June 2014

Greater Los Angeles Drupal Partners with Microsoft BizSpark

Microsoft BizSpark Greater Los Angeles Drupal has partnered with Microsoft BizSpark, a program that provides support to software entrepreneurs.

For a limited time, Greater Los Angeles Drupal startups can sign up and receive the Ultimate MSDN subscription (worth up to $13,000 in software licenses) and $150 / month of Azure.

That's right! These are seriously big discounts to startups in our community. Rumor has it, however, that the BizSpark benefits may change beginning in July, 2014, so we encourage you to sign up as soon as possible.

To qualify as a startup, you must be:

  • Actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that will form a core piece of its current or intended business
  • Privately held and in business for less than 5 years, and
  • Bringing in less than US$1 million in annual revenue

This program is not for consultants or agencies. For any questions about eligibility, see Microsoft's Support & FAQs.

Included in the MSDN subscription is Azure, Visual Studio and more, all of which can be used by Greater Los Angeles Drupal startups and entrepreneurs who are developing apps (either web or mobile). If you haven't considered Azure for your startup's infrastructure, see the Microsoft Azure page on Wikipedia for a quick overview.

To get started, sign in to Drupal.LA (or create an account if you haven't already) and select "Microsoft BizSpark Program" on our Contact webform. Telling us about your startup is optional and be sure you have a Microsoft ID (outlook.com, hotmail.com, etc.). A Microsoft representative will follow up with you with a personalized link so that you can sign up without the usual waiting period.

This is the second time Microsoft has sponsored Greater Los Angeles Drupal. In November, 2011, Microsoft sponsored Droplabs' Drupal Job Fair and introduced our developer community to their WebMatrix development tools.

Thanks, Microsoft! We're grateful for your support.

Los Angeles Announced as Host City for DrupalCon North America 2015

You are invited to DrupalCon Los Angeles!

DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015

We're excited to invite you to Los Angeles, home to Hollywood and Silicon Beach, where technology and creativity meet.

Some of the world's best and biggest museums, universities and entertainment giants are in Los Angeles — and they all use Drupal. A Drupal powerhouse, Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in the world. The Drupal community in and around Los Angeles organizes hundreds of Drupal events each year, including GLADCamp, Drupal Design Camp LA and DrupalCamp LA.

While you're enjoying DrupalCon, your family can enjoy Disneyland, bike rides at the beach, and culture and science at the Getty, Museum of Modern Art and the California Science Center. The Downtown area has a thriving nightlife, walkable streets and contrary to popular belief, is the heart of the LA Metro and can be enjoyed car-free.

We welcome you to DrupalCon Los Angeles and look forward to sharing our love for all the things that make Los Angeles spectacular.

Many thanks to CloudNYNE for the splash image and to Exaltation of Larks for writing the announcement used on the DrupalCon Los Angeles website.