Downtown Drupal Meetup in Downtown Los Angeles at Sensis Agency on December 3, 2013

christefano's picture
2013-12-03 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles

The 1st Tuesday of the month is coming up and it's time for the next Downtown Drupal meetup! We're meeting at Sensis Agency in Downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 7-9pm.

There will also be Drupal Happy Hour earlier in the evening at 5:30pm. See our agenda for more information.

At this meetup, we're having our usual news and announcements, as well as raffle prizes, community Q&A, lightning talks (which are short, bite-sized presentations) and featured presentations. Is there a presentation topic that you're interested in? Post a comment to either request or offer a presentation, or contact any of the organizers listed above.

Drupal Happy Hour ^

Join us between 5:30-7pm for happy hour at Takami Sushi & Robata Restaurant (one floor above Sensis). Takami serves the highest quality Sushi, Robata and Japanese-influenced entrees and boasts unparalleled views of the LA area with outdoor patio dining. Happy hour at Takami is between 4-7pm and their phone number is 213-236-9600.

The happy hour this time is being sponsored by Exaltation of Larks. Those who arrive early will have a chance to enjoy Japanese tacos, braised short ribs, assorted sushi, hot sake and more!

Thank You to Our Sponsors! ^

Sensis Agency Our venue sponsor is Sensis Agency (@SensisAgency), a cross-cultural advertising agency with digital at its core. We got our start building websites and have expanded into a full service advertising agency, helping our clients take advantage of the fundamental changes taking place in the marketing world.

Exaltation of Larks - Expert Drupal strategy, consulting, development and training Our parking, happy hour, and raffle prize 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 and follow us at @LarksLA to learn more about our Drupal services and upcoming trainings.

Droplabs Los Angeles 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 shared and private workspaces that are uniquely designed for entrepreneurs, freelancers and remote workers.

Drupal After Dark ^

Even if you can't make it to happy hour or the meetup, you're welcome to join us afterward 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. Stay tuned to the comments below for suggestions for a Drupal After Dark location.

Agenda ^

We'll start our meeting promptly at 7pm, so if you are at happy hour please be sure to request your check along with your food order.

Our meetups follow a basic format and starts off with Drupal news and announcements, local job announcements, raffle prizes and full-length presentations. As always, 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 9:00pm.

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

   Drupal Happy Hour

   Projector and Tables / Chairs Setup

   News & Upcoming Events, including:
     Hack for LA, December 7-8, 2013; Code Sprint, December 7, 2013;
     Introduction to Drupal Workshop, December 13, 2013;
     Droplabs Holiday Party and Food Drive, December 16, 2013;
     Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, March 7-9, 2014;
   Raffle Prizes!

   Lightning Talks
   Featured Presentations

   Wrap-up, Clean-up and Close-up
   Drupal After Dark and More Networking

Featured Presentations

At this meetup, we're having our usual news and announcements, raffle prizes, lightning talks (which are short, bite-sized presentations) and featured presentations.

Stay tuned to our agenda for more information.

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

Raffle prizes at this meetup have been provided by Exaltation of Larks. This time we'll have Drupal Watchdog magazines, 30 day passes to and Build a, and one week passes for Droplabs coworking and video mentoring.

If you have any items you'd like to donate to the raffle, please contact any of the organizers at the meetup. Our raffle prizes at meetups often include discount codes, magazines, DVDs, books, and free seats to professional Drupal trainings. We are always grateful to our sponsors for their continued support. Thank you!

Location and Directions

   Sensis Agency
   811 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2050
   Los Angeles, CA 90017


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

Public Transportation

Our venue is 100 feet away from the 7th Street / Metro Red Line Center Station. For information about bus routes, see  

   7th Street / Metro Center Station
   660 South Figueroa St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90017


Anyone who carpools and parks at United Valet Parking, Inc. (757 South Flower St.) will be reimbursed for their $6 parking courtesy of our parking sponsor, Exaltation of Larks.

  • United Valet Parking, Inc. (757 South Flower St.; 213-622-0137)

This parking location is within a 3 minute walk of our venue and has a $6 evening rate if arriving after 4pm.

Street parking is $5 per hour from 8am-8pm Pacific. There are ample parking lots and garages in the immediate area. For additional parking locations, see

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  

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 Greater Los Angeles Drupal organizers, or by joining the global Drupal Hospitality Network.

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Stew-bee's picture

I can do a 15 minute talk on writing user stories, and acceptance tests. I will start with a brief intro to Agile Development in general.


nodiac's picture

That's great! This is a really big piece that our community hasn't been focusing on at the meetups. Can we add some of this to the bootcamp curriculum?

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Want to join droplabs carpool to Sensis tonight

johnnkirk's picture

I'd like to park at DropLabs and catch the carpool to Sensis for the Drupal Meetup this evening. Possible?

Will you be getting to the event early enough for the happy hour at Takami?

I called the United Valet Parking mentioned, and found out the parking is CASH ONLY for the evening rate -- and that the rate is $6 NOT $5.

Be ready to carpool to Sensis at 4:30pm!

christefano's picture

Sure, we can carpool. I have a quick meeting near the venue at 5pm and plan to leave Droplabs no later than 4:30pm.

Thanks for pointing out the pricing change at United Valet! I've updated the parking info at

Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO  
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide  

carpooling today

johnnkirk's picture

Good! I'll plan to be at droplabs by 4 PM.

Looking at your sigfile, I don't think I can afford to have any of my burritos analysed! Maybe we can think of some other basis for interaction.

All aboard…

christefano's picture

The Droplabs shuttle is leaving for happy hour at Takami in 30 minutes.

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Founder, CEO  
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide  

Minimal example of using Features?

dankegel's picture

I'm planning to be there!

What I'm interested in at the moment:
I'm looking for a minimal example of how to use Features properly.
Whether or not I find one, I'd like to work up an example of how to
use Features to express integrating an event calendar into a particular

Dan Kegel? Right on! Haven't

Techivist's picture

Dan Kegel? Right on! Haven't seen Dan since an SGVLUG meetup. /cheers :)

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

Found a few

dankegel's picture

Dunno why I couldn't find these before, but today I googled for
drupal 7 features tutorial
again, and found a few, e.g.

Text tutorials


"An Introduction to the Drupal Features Module"

Video tutorials


3 "Daily dose of Drupal", episodes 2 through 7 (watch first one on youtube to get to others):

4 "Level Up Tuts - Drupal Tutorials #66 - Introduction To Features"

5 "Acquia Drupal 7 Tutorial: Features Module"

I must have had bad search-fu that week. (In my defense, at least one of those was created since then...)

Agile development seems like a good topic

pcoleman's picture

Are we going to have a webex or such for this meeting?

You got it. I posted the meeting ID

christefano's picture

You got it. I posted the meeting ID and URL below:

While the food and the view at Takami are spectacular, the service has been veeeerrrry slooooow in the past, so I'll be sure to "crack the whip" and encourage everyone at happy hour to be at Sensis in time for the meetup at 7pm.

Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO  
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide  


pkosenko's picture

I can't make it down there today. Is it going to be online with webex?

WebEx meeting ID and URL

christefano's picture

Sure, use the following URL or meeting ID to join the meeting:

   Short URL:
   Meeting ID: 193 483 719

To test that WebEx is working for you prior to this meetup, check out this "Join a Test Meeting" page:  

Exaltation of Larks
Founder, CEO  
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide  


jmosmith's picture

Hello Drupalero's! I'm looking to fill a post for a b/e Drupal developer! (Tell your friends!)

The specifications of what I need can found here:

This is a CONTRACT post.

Much appreciated.


GREAT Meetup

pcoleman's picture

Like most of our meetings too much information, if we just had 6 hours we could get everything done.

Stew's presentation on Agile was on the mark. Christo's presentation on Features was full of meat.

Well worth the time. I may find some more time to go downtown rather than just over webex.


hodad's picture

Probably a silly question. I tried to make the webex meeting but got hung up.
Is there a replay option out there anywhere?

We didn't record everything,

christefano's picture

We didn't record everything, like the news and announcements and the Features walkthrough. Stew's presentation on Agile development was recorded, though!

Here's a link to the ARF file of his presentation, which needs the WebEx Network Recording Player:

Meanwhile, I'll look for my notes and see if I can reconstruct an overview for the meetup for those who weren't able to attend.

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Founder, CEO  
Founder, Lead Burrito Analyst  
Greater Los Angeles Drupal
Organizer, Drupal Adventure Guide  

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