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Coders with a Cause

Next month I'll be co-presenting at a conference for non-profits on the Coders with a Cause program we started at Droplabs, the coworking space and computer lab I co-founded in 2011. One of the subjects is on "community barn raisings" and how we work to harness the good will and technical expertise of our software developer community to aid non-profits who are in need of those resources.

If you're unfamiliar with the "barn raising" term, I'll get to that in a minute.

This presentation is just one session among many at the conference, but it's on a topic that's very close to my heart. I'd like for this presentation to cover as much as possible within its allotted time and I'm requesting input, ideas, questions — and even answers from everyone reading this — to make the session the best it can be.

Save me, I'm going to GLADCamp!

GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, is coming up in a couple weeks and I'm helping organize a couple events that make up the conference program. I'm incredibly excited, and at the same time I'm feeling like I might be going out of my mind.

Depending on where you are or how far you're willing to go, this kind of event just doesn't happen very often (if at all). We have a non-profit summit, a job fair, an employers summit, a barn raising for a non-profit and our first-ever website performance speed competition.

That's in addition to a general DrupalCamp with keynotes, sessions, BoFs, trainings and code sprints.

GLADCamp finds a home

GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, has found a home at the Hilton Pasadena in Pasadena, California, and is March 7-9, 2014. I posted a report of the site visit to the venue earlier this month, but the ink on the contracts is only now just drying.

For anyone who knows of GLADCamp's brief history, this has been a very long road for the conference and our organizing team. Coming to an agreement with the Hilton Pasadena is a large milestone for us. Now that both the venue and the dates are set, we can begin planning our our general conference dedicated to all things Drupal.

Finding a replacement

With the "digital nomads" breakout session at DrupalCon Portland still on my mind, I came across an intriguing blog post today by Nithin Coca about the "rise and fall" of Couchsurfing. For me, one of the big takeaways from reading the post is I learned that went commercial last year. Nithin Coca's argument is that as a result of its commercialization, its business model makes room for "quantity over quality" and the site and its community has gone downhill.

Introducing Feedmine

There are plenty of website feedback collection services like GetSatisfaction, but for me they've always been… unsatisfactory. If you already have a ticketing system for your project, why use yet another tool and segregate your content across multiple services?

Today I'd like to introduce a new tool to enter the fray: Feedmine. It's designed for businesses and organizations who already use Drupal and Redmine and don't want or need another system to manage.


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