Coders with a Cause at Droplabs: Uniting the Drupal and Time Banking Communities

  • Posted on: 2 May 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

This past Saturday, April 28th, Droplabs hosted a barn raising and code sprint for the Arroyo S.E.C.O. Time Bank community, which brought together regulars from Droplabs and the Downtown Los Angeles Drupal group with members of time banking communities from neighborhoods all over the Los Angeles area, including Echo Park, Mar Vista, Palms, Culver City and Arroyo Seco.

The time banks are non-profit community collectives with a mission to facilitate the cooperative exchange of goods and services among its hundreds of members. Since September 2011, the time banks have been using Drupal to manage their community website and currency system at For more about time banking and the features in Community Weaver, see our video from the Downtown LA Drupal meetup that was recorded in February, 2012:

There was something for everyone at this two-day event and we had a total of 26 people who attended one or both days. This was an excellent opportunity for the experienced developers in the Drupal community help mentor others into using Drupal's best practices for site development and getting some practical hands-on experience with the Features module.

We used the Features module and configuration-in-code methodology to help make feature development, maintenance and updates to their site much easier. The Features modules that we created are being prepared to share with TimeBanks USA, which will directly benefit the 370+ time banks that have their own sites that use the same Drupal distribution.

About the Barn Raising

After reviewing the agenda and task list, our group split into teams. The focus of one team, led by Ron Golan and Lee Vodra, was on reducing the organization's paper process and moving applications to join the time banks online using Webform.

In this photo, long-time Drupal developer Chris Paul led the team that created "Neighborhood" pages with Views, taxonomies and custom content types for the dozen or so communities that use a shared Community Weaver platform.

Syyn Labs Workshop: Creating Interactive Visuals 101

  • Posted on: 26 January 2012
  • By: plaid

Hector Alvarez / Creative Director, Syyn LabsWHAT: You want to make an online game, infographic, simulation, or sound-reactive visuals. You want it to be accessible anywhere, even mobile, without the need for extra plugins. In this class we'll learn to use JavaScript and HTML5 to create interactive visualizations.

Some examples of the sorts of thing we'll start creating together:

Syyn Labs Workshop: Computer Vision & Kinect Hacking

  • Posted on: 16 January 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Syyn LabsWHAT: You can gaze longingly into your robot's eyes... but does it gaze back? Computers can perceive the visual world through special cameras, and by employing algorithms and techniques generally known as "computer vision." In this workshop, you'll learn some basic computer vision techniques which you can use to make interactive art, perceptive robots, or just fun games.

Syyn Labs Workshop: Learning Adobe Illustrator for Rapid Ideation

  • Posted on: 5 January 2012
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Hector Alvarez / Creative Director, Syyn LabsWHAT: This workshop aims to teach attendees how to become comfortable with Adobe Illustrator as a means of putting down ideas and sketches as quickly as possible in a highly editable and reconfigurable format. In essence, we'll be showing how to use Illustrator as a digital napkin for doodling.

Leave GoDaddy Day

  • Posted on: 28 December 2011
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Leave GoDaddy Day December 29, 2011 is Leave GoDaddy Day and we're celebrating the occasion with a domain transfer and website migration workshop at Droplabs. You're invited!

What's Leave GoDaddy Day, you say? In simplest terms, we're participating in a global event with thousands of others and are moving GoDaddy-registered domains and GoDaddy-hosted websites to other registrars and webhosts.

This impromptu workshop is being organized by individuals who have done this migration already. If you've been inclined to do the same but wanted a helpful hand, this event is for you. Drop in any time between 11am and 4pm. We'll also be in the #droplabs IRC channel during the workshop and will provide emotional and technical support as needed.