes)
Glady / Gladie
0% (0 votes)
Glopie
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 10

Meeting notes from GLAD Governance Meetup #2

:::Christo mentioned some changes to meetup.com that aren't altogether good. Said we'd revisit later. "Meetups everywhere"

:::Review of Shared Assets & Resources:::
A couple links:
https://groups.drupal.org/downtown-los-angeles/search?keys=assets+and+re...
https://groups.drupal.org/node/286433
-This is currently just support for GLAD meetups

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