CiviCamp Oakland

A few weeks ago, on April 17 and 18, Cividesk was back at the beautiful Oakland Preservation Park to take part in the second edition of CiviCamp Oakland, California.
Revived last year by Neil Planchon / First Things First and Noah Miller / Lemniscus, CiviCamp Bay Area (Oakland), the birth place of CiviCRM, is the opportunity for local CiviCRM users, people considering adopting the software for their organization, service providers and members of the core team to get together and share their CiviCRM experience with each other. This year, it was a 2-day event in order to offer more time to connect, share and root the local community.

After a presentation about the the future of CiviCRM by Tim Otten from the Core Team, the first afternoon was dedicated to a participant-driven meeting facilitated by CiviCRM end-users: Sarah Quiroga from Movement Strategy Center and Beverly Avery from Groundswell Foundation. Every participant had the opportunity to suggest topics for discussion and it naturally led to matching people with questions to those with the answers.

The second day had a more formal structure, starting with a general introduction to CiviCRM in the morning, by Eliot Mason from Mercury Motos, followed by multiple tracks for the rest of the day with presentations to cover topics such as the Mosaico extension, presented by Timothée Colmet Daâge from Cividesk, extensions in CiviCRM, how to structure your data by Lisa Jervis from Information Ecology. There was also time for a series of lightning talks where participants presented issues they had encountered in their organization’s oand how they had solved them with CiviCRM.

With a smaller crowd this year, it was actually easier to meet other users and participate in the different conversations. Most of the sessions took place in groups small enough for everyone to pitch in with questions, personal experience or advice and suggestions. 

Cividesk was represented by Tim who had the opportunity to meet face to face with several Cividesk’s clients including Sarah Quiroga from Movement Strategy Center and Quetzal Sanchez from Future Leaders of America with whom Tim had fruitful work sessions. Tim said: "It was great to meet again with the Bay Area CiviCRM community and I am looking forward to another CiviCamp next year! Thank you Neil and Noah for making CiviCamp Oakland a successful event!"