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Announcing Drupal Camp Chicago, October 24th and 25th

From: user 6.
Sent on: Thursday, October 16, 2008 12:09 PM
Greetings, fellow Net Tuesday folks!

You are all invited to attend Drupal Camp Chicago, a get together for nonprofits, consultants, techies, non-techies, web communications folks, and anyone else curious about or interested in the Drupal content management system (CMS). Registration is just $20 for both days, which includes *very* good catering for four meals; we're not talking about the usual conference Subway platters here :)

Why should you be curious?

The Drupal CMS is free, open source software that really taken off in the nonprofit sector in recent years. With projects ranging from free to hundreds of thousands of dollars, the platform really encompasses a wide range of applications. Several of the Net Tuesday regulars are Drupal users (or, in my case, nonprofit Drupal consultants), and it's gaining a great deal of visibility at nonprofit tech conferences around the world.

We're also planning a Code For a Cause event! Some of you will remember I and my buddies at the Chicago Technology Cooperative did a series of pro bono code sprints at the Flourish conference this Spring. Here's how it works:

1. We pick one, maybe two nonprofit technology projects that are currently underfunded, and could really benefit from a free pilot prototype or a basic website setup.

2. We assign experienced consultants from our staff to lead the project(s).

3. Prior to the event, we figure out exactly how much we're planning to cover during the event. Last Spring, for example, we built a mapping system for a directory of homeless shelters across Chicagoland, for the Chicago Coalition For the Homeless.

4. Over the course of the event, we encourage volunteers to drop in and watch what we're doing. The aim is create a useful, functional system over the two-day event, which can be demonstrated to attendees and handed over to the client organization afterwards. At the last event, we had a couple of dozen participants and several dozen observers; this is an excellent learning opportunity as well as a chance to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty.

Pimp-my-nonprofit organizations, get in touch with me if this is something you might be interested in benefiting from :)

Seating is limited, register now -


UIC Innovation Center
1240 W. Harrison
Chicago, IL 60607
October Friday 24 & Saturday 25th 9am-6pm


*Pre-Registration for 2-day event: $20
*Volunteering is fun! Contact us
*Broke? Participants can request (info@DrupalCampChicago.
org ) a scholarship and explain their circumstances.

Feel free to give me a call if anyone has questions about the event.


Dave Chakrabarti
Project Manager
Chicago Technology Cooperative
[address removed]

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