News from Droplabs

Droplabs, Coworking, and a Barn Raising at GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp

  • Posted on: 19 February 2014
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Hot on the heels of exhibiting (and presenting on how we built Droplabs) at this week's SCALE 12x conference, we'll be at GLADCamp, the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp, March 7, 9, 2014.

We've been brought on board as one of the media sponsors of the conference and are joining Drupal Watchdog and Pasadena Media at that sponsorship level. Come over to our booth and learn more about coworking, our awesome programs and services, and to find out why Droplabs was recognized last year as the Top Drupal Location in the world. You can also sign up for a chance to win one of our 1-month coworking passes!

One of the big events our group is organizing at GLADCamp is the community barn raising to benefit a local 501c3 non-profit on March 9, 2014. Lee Vodra and Christefano Reyes, two of the Droplabs founders, will be presenting on Coders with a Cause and how we run our barn raisings to harness the good will and technical skills of our amazing community to build websites for non-profits in intense one- or two-day sprints.

If you're reading this and represent a coworking space, send us some brochures or coworking vouchers for your space and we'll spread the word to everyone at the conference. Droplabs believes strongly in the values of coworking and offering services to small businesses, freelancers and remote workers, and the fascinating things that can happen when combining these values with the values of open source software and community.

See you there!

Join us at SCALE 12x, the Southern California Linux Expo!

  • Posted on: 9 February 2014
  • By: Christefano Reyes

We'll be at SCALE 12x, the Southern California Linux Expo, February 21-23, 2014. Drop by our booth to learn more about our venue rental options, coworking services, developer-friendly programs and unique workspaces.

If SCALE sound familiar, it might be because we hosted a few code sprints to help build the SCALE 11x website a few years back.

Check out our new Deals & Discounts page for a coupon code to get 50% off your SCALE tickets. If you drop by the booth, be sure to sign up for a chance to win one of our 1-month coworking passes!

Mobile Device Lab meetups debut at the Intel Experience Store

  • Posted on: 30 December 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Our Mobile Device Lab program has been a quiet success here at Droplabs, and we're finally ready to take the show on the road with our first Mobile Device Lab meetup of 2014!

This time we're partnering with our friends at the Intel Experience Store and are meeting at 5pm on January 9th at their location at 1421 Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice, California. Attendees will have free access to a range of devices with Intel Inside® for their mobile app and mobile website development and testing.

Intel Experience Store LA

About Mobile Device Lab

Are you a developer or designer of a mobile website or native app, but don't have access to the tablets, smartphones and other devices you need for cross-device and cross-platform testing and development? Now you do.

This program, developed at Droplabs in Downtown Los Angeles, is designed to accommodate the needs of freelancers, independent contractors, remote workers and and indie developers. All equipment is available to use free of charge.

OneDayCareer.org Selected as Top 20 Project at Stanford University

  • Posted on: 2 December 2013
  • By: Joseph Del Rivo

We are pleased to announce that OneDayCareer.org is one of the 20 projects honored with an invitation to the Technology Entrepreneurship Demo Day at Stanford University this year. Facing competition of more than two thousand teams around the world, it's a testament to the power of Drupal that we were able to have a working website completed in a matter of days with the help of the Droplabs Community.

Droplabs Recognized as World's Top Drupal Location

  • Posted on: 13 July 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Find Drupal events with ease This week Droplabs was recognized by Drupical as the top Drupal location for Drupal events around the world over the past 12 months. Thanks, Drupical! This level of activity has been made possible entirely by our community of event organizers, attendees and supporting sponsors.

Drupical is an awesome event listing service that aggregates and visualizes Drupal events around the world in a handy, attractive web app. It's especially useful while traveling and it's what we recommend to participating members of the California Drupal Travelers Program.

The next time you come to Droplabs, be sure to check out our "take a card, leave a card" table and pick up a few Drupical pins.

We Need Your Help!

In addition to all the Drupal meetups, job fairs and workshops that Droplabs hosts, we're offering a free, application-based Drupal Module Development Boot Camp program that begins July 22, 2013. This series of 10 sessions is designed to level up the skills of Drupal and PHP developers and train them with what they need to become more experienced (and marketable!) backend Drupal developers, and valuable contributors to the Drupal project itself by teaching our community's contribution process and toolchain (Git, issue queues, etc.).

We need help from sponsors to cover our training, food and venue rental costs. Contact Us to learn more about our sponsorship opportunities and sponsor perks, including entrance to our next Drupal job fair.

If your company is in the Los Angeles area and you can send an instructor to lead a few boot camp sessions, we'd like to talk with you about in-kind sponsorship. This will greatly reduce our training costs and make this program an even bigger success.

Droplabs, Present & Future

Our mission here at Droplabs has included Drupal coworking, mentoring and training services from the very beginning. While we've since expanded our mission to support other user groups and open source communities, we continue to offer low- to no-cost access to Drupal mentoring and training resources, free coworking days, office services and structured mentoring sessions with expert Drupal developers and business advisors.

We've been having a lot of fun with the synergy that happens when combining coworking values and open source values. To that end, we're exploring a "store-in-store" business model and are in talks with a number of businesses and organizations to open new Droplabs locations across the Los Angeles area. Stay tuned for a series of announcements about additional locations where we'll be offering more Droplabs coworking, training and mentoring services. And, of course, more Drupal meetups and workshops.

Announcing the Mobile Device Lab Program

  • Posted on: 29 June 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Are you a developer or designer of a mobile website or native app, but don't have access to the tablets, smartphones and other devices you need for cross-device and cross-platform testing and development? Now you do!

Mobile Device Lab is our program designed to accommodate the needs of freelancers, independent contractors, remote workers and and indie developers. All equipment is available to use free of charge, although our standard day passes or membership fees may apply.

Devices are being added on a regular basis and are listed on the Mobile Device Lab page. Our wishlist of devices we'd like to add to the program are on our Wishlist page.

Dorkbot Socal Chooses Droplabs to Launch its Hackerspace Tour!

  • Posted on: 1 May 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Image of Dorkbot Hackerspace Tour Introducing the launch of Dorkbot SoCal's 2013 Hackerspace Tour - your chance to get inside Southern California's most exciting hackerspaces.

Dorkbot SoCal's launch event will be at Droplabs — come on out and bring your friends.

Come between 1-3pm to see presentations about projects built by Droplabs members, including a 3D avatar engine / web service; a classroom / coworking management system, and more!

New to Dorkbot SoCal? Here's what Wikipedia has to say:

Dorkbot is a group of affiliated organizations worldwide that sponsor grassroots meetings of artists, engineers, designers, scientists, inventors, and anyone else working under the very broad umbrella of electronic art. The dorkbot motto is "people doing strange things with electricity".

The purpose of dorkbot meetings is to nurture a local electronic arts community and to encourage emerging, and established, artists to present new works for informal peer review. While many of the dorkbot groups hold their meetings at universities and students are encouraged to attend, dorkbot meetings are not restricted in any way to the academic community. Dorkbot groups encourage the free exchange of ideas on the electronic arts, and regular attendees of one dorkbot will often visit another when they are travelling, serving as informal ambassadors between groups.

Introducing the Drupal Jobs Summit!

  • Posted on: 16 January 2013
  • By: Christefano Reyes

Droplabs wishes to thank everyone who's expressed interest and signed up to sponsor our Los Angeles Drupal Job Fair! We've updated our Job Fair page to show our current sponsors and exhibiting companies:

   http://droplabs.net/events/2013/01/28/los-angeles-drupal-job-fair#curren...

Our job fair is now under 2 weeks away, but there's still time to get ready.

If anyone has questions not answered here, post a comment at http://groups.drupal.org/node/275138#comments or contact us at jobs-jan28jobfair [at] droplabs [dot] net or at http://droplabs.net/contact

Introducing the Drupal Jobs Summit

The sponsor benefits have just been updated to include tickets to the Drupal Jobs Summit later in the evening from 7-9pm:

   http://droplabs.net/events/2013/01/28/los-angeles-drupal-jobs-summit

The jobs summit is a roll-up-your-sleeves working meeting for companies and organizations who use and depend on Drupal, as well as a healthy business community and marketplace. We'll be meeting one another (many for the first time) and discussing the following topics:

  • Building a healthy marketplace of colleagues and potential partners;
  • Getting the most out of our recruiting and marketing dollar;
  • What we're doing now to staff up, from local recruiting and in-house training to outsourcing and hiring out-of-town or overseas;
  • Identifying the skills, job titles and qualifications of desirable candidates, employees and vendors;
  • Workshops, trainings and other programs that most or all of us can get behind in order to solve our business needs.

We'll have an open bar and cocktails will be served. It is also a private event. Those who qualify to attend include sponsors of any of the Drupal job fairs we've had, and any companies and organizations who host Drupal meetups, trainings or other Drupal community events.

Hosting a meetup at your office qualifies you for this event. Buying pizza at a meetup, while appreciated, does not. If you do not meet the above qualifications, contact us at jobs-jan28summit [at] droplabs [dot] net with a request to attend.

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  

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