Sep 26 2012
Sep 26

Cusco, Peru - January 2014

Mission

To celebrate the freedom and cultural diversity of the Drupal Community.

Objectives

  • Hold an International Drupal event;
  • Organizers from 10+ countries;
  • Participants from 25+ countries;
  • From 500 to 1000 participants.

Values

  • Openness
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusion

Latin-American Organizers

  • Fernando Garcia (Peru)
  • Joaquin Bravo Contreras (Mexico)
    -- Koffer
    -- ? JMolivas
    -- ? Manuel Encarnación
  • Nick Vidal (Brasil)
    -- Pedro Faria
    -- Leandro Nunes
    -- Renato Vasconcelos
    -- Paulino Michelazzo
  • Karim Boudjema (Bolivia)
    -- Cristian Denis Mamani Torres
  • Felix Delattre (Nicaragua)
  • Darwin Betancourt (Ecuador)
  • Aldibier Morales Morales (Colombia)
    -- ? Alberto Gavis
    -- ? Ivan Chaquea
  • Javier Reartes (Argentina)
    -- ? Rosamunda
    -- Victor Kane
  • Diego Tejera (Panama)
  • Isaak Ordoñez (Guatemala)
    -- Luis Fernando Dueñas de León
  • Alberto Arancibia (Chile)
    -- Saul Willers
  • Pablo Avilés (Costa Rica)
  • James Wilson (Haiti)
  • Saúl Fernando Espinoza (El Salvador)

Local Organizers

  • Nancy Contreras
    -- Heissen López Meléndez
    -- Ruben Monrroy
    -- Bonifacio Abad Chambilla Chura
    -- Alberto Torreblanca
    -- David Jeyachandran
    -- ? Julita Inca
    -- ? David Sauñe
    -- ? Omar Zorrilla Llerena
    -- ? Eduardo Telaya
    -- ? Edward Gavidia
    -- ? Luis Curo

International Organizers

  • Pedro Cambra (Europe)
    -- João Ventura (Portugal)
    -- Morten Birch Heide-Jørgensen (Denmark)
    -- Josef Dabernig (Austria)
  • Greg Knaddison (North America)
    -- Ariane Khachatourians
    -- Jennifer Lampton
    -- Stephanie El-Hajj
  • Donna Benjamin (Australia)
  • Joeri Poesen (Africa)
  • ? (Asia)

?: support to be confirmed.

This is an open participation event. To have your name added to the list, just participate at:

Names are updated periodically according to participation. If you feel your name should be here, please contact:

Finances and Sponsorship

  • Individual Ticket: 50 USD*
  • Bronze Sponsorship: 1250 USD
  • Silver Sponsorship: 2500 USD
  • Gold Sponsorship: 5000 USD

*Free for all students thanks to Scholarship Fund.

Let’s be as frugal and inclusive as possible.

Venue

The city might offer the venue for free or discounted rate for cultural events.
Nancy and Fernando have the contacts with the Venue.

Transportation

Lima has an excellent international airport and it's located exactly in the center of Latin America. Round-trip air tickets from Lima to Cusco cost from 100 to 200 USD (http://www.starperu.com/).

Timeline

  • Logo and Theme Contest submission deadline: July 28th, 2013
  • Logo and Theme Contest results: August 1st, 2013
  • Community Mosaic submission deadline: December 31st, 2013
  • Late January 2014: DrupalPicchu 2014

Website

Hashtag

#DrupalPicchu

FAQ

Why DrupalPicchu?

Picchu means Summit in quechua (native indigenous language), so DrupalPicchu means DrupalSummit. This gives an original name to such an important historic event for the Drupal Latin Community.

Why Peru?

This is where the first DrupalSummit Latino was celebrated. In terms of logistic, Lima has an excellent international airport and it's located exactly in the center of Latin America. Plus, there are no Visa requirements for most people in Latin America and the world. Also, the country is affordable and offers many cultural and touristic attractions.

Why Cusco?

It's near the world famous Machu Picchu. People from all over the world will enjoy coming together in this magic place.

Why Now?

The Drupal Latin Community is ready and committed to organize an international event. The cancellation of DrupalCon Sao Paulo by the Drupal Association was very frustrating and the community wants to show to the world that it has the power and the will to organize an event like this. We have many experienced community leaders, and Drupal events are popping up in Latin America at an incredible rate. We must foster this momentum and energy and take it to the next level! With your help, we can make it happen!

Why January 2014?

This date is exactly between DrupalCon Europe and DrupalCon North America.

Aug 15 2012
Aug 15

This year DrupalCons are going to take big steps forward: We will not only have, for the first time, three DrupalCons in one single year. But also, the first DrupalCon south of the equator is going to happen in Osasco, state of São Paulo in Brazil. From December 6-8, 2012. You are invited to bring a little Carnaval to Drupal!

The talks of DrupalCon São Paulo will have a deeper developer focus but, of course, there will be plenty of content for designers, themers, architects, engineers, and the business of Drupal. Be sure, there will also be a lot of talk on Drupal 8 as we will have just entered Drupal 8 feature freeze.

We are really excited to announce a new feature: We will have simultaneous translation for talks in other possible languages than English (particularly Portuguese and Spanish). So, if you want to do a talk at the DrupalCon, no matter which of these three languages, you can submit your awesome session until 7th of September. The DrupalCon is becoming more and more multilingual!

The Drupal Association offers scholarships to active Drupalistas who want to attend the conference but otherwise would not be able to do so by covering full or partial conference registration, travel and lodging, and assisting in acquiring international visas. You will be able to apply for scholarships until 14th of September 2012.

You can subscribe yourself to the mailing list to get all important updates on DrupalCon São Paulo and be ready: We will announce when registration opens at DrupalCons closing plenary. So, stay tuned.

This DrupalCon is going to be a great opportunity for sponsoring because it is going to have a lot of attention, being a great step forward to new shores and additionally it addresses this way a new market. Check out the even more convenient sponsorship levels and support DrupalCon São Paulo becoming a worldwide success.

Nos vemos em São Paulo!

Important Dates:

Other related information:

Jun 04 2012
Jun 04

Here's the revised draft of the DrupalCon Code of Conduct based on community feedback and input to the original draft. Please offer your comments, questions, and suggestions below.

In order to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to provide feedback, we'll be leaving comments open through at least 12pm (noon) Central US Time on June 11. If no significant changes are required, the finalized draft could be presented to the Drupal Association as early as June 12, but if we need to make additional changes, then the timeline will be extended as necessary to ensure that as many people as possible can participate in the process and that all voices are heard.

In addition to all of the folks who have helped with the development of the code so far and everyone who participated in the discussion online, I also want to publicly thank a few individuals who provided information and context that was particularly helpful in the development of this version of the draft: MortenDK, Paul Johnson, Jeff Eaton, Donna Benjamin, and Tiffany Farriss.

I understand that we're dealing with some difficult issues that have a very personal impact on many people; I would ask those of you participating in the discussion to please continue to keep an open mind and consider the perspectives and experiences of others. As always, if you have any comments, questions, or perspectives that you'd like to share privately, please feel free to reach out to me directly or on Twitter (@gdemet).

Thanks!

DrupalCon brings together people from around the world who use, develop, design, and support the Drupal platform. Many attendees at DrupalCon are newcomers evaluating both our platform and our community.

The Drupal Code of Conduct (http://drupal.org/dcoc) outlines our shared ideals and values. This document expresses how we hope to make these ideals real at our conferences and other events. Our goal is to ensure that all participants can freely and openly share ideas in a friendly, safe, and welcoming environment that encourages and inspires mutual respect and collaboration.

Come for the software, stay for the community.

Drupal would simply not exist without its community. We want all attendees at DrupalCon to have an awesome experience, both in and out of formal conference sessions.

The purpose of this document is not to restrict the diversity of ideas and expression in the Drupal community; rather, it's to raise awareness of the potential for actions that could alienate valuable members — and potential members — of the community.

Be considerate.

DrupalCon is an international event that attracts diverse people from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, and religious backgrounds. We acknowledge that cross-cultural communication can often be complicated and encourage everyone to consider both the impact of their actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences and the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense.

Be welcoming.

One of the greatest strengths of the Drupal community is our inclusiveness. Making all attendees feel welcome and included at DrupalCon is everyone’s job, including exhibitors and sponsors. If you are sponsoring DrupalCon and have questions or concerns about working with our community, please reach out to Sales & Business Development Director Megan Sanicki [contact info]

Be respectful.

Sponsors, volunteers, speakers, attendees, and other participants should strive to treat all people with dignity and respect, regardless of their culture, religion, physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Be collaborative.

If and when misunderstandings occur, we encourage people to work things out between themselves whenever possible. People are encouraged to take responsibility for their words and actions and listen to constructively-presented criticism with an open mind, courtesy, and respect.

When we disagree, we consult others.

If people are unable to work out issues between themselves, they are encouraged to seek the advice of a mutually trusted third party or a designated community volunteer [contact info] to help mediate.

When we need it, we ask for help.

We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. If you feel threatened or violated as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify a conference staff member. Likewise, please immediately notify a staff member if you notice that someone else is being subjected to such behavior.

If the matter is especially urgent, please call/contact any of these individuals:
[DrupalCon Staff Member]
[DrupalCon Staff Member]
[DrupalCon Staff Member]
[Community volunteer]

The DrupalCon team wants everyone to feel safe for the duration of the conference. If necessary, conference staff are empowered to take appropriate actions that may include, but are not limited to, warnings, expulsion from the conference without refund, and referrals to venue security or local law enforcement.

We’re all in this together

Thanks for making DrupalCon awesome for everyone!

The DrupalCon Code of Conduct is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/) and is available for others to use and adapt for their own events.

Oct 28 2011
Oct 28

DrupalCamp Foz 2011
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
October 19-21, 2011
Written by Nick Vidal


Photo Credits: Saulo Amui.


I bet Dries never saw so many water drops in his life!

Introduction

The Drupal Latin community has been trying to convince the Drupal Association to organize a DrupalCon outside of the North America / Europe axis since 2009 without much success. One of the last attemps was the Drupal Association planning to hold a DrupalCon together with Latinoware, one of the largest open-source events in Brazil, but it didn't work out and, with 50 days left to Latinoware, the Drupal Association passed the buck to whoever would take up the challenge of organizing a DrupalCamp instead. Obviously 50 days is not a lot of time to organize an event of this magnitude. Nevertheless, I thought it was important to give my best try to prove that we, as a community, can organize a DrupalCon in Latin America! Why is that so important? Because it breaks the long overdue pattern of holding DrupalCons only in North America and Europe. Because it expands Drupal to new horizons and fosters new opportunities in places where it's most needed! If the Latin community can organize a DrupalCon, so can Asia. If Asia can do it, so can Australia. If Australia can do it, so can Africa!

The Venue

DrupalCamp Foz 2011 took place in conjunction with Latinoware 2011 in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil on October 19-21, 2011. Over 4.000 people were part of the eighth edition of Latinoware. The Latinoware venue was Itaipu's Technology Park, situated inside the Itaipu Dam. The Itaipu Dam is the world's largest generator of renewable clean energy. Considered to be one of the seven modern wonders of the world, this magnificent structure is located on the border of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Besides the Itaipu Dam, Foz do Iguassu is also known for the Iguassu Falls, considered to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. The Venue provided by Latinoware was really beautiful, and Latinoware took care of the audio/video equipment, video recording, Internet access, receptionists, translators, security guards, transportation, coffee-break, lunch, and even a Rock concert!

The Organizers

The main organizers of Latinoware were Cesar Brod and Joice Käfer. They both did a fantastic job organizing the event and offered a tremendous support for DrupalCamp Foz during the whole period. They were the ones responsible for convincing Dries Buytaert to come to Brazil for the first time. Also, they negotiated with Latinoware to pay the expenses of two DrupalCamp Foz organizers from Brazil and two DrupalCamp Foz organizers from Latin America.

I was the main organizer of DrupalCamp Foz, and I chose Pedro Faria, a Drupal and PHP member from Rio de Janeiro, to help me. From Latin America, I chose Fernando Paredes Garcia, the previous organizer of the Drupal Summit Latino (that took place in Lima, Peru in January 2011), and Joaquin Contreras, the next organizer of the Drupal Summit Latino (which will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico in February 2012). I wanted to use this DrupalCamp as a meeting point to create a bridge between the Drupal Summits. These Drupal Summits are a demonstration of the power of the Drupal Latin community to organize events.

The Sponsors

Most sponsors need at least 3 months to allocate resources for a sponsorship, but we didn't have that much time, so we mostly had to rely on our own social network to find sponsors and speak directly with CEOs to speed the process. Fabiano Sant'Ana provided our first Gold Sponsorship by putting us in touch with José San Martin, from Chuva Inc (Brazil). Later, Pedro Faria put us in touch with Saulo Amui, from HostSH (Brazil), who offered a Bronze Sponsorship. Next, Leandro Nunes and Alex Weber from Webdrop (Brazil) got in touch with us and offered a Silver Sponsorship. Franz Glauber put us in touch with Bob White from Trellon (U.S.), who kindly offered a Gold Sponsorship. I was able to negotiate a Gold Sponsorship with Jeffrey McGuire from Acquia (U.S.). And finally, Fernando Paredes Garcia put us in touch with Juan Santiago from Santex America (Argentina) for a Diamond Sponsorship. Each CEO had to personally look into this matter and make it happen really fast, so we are very grateful for their amazing support of the Drupal Latin community.

The Speakers

We didn't have much time to make a call for participation neither. We only gave a 2-week time-frame for speakers all over Brazil and Latin America to submit their talks, but the feedback was amazing and we even had to cut some talks in the end. The selected speakers were from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Mexico, and Peru (as well as Belgium and Greenland). They were: Alex Piaz, Capi Etheriel, Diego Teixeira, Dries Buytaert, Everton Pasqual, Fabiano Sant'Ana, Fernando Paredes Garcia, Franz Glauber, Henrique Recidive, Javier Reartes, Joaquin Contreras, José San Martin, Karim Boudjema, Leandro Nunes, Nancy Contreras, Nick Vidal, Pedro Faria, Rasmus Lerdorf, and Tiago Palacios. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to offer free accommodation to all speakers.

The Audience

With DrupalCamp Foz 2011 being held at the main auditorium, with a capacity for 1000 people, we had really high expectations. But Cesar Brod, an experienced organizer, warned us that he wasn't expecting us to fill the auditorium, specially with only 50 days to organize the event. And in the end, he was right. This just proves that you can't organize a huge event in 50 days! The Drupal community needs time to organize themselves, to talk with employers, to buy plane tickets, to make hotel reservations, and to gather together. We had everything ready to receive those 1000 people, but we didn't give the Drupal community enough time to come. Perhaps we could have pulled it off on such a short-time frame if the event were to take place in Sao Paulo city over the week-end. But this was Foz do Iguassu, a small city 1000 Km (650 miles) away from Brazil's financial hub, and the event occurred in the middle of the week. Nevertheless, the Drupalers that came were really great, and we also had many newbies attending Latinoware interested in open-source, and this was the audience that we tried to reach.

The Magazine

Perhaps one of the biggest successes of DrupalCamp Foz 2011 was the launch of a Magazine to promote Drupal in Latin America. This was a 20-page full-color magazine with many articles and an interview with Dries Buytaert translated into 3 languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Thanks to our sponsors, we were able to print 5000 copies. In Latinoware, we were able to spread 3000 magazines. Just a few days ago, we were awarded a 2500 USD grant from the Drupal Association to print more magazines and spread them in DrupalCamps all over Latin America! We are already in touch with Drupalers from Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru to spread these magazines. Also, in Brazil, we'll be spreading the magazines in the states of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Parana, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Goias and the Federal District (Brasilia). So this has been and will be, without a doubt, a big boost in disseminating Drupal in the whole continent.

The DRUP4AL

But the whole continent is not enough for us. We want to help spread Drupal everywhere, specially in places that have so far received little attention from the Drupal community. This is why we also created a new initiative called DRUP4AL, pronounced "Drup for All", with the mission of promoting Drupal in Africa, Asia, Australia, and America Latina. We want to expand Drupal to new horizons and foster new opportunities in places where it's most needed!

But is Drupal mature enough in these places to deserve our attention? We believe that this is a classic chicken-and-egg problem. The more we concentrate our attention in promoting Drupal in North America and Europe, the bigger will the gap get between Drupal adoption in North America and Europe when compared to the rest of the world. Also, there is a tendency for undervaluing the importance of Africa, Asia, Australia, and Latin America. The reality is that, despite the challenges, there are huge markets in these regions. For example, we have Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Furthermore, and most importantly, it's a matter of social responsibility promoting Drupal in these regions, since these are the regions where Drupal has the biggest potential for truly changing people's lives and making the world a better place.

We've just launched this initiative, but within a few days, we have already received support from the whole Drupal Latin Community, as well as the Drupal Community from India, Singapore, and Australia.

Final Remarks

DrupalCamp Foz 2011 was a great event with many initiatives. We only had 50 days to organize this event, but for us this was just a small drop towards making a strong Drupal presence everywhere. We are currently organizing the 2nd Drupal Summit Latino, in Guadalajara, Mexico, and we are preparing to launch a new Magazine during this event. We also look forward to working together with other communities from around the world. There is just so much potential, and we believe that these initiatives will help change the perspective that the core Drupal community has towards the community around them. If we all work together, we can truly change the world and create a better equilibrium in society. I believe that there is no better place to represent this change of attitude than Foz do Iguassu, with the beautiful waterfalls symbolizing the coming together of small water drops from everywhere into this one splendid oeuvre d'art from mother nature. Let's spread Drupal everywhere, and most importantly, let's spread opportunities for all!

Castellano / English

DrupalCamp Foz 2011: Difundiendo Drupal en América Latina y más allá!

DrupalCamp Foz 2011
Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
Octubre 19-21, 2011
Escrito por Nick Vidal
Traducido al Castellano por @develCuy


Foto por: Saulo Amui.


Apuesto a que Dries nunca vio tantas gotas de agua en su vida!

Introducción

La comunidad Latina de Drupal ha estado intentando convencer a la Asociación Drupal de organizar un Drupalcon fuera del axis Norte América / Europa desde 2009 sin mucho éxito. Uno de los últimos intentos fue el plan de Drupal Association de hacer un Drupalcon junto a Latinoware, uno de los más grandes eventos de open-source en Brasil, pero eso no funcionó y, con 50 días faltantes para Latinoware, la Drupal Association pasó la pelota a cualquiera que tome el reto de organizar un DrupalCamp en reemplazo. Obviamente 50 días no es mucho tiempo para organizar un evento de esta magnitud. Sin embargo, pensé que era importante hacer mi mejor intento para probar, como comunidad, que es posible organizar un DrupalCon en América Latina! ¿Por qué es tan importante? Porque esto rompe el antiguo patrón de organizar DrupalCons solamente en Norteamérica y Europa. Porque esto expande Drupal a nuevos horizontes y fomenta nuevas oportunidades en lugares donde es más necesitado! Si la comunidad Latina puede organizar un DrupalCon, entonces Asia puede. Si Asia puede hacerlo, entonces Australia puede. Si Australia puede hacerlo, entonces África puede!

El Lugar

DrupalCamp Foz 2011 ocurrió junto con Latinoware 2011 en Foz de Iguazú, Brazil del 19 al 21 de Octubre de 2011. Más de 4.000 personas fueron parte de la octava edición de Latinoware. El lugar de Latinoware fue el Parque Tecnológico de Itaipú, situado dentro de la Represa de Itaipú. La Represa de Itaipú es en el planeta el más grande generador de energía limpia renovable. Considerada una de las siete maravillas del mundo moderno, esta magnífica estructura está ubicada en el límite de Brazil, Paraguay, y Argentina. Aparte de la Represa de Itaipú, Foz de Iguazú es también conocido por las Cataratas de Iguazú, consideradas a ser una las siete maravillas naturales del mundo. El lugar provisto por Latinoware fue realmente hermoso, y Latinoware se encargó del equipo de audio/video, grabación de video, acceso a Internet, recepcionistas, traductores, guardias de seguridad, transporte, coffee-break, almuerzo, y hasta un concierto de Rock!

Los Organizadores

Los organizadores principales de Latiware fueron Cesar Brod y Joice Käfer. Ambos hicieron un trabajo fantástico organizando el evento y todo el tiempo ofrecieron un soporte tremendo para DrupalCamp Foz. Ellos fueron los responsables de convencer a Dries Buytaert de venir a Brazil por primera vez. También, ellos negociaron con Latinoware el pago de los gastos de dos organizadores Brasileños de DrupalCamp Foz y dos organizadores de DrupalCamp Foz de América Latina.

Yo fui el organizador principal de DrupalCamp Foz y escogí Pedro Faria, un miembro de la comunidad de Drupal y PHP de Rio de Janeiro, para que me ayude. De América Latina, escogí a Fernando Paredes Garcia, el anterior organizador de Drupal Summit Latino (ocurrido en Lima, Perú en Enero 2011), y Joaquin Contreras, el próximo organizador de Drupal Summit Latino (que ocurrirá en Guadalajara, México en Febrero 2012). Quise aprovechar este DrupalCamp como un punto de encuentro para crear un puente entre los Drupal Summits. Estos Drupal Summits son una demostración del poder de la comunidad Latina de Drupal para organizar eventos.

Los Patrocinadores

La mayoría de patrocinadores necesita por lo menos 3 meses para preparar sus recursos de patrocinio, pero no tuvimos mucho tiempo, así que nos apoyamos mayormente en nuestra propia red social para encontrar patrocinadores y hablar directamente con los CEOs para acelerar el proceso. Fabiano Sant'Ana proveyó nuestro primer Patrocinador Oro al contactarnos con José San Martin, de Chuva Inc (Brasil). Después, Pedro Faria nos puso en contacto con Saulo Amui, de HostSH (Brasil), quien ofreció un Patrocinio Bronce. El siguiente, Leandro Nunes y Alex Weber de Webdrop (Brasil) se pusieron en contacto con nosotros para ofrecer un Patrocinio Plata. Franz Glauber nos puso en contacto con Bob White de Trellon (U.S.), quien gentilmente ofreció un Patrocinio Oro. Yo pude negociar un Patrocinio Oro con Jeffrey McGuire de Acquia (U.S.). Y finalmente, Fernando Paredes Garcia nos puso en contacto con Juan Santiago de Santex America (Argentina) para un Patrocinio Diamond. Cada CEO tuvo que ocuparse personalmente de este asunto y hacer que ocurra rápido, así que estamos muy agradecidos por su maravilloso soporte a la comunidad Latina de Drupal.

Los Ponentes

Tampoco tuvimos mucho tiempo para hacer una llamado para participar. Solamente dimos una rango de tiempo de 2 semanas a los ponentes de todo Brasil y América Latina para envíen sus sesiones, pero la respuesta fue maravillosa e incluso tuvimos que quitar algunas charlas al final. Los ponentes escogidos fueron de Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, México, y Perú (así como Bélgica y Groenlandia). Ellos fueron: Alex Piaz, Capi Etheriel, Diego Teixeira, Dries Buytaert, Everton Pasqual, Fabiano Sant'Ana, Fernando Paredes Garcia, Franz Glauber, Henrique Recidive, Javier Reartes, Joaquin Contreras, José San Martin, Karim Boudjema, Leandro Nunes, Nancy Contreras, Nick Vidal, Pedro Faria, Rasmus Lerdorf, y Tiago Palacios. Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores, nosotros pudimos ofrecer hospedaje gratuito a todos nuestros ponentes.

La Audiencia

Con el DrupalCamp Foz 2011 ocurriendo en el auditorio principal, con una capacidad para 1000 personas, tuvimos expectativas realmente altas. Pero Cesar Brod, un organizador experimentado, nos advirtió que el no espera que llenemos el auditorio, especialmente con solo 50 días para organizar el evento. Y al final, el tuvo razón. Esto solamente prueba que ¡no puedes organizar un gran evento en solo 50 días! La Comunidad de Drupal necesita tiempo para poder organizarse, hablar con los empleados, comprar los boletos de avión, hacer las reservaciones de Hotel, y poder juntarse. Tuvimos todo listo para recibir a esas 1000 personas, pero no le dimos suficiente tiempo a la comunidad de Drupal para venir. Tal vez pudimos haberlo logrado en tan poco tiempo si el evento se hubiera realizado en la ciudad de Sao Paulo durante un fin de semana. Pero esto era Foz de Iguazú, una pequeña ciudad a 1000 Km (650 millas) lejos del centro financiero de Brasil, y el evento ocurrió en el medio de la semana. Sin embargo, los Drupaleros que vinieron fueron realmente grandiosos, y también tuvimos muchos novatos que asistieron a Latinoware interesados en open-source, y esa fue la audiencia que intentamos alcanzar.

La Revista

Tal vez uno de los mayores éxitos de DrupalCamp Foz 2011 fue el lanzamiento de una Revista para promover Drupal en América Latina. Esta fue una revista de 20 páginas a full-color con muchos artículos y una entrevista a Dries Buytaert traducida en 3 idiomas: Inglés, Castellano, y Portugués. Gracias a nuestros patrocinadores, pudimos imprimir 5000 copias. En Latinoware pudimos distribuir 3000 revistas. Hace solo unos días fuimos premiados con 2500 USD de la Drupal Association para imprimir más revistas y distribuirlas en las DrupalCamps DrupalCamps por toda América Latina! Ya estamos en contacto con Drupaleros de Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, y Perú para distribuir estas revistas. También, en Brasil, estaremos las revistas en los estados de Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santa Catarina, Parana, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Goias y el Distrito Federal (Brasilia). Así que esto ha sido y será, sin lugar a dudas, un gran acelerador para promocionar Drupal en todo el continente.

La DRUP4AL

Pero todo el continente no es suficiente para nosotros. Queremos ayudar a difundir Drupal en todas partes, especialmente en lugares que hasta el momento solo han recibido poca atención de la comunidad de Drupal. Esa es la razón por la que también creamos una nueva iniciativa llamada DRUP4AL, pronunciada "Drup for All" (Drup para todos), con la misión de promover Drupal en Africa, Asia, Australia, y América Latina. Queremos expandir Drupal a nuevos horizontes y fomentar nuevas oportunidades en lugares donde es más necesitado!

Pero, ¿És acaso Drupal lo suficientemente maduro en esos lugares como para merecer atención? Creemos que este es el clásico problema del huevo y la gallina. Cuanto más concentremos nuestra atención en promover Drupal en Norteamérica y Europa, mayor va ha ser el nivel de adopción en Norteamérica y Europa cuando se le compare con el resto del mundo. También, hay una tendencia a menospreciar la importancia de Africa, Asia, Australia, y América Latina. La realidad es que, a pesar de los retos, hay enormes mercados en esas regiones. Por ejemplo, tenemos Brasil, Rusia, India y China. Finalmente, y más importante, es un asunto de responsabilidad social el promover Drupal en esas regiones, ya que esas son regiones donde Drupal tiene el mayor potencial para realmente cambiar la vida de las personas y hacer del mundo un mejor lugar.

Recién acabamos de lanzar la iniciativa, pero en pocos días, ya hemos recibido soporte de toda la Comunidad Latina de Drupal, así como de la Comunidad de Drupal en India, Singapore y Australia.

Observaciones Finales

DrupalCamp Foz 2011 fue un gran evento con muchas iniciativas. Solamente tuvimos 50 días para organizar este evento, pero para nosotros esto fue solo una pequeña gota en el esfuerzo de construir una fuerte presencia de Drupal en todas partes. Actualmente estamos organizando el 2do Drupal Summit Latino, en Guadalajara, México, y estamos preparando el lanzamiento de una nueva Revista durante este evento. También estamos buscando trabajar junto a otras comunidades de todo el mundo. Hay mucho potencial, y creemos que esas iniciativas van a ayudar a cambiar la perspectiva que el núcleo de la comunidad de Drupal tiene respecto de la comunidad a su alrededor. Si todos trabajamos juntos, podemos realmente cambiar el mundo y crear un mejor equilibrio en la sociedad. Creo que no hay mejor lugar para representar este cambio de actitud que Foz de Iguazú, con las hermosas cataratas simbolizando a pequeñas gotas de agua que vienen juntas desde todas partes en este esplendido oeuvre d'art de la madre naturaleza. Difundamos Drupal en todas partes, y más importante, ¡promovamos oportunidades para todos!

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About Drupal Sun

Drupal Sun is an Evolving Web project. It allows you to:

  • Do full-text search on all the articles in Drupal Planet (thanks to Apache Solr)
  • Facet based on tags, author, or feed
  • Flip through articles quickly (with j/k or arrow keys) to find what you're interested in
  • View the entire article text inline, or in the context of the site where it was created

See the blog post at Evolving Web

Evolving Web