Drupal Organizers Meetup at Droplabs and via Google+ Hangout on November 25, 2013

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2013-11-25 15:00 - 17:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

We're having another Drupal organizers meetup on Monday, November 25, 2013 between 3-5pm. Join us earlier between 3-4pm for drinks, snacks and casual networking!

In the spirit and tradition of our user group and events, this meetup is open to all Greater Los Angeles Drupal members and is an excellent opportunity for anyone who's interested in getting involved or is just interested in observing our open governance model.

Join us in person at Droplabs or remotely at 4pm via Google+ Hangout!


Our current agenda for this meeting is listed below. If you have any additions, please post them in the comments below.

   1. Review of our shared assets and resources
   2. Interoperating with other user groups
   3. Discussion of new meetup locations around the Greater Los Angeles Area
   4. Meetup.com's "meetups everywhere" program
   5. Discussion of new meeting formats

Possible additions, time permitting:

   6. Possibility of voluntary membership dues

Join Us on Google+ and Twitter!

To join the meeting, use the following URL:

   Google+ hangout: https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/calendar/b2M0MzM3cGRvc2hxb2gzM2FjbmtrYjR2MXNAZ3JvdXAuY2FsZW5kYXIuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbQ.mvshg7i73rblakuu7ku04kt5e0
   Short URL: http://ex.tl/Zn9  

During the meetup, the event organizers will be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @GLADrupal.

Location and Directions

This event is hosted by Droplabs (@Droplabs), a collaborative coworking space, classroom and makerspace in Downtown Los Angeles.

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

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We're quickly gaining a reputation for being the only coworking space around with a with a low-cost business model: come work here and use our tables, chairs, WiFi and conference room with a low, daily or monthly membership fee and only pay more for the extras, such as 24/7 access, equipment rental and a locker for your belongings.

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.

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.

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.

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 Greater Los Angeles Drupal

With several weekly and monthly events, the Greater Los Angeles Area is one the most active areas for Drupal in the world.

Formerly named Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, we've been meeting regularly in and around Downtown Los Angeles, California, since early 2010, and now organize a large number of events in the area. Our signature events include the Drupal Job Fairs and the Downtown Drupal, Frontend Drupal and High Performance Drupal meetups.

Our members and organizers have produced hundreds of Drupal events, including job fairs, meetups and workshops, conferences, paid trainings, coworking days, study group sessions, movie outings, FREE tutoring sessions from Drupal professionals, and website barnraisings to benefit non-profits and members of our community.

Attending Drupal events in the Greater Los Angeles Area 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 Greater Los Angeles Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Greater 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/node/219129  

We proudly participate in the California Drupal Travelers Program, which aims to connect businesses and community members who are visiting the area with our local community and events. Inquire within by contacting any of the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal organizers, or by joining the global Drupal Hospitality Network.

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Hi all, just a quick update.

christefano's picture

Hi all, just a quick update. This event is now from 3-5pm instead of 4-5pm. The first part is a social hour to have some food and catch up.

I've also added an item to the agenda. Meetup.com offers a way to collect membership dues and I'd like to discuss the possibility of using this on a voluntary basis.

This event is coming up today.

christefano's picture

This event is coming up today. Join us in person or via Google+ hangout! Food and drinks are reserved for those who can physically attend :)

Details at https://groups.drupal.org/node/368048 and http://www.meetup.com/greater-los-angeles-drupal/events/152663342/

Meeting notes

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:::Christo mentioned some changes to meetup.com that aren't altogether good. Said we'd revisit later. "Meetups everywhere"

:::Review of Shared Assets & Resources:::
A couple links:
-This is currently just support for GLAD meetups

Pantheon is now hosting!
--drupal.la site
--gladcamp.org site
--giving us like $270/mo. in value since they're also giving us SSL (along w/Pantheon Pro account)
--great cuz once events/conferences end, we'd still have to maintain, patch security updates, etc.

:::Inter-operating w/other user groups:::
-Joe asked "What other groups?"
---Christo posted link: https://groups.drupal.org/node/362788
-Joe asked about reaching out to other groups on meetup & Christo said said that Droplabs has always reached out to groups like LA Dev Ops etc.
-There seems to be quite a bit of discussion & interest on Bitcoin meetups & other joint meetups.
-I mentioned that working w/other groups is great but it will require resources to manage those relationships.
-Oliver said outreach comes down to people's interest.
-Oliver mentioned wanting a new feature for upcoming Drupal.la site: a checkin/checkout asset management generator

:::Voluntary Membership Dues:::
-meetup.com allows u to do that & Christo mentioned we should enable that feature (Justin said it was a no-brainer, Joe said as long as it doesnt keep ppl out...Oliver said sure, tho it doesn't solve the question of where those monies go). This can be up for discussion & can be discussed further.

:::New Meetup Locations:::

:::New Meetup Formats:::
-Oliver said he wanted a meetup that was focused on lightning talks. Good way to break staleness & way to give lots of topics & good way to get other ppl involved.
-Christo asked if the term 'lightning talks' are truly universal.
-Discussed other formats like "Mayday, video augmented meetups, etc.

-a few others that were at Droplabs (but I didn't hear their names)

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

These are great, Miguel!

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These are great, Miguel! We'll use your notes to do a quick recap tonight (if anyone is interested) at tonight's Downtown Drupal Meetup:



christefano's picture

Stew says he wasn't there.

Other attendees were Don and Paul (pcoleman).

Lightning talks

fejn's picture

Quick presentations are a great idea to introduce new techniques/modules/ideas, but unless there is a strict definition/format for these, you may run out of time in the meetups. Having the problem of "too much content" is a problem every group would like to have, but not managing it properly may end the group up with frustrated attendees & presenters

-Oliver mentioned wanting a

christefano's picture

-Oliver mentioned wanting a new feature for upcoming Drupal.la site: a checkin/checkout asset management generator

I've added this to our Drupal.LA project proposal wiki:


Drupal.LA is live now, by the way, and is the best place I can think of for having a content type for items, user reference fields, flags, etc.

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