Drupal Jobs Summit on January 28, 2013, from 7-9pm at Droplabs in Downtown Los Angeles

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Start: 
2013-01-28 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles

Do you own or help manage a company or organization that uses Drupal? Does your team depend on professional Drupal service providers in the Greater Los Angeles Area? Have you and your projects been affected by a shortage of Drupal development and theming talent?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then consider coming to our first-ever Drupal Jobs Summit from 7-9pm on Monday, January 28, 2013. There is no charge for this event. It is open to any and all companies and organizations who qualify, by:

  1. Hosting any Drupal meetups, trainings or other Drupal community events, including Frontend Drupal, High Performance Drupal, Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, LA Drupal, and so on;
  2. Sponsoring or exhibiting at any of the Los Angeles Drupal job fairs, including this month's Drupal Job Fair on Monday, January 28th.

Hosting a meetup at your office qualifies you for this event. Buying pizza at a meetup, while appreciated, does not. If you do not meet the above qualifications, contact us at jobs-jan28summit@droplabs.net with a request to attend.

This is a roll-up-your-sleeves working meeting and we will be meeting one another (many for the first time) and discussing the following topics:

  • Building a healthy marketplace and business community of colleagues and potential partners;
  • Getting the most out of our recruiting and marketing dollar;
  • What we're doing now to staff up, from local recruiting and in-house training to outsourcing and hiring out-of-town or overseas;
  • Identifying the skills, job titles and qualifications of desirable candidates, employees and vendors;
  • Workshops, trainings and other programs that most or all of us can get behind in order to solve our business needs.

We'll have an open bar and cocktails will be served.

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Location and Directions ^

This first-ever event is being hosted by Droplabs, a collaborative coworking space, classroom and hackerspace in Downtown Los Angeles.

In addition to being the venue of the only Drupal job fairs ever in Los Angeles in June, 2011, November, 2011, and January, 2013, Droplabs hosts the majority of Drupal activity, from meetups, topic-based summits and code sprints to free workshops, tutoring sessions and paid trainings, in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

   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 Union Station and Philippes (the first-ever venue for Drupal meetups in Southern California!). We're one block west of The Brewery, the largest live-and-work artists' colony in the world.

Free parking in our large parking lot is first-come, first-served. After parking in the lot, follow the yellow signs that point to Droplabs. (If our lot is full, you can park for free on Clover St.)

Droplabs is a brief walk from the Main St. / Lamar St. stop on the the Metro Local 76 bus line. This is also the Lincoln Heights / Chinatown DASH stop.

To carpool or catch the Droplabs shuttle from Union Station, post below in the comments.

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 each 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.

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If anyone has questions or

christefano's picture

If anyone has questions or feedback about our jobs summit, we'll be discussing it at this month's Downtown Drupal meetup at Sensis:

   http://groups.drupal.org/node/276448

Those who can't make it in person are welcome to attend via WebEx. Here's the web conference information:

   http://groups.drupal.org/node/276448#join-online  


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

Of course, questions and

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Of course, questions and feedback about the summit can be sent to jobs-jan28summit@droplabs.net or shared here, as well. :)


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

This event announcement was

christefano's picture

This event announcement was removed from the "LA Drupal" group this weekend, but I'm not sure why. Due to lack of any context or communication about this, I've cross-posted it back.

If anyone want to discuss this event, its relevance to our developer and business communities, or anything else, please go ahead either publicly here in the comments or privately by sending an email to jobs-jan28summit@droplabs.net


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

Thanks to all the attendees

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Thanks to all the attendees of our first-ever Drupal Jobs Summit! The companies represented this time were:

   CivicActions, Exaltation of Larks, Princess Cruises, Sensis Agency and Stauffer.

The event was smaller and more intimate than I expected, but it was very casual and enjoyable yet productive. We ended up discussing nearly everything that was on the original agenda:

  • Building a healthy marketplace and business community of colleagues and potential partners;
  • Getting the most out of our recruiting and marketing dollar;
  • What we're doing now to staff up, from local recruiting and in-house training to outsourcing and hiring out-of-town or overseas;
  • Identifying the skills, job titles and qualifications of desirable candidates, employees and vendors;
  • Workshops, trainings and other programs that most or all of us can get behind in order to solve our business needs.

The one topic that wasn't discussed was outsourcing and offshoring, which is perhaps understandable due to their privileged or taboo nature.

We'll be having another one of these soon we'd love to have feedback from as many attendees as possible regarding their experience. We'll be sending out an email shortly with a link to our survey.


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

offshoring and outsourcing

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Congrats on organizing the event! I wasn't able to participate (i work out of Mexico) but your comment on offshoring caught my eye:

I've first hand experience in this matter, since I have worked for 15 years doing technology-related work for american companies, and I have just started (about 2 years) doing Drupal work for US companies (quite by accident).

I have had a great experience doing diverse work (support, module development, a few sites, etc.) that I usually don't see down here (a crm, inventory control, e-learning site, etc,). This has allowed me to broaden my skills and indirectly helped with my local projects (guess what I learned yesterday? We can do this with Feeds!).

I'd really like to do more internaitonal work. I am taking several steps to get this done, such as stepping up on the social networks (such as Linkedin), redoing my own site (which is now multilingual), increasing my involvement with the Drupal Community, and reaching out to events and initiatives such as this. I am also trying to get in contact with a few Drupal studios to get something in place. Any suggestions?

It's great that you're taking

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It's great that you're taking steps to get more involved in the Drupal community! What are some of the things you've done in the last year?

> I am also trying to get in contact with a few Drupal studios to get something in place. Any suggestions?

There's going to be another Drupal employers summit at GLADCamp. Check out GLADCamp.org for more information.


Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO
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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