Barn Raising and Code Sprint for the Echo Park Time Bank on June 15 & 16, 2012

  • Posted on: 10 June 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes
Friday, June 15, 2012 - 19:00 to Saturday, June 16, 2012 - 15:00

Join us at Droplabs on Friday & Saturday, June 15-16, 2012, for a Barn Raising and Code Sprint to benefit the Echo Park Time Bank and TimeBanks USA!

There's something for everyone at this two-day event and you're welcome to attend either or both days. If you're interested in learning more about Drupal and getting some practical hands-on experience, or if you're a Drupal power user and would like to help mentor others into using Drupal's best practices for site development, this is an excellent opportunity.

The Echo Park Time Bank is a non-profit community collective with a mission to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. Since September 2011, the Echo Park Time Bank has been using Drupal to manage their community website at and its currency system.

At this barn raising, we'll be improving the online membership application and implementing a realname policy for usernames. The work we do will be shared with TimeBanks USA, which will directly benefit the 300+ time banks that have their own sites that use the same Drupal distribution.

This is our second barn raising for the time bank and directly builds upon the work we completed last time. See for more information about our last barn raising and code sprint.


On Friday evening, a group of us will be meeting, socializing and setting up the space. On Saturday, we'll be having a recap of the last barn raising and then break into at least 2 groups that will work and learn together on specific tasks.

We will also be revising and expanding on the documentation that we created last time so that TimeBanks USA and other time banks have a guide for how to repeat our success with the Echo Park Time Bank.

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

   Friday evening, June 15, at 7-9:00pm:
   Open Meeting of the Echo Park Time Bank Tech Team
   Projector and tables / chairs setup
   Revision and expansion of documentation on the last barn raising
   Drupal After Dark (Socializing and networking)

   Saturday morning, June 16, at 10:00am:
   Recap of last barn raising
   Questions and answers
   Identify which groups to break off into

   Saturday afternoon, June 16, at 12pm:
   Lunch! (This is potluck-style, so bring enough for yourself and another)
   Special guests! Don't miss it!
   Break off into groups
   Hands-on code sprint

   Saturday afternoon, June 16, at 3pm
   Wrap-up, clean-up and close-up
   Drupal After Dark (Socializing and networking)

What to bring

Just bring your laptop, your business cards and whatever else you need. Lunch on Saturday is potluck-style, so please bring something for yourself and another.

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 Time Banking

Time Banking is a simple concept: you work for an hour, earn an hour credit, and spend an hour with someone in your time bank community. Time banks don't get penalized in benefit reductions or pay taxes or because unlike market-based national currencies, time banks are more like charitable volunteering circles of mutual aid or relationship-based gift economies. As the recession and Occupy movement encourage people to reimagine work and how they get their needs met in the new economy, time banks are really catching on.

About the Echo Park Time Bank

The Echo Park Time Bank is a non-profit community collective with a mission to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. It's a pay-it-forward system that connects unmet needs with untapped resources. In 2011, The Echo Park Time Bank migrated its time banking software to Community Weaver, a hosted Drupal platform provided by TimeBanks USA.

In February, 2012, Autumn Rooney of the Echo Park Time Bank and Christefano Reyes from Exaltation of Larks presented on the concept and the practice of time banking and how Community Weaver is being used to fully manage the time bank's community website and currency system. See for a video of that presentation.

About TimeBanks USA

TimeBanks USA (TBUSA) was founded in 1995 with a mission to nurture and expand a movement that promotes equality and builds caring community economies through inclusive exchange of time and talent. Its central office is located in Washington D.C.

TBUSA is working with TimeBanks leaders across the US, including the Echo Park Time Bank, as well as internationally to strengthen and rebuild community, and use TimeBanks to achieve wide-ranging goals such as social justice, bridges between diverse communities, and local ecological sustainability.

Join us on Twitter, Google+ and IRC!

During the workshop, several of us will be in the regional #drupal-la channel on IRC and the LA Drupal hangout on Google+ and all are welcome to join us. The event organizers will also be monitoring Twitter for feedback and questions that mention @DowntownDrupal.

Drupal After Dark

Even if you can't make it to the meetup, you're welcome to join us 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. One time we had beers and a bonfire and were serenaded by Skrillex. We've also gone to a variety of other locations, including Barbara's at The Brewery (at 620 Moulton Ave., just a 5 minute walk away) and Carnitas Michoacan (on 1901 N. Broadway, just a 5 minute drive away).

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Location and directions

   651 Clover St.
   Los Angeles, CA 90031

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 LA Drupal meetups!) 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.

About Droplabs

Droplabs Los Angeles Droplabs is a collaborative Drupal event and coworking space in Downtown Los Angeles. Created in 2011 by Drupal community members for the Drupal community, we are focused on serving the greater LA Drupal community, enriching the Drupal skills and lives of its members, and bringing joy to our Drupal practice. Our founders represent several local area businesses that have deep roots in the Drupal and open source communities.

We've been open to the public since May, 2011, and the use of our equipment and facilities, including conference room, tables and chairs, is free until our official launch. See for more details about our open beta period and for our list of free amenities and member perks, including our high-speed WiFi, an espresso machine, printer and scanner services, and more.

Droplabs is the host of the monthly Downtown LA Drupal meetups, LA Drupal's weekly Pro Drupal 7 Development book study group and special events including the Varnish 3 Release Party, a Leave GoDaddy Day workshop and LA Drupal's job fairs. To learn more about Droplabs, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, sign up at or like DroplabsLA on Facebook!

About Downtown Los Angeles Drupal

Downtown Los Angeles is one of the most active areas for Drupal in Los Angeles and LA County. We've been meeting regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of every month since early 2010 and now schedule up to 4 regular meetups a month and occasional trainings and social gatherings. Downtown LA Drupal members also produce special events, code sprints, and the annual Drupal Design Camp LA conference.

Attending Drupal events in and around Downtown Los Angeles 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 Downtown LA Drupal events are an essential resource for Drupal professionals and hobbyists alike.

If you aren't already a member of Downtown Los Angeles Drupal, it's easy to join our community. Our calendar of events is on our "Events" tab on our home page at