After the event was complete, everyone wanted more. Our user group discussed, and discussed, one member, suggested, let's have a camp! But the 'camp' would not be like a conference where workshops are scheduled. Let's do it as an 'unconference'. Let's have 'workshops', where it is about 'doing' and not 'lectures'. So in the winter of 2010, we tried it, and it worked.
We have run this event every year since then, each one completely different from the last. Our focus has been not to have 'speakers' but to have 'mentors'. We would ask all participants at the beginning of the day, "WHAT DO YOU WANT TO LEARN?". Put the topics on a whiteboard, the break up into groups. Sometimes someone who wasn't originally a 'mentor' became one because they were an expert on the topic suggested. The topics ranged from galleries, forms, to social media in Joomla. Each group would gather around a computer and 'play'. Nothing scripted, nothing planned ahead.
Another aspect of this event is the networking. The purpose is to get to know other Joomlers through 'work'. We always distributed a networking program with a list of all participants, their websites, names and contact information with their permission first!
During the event, we will have the Joomla! Administrator Exam, the first available Joomla! certification exam. Its goals are to establish a certain standard and provide a documented measurement of knowledge. This ensures the competence of Joomla! professionals and contributes to the development of a qualified workforce. It will also provide clients with an easier way to find a Joomla! Professional.
By the end of the event, the participants are always asking when will the next Joomla Camp be??? I highly encourage any Joomla User Group, to consider having a Joomla camp in your area. It is easy to setup, you need space, a few 'mentors', and a form for people to register, and that's it! You can choose to provide food or not, it is up to you. Keep it simple, and the day will just 'work'!
Join us for our next JoomlaCamp on Sunday, March 11, 2018 in NYC.
Are you coming in for the weekend? We plan on having a social event the night before in NYC. Information will be posted shortly! Join us for a fun weekend of joomlers, work and networking! I promise you won't be disappointed!
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If you want to register for certification, click here.
JoomlaCamp New York 2018
Date: Sunday, MAarch 11, 2018
Time: 11:00AM - 6:00PM
Venue: Microsoft Store, 6th floor, 677 5th Ave, New York, NY
Click here to find your way to the venue.