A conference website

It's exceptional for anyone learn Drupal and run with it as quickly as Katie has done. But that's the best part of the Catalyst program: there are exceptional people everywhere who could be doing just about anything online, but don't realize that they have the power to do it.

Katie came to us with a small budget and big plans. Her organization organizes an annual conference and needs a central place to keep track of conference attendees, session schedules, and conference resources. While short on funds, Katie and the rest of the staff were ready to roll up their sleeves and do what it takes to make it happen.

Our charter process laid out a roadmap to for Katie to complete her site on time. We organized two work sessions to tackle the major aspects of developing the site. First, Katie met with us to organize site structure and determine the key modules she should use to organize content.

As the project moved along and was ready for a theme, we met again to provide recommendations on a starter theme. Katie jumped right in, attending weekly Lab Hours sessions to complete the work, and organizing her work in our project management system. This kept her moving quickly and the monthly check-in meetings demonstrated that she was staying on track.

Unafraid to seek advice from us and her peers, Katie was quick to learn and she did more than we ever expected. She launched mngreenchemistry.org in time to organize and capture their 2012 Strategies for Growth conference online.

Katie is not done yet. A new quarter brings a new charter, and she's looking forward to building on the site's functionality in preparation for an even better conference next year.

Total cost

Katie did a great job of leveraging the planning, consultation, community support and hosting offerings that are included in the Catalyst program. Her organization only spent an additional $500 for Advantage Labs consulting services beyond the included support hours!

With only basic previous web experience, Katie built an entire conference website from the ground up.

Focusing efforts
Our charter process laid out a roadmap for Katie and her team to complete their site on time.
Team Charter
Creating the right plan
We helped Katie build a robust site architecture that allowed her to move forward with confidence.
Online strategy
Getting the right resources
We recommended organic groups to organize the site and pointed Katie to some great online videos so that she could learn how to work with it.
Drupal support and consulting
Tackling the work
Katie was able to manage some complicated work with views, relationships, and organic groups with help at hand during Lab Hours.
Lab hours
Bringing the designer up to speed
We helped Green Chemistry's designer choose a base theme to create an appealing site quickly.
Drupal support and consulting

It's the heart of everything we do: a clear process to plan, organize, and measure your goals online.