Downtown LA Drupal meetup on October 18, 2011 at Droplabs

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2011-10-18 19:30 - 21:30 America/Los_Angeles

The next Downtown LA Drupal meetup is on October 18, 2011 and will be at Droplabs, a Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, Droplabs is the host of LA Drupal's monthly Downtown LA meetup, the weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including next month's LA Drupal job fair on November 15, 2011, from 4-7pm.

LA Drupal meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. 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. We'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at 9:30pm.

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Light food and refreshments will be served throughout the evening courtesy of our food and drink sponsor, Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training company with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles.

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.


   Users Helping Users
   Projector and tables / chairs setup

   Introductions and job announcements
   Community questions and answers

   Victor Kane presents: Installation profiles as an "everything in code" development process
   Raffle prizes!

   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and networking session

Users Helping Users

The meetup begins at 7:30pm but the doors open a little earlier at 6:30pm for Users Helping Users, which is a chance for members of the community to help and be helped by others with whatever questions and problems they're having with Drupal.

Please note that while Users Helping Users is not designed to be a replacement for bona fide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!


Victor Kane presents: Installation profiles as an "everything in code" development process

It seems everyone is talking about using Features for "everything in code" development, but what about installation profiles? This oft-overlooked part of Drupal core is available to us all and provides the tools needed for successful, repeatable development and deployment.

Victor Kane is an Drupal developer and trainer with deep roots in the Los Angeles Drupal community. He is the author of Leveraging Drupal: Getting Your Site Done Right. This presentation is a continuation of his articles on the subject at and

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us for a Drupal After Dark. After we wrap up the meeting and clean up, a group of us will go to a nearby restaurant or pub.

Recently we've had beers by the bonfire and were serenaded by DJ Skrillex. We've also gone to a variety of other locations, including Barbara's at The Brewery (at 620 Moulton Ave., just a 5 minute walk away) and Carnitas Michoacan (on 1901 N. Broadway, just a 5 minute drive away).

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Location and directions

   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 LA Drupal meetups!) 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. You're also welcome to bring some light food, sodas or beers to share with others at the meetup.

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.

About Droplabs

Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by LA Drupal members for the LA Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater LA 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 for more details about our open beta period and 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 LA Drupal meetups, LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party and LA Drupal's first-ever Drupal job fair. To learn more about Droplabs, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, sign up at or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About LA Drupal

LA Drupal is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups and is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal. In addition to scheduling 4 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings, LA Drupal members produce special events, code sprints, and the annual DrupalCamp LA and Drupal Design Camp LA conferences.

Attending LA Drupal events is one of the best ways to meet and talk with other Drupaleros and we encourage you to attend meetings and special events regularly. 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 LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member and find events in our community calendar at


Linux for Kids

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Here's the info I mentioned in the announcement:

This year, SCALE is going to have a track dedicated completely to kids:

SCALE 10X to host SCALE Kids Conference

LOS ANGELES – For the first time ever, the Southern California Linux
Expo will host the SCALE Kids Conference, a free and open source event
where the community leaders of tomorrow will be able to spotlight
their talents and ideas.

The goal of the conference is to be as "kid driven" as possible. The
event offers a unique opportunity for kids 10 to 16 to see and
experience the inner workings of planning, determine the content, and
help to steer the direction that the conference will take.

The SCALE Kids Conference will take place on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012
in parallel with the main SCALE 10X conference.

For those parents and kids interested in helping to plan the event, we
encourage you to join the scale-kids mailing list at the following


Kids using Linux installfest this coming Sunday:
Ilan Rabinovich is holding a Kids on Computers event this coming Sunday October 23rd, at 11AM. As the name implies, this is a Linux installfest for kids. If you know of any kids trying to pick up Linux (or you just think they should learn for their own betterment), this would be an ideal event to take them. More importantly, though, I'm fishing for volunteers who get along with children and wouldn't mind stepping some of these kids through the process of installing and using Linux. If you are interested in either role, please RSVP to Ilan at Thanks.

The location will be:
21065 Winfield Rd

Topanga, CA 90290

SCALE is the largest open source conference in the Southwestern United States. They strive to not only put on a great conference with world-class speakers & presentations but also to make it affordable to all (they even provide discount codes for Linux User Groups, LUGs). In essence, they try to make it accessible to all. Personally, I've always enjoyed how SCALE reaches out to so many groups via the WIOS (Women in Open Source) track, tracks for the health care industry &, obviously, this year's inclusion of Kids, etc.

SCALE has been very good to the Drupal community & LA Drupal in particular. They've given LA Drupal a table on the exhibition floor for years. They also had Angie Byron (aka webchick) speak in the WIOS (Women in Open Source) track a few years back (which I attended & was awesome!).

ps. SCALE is also having a logo design contest with the prize being a plane ticket to LA, entrance to the conference & hotel stay. Pass it along:

Miguel Hernandez -
Founder & CEO - The OpenMindz Group
Writer- Linux Journal & TechZulu

Slides from my presentation

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I had a great time sharing "everything in code" stuff on Tuesday night with everyone, and meeting up with everyone in person. It's good to be back in L.A.!

Here is a link to the slides for my presentation:

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