We have a great meetup this month in the San Gabriel Valley. Join us from 6-8pm at the Hilton Pasadena on Thursday, October 17, 2013, for Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes, community Q&A, lightning talks and full-length presentations.
Presentations at this event include How to Perform Site Audits; Introducing BackDrop, a Drupal fork; and Announcing GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp.
Are you new to Drupal or the SGV Drupal meetup? Here's a testimonial from a happy attendee:
This is a very well organized and informative session. We got a good mix of senior developers and new comers and some in between. It is a pretty good turn out with 11 people considering it is in Pasadena right around rush hours. People are just terrific, very friendly and ready to help others. Feels like I have moved forward by leaps and bounds. Thanks everyone!
Our venue and parking sponsor for this event is Exaltation of Larks, a Drupal design and engineering firm with a team of Drupal experts in Los Angeles. Visit us at www.larks.la and follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.
Our organizing sponsor is Droplabs (@Droplabs), a Drupal-friendly coworking space, classroom and makerspace in Downtown Los Angeles. We're the leading low-cost coworking space in the Greater Los Angeles Area and have workspaces and services that are uniquely designed for small businesses, entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers.
Do you have a presentation or job announcement that you'd like to share with the group? Is there a topic about anything you'd like to see a presentation on? Post a comment below to let all the organizers and attendees know what you're interested in. Lightning Talks — brief, 5-minute long presentations on any topic related to Drupal — are very welcome.
Announcing GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp
GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, is a free, 3-day event coming up on March 7th, 8th & 9th, and is at Hilton Pasadena & Convention Center in Pasadena, California.
After many months of planning, this meetup is our coming out party and we're excited to announce and discuss what we're planning, including sessions, BoFs, trainings, industry-specific summits, a job fair, a barn raising to benefit a local non-profit, receptions, and more!
Introducing BackDrop, a Drupal Fork
BackDrop is a new fork of Drupal 8 that's "intended to preserve the legacy audience of developers who value ease of use and ease of learning over architectural flexibility." What does this mean for Drupal? What does it mean for you? Come find out.
How to Perform Site Audits
Have you recently acquired or taken delivery of a complex Drupal site? Is your Drupal site ready to launch? How do you know if it's stable and maintainable over the lifetime of the project? The way to find out is to perform a site audit — a review of the website code and hosting environment — and identify areas for improvement.
This featured presentation, by Christefano Reyes of Exaltation of Larks, focuses on best known practices for site audits of Drupal websites. He will cover the different types of audits, including general maintainability audits, security audits, usability audits, content and SEO audits, performance audits, and so on, as well as the checklists and tools used to perform them.
This is not a sales-oriented presentation and is dedicated instead to sharing and advancing our community's best known practices around performing site audits. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to contribute to our shared resources in the Site Audits group at http://groups.drupal.org/site-audits whenever possible.
The meetup this month will include 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 Drupal professionals that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!
Our meetups follow a basic format and start off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, we'll 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.
5pm: Meet & Greet for Early Arrivers
Happy Hour at Grill 168
5:30pm: Tour of the Hilton Pasadena & Convention Center
Tour starts at at Grill 168 promptly at 5:30pm!
6pm: Meetup begins in the Santa Monica Room
Introductions & Job Announcements
News & Upcoming Events, including:
• Drupal.LA Project Proposal;
• Bay Area Drupal Camp (October 24-27, 2013);
• Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp (March 7-9, 2014);
• Interesting events listed at http://groups.drupal.org/events
Users Helping Users
Community Questions & Answers
Lightning Talks & Featured Presentations
Announcing GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp
Introducing BackDrop, a Drupal Fork;
How to Perform Site Audits, by Christefano Reyes
Wrap-up, Clean-up & Close-up
Drupal After Dark
A group of us who arrive early will be meeting early for happy hour (and a quick tour of the hotel) at Grill 168, which is conveniently located in the Hilton Pasadena.
Just bring your laptop, your business cards or whatever else you need. Extra points go to anyone who can bring power cords and extension strips.
Food and drinks are allowed at this venue and are very welcome. Please consider bringing something to share. Post in the comments below to let everyone know what you're bringing!
Do you have a job announcement? Post your job announcement first and be sure to bring plenty of business cards and printouts of your job description to the meetup.
After the meetup ends at 8pm, we'll finish off the night with more networking and a Drupal After Dark at a nearby restaurant or pub. Even if you can't make it to the meetup, going to the Drupal After Dark is a great way to meet your fellow Drupal community friends and colleagues. Join us!
Raffle prizes at this meetup have been provided by Filter Digital, Droplabs and Exaltation of Larks. Our raffle prizes often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs, books and tickets to attend professional, paid Drupal trainings. Some raffle prizes may be available to remote attendees (at the discretion of the meetup organizers and raffle prize sponsors).
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. Thank you!
The Hilton Pasadena is located at the corner of Los Robles Ave. and Cordova Blvd. in Pasadena, California.
Santa Monica Room
168 South Los Robles Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101
From City Hall, advance to Colorado Blvd.
Travel east on Colorado Blvd. to Los Robles Ave.
Turn right onto Los Robles Ave.
Advance 3 blocks to the Hotel Pasadena, which is located on the left.
Free street parking is found behind the Hilton Pasadena on Oakland St., and metered parking (which is free starting at 6pm) is found on Los Robles Ave.
A parking structure that's run by the City of Pasadena is next to the Hilton Pasadena and offers self-parking (without re-entry) for $10 and valet parking (without re-entry) for $11.
This is our negotiated discount rate, so be sure to mention GLADCamp. Parking is normally $18 for self-parking (with re-entry) and $21 for valet parking (with re-entry).
There is no overnight street parking in Pasadena.
The Hilton Pasadena is accessible by public transportation and is 4 blocks from the Del Mar station on the Metro Rail Gold Line. See http://www.metro.net for schedules and prices.
Attendees are encouraged to save both time and fuel by carpooling to this event. The best way to find out how and who to carpool with is to post an offer or request with your location and contact information in the comments below.
Those who carpool get $5 back for their parking! Check with anyone from Exaltation of Larks, our parking sponsor for this event. ($5 reimbursement is provided at the meetup and requires a valid parking slip.)
From the Airport
For driving directions from Los Angeles International (LAX), Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena (BUR), or Ontario International (ONT), see the Hilton Pasadena website.
Shuttle service is provided by SuperShuttle (800-258-3826; http://www.supershuttle.com) and private sedans are available from the Hilton Pasadena (626-577-1000) and ExecuCar (800-410-4444; http://www.execucar.com).
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