Main LA Drupal Meetup: March 11th, 2014 | Open Video Project and Q1 Smack Down

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2014-03-11 19:00 - 21:00 America/Los_Angeles
Event type: 
User group meeting

Every month experts guide our local community showcasing professional Drupal techniques, industry standards, and best practices. LA Drupal brings a spectacular lineup of topics and presentations centered around Drupal. We help users answer questions, and resolve issues with solutions surrounding planning, supporting, and developing with Drupal. Our meetups are a good place for Job seekers and employers to find talent. Also, we typically have raffle prizes including various Drupal books, DVD's, and subscriptions!!!

The Stauffer team has proudly supported the LA Drupal community for years and is excited to host LA Drupal meetups.


Stauffer, Inc.
12540 Beatrice St., Suite #200
Los Angeles, CA 90066

You can park in the Stauffer and/or Activision spaces in the parking lot next the Stauffer office or on the streets, but be mindful of the signage!.


6:45pm-7pm Early Arrivals
* Venue setup
* LA Drupal Open Lab & Users Helping Users - Bring your laptop and Drupal questions, or contribute to an issue in the queue.
* Lightning Talk prep - need help getting a lightning talk together, show up to the pre-meetup lab and we can help!
* Early Networking - looking to chat with folks before the meetup begins, this is your chance.

* News & Announcements
* Job announcements (free)
* Presentation
* Users Helping Users - bring up a question to the crowd and see how they can help you overcome your latest Drupal roadblock.
* Raffle prizes & Giveaways
* Networking - bring your business cards

* Drupal After Dark - after the meetup come out to meet new friends, network, grab a drink or bite to eat. Details are posted in a comment each month (sometimes during the meetup). If you have a recommendation, please comment!

Appreciation for our Sponsors

Venue & Wi-Fi: Stauffer Inc: Give a shout! staufferinc

Presentation Details

Join us March 11th, 2014 for a great night of Drupal. Stauffer, our host and sponsor for many years will be talking about an Open Video Project they have been developing. We take a break and come back for our Q1 Smackdown.

Open Video Project

Stauffer has started developing an open video project modeled after HBO Go. This platform utilizes a responsive Drupal site as it’s primary content repository feeding data into TV Based Applications. We’re going to review the overall business application, vision, and the integration points that make it all happen!

Q1 Smackdown

We have had great success in the past with our smackdowns; so much so that we are going to do one each quarter so our community can share anything they think is useful in their day to day experience as developers, themers, project managers, and general technology enthusiasts.

We are laying down gauntlet this time though! We would like to hear form everyone in the don't need to share from your laptop, you can just stand up and say..."This post helped me over the Drupal learning curve and now I am in free fall like the rest of you!". Seriously, anything is important in the smackdown. Remember that we have users of all levels at our meetups so your feedback is needed; yes, you reading this event post. Tell us where you fell down and how you got back up again. How did you right the ship when it went wrong? Let others learn from your mistakes and get that extra leg up on the next step of their Drupal journey because you stood up and said something.

Drupal is not required to be the subject, but is suggested.

Meetup Info

Users Helping Users and open Q&A

The general meetup begins at 7:00pm but the doors open a little earlier 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 bonafide consulting from a Drupal professional that there are plenty of Drupal experts and professionals who attend our meetups and sometimes they need help, too!

Lightning talks

There will be no time for lightning talks at this meetup.

Job announcements

At the beginning of each meetup LA Drupal provides an opportunity for local businesses to make job announcements and ask for referrals and recommendations.

Raffle! Prizes! Collect them all!

We love our sponsors and have several raffle prizes from our sponsors in the Los Angeles area and around the world. If you or your company would like to sponsor a raffle prize at the LA Drupal meetups, please come early or contact the LA Drupal managers.

Breakout Groups

As we've occasionally done, if there's time we'll split up into groups (sometimes called BoFs, or birds of a feather) and each group can jump into a particular topic that's set at the beginning of the meetup. The topics for these BoFs so far have ranged from high performance websites, Features-driven development, PCI compliance and general "getting started" discussions.

What to bring

Bring a co-worker, maybe your laptop or tablet, but definitely bring your business cards for networking. We do a lot of networking!

About LA Drupal

LA Drupal is Southern California's largest hub for all things Drupal, and is one of the world's largest regional Drupal user groups. We host a monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of every month. LA Drupal also produces the annual DrupalCamp LA conference, one of the largest annual volunteer Drupal networking and training events world-wide since 2007.

There are also other member led social gatherings and meetups throughout the southland. Visit for more details.

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 about finding 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.

How to become a member of LA Drupal

If you aren't already part of LA Drupal, it's easy to become a member (read below). LA Drupal has over 1,500 members, the official ways to become a member is by joining the LA Drupal group here:

  1. First, create an account at, which is the "master" site of
  2. Once you have your account and have logged in, go to the LA Drupal home page at
  3. Finally, click the Join link found in the right sidebar. You'll be a member of LA Drupal after confirming your membership.

As a member of the LA Drupal community, you can participate in discussions, sign up & RSVP for events, post job announcements, vote, and send direct messages to people (via the "contact" tab on their profiles), and more.

LA Drupal welcomes you!

Changes and Notifications

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


Sharing during the anything goes lightning talks

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The smackdown this month is a free-for-all. This means:

  • If you have something to share, share! Even if you are just starting out, its an opportunity both for us to learn from you (Drupal knowledge covers so many areas, no one person knows everything) and for others to give you suggestions/advice based on what you just shared.
  • If you want to rant (about Drupal and/or PHP and/or servers running Drupal), vent out your frustrations (about Drupal and/or PHP and/or servers running Drupal)! Some of them may be issues in Drupal (which some folks in the LA community will bring up as core issues), some may be something others in the community can help you out with. But you're in great company for this.
  • If you have something you are trying to solve, ask and everyone in the room will join in to try and help you out! No question is too basic (we'll gladly answer questions even about Dru Paul). As a community, we are all itching to problem solve and make people's lives easier.

Most of all, come to the meetup, share with us, and have some fun :)

Jobs from the GLADCamp job fair

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We had a Drupal job fair over the weekend and here are some of the jobs from the sponsors:

Companies who are hiring include Trellon, Pantheon, Exaltation of Larks (the company where I work), Realty Mogul and Lingotek.

If you didn't know about the job fair, there's still time! Check out the job board or talk with me about getting a free direct introduction to any if the companies above.

LA Drupal [Los Angeles Drupal]

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