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Announcing the 3rd Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair

  • Posted on: 3 January 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Droplabs is excited to announce the first Downtown Drupal Job Fair of 2013. It's from 5-7pm on January 28, 2013, and is once again at Droplabs in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is a free and open source web development platform used by millions of sites on the web today. It is used by sites big and small to manage online communities and their content and can be customized for any device to match any visual design.

Companies and organization that use Drupal include Riot Games (publisher of League of Legends, the world's most popular video game), countless non-profits and universities such as the Jamie Oliver Foundation and UCLA, and governmental agencies including Energy.gov and Whitehouse.gov.

For more information, see http://drupal.org/about

What Droplabs is Doing Differently

Droplabs is dedicated to helping both the Drupal developer and business communities grow in Los Angeles and in the larger Southern California area. In addition to being the venue of the only Drupal job fairs ever in Los Angeles in June, 2011, and November, 2011, Droplabs hosts the majority of Drupal activity, from meetups, topic-based summits and code sprints to free workshops, tutoring sessions and paid trainings, in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

Meanwhile, this is our 3rd job fair at Droplabs and we're doing things a little differently this time around. Apparently we did so well at our last job fair that we were visited by employers and recruiters who didn't register for the event. This time we've created a new "Party Crasher Sponsorship" level in case that happens again!

Any employers or recruiters who are discovered attending the job fair without having registered in advance will be given a last-minute chance to register for just $100. They'll receive a "special" mention during the opening and closing announcements of the job fair and via social media unless they upgrade to a "Valued Sponsorship" for just $100 more.

We are also raising the sponsorship levels. Even though these job fairs are beneficial to our developer and business communities, producing an event like this is a significant investment of time and work. Fortunately, our previous sponsors have preferred pricing this time.

Marquee Sponsors of our previous job fair are automatically being given a Featured Sponsor table at this job fair at no additional charge, and our Marquee Sponsor of this job fair will be given a Featured Sponsor table at the next job fair. We feel this is fair to all involved and is a good incentive for keeping our business community engaged with our local developer community.

How to Register

Information for Job Seekers

The job fair is FREE for individual job seekers! We strongly recommend the following guidelines to help you improve your prospects:

  • Arrive at the job fair when it starts at 5pm;
  • Come prepared with plenty of resumes or your business cards;
  • Update your profiles on Drupal.org and LinkedIn;
  • Check this page often to see which listed employers match your expertise and job interest.

There is nothing else to do other than arriving at the event between 5-7pm.

Information for Employers and Recruiters

Are you an employer or representative of a company or organization? We have a limited number of tables for exhibiting companies and organizations. Tables are provided on a first-come, first-served basis for our Featured- and Marquee-level sponsors.

Contact us at jobs-jan28jobfair [at] droplabs [dot] net or at http://droplabs.net/contact to discuss sponsorship opportunities. All of our sponsorship levels are detailed at http://droplabs.net/events/2013/01/28/downtown-drupal-job-fair#sponsorsh...  

Your sponsorship is immensely appreciated and all contributions go directly towards funding this event. Any unused funds will be used for other Droplabs events and infrastructure, promotion and distribution needs, including future Drupal meetups and job fairs. Thank you!

Thank You to our Previous Sponsors!

Sponsors and exhibiting companies at our previous job fairs include Microsoft, Oversee.net, Marketplace / American Public Media, The Recording Academy, Patexia, Q Connects, TheWrap, Gofobo, SaaSMAX, IJHANA, Stauffer New Media Development, Sage Tree Solutions, KWALL, Loconuts, JustDeals, Avanti Interactive, Flixor, Chernick Consulting, and Exaltation of Larks.

Drupal School at Droplabs

In closing, we're excited to tell you about our upcoming Drupal School at Droplabs. With help from our corporate and training partners and sponsors, we're preparing a 10-week series of hadns-on, exercise-drive classes and workshops designed to teach participants how to become Drupal developers.

This series is under active development and will be launced in 2013. Please help us make this a success for everyone by giving us your feedback and completing a brief survey at http://droplabs.net/surveys/drupal-school-at-droplabs  

Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair

  • Posted on: 3 January 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Are you a freelancer or service provider who's looking for Drupal work? Do you represent a company or organization that's looking for Drupal talent? Come and make new friends and turn new connections into long-term relationships at the next Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair from 5-7pm on Monday, January 28, 2013.

This event is FREE for individual job seekers and is being hosted by Droplabs, a collaborative coworking space, classroom and hackerspace in Downtown Los Angeles. In addition to being the venue of the only Drupal job fairs ever in Los Angeles in June, 2011, and November, 2011, Droplabs hosts the majority of Drupal activity, from meetups, topic-based summits and code sprints to free workshops, tutoring sessions and paid trainings, in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

As a longtime member of the Drupal community who had worked remotely in development positions for both Drupal shops and organizations that leveraged Drupal, I was very interested in getting into an office and spending my days with other like-minded teammates in the Los Angeles area. The Droplabs job fair provided a fantastic opportunity for me to explore the available Drupal positions in and around the city in a way that no other event provided. I left the job fair having met many good employers and received multiple offers, one of which I accepted, within the coming weeks.

A special note of thanks can be made to the Droplabs organizers of the job fair. It was obvious their intentions were in line with serving the greater good of the community. I thank Droplabs and their continued effort in improving the presence of Drupal in Los Angeles with events Iike these, and hope many job seekers can have as much success as I have!

  — Anonymous (by request)

Light food and drinks are being provided by Chimney Coffee House, our favorite neighborhood cafe, bakery, sandwich and dessert boutique.

Learn Drupal with Droplabs' Drupal School

  • Posted on: 26 December 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

With help from our corporate and training partners and sponsors, we're preparing a 10-week series of hands-on, exercise-driven classes and workshops designed to teach participants how to become Drupal developers. This series is under active development is will be launched in 2013.

Please help us make this a success for everyone by giving us your feedback and completing a brief survey.

   Drupal School at Droplabs Survey
   http://droplabs.net/surveys/drupal-school-at-droplabs

Droplabs hosts Drupal meetups, trainings and coworking Fridays every month and is the host of next month's two signature events, the Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair and Drupal Employers Summit. To hear more about these events, follow @Droplabs on Twitter, "like" us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/DroplabsLA or sign up for our newsletter at http://droplabs.net  

Otto - Drupal Distribution for Managing Coworking Spaces

  • Posted on: 22 December 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Otto is a general Drupal distribution for the management of coworking spaces. It is currently under active development and is being spearheaded largely out of Droplabs, a coworking space, classroom and hackerspace in Downtown Los Angeles, California.

The project and its name were born out of the needs for coworking spaces to automate and reduce the number of systems required for operating a space, managing its inventory, dealing with recurring memberships, and so on.

The word, "Otto", also means wealthy in old Germanic, which embodies the core mission of this project: to empower community spaces to be prosperous and successful.

Drupal Design Camp LA 2012 and Twig Code Sprint is This Weekend at Droplabs!

  • Posted on: 12 October 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Join us this weekend at Droplabs for Drupal Design Camp LA 2012! This post is intended to put everything you need to enjoy the camp all in one place. If you still have questions after reading this, please let us know via the contact from on the DDCLA website at http://www.ddcla.org/2012/contact

The design camp is this Friday, Saturday & Sunday on October 12, 13 & 14th, and is at Droplabs (http://www.droplabs.net), a collaborative coworking and hackerspace near Downtown Los Angeles. This event is free to attend, but registration at http://www.ddcla.org/2012 is required due to limited space at our venue. We'll be closing registrations and starting a waitlist if we reach capacity.

So What's a DrupalCamp?
Drupal Design Camp LA is based on the BarCamp "unconference" model, which Wikipedia describes at https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Barcamp as "an international network of user-generated conferences (or unconferences). They are open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants."

This means you're not only invited to attend sessions, you're invited to give them, too. If you want to add or suggest a session, please have a look at http://www.ddcla.org/2012/sessions and click on the "Add a session" tab.

It also means that the Saturday schedule will be designed by the camp attendees as a whole, and won't be decided until Saturday morning. And what are those sessions about? They're about ...

Hard Cards Case Study: Is Drupal for Beginners?

  • Posted on: 12 August 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

This presentation by Steve Rifkin (@steverifkin) and Stacey Rifkin (@HardCards) is a case study on the Hard Cards marketing and e-commerce website, which uses Drupal, Ubercart, terrific design and IA, and custom theming to bring it all together. The presentation focuses on administering a Drupal site from a beginner's stand point and both the positive and negative experiences that come with that.

What are Hard Cards, you ask? In short, they're hysterical, 100% recycled greeting cards that will make you pee in your pants. This presentation was recorded at the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup at Droplabs on July 17, 2012. For more information about this meetup, see http://groups.drupal.org/node/241483  

RealName and RealName Registration - Nyms vs. Real Names with Drupal

  • Posted on: 27 June 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

In this presentation at the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup at Droplabs on June 19, 2012, Christefano Reyes (@christefano) of Exaltation of Larks (@LarksLA) briefly describes some of the work performed at a barn raising and code sprint that Droplabs hosted recently for a Los Angeles non-profit.

Discussed are the RealName and RealName Registration modules, as well as the social impact of policies that enforce the use of first and last names on today's social networks such as Facebook, Google+ and, as shown in this presentation, Community Weaver, a social platform for the international timebanking community.

Scaling GRAMMY.com at the High Performance Drupal Meetup

  • Posted on: 26 June 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

In this 1-hour presentation at the High Performance Drupal meetup on April 3, 2012, Kevin Colligan (@kevincolligan) of the Recording Academy (@TRAlosangeles) presents a performance- and scalability-focused case study on GRAMMY.com.

This video describes the current setup used for GRAMMY.com to keep it fast and stable — Pressflow and Master/Slave databases, Drupal's built-in cache mechanisms, Akamai and Content Delivery Networks, Varnish load balancing and reverse proxies, Memcache and other tricks.

At the end, the presentation featured questions and answers from the audience, and an idea of what GRAMMY.com performance and scalability will look like in the future.

Teachers Test Prep Introduction and Walkthrough

  • Posted on: 27 May 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Teachers Test Prep is an e-commerce website for teachers where they can buy a variety of services including live classes, private tutoring, and online programs related to teacher credentialing exam preparation.

Powered by Drupal 6 with Ubercart 2, it uses Views, Panels and a lot of other standard Drupal 6 modules plus a few custom modules. Customers are able to not just to buy classes, but also to buy online packages which includes test, videos, slides, study guides, online live sessions with other tutors, and more.

In this presentation at the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal meetup at Droplabs on May 15, 2012, site owner Bobby Duncan and chief developer Marco Cozzini provide a technical walkthrough. Teachers Test Prep is also in need of a Drupal developer for a long term, part-time relationship to add exciting new features to the site. Please see the accompanying job announcement at http://groups.drupal.org/node/230013

Introducing Doh, a Drupal-Based Meta-Framework

  • Posted on: 14 May 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

This presentation, by Chris Paul (@cpjeeves) of Exaltation of Larks (@LarksLA), introduces a new kind of Dynamic Object Handler that has all kinds of potential but little direction. Proposed features like dynamic module loading, core function overloading, and database-less bootstrapping are suddenly realized by this interesting new way of approaching jQuery-like PHP programming. Through the use of "magic" PHP methods, all kinds of powerful new techniques become possible.

This presentation was given at the High Performance Drupal meetup at Droplabs on May 1, 2012. If you liked this, be sure to check out the other presentation from this meetup, Using HTTPRL for Parallelization: PHP Multitasking Without Forking With stream_select(), by Mike Carper (@mcarper on Twitter and mikeytown2 on Drupal.org).

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