Year in Review

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


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. 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 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!

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 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.


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