Drupal Job Fair and Drupal Meetup on June 21, 2011 at Droplabs in Downtown Los Angeles

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2011-06-21 18:00 - 22:00 America/Los_Angeles

This event has passed. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/275138 for information about the next job fair on January 28, 2012.

The next Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup is on June 21, 2011 and will be at Droplabs, a new Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. You are invited for part or all of the 4-hour event, including a Drupal job fair at 6:00pm followed by a meetup with technical presentations, site showcases, open discussions and raffle prizes at 7:30pm.

The job fair is free and there are a limited number of tables for exhibiting companies and organizations. We no longer have a 30-person limit and everyone who signs up by clicking the Signup button below will be able to attend.

Job fair at 6:00pm

Do you represent a company or organization that's looking for Drupal talent? Are you a freelancer or service provider who's looking for Drupal work? Come to Los Angeles' first-ever Drupal job fair, make new friends and turn new connections into long-term relationships.

Exhibiting companies and organizations include:

Employers who register for the job fair will be listed here and job seekers should check this page often to see which employers match your expertise and job interest.

Droplabs is also hosting a comprehensive Drupal module development training by Exaltation of Larks and Chapter Three earlier the same day. If you're looking for Drupal talent and are interested in reaching as many up-and-coming Drupal developers as possible, this month's meetup at Droplabs is a great place to be.

The job fair is free to everyone! Tables are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and we simply ask that both employers and job seekers come prepared with their business cards, plenty of resumes and have up-to-date profiles on Drupal.org and LinkedIn. Extra points go to attendees who are members of the Drupal Association.

Droplabs is available as a venue to employers and job seekers for follow up interviews.

Meetup at 7:30pm

Our Drupal meetups follow a basic format that starts off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. Given enough time, we'll also have community Q&A, during which time anyone in attendance can ask questions, divine answers from the crowd and give brief, 5-10 minute-long presentations known as lightning talks.

Light food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening courtesy of our food and drink sponsor, Exaltation of Larks, and we'll finish off the night with networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:30pm.

Raffle prizes! Collect them all! Must be present to win!

The raffle prizes this time include discount codes, magazines, DVDs and books! We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup.

  • Drupal 7 Development - Core Concepts DVD from Chris Shattuck at Build a Module.com
    The Core Concepts series contains over 120 videos and 12 hours of content, covering the most essential aspects of Drupal development, from setting up module scaffolding to working with forms and the database to working with jQuery and JavaScript. This library is a must-have for all developers.
  • Drupal Watchdog magazine
    Did you know that Drupal has a print magazine? The premiere issue was given to attendees at DrupalCon Chicago and focused primarily on the recently released Drupal 7. We have an extra copy to raffle off!
  • Drupal Building Blocks book by Earl "merlinofchaos" Miles and Lynette Miles
    With Drupal, web professionals can create full-featured Web sites with just a few clicks. Drupal’s core is compact and well documented, but much of Drupal’s immense power lies elsewhere — in external modules. Drupal’s Building Blocks is an authoritative tutorial, reference, and cookbook for Drupal’s most valuable modules, CCK, Panels and Views.
  • Invitation to the Pantheon private beta
    Pantheon is a Drupal hosting service from our friends at Chapter Three. This new service has the usual stack of Drupal, Apache, MySQL and PHP but comes with extra high-performance goodness like Pressflow, Memcache, Varnish and Solr. If that weren't enough, Pantheon accounts have a complete environment where code and databases can be moved up and down from dev, test and production. Sound complicated? It actually isn't, because all this functionality is managed with an easy to use point-and-click interface.

An Introduction to Form Builder - A New Interface for Fields

Nate Haug (@quicksketch) will be giving us a sneak peek at his Introduction to Form Builder session he's planning for DrupalCon London 2011.

Form Builder represents a major jump in the administrative user interfaces for Drupal. Utilizing jQuery UI and AJAX-based editing and previews, Form Builder can speed up the process of building a form dramatically. But the fun doesn't stop there, with Form API's array-based structure now in every part of Drupal (commonly called "Renderables"), Form Builder may be used to edit not only forms but the actual display of the page.

In this talk, Nathan Haug will give an introduction to the Form Builder interface and show how it can be used currently. Some modules like Webform are already fully compatible with Form Builder. After an introduction to the front-end of the module, the talk will go into the API and show how any Form API element or renderable may be made editable through Form Builder.

Introduction to Rules and Custom Actions

We've all heard the phrase "there's a module for that", but after doing some research, Oliver Seldman (@otseld) discovered there actually wasn't a module for a specific use case and he ended up writing a custom rules action using the popular Rules module.

During this "day in the life" you'll learn from Oliver some tips on module research, an overview of the Rules module and how to create powerful publishing workflows by integrating Rules with content workflow states.

Test-driven development

Learn from Miguel Hernandez (@Techivist) about the SimpleTest unit testing framework and why Drupal 7 is the most stable release of Drupal in its entire history. We'll also learn about how to make your Drupal sites perform better and error-free (e.g. don't miss an e-commerce order because of a new bug!) and how contributed modules on Drupal.org have been catching up on including tests.

How to contribute to a module or theme that's on Drupal.org

There are many ways to contribute to projects on Drupal.org, from improving documentation and submitting patches to writing tests and sponsoring development. Christefano (@christefano), a core contributor to Drupal 5, Drupal 6 and Drupal 7, will demonstrate the Drupal.org ticketing system (known as the "issue queue"). do a live "patch review" during the presentation, and explain how bounties (and reverse bounties) work.

For any changes to our agenda, stay tuned to this meetup announcement or click the Sign up button below (or both!) to be notified when the agenda has been updated.

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Location

Droplabs
651 Clover St.
Los Angeles, CA 90031

Droplabs is in the Mission Junction neighborhood of Los Angeles at Big Art Labs, just 1 mile down Main St. from Philippes (the first-ever venue for Drupal meetups in Southern California!) and Union Station. We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

What to bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. We share a large parking lot with Big Art Labs and there's plenty of free parking. After you pull into the parking lot, park to the left of the entrance and follow the signs to Droplabs.

Please note that our guest wireless network is limited to 1Mb per client, so bring your MiFi router or a phone you can tether with if for some reason you need a lot of bandwidth. Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

To get last-minute updates, follow @Droplabs on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Droplabs or find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/DroplabsLA

About Droplabs

Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by local Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, we are focused on serving the Greater Los Angeles Area Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice.

We've been open to the public since May, 2011, and the use of our equipment and facilities, including conference room, tables and chairs, is free until our official launch. See http://groups.drupal.org/node/145934 for more details about our open beta period and http://droplabs.net/prices for our list of free amenities and member perks, including our high-speed WiFi, an espresso machine, printer and scanner services, and more.

Droplabs is the host of the monthly Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetups, Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party and Downtown Drupal's first-ever Drupal job fair. To learn more about Droplabs, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, sign up at Meetup.com/Droplabs or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About Downtown Los Angeles Drupal

The Downtown Los Angeles Drupal group regularly meets in and around Downtown Los Angeles, California. We organize a large number of weekly and monthly events on various Drupal topics, including the general Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup that has been meeting regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month since early 2010.

The Downtown area is the most active area for Drupal in the Greater Los Angeles Area and has seen hundreds of Drupal events, including job fairs, meetups and workshops, study group meetings, conferences about design and theming, paid trainings, FREE tutoring sessions from Drupal professionals and barn raisings to benefit non-profits and members of our community here in and around Downtown Los Angeles.

Attending Drupal events in and around Downtown Los Angeles is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend as many meetings and special events as you'd like. Whether it's to find solutions to problems you've been having, sharing something you've learned or just meeting interesting like-minded people, the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, it's easy to join our community. Our community calendar is on our "Events" tab on our home page at http://groups.drupal.org/dtla

The Downtown Los Angeles Drupal group proudly participates in the California Drupal Travelers Program and can host businesses and community members who are visiting the area. Inquire within by contacting any of the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal organizers.

Comments

Does Droplabs membership

wizonesolutions's picture

Does Droplabs membership exist yet? It says the high-speed Wi-Fi network usage is currently free...but:

Access to our high-speed network is included with a Droplabs membership.

seems to imply that something additional is required even during beta, since you mentioned the 1Mb-per-client limit.

Could you clarify?

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We have two wireless networks

christefano's picture

We have two wireless networks: a free guest network that's traffic-shaped (rate-limited, P2P- and WoW-blocking, etc.), and a members-only network that has all ports open and somewhere around 13Mbps down last I checked.

Membership levels and pricing haven't been announced yet (we're still learning how our community is using the space and amenities), but any of the Droplabs founders would love to talk with you if you're interested in membership and the perks that come with it.


Exaltation of Larks
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http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide
http://drupal.la  

We no longer have a 30-person limit

christefano's picture

We no longer have a 30-person limit and everyone who signs up will be able to attend. This goes for both the job fair and the meetup.

There's a limited number of tables for exhibiting companies and organizations, however, so please RSVP by signing up and following the instructions in the email. Thanks!


Exaltation of Larks
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http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide
http://drupal.la  

Drupal After Dark

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Hi everybody
For this month's downtown meetup I thought we would do something a little different for Drupal After Dark. We have a great new location thanks to Droplabs. And since for many of us it will be our first time at Droplabs, why not stay-in and get better acquainted with this marvelous facility and its people. I will bring some beers to get things started but it would be nice if everybody who wants to partake would bring their favorite adult beverage (or not adult beverage) and maybe a little extra to share. For food I thought we could just order pizza to be delivered.

What is Drupal After Dark you ask?. After the monthly meet ups many of us enjoy getting together in a more social atmosphere and continuing to talk about Drupal. Generally we go to a local bar or restaurant. Those that wish can buy a beer or wine, cocktails, and food. Everybody is invited, and encouraged to come. It is a great way to learn more about Drupal and to get to know the members of this amazing community.

Does anybody know of a good pizza place near Droplabs?

Normally, I'd be able to help

Techivist's picture

Normally, I'd be able to help out & suggest something here but not this time. There is a good tortas place & Phillippe's is also nearby, though neither deliver. There is a Little Caesar's around the corner (though, again, no delivery). ;)

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Purgatory Pizza

Stew-bee's picture

Has anybody tried Purgatory Pizza? I looks good to me and has done well on yelp. http://www.eatpurgatorypizza.com/main.html

Thanks for handling the

Techivist's picture

Thanks for handling the Drupal After Dark (pizza + beer, huzzah!) so well, Stew-bee! Obviously, I'm not surprised since you've been doing this for many of the LA Drupal user groups for a while now. Personally, I know I really appreciate that. :)

I thought Purgatory Pizza was pretty good. I'm most happy, though, about the fact that everyone got to eat (if they wanted) & that folks with special dietary needs were also considered & able to partake. Thanks to all the folks who chipped in for the eats!

Doing what you do (& what many other volunteers/organizers also do) is a thankless job. I just wanted to say "Kudos & thanks!" for coming through, Stewart. My belly also says "gracias." ;)

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Dodger game tonight

Techivist's picture

There's a Dodger game tonight @7pm folks, so please take that into account when planning your commute (especially if you're coming from the 101 N, 110 N or 5 freeways).

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

I just wanted to thank all

Techivist's picture

I just wanted to thank all the attendees who came out to our first DowntownLA Drupal meetup @Droplabs (OMG, there's too many of you to thank!) last night. It was our debut event @Droplabs & the community came out in droves.

The job fair was very vibrant with TONS of folks talking Drupal opportunities. So much so, that we decided to keep it going for 30mins. more than initially intended. We hope that lots of folks got value out of it & that people made some good business matches. Thanks also go out to the companies who came out to recruit Drupal talent. If I learned anything by hovering around, it's that Drupal talent is still in VERY HIGH demand. Nearly 1.5yrs later, this article still rings true: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13846_3-10458748-62.html.

The presentations that followed during the meetup were no less vibrant. Nate Haug (@quicksketch) gave a very in-depth presentation on Form Builder & I heard many oohs & ahhs from the attendees as he showed off its powerful features. Matt Berger, from American Public Radio, shared with us some of the upcoming features & functionality that we can expect on their site. We look forward to seeing how that turns out as well as having them back & sharing their case study with us (we love case studies!). Oliver Seldman (@otseld) gave us a very informative tour of creating customized functionality using the Rules module. Due to the popularity of both the presentations & the job fair, we didn't have enough time for Christefano's (@christefano) presentation on how to contribute to Drupal.org nor did we have time for my (@techivist) presentation on the SimpleTest module & Test-Driven Development. But that's ok, Christefano & I are both here for the community so we love it when people step up & give awesome presentations. We don't mind at all, quite the opposite, we smile widely. :)

I'd also like to give a special shout-out to all the folks who helped setup chairs: Ashok, Paul, Michael, Scott, Pete, Nick, Ron & everyone else who pitched in (I'm sure I'm forgetting a few folks). Thanks also go out to folks who picked up any trash & helped put chairs away. Droplabs is a community space, so it's great to see folks be mindful & thankful of the awesome venue all the Droplabs founders so willingly provided the community. I know, personally, I'm really looking forward to having our meetups @Droplabs for a long, long time to come.

So whether you missed out this time or eagerly participated, we invite you all back next month to continue to revel in the Drupal awesomesauce!

Miguel Hernandez - www.migshouse.com
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Please do SimpleTest before I

wizonesolutions's picture

Please do SimpleTest before I leave (main meetup or Burbank)...or at DrupalCampLA if not! :)

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oseldman's picture

NodeOne's Johan Falk aka Itangalo's 17 part screencast series on Rules.
http://nodeone.se/blogg/learn-rules-with-nodeone-part-1-overview
(You might as well also check out his other screencasts on the Views, Page Manager/Panels and Flag modules.)

Rules Developer Documentation
http://drupal.org/node/878718

Dominique De Cooman's in-depth blog post with lots of helpful code - http://dominiquedecooman.com/blog/drupal-custom-rules-how-write-your-own...

Node object reference page
http://drupal.org/node/49768

Does anyone have a copy of

christefano's picture

Does anyone have a copy of presentation that Nate did at this meetup on Form Builder? I haven't been able to locate it.

This presentation was a lead-up to the one Nate gave at DrupalCon London, though, and the video for that is available:

   http://blip.tv/drupalcon/an-introduction-to-form-builder-a-new-interface...


Exaltation of Larks
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http://www.larks.la  
Droplabs
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst
http://droplabs.net  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide
http://drupal.la  

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