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Aug 03 2019
Aug 03

Approaching 20 years old, the Drupal Community must prioritize recruiting the next generation of Drupal Professionals

Kaleem Clarkson Ferris Wheel in Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia

Time flies when you are having fun. One of those phrases I remember my parents saying that turned out to be quite true. My first Drupal experience was nearly 10 years ago and within a blink of an eye, we have seen enormous organizations adopt and commit to Drupal such as Turner, the Weather Channel, The Grammys, and Georgia.gov.

Throughout the years, I have been very fortunate to meet a lot of Drupal community members in person but one thing I have noticed lately is that nearly everyone’s usernames can be anywhere between 10–15 years old. What does that mean? As my dad would say, it means we are getting O — L — D, old.

For any thriving community, family business, organization, or your even favorite band for that matter, all of these entities must think about succession planning. What is succession planning?

Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. -Wikipedia

That’s right, we need to start planning a process for identifying who can take over in leadership roles that continue to push Drupal forward. If we intend to promote Drupal as the solution for large and small enterprises, then we should market ourselves as a viable career option to lure talent to our community.

There are many different way’s to promote our community and develop new leaders, one of which is mentorship. Mentorship helps ease the barrier for entry into our community by providing guidance around how our community operates. The Drupal community does have some great efforts taking place in the form of mentoring such as Drupal Diversity & Inclusion (DDI) initiative, the core mentoring initiative and of course the code and mentoring sprints at DrupalCon and DrupalCamps. These efforts are awesome and should be recognized as part of a larger strategic initiative to recruit the next generation of Drupal professionals.

Companies spend billions of dollars a year in recruiting but as an open-source community, we don’t have billions so

… what else can we do to attract new Drupal career professionals?

This year’s Atlanta Drupal Users’s Group (ADUG) decided to develop the Drupal Career Summit, all in an effort to recruit more professionals into the Drupal community. Participants will explore career opportunities, career development, and how open source solutions are changing the way we buy, build, and use technology.

  • Learn about job opportunities and training.
  • Hear how local leaders progressed through their careers and the change open source creates their clients and business.
  • Connect one-on-one with professionals in the career you want and learn about their progression, opportunities, challenges, and wins.

On Saturday, September 14 from 1pm -4:30pm. Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta-Buckhead 3342 Peachtree Rd., NE | Atlanta, GA 30326 | LEARN MORE

Student and job seekers can attend for FREE! The Summit will allow you to meet with potential employers and industry leaders. We’ll begin the summit with a panel of marketers, developers, designers, and managers that have extensive experience in the tech industry, and more specifically, the Drupal community. You’ll get a chance to learn about career opportunities and connect with peers with similar interests.

We’re looking for companies that want to hire and educate. You can get involved with the summit by becoming a sponsor for DrupalCamp Atlanta. Sponsors of the event will have the opportunity to engage with potential candidates through sponsored discussion tables and branded booths. With your sponsorship, you’ll get a booth, a discussion table, and 2 passes! At your booth, you’ll get plenty of foot traffic and a fantastic chance to network with attendees.

If you can’t physically attend our first Career Summit, you can still donate to our fundraising goals. And if you are not in the position to donate invite your employer, friends, and colleagues to participate. Drupal Career Summit.

Dec 28 2018
Dec 28

To Zach Sines and Taylor Wright, It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later.

Kaleem Clarkson 2018 DrupalCamp Atlanta Group Picture

Thanks to all of the presenters and participants who attended 2018 DrupalCamp Atlanta (DCATL). We are excited to provide you with a little holiday gift. The Session Videos are now live. View here

I would also like to thank the awesome DCATL team that I had the pleasure to work with:

  • Sarah Golden — Acquia
  • Nikki Smith — Sevaa
  • Zach Sines — Manhattan Associates
  • Taylor Wright

As with any event, this year’s DCATL had some interesting twists and turns that we were able to overcome. The biggest and most noticeable one, of course, was the construction that was happening at the hotel. Two weeks before the event, I met with the hotel event staff to discuss our setup. On my way into the hotel, everything looked as I expected and it was business as usual. When I entered the lobby I noticed they were putting up a temporary wall that blocks off the hotel bar. During our discussion, I was informed there was going to be some construction going on during our camp but was ensured that the event space wouldn’t be impacted.

The DCATL team arrived at the hotel to load in and everyone was mortified when we saw the front of the building. No more than 10 minutes after we arrived, I received a message from one of the trainers asking, “are we still having the conference?” We immediately started thinking about how we can alleviate the situation, so we took a picture of the building and sent an email out to everyone stating that the interior of the building was okay and that we were still going to have an awesome conference.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom. 10 days before the camp, we were still short on the financials and were kind of sweating it out (although we had reserve funds to cover the costs) thinking of ways that we could reduce costs without getting rid of too much programming. I received a phone call from an employee at Turner, asking if they could be a Diamond Sponsor and would also like to sponsor the after party. WOW! I couldn’t believe we were getting bailed out in the last minute, phew!

After the camp, I got a chance to have lunch with a mentor of mine and we talked about where are the next generation of Drupalers going to come from and what purpose camps serve today vs ten years ago. So based on our discussion here are my top two goals I would like to propose to the DCATL organizing team.

Increase the Number of Case Studies with co-presentations from Drupal shops and their Clients.

Another topic we discussed was how Acquia Engage has taken a different approach by showcasing their clients and providing opportunities for Drupal shops to schedule meet and greets talk with their clients. During the opening session at DCATL I asked the audience, “raise your hand if you have invited a client to attend or co-present at DrupalCamp Atlanta.” Out of all the attendees maybe 2 raised their hands.

Increase the Number of Student Attendees

When looking at some of my Drupal colleague's user profiles so many of us over 10 years. This means we are getting old folks :) But more importantly, where are the next generation of Drupalers going to come from. The state of Georgia has 114 colleges and 326,609 students. I know it takes a lot of energy but we have to figure out a way to use our camp as a pipeline for nurturing the next generation of Drupalist.

For the past 5.5 years, I have had the pleasure to work with Zach Sines and Taylor Wright as board members of the Atlanta Drupal Users Group (ADUG). Both Zach and Taylor were key stakeholders in the restructuring of the organization. Zach took on the writing of the bylaws that states how people are elected, what are the rules for participating, what are the roles and responsibilities of each officer and so on. Taylor has a ton of finance experience so he took on the responsibility of cleaning up our financials and paying all of our bills. These two have been by my side, even after heated discussions and have been what I like to call my nice translators. Sometimes I have the tendency to be too blunt and they were always there to translate my bluntness into that beautiful southern hospitality.

Zach in the Green on the Left. Taylor in the Green on the Right

Earlier this year, both Zach and Taylor informed all of us that 2018 will be their last year serving on the board. Not to get too mushy but I am going to miss them both a lot, I mean a ton. Not just for their expertise but hearing their voices on our monthly calls and some of their hilarious stories. But what is great about Drupal is that you build some lasting relationships and now I consider these two my friends. Thank you for all the work you have put into running these events, and I know this is not goodbye its soo you soon.

With our current vacancies, the Atlanta Drupal User Group (ADUG) is currently looking for new board members to join our team. While the serving on a board can sound intimidating we are really just a bunch of Drupalers who want to give back to the community. All of our meetings are held on a video call. If you are interested or know some who would be a great fit, please feel free to contact us.

Nov 02 2018
Nov 02

You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Visibility, Creditability, and Collegiality

Kaleem Clarkson “pink pig” by Fabian Blank on Unsplash

Organizing a DrupalCamp takes a lot of commitment from volunteers, so when someone gets motivated to help organize these events, the financial risks can be quite alarming and sometimes overwhelming. But forget all that mess, you are a Drupal enthusiast and have drummed up the courage to volunteer with the organization of your local DrupalCamp. During your first meeting, you find out that there are no free college or community spaces in the area and the estimated price tag is $25,000. Holy Batman that is a lot of money!

Naturally, you start thinking about how we are going to cover that price tag, so you immediately ask, “how many people usually attend?” Well unless you are one of the big 5, (BADCamp, NYCCamp, Drupal GovCon, MidCamp or FloridaCamp) we average between 100 and 200 people. Then you ask, “how much can we charge?” You are then told that we cannot charge more than $50 because camps are supposed to be affordable for the local community and that has been the culture of most DrupalCamps.

Are you interested in attending the first online DrupalCamp Organizers Meeting, on Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm (EST)? RSVP Here.

If Drupal is the Enterprise solution why are all of our camps priced and sponsored like we are still hobbyist in 2002?

Drupal is the Enterprise solution. Drupal has forgotten about the hobbyist and is only concerned about large-scale projects. Drupal developers and companies make more per hour than Wordpress developers. These are all things I have heard from people within the community. So if any of these statements are valid, why are all the camps priced like it is 2002 and we are all sitting around in a circle singing Kumbaya? In 2016 for DrupalCamp Atlanta, we couldn’t make the numbers work, so we decided to raise the price of the camp from $45 to $65 (early bird) and $85 (regular rate). This was a long drawn out and heated debate that took nearly all of our 2 hours allotted for our google hangout. At the end of the day, one of our board members who is also a Diamond sponsor said,

“when you compare how other technology conferences are priced and what they are offering for sessions, DrupalCamps are severely under-priced for the value they provide to the community.”

Courtesy of Amaziee.io Labs

If a camp roughly costs $25,000 and you can only charge 150 people $50, how in the world are DrupalCamps produced? The simple answer, sponsors, sponsors, and more sponsors. Most camps solely rely on the sponsors to cover the costs. One camp, in particular, BADCamp has roughly 2,000 attendees and the registration is FREE. That’s right, the camp is completely free and did I forget to mention that it’s in San Francisco? Based on the BADCamp model and due to the fact the diamond sponsorship for DrupalCon Nashville was $50,000, getting 10 companies to sponsor your camp at $2,500 will be no sweat. Oh and don’t forget Drupal is the enterprise solution, right?

With all of your newfound confidence in obtaining sponsorships, you start contacting some of the larger Drupal shops in your area and after a week nothing. You reach out again maybe by phone this time and actually speak to someone but they are not committing because they want some more information as to why they should sponsor the camp such as, what other perks can you throw in for the sponsorship, are we guaranteed presentation slots, and do you provide the participant list. Of course, the worst response is the dreaded no, we cannot sponsor your conference because we have already met our sponsorship budget for the year.

At this point, you feel defeated and confused as to why organizations are not chomping at the bit to fork over $2,500 to be the sponsor. Yep, that’s right, twenty-five hundred, not $25,000 to be the highest level, sponsor. Mind you many Drupal shops charge anywhere between $150 — $250 an hour. So that means donating 10–17 hours of your organizations time to support a Drupal event in your local community. Yes, you understand that there are a lot of DrupalCamps contacting the same companies for sponsorship so you ask yourself, what has changed from years past?

Are you interested in attending the first online DrupalCamp Organizers Meeting, on Friday, November 9th at 4:00 pm (EST)? RSVP Here.

What Do Companies Expect to Gain From DrupalCamp Sponsorships?

At DrupalCon Nashville, I got an awesome opportunity to participate in a session around organizing DrupalCamps. It was really interesting to hear about how other organizers produce their camp and what were some of the biggest pain points.

Group Photo — DrupalCon 2018 Nashville by Susanne Coates

During this session, we were talking about a centralized sponsorship program for all DrupalCamps (that I personally disagree with and will save that discussion for another blog post) and an individual asked the question,

“why should my company sponsor DrupalCamp Atlanta? There is nothing there for me that makes it worth it. We don’t pick up clients, you don’t distribute the participant list, so why should we sponsor the camp?”

Needless to say, they caught me completely off guard, so I paused then replied,

“DrupalCamp Atlanta has between 150–200 people, most of them from other Drupal shops, so what is it that you are expecting to get out of the sponsorship that would make it worth it to you? Why do you sponsor any DrupalCamps?”

Have Drupal Companies Outgrown the Need to Sponsor DrupalCamps?

On the plane ride back to the ATL it got me thinking, why does an organization sponsor DrupalCamps? What is the return on their investment? I started reminiscing of the very first DrupalCamp that I attended in 2008 and all the rage at that time (and still is), was inbound marketing and how using a content strategy and or conference presentations can establish your company as thought leaders in the field, therefore, clients will find your information useful and approach you when its time to hire for services. Maybe this is why so many camps received a ton of presentation submissions and why it was easy to find sponsors, but that was over 10 years ago now and some of those same companies have now been established as leaders in the field. Could it be, that established companies no longer need the visibility of DrupalCamps?

What happens to DrupalCamps when companies no longer need the visibility or credibility from the Drupal community?

The Drupal community thrives when Drupal shops become bigger and take on those huge projects because it results in contributions back to the code, therefore, making our project more competitive. But an unintended consequence of these Drupal shops becoming larger is that there is a lot more pressure on them to raise funding thus they need to spend more resources on obtaining clients outside of the Drupal community. Acquia, the company built by the founder of Drupal, Dries Buytaert, have made it clear that they are pulling back on their local camp sponsorships and have even created their own conference called Acquia Engage that showcases their enterprise clients. Now from a business perspective, I totally understand why they would create this event as it provides a much higher return on their investment but it results in competing with other camps (ahem, this year’s DrupalCamp Atlanta), but more importantly the sponsorship dollars all of us depend on are now being redirected to other initiatives.

Are you interested in attending the first online DrupalCamp Organizers Meeting, on Friday, November 9th at 4:00 pm (EST)? RSVP Here.

Why Should Established Companies Sponsor a DrupalCamp?

The reality of the situation is that sponsoring these DrupalCamps are most likely not going to land your next big client that pays your company a $500,000 contract. So what are true reasons to sponsor a DrupalCamp:

  • Visibility
    When sponsoring these DrupalCamps most of us organizers do a pretty good job of tweeting thanks to the company and if the organization has presenters we usually promote the sessions as well. In addition, most camps print logos on the website, merchandise, and name after parties. Yes, its only a little bit but the internet is forever and the more you are mentioned the better off you are. But you are from a well established Drupal shop so you don’t need any more visibility.
  • Credibility
    Even the companies who are have been established need their staff to be credible. There will always be some amount of turnover and when that happens your clients still want to know if this person is talented. And if your company is new, being associated with Drupal in your local community does provide your company a sense of credibility.
  • Collegiality
    I saved the best for last. Collegiality is highly overlooked when looking at sponsoring camps. Most companies have a referral program for new hires and when the time comes for you to hire, people tend to refer their friends and their professional acquaintances. There is no better place to meet and interact with other Drupalist than a DrupalCamp. What about employee engagement? In a recent focus group I participated in with a Drupal shop, many of the staff wanted more opportunities for professional development. These local camps are affordable and can allow staff to attend multiple events in a year when you have small budgets.

I must end by saying, that there are so many great Drupal companies that I have had the pleasure to work with and if it were not for the Acquia’s of the world Drupal wouldn’t exist. I understand that CEO’s are responsible for their employees and their families so I don’t want to underestimate the pressures that come with making payroll and having a client pipeline. The purpose of this post was to explain how it feels as a volunteer who is doing something for the community and the frustrations that sometimes come with it.

Oct 27 2018
Oct 27

If the community is a top priority then resources for organizing DrupalCamps must also be a top priority.

Kaleem Clarkson “Together We Create graffiti wall decor” by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash

Community, community and more community. One of the common themes we hear when it comes to evaluating Drupal against other content management systems (CMS), is that the community is made up of over 100,000 highly skilled and passionate developers who contribute code. And in many of these application evaluations, it’s the community, not the software that leads to Drupal winning the bid. We have also heard Dries Buytaert speak about the importance of the community at various DrupalCons and he is quoted on Drupal.org’s getting involved page:

“It’s really the Drupal community and not so much the software that makes the Drupal project what it is. So fostering the Drupal community is actually more important than just managing the code base.” — Dries Buytaert

With this emphasis on community, I tried to think back to how and when I first interacted with the community. Like so many others, my first introduction to Drupal was at a local Meetup. I remember going to this office building in Atlanta and the room was packed with people, plenty of pizza, soda and, of course, laptops. It was a nice relaxed atmosphere where we introduced ourselves and got a chance to know each other a little bit. Then the lights dimmed, the projector turned on and the presentations kicked off, highlighting some new content strategy or a new module that can help layout your content. After that first meetup, I felt energized because until that point, I had never spoken with someone in person about Drupal and it was the first time that I was introduced to Drupal professionals and companies.

Are you interested in attending the first online DrupalCamp Organizers Meeting, on Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm (EST)? RSVP Here.

After attending a few meetups, I joined the email list and I received an email announcing DrupalCamp Atlanta was going to be held at Georgia Tech and the call for proposals was now open for session submissions.

2013 DrupalCamp Atlanta photo by Mediacurrent

I purchased a ticket for a mere $30 and added it to my Google calendar. On the day of the event, I remember walking in the front door and being blown away by the professionalism of the conference as there were sponsor booths, giveaways, and four concurrent sessions throughout the day. But it wasn’t until I was inside the auditorium during the opening session and saw the 200 or so people pile in that made me realize this Drupal community thing I heard about was for real. Over the next couple of years, I decided that I would attend other camps instead of DrupalCon because the camps were more affordable and less intimidating. My first camp outside of Atlanta was Design4Drupal in Boston, DrupalCamp Charlotte, DrupalCamp Florida and BADCamp were all camps I went to before attending a DrupalCon. All of these camps were top notch but what I really loved is that each camp had their own identity and culture. It’s exactly what I think a community should be and for the very first time, I felt that I was a part of the Drupal community.

As provided in my previous examples, one of the advantages of Drupal comes from the great community and DrupalCamps are an important aspect in fostering this community. Running any event can be challenging, but to pull off a respectable DrupalCamp you have consider so many things such as the website, credit card processing, food, accepting and rejecting sessions, finding a keynote speaker, the afterparty, pre-conference trainings, oh and did I mention the website? You get my drift, it's a lot of work. Many of these tasks just roll off my tongue from past experience so ask yourself;

  • Where can I share my knowledge with other people who organize camps?
  • What if there was some way that all of us DrupalCamp organizers could come together and implement services that make organizing camps easier?
  • How could we provide camp organizers with resources to produce great camps?

During the #AskDries session at DrupalCon Nashville (listen for yourself), Midwest DrupalCamp Organizer Avi Schwab asked Dries the following question;

“... giving the limited funding the Drupal Association has, where should we go in trying to support our smaller local community events?” — Avi Schwab

Dries then responded with:

“That’s a great question. I actually think its a great idea what they (WordCamp) do. Because these camps are a lot of work. ...I think having some sort of central service or lack of a better term, that helps local camp organizers, I think is a fantastic idea, because we could do a lot of things, like have a camp website out of the box, ... we could have all sorts of best practices out of the box .” — Dries Buytaert

DrupalCamp Slack Community was the first time that I was provided a link to a spreadsheet that had the camp history dating back to 2006 and people were adding their target camp dates even if they were just in the planning stages. As a camp organizer I felt connected, I felt empowered to make better decisions and most of all I could just ask everyone, hey, how are you doing this?

Are you interested in attending the first online DrupalCamp Organizers meeting, on Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm (EST)? RSVP Here.

Earlier this year I volunteered for the Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DDI) and was inspired when I heard Tara King on the DrupalEasy podcast, talk about how she just created the ddi-contrib channel on the Drupal slack and started hosting meetings. All jazzed up and motivated by that podcast, I reached out to over 20 different camp organizers from various countries and asked them if they would be interested in being on something like this? And if not, would they feel represented if this council existed?

Here are some quotes from Camp Organizers:

“I think a DrupalCamp Organizers Council is a great idea. I would be interested in being a part of such a working group. Just now I’m restraining myself from pouring ideas forth, so I definitely think I’m interested in being a part.”

“I am interested in seeing something that gathers resources from the vast experiences of current/past organizers and provides support to camps.”

“I definitely would appreciate having such a council and taking part. I’ve now helped organize DrupalCamp four times, and this was the first year we were looped into the slack channels for the organizers.”

“I really like the idea — what do we need to do to get this started?”

Based on the positive feedback and the spike in interest from other camp organizers I have decided to take the plunge and establish our first meeting of DrupalCamp Organizers on Friday, November 9th at 4:00pm (EST). This will be an online Zoom video call to encourage people to use their cameras so we can actually get to know one another.

The agenda is simple:

  • Introductions from all callers, and one thing they would like to see from the council.
  • Brainstorm the list of items the council should be advocating for.
  • Identify procedures for electing people to the Council: ways to nominate, eligibility criteria, Drupal event organizer experience required etc.
  • Outline of a quick strategic plan.
Jan 08 2018
Jan 08
The 2017 DrupalCamp Atlanta was held in Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta Zach Sines

DrupalCamp Atlanta is upon us again as we continue to inch closer to the finishing touches to the camp. The Atlanta Drupal Users Group (ADUG) team has been fast at work on getting the camp together, the website updated, the leadership team together to discuss programming and logistics… You would think we have it automated at this point! Well, some of the items are, such as some trusted vendors and some of the process, but every year we try to do something different to provide a better and fulfilling experience for our camp go-ers.

This year is no exception, with us changing our venue (much to the appreciation of the community, we’re sure!) to the Buckhead area and reverting to our 2015-style of camp that we found to be the best format (Friday and Saturday tracks AND training). With the new venue comes its own challenges, such as the layout of the facility to the positioning of sponsors. All these things need to be planned out way in advance. We need to understand the return on investment with an event like this, being we are a non-profit and have very limited resources.

In talking about resources, we wanted to put together some new “in-kind” contributions this year that can help us put on an event like this. These contributions are focused around the tangible things we need to pay for every year: t-shirts, bags, badges, lanyards, A/V, event catering, the location, the after-party, the speaker coordination and expenses, websites, graphic design, and the countless man-hours it takes to get all of this set up, delivered, and managed. We also decided to open the door to the community to really see how much an event like this costs. Below are some of the expenses we have this year that must be met:

  • Catering: $13,394.70
  • Video Recording: $1,800.00
  • A/V Onsite: $4,055.00
  • Keynote Speaker Travel: $1,200.00

These charges don’t include all of the event merchandise, website fees, documentation, or additional costs for random event items like signage and photography.

Historically, there have been many people involved in this effort. Since ADUG has been managing the event, there have been 5 or less people actually planning and executing on all of this with the help of day-of volunteers. This year, we are fortunate enough to have 7 people who have dedicated time and energy out of their normal lives to put this event on. So, how do we do it? How do we make this happen this year…a bigger, more expensive event?

By being fortunate enough to have so many people come from all over to attend the event. It makes it all worth it. We have so many people from so many backgrounds, cultures, and professions come to Atlanta to learn. The congregation of all of these folks for two days, sharing knowledge and helping the community is worth it all in the end. With the attendance comes registrations, a contribution to the community to put on this event. With us moving from Kennesaw State, where we called home for the past 3 years, our costs have almost doubled. Our hope this year is that we will have a much better attendance while also attracting more sponsors, which would help out tremendously.

Speaking of sponsors…they have been amazing. We can’t thank them enough for the help they give us in throwing these events. Mediacurrent, Sevaa Group, Paramount Software, Celebrate Drupal. They have been amazing in getting us up and running again this year by donating early. We definitely need more this year, and hope that we can reach more with lower cost sponsorships so it’s not always the largest companies that can get their names out there. We want the community to be involved so that they can contribute to hosting this event, getting their names out there, and being able to increase their networks as well. So, these in-kind contributions help with this gap while also being able to directly affect the outcome of the camp.

Want your company name on the lanyards everyone is wearing? What about your logo on the side of our bags? How about donating some cool stuff for our raffle and get a shout out?

These are some easy ways to get involved, get some great advertising to the community you serve, and to get involved in making this an amazing event.


Jan 08 2018
Jan 08
Mediacurrent’s Dave Terry and Paul Chason Go to the profile of Kaleem Clarkson

Dec 19, 2016

I’ve been Drupaling for about 8 years and this was my first camp. I really enjoyed the sessions and learning from others. -2016 Attendee

Now that most of us have completed our holiday shopping, we would like to provide the gift of Drupal to the Atlanta and the world — wide Drupal community!

This year’s DrupalCamp Atlanta centered around Drupal 8 and the importance of giving back to open source projects. After the inspiring keynote, “Creating a Culture of Giving for Your Organization” by Mediacurrent’s Dave Terry and Paul Chason, it is our hope that more organizations and individuals make an intentional effort to give back. If you are interested in helping shape the Atlanta Drupal community, feel free to contact us.

DrupalCamp Atlanta 2016 session videos are now live at www.drupalcampatlanta.com. Thanks to Utzu Logigan and his Recall Act team for creating the best session videos on the planet once again.

This year’s training schedule was provided two great sessions: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Drupal 8 sponsored by OSTraining and Drupal 8 Theming and Templating by Evolving Web. Without people dedicated to spreading their advanced knowledge, we wouldn’t be able to provide this to you! Thank you OSTraining and Evolving Web!

We also want to thank our sponsors for the time and financial support of this camp, as we can’t make events like this work without them. Special thanks to Mediacurrent and Sevaa group for their help with the Keynote, Afterparty, and general assistance in making DCA a great event! We also had SiteGround, Pantheon, 3Ci, Lingotek, and Acquia as sponsors who we also want to thank for coming from so far to be a part of our event!

Additionally, the Drupal Association made it out to our event, promoting the good word of Drupal. Please donate, as we all benefit from a strong nationwide community. You can join the Drupal Association here.

Last but not least we would like to thank all of the session speakers. Without the willingness to give back to the community, camps like this could not be possible. Their efforts can go unnoticed to so many, and we want to make sure that we acknowledge them here:

Kelly Albrecht, Ed Allison, Kirsten Burgard, Paul Chason, Suzanne Dergacheva, Jitesh Doshi, Dan Hansen, Zack Hawkins, Jimmy Kriigel, Ishan Mahajan, Tom McCracken, Paul McKibben, Todd Nienkerk, Lisa Ridley, Scott Sawyer, Scot Self, Mark Shropshire, Jim Smith, Dave Terry, David Thompson, Cheyenne Throckmorton, Jason Want, Bull Weber.

Happy Holidays from the Atlanta Drupal Users Group to all of the 2016 DrupalCamp Atlanta presenters and attendees.

Enjoy the videos at www.drupalcampatlanta.com

ADUG — Board of Directors
Eric Sembrat
Zach Sines
Taylor Wright
Kaleem Clarkson

Jan 04 2018
Jan 04

Welcome to Florida, the Drupal state

Florida Drupalcamp 2018 is our 10th anniversary and we're going to make it extra special this year! We have three days (spread out over President's Day weekend):

Fri, Feburary 16th Full day of free trainings Sat, February 17th Full day of sessions (including Lightning Talks!) Sun, Feburary 18th Half day sessions / half day mentored code sprint

This year we have three amazing featured speakers lined up:


Angie Byron  
Angie "Webchick" Byron is a Drupal core committer, co-author of the O'Reilly book Using Drupal, Drupal Association Board Member, Acquian, and general Drupal community cat herder.  

Sally Young  
Sally "Justafish" Young is a Senior Technical Architect at Lullabot, and a Drupal 8 JavaScript Core Maintainer.  

Adam Bergstein  
Adam "Nerdstein" Bergstein is the Associate Director of Engineering at Civic Actions. He has a masters in application security, and experience in higher education and consulting sectors.


Session submissions are still open!

We need more sessions! We have tons of rooms to fill! The deadline to submit sessions is January 22nd. We love session submissions on topics other than Drupal including

  • JavaScript frameworks (React, Vue, Angular, et al)
  • Other CMS’s differences with Drupal (WP, Craft, etc)
  • Integrations with Drupal
  • Case studies on using Drupal
  • General Web topics and technologies (free software, CSS, etc)
  • Business related topics
  • SysAdmin / DevOps (Containers, etc)
  • Being Human (Imposter Syndrome, overcoming adversity, inclusion, etc)

Submit your session

If that doesn't convince you...

We also have beaches down here! And it's warm in February!

Florida Beaches

Register Today

Jan 05 2016
Jan 05
FatherShawn's picture

Although DrupalCampNYC is an unconference, it is helpful to know in advance that we have people willing to present content! I'm coordinating pre-commitments for D8 Development content. If you would be willing to come prepared to present on a D8 Development topic, it will make the organizing time run more smoothly if you would be willing to give me topics in advance. Thanks!

Drupaling in NYC since 2009!

bluesky94's picture

Hi joebachana, I'm looking for Drupal 8 news and event, so how can I join it?

Nov 12 2015
Nov 12
francort's picture

Faltando un mes para el camp, hay más de 80 personas registradas, de distintos lugares de Latinoamérica.

Es importante que formalicen la inscripción (los que no lo han hecho) para que reserven su lugar, dado que los cupos son limitados

Esperamos recibir más postulaciones a charlas, particularmente de nuestros compatriotas chilenos, pues la mayor parte de las charlas son de los invitados extranjeros

Recuerden al enviar su charla, rellenar los datos de su Bio y ser descriptivos con el temario de su charla

Nos vemos en diciembre!!!

speedzeta's picture

Francisco hasta cuando hay plazo para enviar la propuesta de charla?

francort's picture

Hola Seba!

El plazo es hasta este domingo 15 de noviembre.
Si tienes pensado postular una charla o un taller, es importante que lo hagas esta semana.

Sería súper bueno que pudieras postular una, dado tu conocimiento específico del uso de Drupal en temas científicos.

nos vemos!

speedzeta's picture

Entonces la enviaré más tardar el miércoles. Inicialmente tenía solo pensado sobre la generación de contenidos, pero con esto que me propones me da más libertad

nos vemos!

speedzeta's picture

Entonces la enviaré más tardar el miércoles. Inicialmente tenía solo pensado sobre la generación de contenidos, pero con esto que me propones me da más libertad

nos vemos!

JotaMiller's picture

Que bkn que todo esté resultando bien! nos vemos en la Camp!.


mnico's picture

Wow!! me tengo que apurar para proponer una charla :P


bphyro's picture

Excelente, felicitaciones a la organización!
Ya tengo reservada la fecha


speedzeta's picture

Genial la diversidad de países que se harán presente.

Tendré que apurarme para inscribirme...nos vemos en diciembre

Alvaro Pozo's picture

Que buena noticia que se concrete este sueño de la comunidad Drupal de Chile. Además, es un orgullo poder contar con la presencia de drupaleros de varios países de latinoamerica.

Aprovecho de comentar que me inscribí en el evento, pero no he podido hacer el pago. ¿Con el registro basta para formalizar la inscripción? ¿Existe alguna alternativa además del sitio web para hacer el pago en línea, por ejemplo una cuenta corriente para depositar? Les agradecería el link o una ayuda para esto.


paulitzim's picture

Qué genial que haya tanta gente registrando charlas!

yngvewb's picture

Por fin un DrupalCamp en Santiago! Lamentablemente no puedo estar en esa fecha :-(

francort's picture

Pucha, lamentable que no puedas asistir a este primer DrupalCamp. De todos modos ojalá puedas invitar o darle el dato a los contactos drupaleros que tienes en Chile.


miltondiaz's picture

Que lástima, de todas formas nos juntamos todos los meses, sería ideal que puedas participar.

doakym's picture

Que bueno que estemos tan cerca de realizar la primera drupalcamp en chile, por mi parte estoy convenciendo a todos mis compañeros de asistir y hay muchos interesados.


camilo 1990's picture

Trate de pagar mi inscripción pero en la página de Kiphu me tira un error de "Pago no existe" :(.

Nos vemos el 10.... =)


miltondiaz's picture

Hola Camilo, ¿alcanzaste a llegar al paso de pago en el sitio de Khipu Donde pregunta si quieres hacer una "Transferencia normal" o "Transferencia simplificada"?

miltondiaz's picture

Buena!, chiquillos llenen sus perfiles ya que estamos preparando un listado de asistentes, para que se vean bien.

bphyro's picture

¿Donde puedo encontrar más información de los Speakers?


miltondiaz's picture

Hola, estamos recopilando la información y se hará un listado más detallado.

betoscopio's picture

Si bien aún no tenemos el listado de speakers, todavía estamos seleccionando charlas, por lo que el listado definitivo estará disponible solo cuando este proceso termine, tenemos disponible el listado de asistentes inscritos http://camp.drupalchile.org/es/attendees. Entre ellos están los speakers, más algunos otros que se sumarán antes que termine el proceso.
Nos vemos.

TomTar's picture

Hi there!

Thank you for that information. It seems that I have a huge chance to be in Chile during 2nd and 3rd week of December and it's a great opportunity to join that event.

I wonder: is there any webpage with already accepted speakers (with topics) and free slots? I will be sure about my participation on the very last moment and need that info for proper flights ordering...

Thanks in advance!
Best regards,
Tom, Admin of NUNU BABA

francort's picture

All the information and links are on the post above.

If you want a bad company phone, you can follow this link.

I apologize if you are a person, but I am 99% sure you are not.


sir_gon's picture

Paren el SPAMamiento

por favor...

(*)Unix es mi copiloto

Jun 11 2015
Jun 11

DrupalCamp STL 15 Hero

On June 20 - 21, people from all over the Midwest who use, design, develop and support Drupal will convene in downtown St. Louis for the second annual DrupalCamp STL. Meet us in St. Louis and help us forge new skills and friendships while furthering the Drupal project.

Registration is only $25, and if you register ASAP you'll get a soft, comfy T-shirt, a nice catered lunch, and an excellent lineup of sessions on Saturday, and sprints all day Sunday!

Check out the schedule for the day, which includes a keynote by Alina Mackenzie on getting involved in the Drupal Community.

Join us in the Learning Lounge on Saturday, and for Sprints on Sunday, to increase your Drupal knowledge, meet some other Drupal community members, and help make Drupal better!

Mar 22 2015
Mar 22
decibel.places's picture

There is a user login on the home page http://www.drupalcamp.nyc/

I tried to log in, but it seems I don't have an account there; and I am unable to register an account.

Perhaps that login is for site admins only, in that case UX best practice is to not display the form on public pages, admins can go to /user to log in.

joebachana's picture

Good point, and blame me since I did that for my own convenience. I tucked the login beneath the fold since didn't expect anyone to nitpick ;-) In any event, I disabled the form from the page.

Obviously we didn't spare much expense putting the site together (not). Hopefully you'll attend this Sunday, and perhaps in future camps you will be able to volunteer to help us build more impressive camp home sites built with D8.

See you there?

kuillmaxer's picture

that's true :)

juli_0's picture

I"m unable to register an account.

blankos's picture

maybe you have baned IP?

DWyeth's picture

I'd be happy to do some volunteer work at Dev Day. I'm registered for the event. You can assign me almost anything as long as I can attend a few sessions. DWyeth

joebachana's picture

Thanks for offering to volunteer! Yes, we need help, and I think you and I have connected by email so we'll see you Sunday first thing for setup.

jmarkel's picture

I had some last-minute family issues crop up - nothing bad, but they require my presence :-(

gwynniejt's picture

Dear NYC Camp,

I registered for the Keynote, Beginning Drupal Site Building, Drupal for Project Managers and the Digital Publishing and Media Summit, but when I viewed my account on nyccamp.org, there are no associated tickets or orders.

First, have other registrants noted this as a defect in the system? Second, can you confirm that I've actually been registered for these four sessions?

Many thanks,
Gwynn Turner

Bill Choy's picture

The naming of two camps in NYC can be a little confusing. Registration and organization for each are completely separate.

The "Drupal Dev Day NYC 2015!" .. WAS held in April.

The "NYC Camp 2015!" will be held in July, see https://groups.drupal.org/node/433258.

Thanks for the feedback. As website developer, we should know better. Having this expired event still sitting on the front page of GDO, is definite confusing our guest.

JJDurant's picture

I think it's too late...

bernieclark's picture

I would be interested in checking it out.

Jeremy.K.Black's picture

I'm have just signed up in this page. I'm from vietnam. I think this link OK.
I'm not good at English. Sorry. (I have wrote some Vietnamese for any else from vietnam like me)

T? v?a m?i ??ng ký làm thành viên trong trang này. Có b?n nào hi?u nhi?u ti?ng Anh thì d?y t? v?i. T? ?ang t? trang t?i Vi?t Nam , t? h?c ti?ng Anh t?i ch? này: http://wowenglish.edu.vn/

asad_ali's picture

This is a great event I believe, can you guys put online so people from different part of the world can participate? I would love get some people on board for the next event from our Dubai Office.

Mar 12 2015
Mar 12

For the sixth year in a row, Central Florida will host the Sunshine State's largest gathering of Drupalists for two full days of learning, networking, and sharing at Florida DrupalCamp 2015. To be held Saturday and Sunday, April 11-12, 2015 at Florida Technical College in Orlando, approximately 300 people will gather for a full day of sessions and a full day of community contributions. Attendees will be provided with knowledge, food, and clothing - and maybe a surprise or two as well! Registration ($25) and session proposals are now open.


Following up on last year's featured sessions-instead-of-a-single-keynote idea, we're doing away with a traditional one-size-fits-all keynote, and instead featuring four featured speakers from around the country. Erik Baldwin (Drupal 8 theming), Tess Flynn (Drupal 8 Flag module), and Adam Globus-Hoenich (Drupal module upgrader), and one other "mystery speaker" (hint: he loves bacon and pop-culture references) will be sharing their knowledge about several important areas of Drupal 8.

Submit your sessions

Florida DrupalCamp is now open for session proposals! Tracks include Design & Front-end Development, Development & Performance, Site-building, Project Management & Consulting, and sessions “Off the Drupal Island.” Submit your session today.


We take great pride in outfitting our local community with great swag. From expertly designed t-shirts and stickers to high-quality pins, the Florida Drupal Community loves to keep our users looking their best. This year will be no exception - in addition to a newly designed t-shirt, your registration fee will also get you a reusable Florida Drupal Diver grocery bag and swag from many of our sponsors - there might even be something special in there for everybody as well!


We have the best sponsors. Granted, many of our sponsors also sponsor other Drupal event around the world, but their generosity really shines at Florida DrupalCamp. This year's 17 cash sponsors (and counting) are providing a record amount for our event. Attendees should be sure to take a few minutes and talk with a few of them to say "thanks"! This year's sponsors include: Acquia, OSTraining, Trellon, Mediacurrent, Blink Reaction, Pantheon, Digital Frontiers Media, Big Couch Media, True North Custom, Drupalize.Me, Hot Sauce Design, Code Journeymen, CloudNYNE, WebEnabled, Chapter Three, New Valley Media, and Jay Epstein, LLC. We also have a mystery top-level Platinum sponsor that will be making a big announcement at Florida DrupalCamp. In addition, Florida Technical College and the Central Florida Computer Society continue to be the best venue and fiscal sponsors in all the land!

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May 03 2014
May 03

On Friday May 2nd, 2014, Khalid of 2bits.com, Inc. presented on Drupal Performance.

The presentation covered important topics such as:

  • Drupal misconception: Drupal is slow/resource hog/bloated
  • Drupal misconception: Only Anonymous users benefit from caching in Drupal
  • Drupal misconception: Subsecond response time in Drupal is impossible for logged in users
  • Drupal misconception: Cloud hosting is more cost effective than dedicated servers

The presentation slides are attached for those who may be interested ...

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Khalid of 2bits.com Inc. will be presenting Drupal Performance Tips and Tricks at DrupalCamp Toronto 2014 this coming Friday May 2nd at Humber College, Lakeshore Campus.

See you all there ...


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Jan 27 2014
Jan 27
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What's the point in using an IDE, especially a paid one, for PHP development when there are so many simpler, free tools?

In November 2013 I was lucky enough to be offered the chance to present a session at DrupalCamp NW on why it's time for Drupal developers to be using a proper IDE. The session used JetBrains PhpStorm as an example, but presented the case including other popular IDEs like Eclipse and NetBeans as well.

Drupal is getting more and more complicated, and, as developers, we should feel obliged to create code that looks good, does what it says on the tin, and works every time. An IDE provides modern functionality like syntax highlighting, step debugging, and other niceties, such as the ability to look up function documentation then and there in the IDE without needing to browse to a website. It also provides a whole bunch of error checking, like making sure you return the correct values from functions, or using static methods correctly, with zero effort required.

Coding standards is a big thing. Nobody's required to do it at the moment, but in the past, Drupal's contrib has filled up with poorly formatted code, or just code that is difficult to read or written in an alien style. In the past, we had to write our code, then run a command to review it before making a commit, which was a pain. With modern IDEs, we can be shown coding standards errors as we type them, so not only can we make fewer mistakes when we commit, but we learn instantly what kind of formatting to avoid and what kind works well.

As we move towards a more object-oriented approach in Drupal 8, away from procedural code, hopefully we will migrate to good object-oriented patterns. This often means jumping around in code more and more, since we will be writing one object per file, and sometimes method implementations are inherited from higher up in the hierarchy. An IDE makes the task a lot simpler, and you're able to see quickly and easily where an object gets its stuff from, and whether you have overridden or implemented methods correctly.

Although a PhpStorm licence comes at a yearly cost, I feel that the time saved more than makes up for the fee. Many people in the Drupal community are Apple users (or fans) and think nothing of laying down over £800 for a new Macbook! A PC would do, but many feel that the convenience and experience of using a Mac is a better way, and the same applies to PhpStorm!

In short, as a Drupal community, we already have a wealth of contributed modules that do a whole host of useful things, but now we should be focusing more on code quality and documentation, to involve more people more easily, and make sure things like updating modules and providing extra functionality are a breeze, not a chore riddled with semantic or conceptual problems. Nobody's forcing you to use an IDE, but if it'll help you write better code and make a more positive contribution to Drupal, at no (or little) extra cost, maybe it's time to make the switch.

Here is the video of the session:
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And the presentation slides:
Phpstorm & Drupal presentation from DrupalCamp NW 2013

Jan 27 2014
Jan 27

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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For the sixth consecutive year, Florida DrupalCamp will be one of the largest gathering of Drupal users in the southeast United States. Taking place on Saturday, March 8 (sessions) and Sunday, March 9 (community day), there’s no better way to level-up your skills, network with the Drupal community, and to remind you how awesome it is to be involved with this amazing project. Along with numerous other organizations, DrupalEasy is once again proud to help to sponsor and organize Florida DrupalCamp. Our amazing team of organizers from around the state (as from outside of Florida as well!) has decided to rethink a couple of the standard DrupalCamp “things” in an effort to make the event more productive for attendees and sponsors.

First off, say “goodbye” to a single keynote speaker - say “hello” to four amazing “featured speaker” sessions on four different Drupal 8 topics. Rather than trying to find a single keynote speaker and topic that would appeal to everybody, we decided to focus on getting our community up-to-speed with Drupal 8 by creating a day-long track with some of the main contributors of Drupal 8. We’ve already announced that Jen Lampton and Larry Garfield will be providing double-length sessions on twig and Drupal 8 development, respectively. Over the next two weeks we’ll be announcing two more awesome “mystery” speakers that will complete our Drupal 8 track.

Anyone who has attended a DrupalCamp knows that the sessions go a long way toward deciding if a camp is worth the time, travel, and expense. While we’ve always allowed community members to submit session proposals for sessions they’d like to give, this year we’re adding a new option - the ability for attendees to propose sessions that they’d like to see. If you’re looking to attend our camp, and there’s something you’d like to see presented, request a session, and we’ll do our best to find a community member to present on the most popular requests.

Registration and session proposals are now open, the early-bird price to register is $25 - don’t delay, because we’ll be raising it soon (but we’re not going to tell you when). Your ticket gets you a camp t-shirt, entrance into all the sessions, and food and drinks throughout the day (and possibly unlimited bacon). Head on over to the coolest DrupalCamp web site you’ve ever seen to reserve your spot.

On Sunday, March 9, we’ll be having our annual “community day”, where we’ll be working with select local non-profit organizations in our Coding for a Cause effort to help build (or re-build) their web sites on Drupal. We’ll also have multiple code sprints and opportunities for you to learn how to increase your streed-cred by contributing your knowledge back to the Drupal community.

Florida DrupalCamp 2014 will be our second year in a row at the Florida Technical College (FTC). Conveniently located in east Orlando, FTC provides loads of free parking, easy access to major highways, and a staff that couldn’t be happier to help us welcome Drupalers from near and far.

Once again, Drupal-related organizations from all over the country have shown their support for Florida DrupalCamp by providing generous sponsorships. Mediacurrent is once again a Platinum sponsor, while Mandrill, Digital Frontiers Media, Lingotek, and Big Couch Media Group are our Gold sponsors. Sponsorship opportunities are still available - we’d love to have your organization participate and benefit from Florida DrupalCamp 2014.

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Nov 05 2013
Nov 05

Dear Drupalistas from all over Europe and beyond!

It's official - the schedule for DrupalCamp Vienna 2013 is now online:

We were pretty stunned by the fact that you folks submitted an awesome amount of 60 sessions. Selecting sessions always means that you have to draw a line at some point, but I really think that we were able to put together an outstanding line-up of Drupal and non-Drupal talks for this conference.

Keynotes anyone?

This is really exciting for us! Jeffrey aka. Jam McGuire from Acquia will kick-off the camp with his Friday keynote "Connecting Open Minds" that very much reflects our conference theme: connect with relevant experts from within and outside of the Drupal community.

Equally exciting, but from a totally different angle, John O'Nolan, founder of the Ghost project keynotes the second day of DrupalCamp Vienna: "Focus: The Value of Choosing Just One Thing at The Bazaar" is about the value of not diversifying, but doing just one thing - and doing it really, really well.


Give me some content!

We have plenty of it. There are 2 keynotes, 36 sessions in four tracks and a closing session with 9 featured speakers and don't forget about a specific track for BoFs plus an all-day coding lounge!

Which topics are being covered? 10 sessions are on coding & development, 9 sessions about front-end & design, 9 sessions on site building, 6 business sessions and both 1 session on content strategy as well as user groups & community.

Last chance to get your early bird tickets...

Almost 200 of you have already reserved their tickets, thanks a lot! If you haven't bought your ticket yet, please note that this Tuesday, 5th of November is the last day to get your conference pass on our special rate of only € 25,-.

Let's not forget about the trainings!

We'd also like to invite you again to check out our pre-conference trainings. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn the Symfony framework directly from the Sensio Labs CTO Freerich Bäthge and learn from Drupal experts such as: Gábor Hojtsy, the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative lead, Wolfgang Ziegler, creator of the Entity API and the Rules module or Sebastian Siemssen, the Omega 4.x maintainer. And finally, Jürgen Mayrbäurl from Microsoft offers a training to run Drupal on Windows Azure.


DrupalCamp Vienna 2013 is ready for you! Check out the schedule, help us spread the word and don't forget to connect with open minds, for example by using our twitter hashtag #dcvie!

Josef / dasjo from the DrupalCamp Vienna team.


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Nov 01 2013
Nov 01

Average: 5 (2 votes)

FLDC2014 Coasters

The Florida Drupal Users' Group is pleased to announced that the sixth annual Florida DrupalCamp (FLDC) will take place on Saturday, March 8, 2014 on the campus of beautiful Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Be sure to save this date in your calendar and make plans to join us for Florida's largest annual gathering of Drupal professionals, hobbyists, and newbies. Be sure to join our mailing list at fldrupalcamp.org or follow us at @fldruaplcamp for registration and session proposal information as it becomes available.

For the past two years, FLDC has attracted over 300 people for a full day of learning, networking, and plenty of surprises. For this year's camp, we're planning 5-7 simultaneous tracks, more giveaways, higher quality speakers, and the best DrupalCamp swag on the planet.

We got a jump on promoting FLDC2014 at the recent DrupalCamp Atlanta, where we handed out exclusive save-the-date drink coasters at the afterparty.

Winter Park is a suburb of Orlando, and Rollins College is situated in its quaint downtown area. We've been lucky enough to have two previous FLDCs at this venue, and we're exciting about returning this time around. Working with Rollins' Philanthropy and Non-profit Leadership Center, we're excited to be planning a track that specifically caters to the needs of non-profit organizations using Drupal.

Interested in helping out in the planning and organizing of FLDC2014? Contact us and we'll add you to the team!

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Jul 16 2013
Jul 16


2013-12-13 08:00 - 2013-12-14 17:00 America/New_York


The Central Ohio Drupal User Group (CODUG) is proud to announce Ohio's 3rd annual DrupalCamp:

Friday, Dec. 13th and Saturday, Dec. 14th, 2013.

DrupalCamp Ohio 2013 returns to The Ohio State University's Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and will include keynote speeches, topical sessions, Birds of a Feather breakouts, and code sprints. Learn more about Drupal Camp Ohio.

We are only in the beginning stages of planning so bear with us as we still have the 2012 site up. Registration will open in September.

For those of you interested in volunteering we would love to have your help, just let one of the organizers know and we will set you up in Open Atrium. We meet once every two weeks and need help with things like design, logistics, sponsor acquisition, marketing, site building, etc...

And of course if you want to sponsor please do :) This event costs $$ to plan and host without sponsors it would not work.

Lastly, thanks to the the sponsors we have had over the years, Acquia to providing us with web hosting, Phase2 for supporting Open Atrium, and all the people that make this even possible.

- Drupal Camp Ohio team

Jul 09 2013
Jul 09

Live in the Midwest and like Drupal? So do we! Or at least some of our team. And as such we'll be attending the annual Twin Cities DrupalCamp in force this year.

As a resident of Minneapolis I've been attending this camp regularly since its inception and it's always been a great opportunity to meet other local Drupal developers and to interact with those that I've known for years. Every year I'm delighted at the number of people who come to learn about Drupal. Last year we had nearly 300 people attend the camp. This year is shaping up to be just as good and myself, Andrew, and Emma will all be in attendance and would love to meet you. In addition to being there in person, we're happy to be a Gold sponsor this year, and we'll be giving away a free annual membership to Drupalize.Me as well!

I've also been participating in helping to organize the camp this year in a much larger capacity. I've normally poked my head in a bit here and there, but this year I've been involved with the entire session selection process: soliciting session submissions, helping to choose sessions, and contacting presenters. It's been a great way to get to know more of the people in the local community. We used the camp website for much of the content selection process and this year I also helped to build the website as well.


It's fun to get to meet people face-to-face rather than from the other side of the Internet. This camp is a great chance to meet our trainers as they do their thing in person. I dare say we're at least as much fun, if not more-so, in person.

The Drupalize.Me team will be presenting the following sessions:

I am really exited about the great content from all the speakers. And, unlike past years where we waited till the last minute to schedule everything, we're ahead of the curve this year and have already put together a complete schedule for the weekend.

Free PSD to Theme Workshop

Last year Emma was the keynote speaker at the camp and during her presentation announced that she would be open-sourcing her PSD to Theme workshop. This year Emma and Joe will be teaching a version of the PSD to Theme workshop that is completely free to the first 30 camp attendees that signup for the workshop. There was only one seat left at the time this blog post was written, so signup and get the last seat now (if it's not already too late)!

We're looking forward to seeing you at the camp in a couple of weeks. Be sure to say "hello"!

May 18 2013
May 18

Average: 5 (2 votes)

DrupalCamp AustinWe're super-excited to announce that we've been invited to present a half-day workshop during DrupalCamp Austin. The Camp takes place the weekend of June 21-23, 2013 and we'll be presenting "Getting Stuff into Drupal - Basics of Content Migration" from 1:30pm until 5:30pm on Saturday the 22nd. The workshop will cost $75 and we'll be covering the basics of three of the most common ways of importing content into Drupal: the Feeds, Migrate, and the Drupal-to-Drupal data migration (based on Migrate) modules. Interested? Check out all the details and then register today.

Over the past few years, we've performed various types of migrations into Drupal from all sorts of sources: static web sites, spreadsheets, other content management systems, and older versions of Drupal sites. Using this experience, we've developed an example-based workshop that demonstrates some of our go-to tools for bringing content into Drupal.

The workshop will be short on lecturing, and long on real-world examples. We'll import spreadsheet data using Feeds, a Drupal 6 site into Drupal 7 using Drupal-to-Drupal migration, and a custom migration using the Migrate module.

We're always looking for new and exciting workshops to offer - please take a few minutes and take this short survey to help us determine potential topics for future workshops.

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Apr 24 2013
Apr 24

Average: 5 (1 vote)

Opening sessionFlorida DrupalCamp 2013 took place on April 20 and 21, 2013 at the Florida Technical College in Orlando, Florida. Attended by almost 300 people, the camp featured 42 sessions, a fantastic keynote by Ryan Szrama (rszrama), 30+ volunteers, great food by 4Rivers, and four lucky organizations who benefitted from the all-day Coding for a Cause event. This was central Florida's fifth consecutive annual camp, and by all indications was well-received by everybody who attended. As is our custom, this blog post will serve to wrap up all aspects of the camp, including things that we could (should?) have done better.

As with most Drupal events, our camp would not have happened without all the hard work from our all-volunteer staff. While the Florida Drupal Community is spread out over a state that takes 14 hours to drive from Pensacola to Key West, when it comes to organizing a camp, we act as one group with a common goal: to put on the best camp anywhere. With weekly conference calls starting months before the event to our constantly active Open Atrium group, our volunteers take ownership of their tasks and have always delivered.

Happy camperThis year's group of volunteers added a new wrinkle to our camp - a good number of the organizers hadn't participated in previous year's camps. With the guidance and encouragment of the other organizers, this "fresh blood" added welcome energy and ideas to our groups. One of these new members is Tom Nguyen (tom_nguyen), who found, secured, and managed communication with the venue for this year's camp. When our previous host informed us that they were unable to host the 2013 edition of the camp due to building renovations, we spent several long weeks talking about potential venues, but it wasn't until Tom stepped up and visited some potential locations that we gained real momentum.


We could not have been happier with Florida Technical College and their staff's willingness to work with us to make this event a success. While the venue wasn't perfect (the auditorium wasn't large enought to hold everyone), virtually everything else about it was ideal. A large, conveniently-placed student lounge, a virtually unlimited supply of classrooms equipped with projectors and screens, more-than-adequate WiFi (always a big concern), ample free parking, all while being compact enough to encourage networking and discussion. Did I mention that it was free? Amazing, we know. The staff couldn't have treated us nicer, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.


Pramod JainI'm really going to try to be unbiased about this next topic, but it's going to be difficult. I've been to many DrupalCamps up-and-down the East Coast of the United States (and one in Europe) and I really believe that this was the highest quality lineup of sessions that I've ever seen at a camp. Our keynote was given by Ryan Szrama, lead developer of Drupal Commerce and Commerce Guys' VP of Community Development. Our all-day beginner track was presented by OSTraining, in addition we had 35 other sessions on topics ranging from running a Drupal shop to CSS/SASS/Compass to module development to Drupal 8. Don Vandemark (caelon) worked tirelessly to reach out to high-quality speakers around (and outside) the state. In addition, Shaun Heath (heaths1 - another newbie) arranged for a (large) portion of the sessions to be recorded by Utzu Logigan (durasro) of Davram Tech and will be made available online (soon!)


Our largest headache with the camp was the registration system. We messed up big-time in launching the site too quickly without fully testing the registration system configuration. While it worked great for individuals registering themselves, it failed more than it worked with attempting to register more than one person at a time. While we did determine the issue a couple of weeks into ticket sales, we were nervous about making any changes and risking the possibility of making things worse. Therefore, it fell on one of our volunteers to patiently answer emails from people having issues with registration and walking them through the process. In addition to this, Mike Herchel (mherchel) was also in charge of the marketing for the camp, spending countless hours sending emails, reaching out to other tech groups, and getting the word out through all possible means. Mike also stepped in to help with numerous other tasks - every camp needs someone like him who just gets stuff done (no, you can't have him).


Doug Hercules - the giveaway refereeAs if our attendees weren't getting enough for their registration fee, we had an amazing group of in-kind sponsors that provided books, DVDs, and other merchandise that was used in giveaways during the camp. Our official Florida DrupalCamp giveaway referee, Doug Hercules (dhercjr - another newbie), ran around blowing his whistle and making people participate in silly games all while handing out almost $1,000 worth of merchandise, including over 50 Drupal-related books.

Web site

The Drupal 7, COD-based (Conference Organizing Distribution) web site was a hand-me-down from DrupalCamp Atlanta with new content and a new theme. The theme was designed by Mike Herchel (yeah, the same guy) and implemented by himself, Adam Varn (hotsaucedesign), Erik Baldwin (BLadwin), and Jason Taber (companyguy). The site featured some amazing CSS3 animations and a fantastic responsive design that made the online session schedule super-easy to use. Linda Cook (lscook) and Dennis Solis (densolis - another camp organizer newbie) wrote virtually all of the content for the site while Andrew Riley (Andrew M Riley) and John Learned (JCL324) configured the site for our camp. The big takeaway from this year's camp is to build and test the full functionality of the web site early. Really early. And test the pants off it.


When it comes to designing our camp, we take a holistic approach and have a separate design committee that oversees all printed and electronic material to ensure consistency and professionalism. Erik Baldwin led this committee, working with numerous other volunteers including Cielo Johnson (C13L0 - another newbie), Roland Riddell (rols), Sandy Milligan (sandym), Phil Smith (SiliconValet), David Cruz (dimmech), Dorothy Cleary (dbdot), and Dustin Cooper (dustinjcooper). The groups designed badges, printed schedules, signs, t-shirts, and swag bags - all branded with the Florida Drupal Diver.


t-shirtRoland Riddell also worked with the rest of the design committee to come up with a fantastic t-shirt design that tied all of our branding together. With the first-ever (someone check me on this) giant octopus gracing the front of our t-shirts, and a school of fish (sponsors) on the back, this year's t-shirt design is our best yet (so long, camper!) One of the original Florida Drupal Group members, Joe Moraca (joemoraca) found a suitable vendor and ensured we had the t-shirts on-time (thanks to Mike Herchel, again).


As with most Drupal events around the world, there's no way we could have provided all of this for $25 without the crazy-generous support of our sponsors. Topping them off is Mediacurrent - within 8 minutes of my sending a sponsorship request message to Dave Terry, he had claimed the Platinum sponsorship: an amazing way for us to start our fund-raising drive. Mediacurrent's close relationship with Florida (about 10 of their employees are Florida-based) is one that we value greatly. In addition, we had four Florida-based Gold sponsors: Educational Data Resources, Big Couch Media Group, Digital Frontiers Media, and Purple Rock Scissors. A full list of all sponsors can be found at http://fldrupalcamp.org/sponsors. All told, our sponsors provided over $10,000, and we can't thank them enough.

Fiscal Partner

For the fourth year in a row, the Central Florida Computer Society acted as our fiscal partner. Bringing us in under their 501(c)(3) umbrella, providing accounting support, and providing the most friendly day-of volunteers we could ask for. It's a continuing partnership that we value greatly.


The overall budget for Florida DrupalCamp 2013 was a bit more than $16,000. Income came from sponsors (approximately 70%) and ticket sales. Once again, we managed to keep ticket prices at a minumum, offering an earlybird price ($20) to about half of the registrants, and including food, t-shirt, and a recyclable swag bag in the cost of a registration. Our largest expense was food (~$8,000), followed by session recordings (~$3,000), and t-shirts (~$2,500). The remainder of the expenses were for printing, marketing, and miscelleanous expenses. Overall, it looks like we'll have a small surplus that we'll use as seed money for future Florida Drupal events.


4Rivers cateringAs with other aspects of our local community, we are so lucky to have someone who volunteers to take on a task of this magnitude, then follows it through to the end, year-after-year. Angela Cacciola (PrincessAng417) once again took on the catering task, provided us with numerous options, put up with our ridiculous questions (seriously, why can't we have a milkshake bar?), and made it all look easy. This year's camp was catered by 4Rivers, a local BBQ resturant that was amazing. They provided a breakfast buffet (sorry we ran out of coffee!), a great lunch, snacks in the afternoon, and drinks all day. It was seemless, easy, and we had leftovers. Sweet.

Code Sprint

Albert Volkman (Albert Volkman) and Kevin Basarab (kbasarab) organized a full-day code sprint the day after the camp that mainly focused on Twig in Drupal 8 issues. A number of potential new contributors were on-ramped to reviewing issues, creating and reviewing patches, and the core contribution mentoring process.

Coding for a Cause

Ben Hosmer talking about Coding for a CauseOnce again, the Florida Drupal community was clear in their desire to give back to the community. This year, four non-profit organizations were selected to take part in our Coding for a Cause event, where volunteers get together for a full day of site building for each organization. Over 40 people participated in the event - check out this post for details on each organization's project. Ben Hosmer (bhosmer) led a team of volunteers in making it all happen, including project managers Maggie Ardito (marguerite), Ryan Price (liberatr), Robert Laszlo (laszlocore), and Dawn Borglund (dborglund).


The Florida Drupal Community continues to lead the way in organizing a completely volunteer planned and run event whose mission it is to spread knowledge and confidence in using Drupal. We recently sent out a survey to all attendees, I look foward to sharing the results of that survey in a future blog post, although I'm confident in what the results will show. Compared with our 2012 effort, we definitely improved in several areas:

  1. Caroline Achee (cachee), Karan Garske (karang) and Natalie Roberts (anzi31 - first time volunteer) ensured that our day-of registration lines flowed smoothly and quickly. Last year's was much less-than-ideal, and the changes we implemented this year (multiple lines, including two people dedicated to registration issues) were exactly what we needed.
  2. Don Vandemark found us a great location for our afterparty. It was more than large enough to hold all of us, provided reasonably-priced food and drink, as well as promoted networking that continued for hours after the sessions ended. This is something we'd lacked at previous camps, and the difference was amazing.
  3. We worked with the catering company to ensure there were multiple lines for everything to keep the traffic flow moving. Less waiting in lines meant more time for people to talk about Drupal!

Overall, it was a weekend that the Florida Drupal Community can be proud of!

Photos by Kevin Basarab, Hewie Poplock, Bryan Buxton, and myself (Michael Anello). Thanks to Doug Hercules for helping out with this post!

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Apr 21 2013
Apr 21

Average: 5 (2 votes)

Caught doing good braceletsFlorida DrupalCamp 2013 invited four local non-profit organizations to take part in our annual Coding for a Cause event. Held the day after the camp sessions, over 30 volunteers help with site-building, theming, and content management tasks for the lucky organizations.

This year's event focused on four local 501(c)(3) non-profits that were selected from the application process. Each selected organization was required to agree to:

  • work with a project manager prior to the event
  • attend a full day of beginner training sessions on Saturday
  • participate in the site-build on Sunday

The four organizations are:


An Orlando-based organization focusing on supporting recreation, education, and volunteer activities for elderly, disabled, and homeless persons. In addition to individual volunteer projects, Helpertunity's goal for 2013 is to advocate for technology access and mobile resources for care facilities (nursing homes, care shelters, and adult day programs) in Florida. Volunteers are creating a web site to allow donors to connect, learn, and build trust with the organziation so that on-going projects can continue and grow. http://www.helpertunity.org

East Coast Greenway (Florida Chapter)

A Florida-based chapter of the national East Coast Greenway organization focused on advocacy, support, and development of the 3,000 mile multi-use greenway route between Maine and Key West. The project involves creating a pilot web site whose goal is to futher engage and expand volunteer activity in trail-building and advocacy. The pilot web site will be focused on building community support for the Florida portion of the trail. http://www.helpertunity.org

Orlando Music Club

A Central Florida-based foundation that provides scholarships to students interested in studying music. They also provide music resources for teachers as well as a matching service putting students, teachers, and music resources together. Volunteers will be rebuilding their existing web site with a new design, updated content, and improved functionality. http://orlandomusicclub.org

Urban Rethink

Urban Rethink is an Orlando-based creative hub that focuses on co-working and community events as part of the Urban Think Foundation. The project consists of expanding their informational website to include user-generated content and social media-style pages for their co-working members. Specifically, an infrastructure for creating online photo albums will be built, and non-technical volunteers will be migrating photos from the past several years' worth of Urban Rethink events. In addition, the design of the site is being upgraded to be mobile- and tablet-friendly. http://urbanrethink.com/

Stay tuned to the @fldrupalcamp twitter feed for site launch announcements when available.

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Apr 05 2013
Apr 05

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Florida Drupal DiverWe're trying something new this year at Florida DrupalCamp 2013 (Saturday, April 20 - tickets on sale now for just $25) and we're looking for some (financial) help to get it done.

We'd like to be able to record all sessions and post them online for the entire Drupal community. In order to do so effectively, we've decided to hire Davram Tech (contact me if you'd like to be put in touch with them) to take care of it for us. Utzu from Davram Tech has agreed to travel to our camp, record all the sessions, and upload them to a video hosting site of our choice. The interesting thing about it is that it is going to provide a valuable new sponsorship opportunity for our camp. The sponsorship of a session video will allow the sponsor to add branding to the start and finish of the video - as long as it remains online. This type of ongoing branding is surely worth much more than we're charging for it (more on that later).

Of course, hiring an organization to do all the work of recording sessions isn't free. In our case, it works out to about $150 per session. We raised a good deal of money from our amazing sponsors, but not quite enough to have full coverage of all sessions. So, we decided that, at a minimum, we're going to record 20 sessions. These 20 sessions will be sponsored by our existing Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsors. The remaining 16 (or so) session are officially up-for-grabs. We're looking for some additional sponsors to pony up $150 for each session video they'd like to sponsor. Interested? Let me know.

Here's the way it works: we're letting our current sponsors pick the sessions they'd like to sponsor. After that, it's first-come, first-serve. Want to get your organizations name permanently attached to a #fldc13 session video? Let me know.

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Mar 31 2013
Mar 31

Drupal CampKick off for Drupal Camp Pakistan in Lahore was a strange affair! unfamiliarity with the local culture of the metropolis meant we went through a steep learning curve in the morning!

Registration opened at 0900 and by 1000 only half a dozen people had turned up! We were told by the University reps none of the students would be turning up till 1130 – there were classes going on but did not expect industry to be sleeping in!

The few locals who did turn up on time, near on time were quite relaxed… ‘this is a Saturday in Lahore’ we were told, relax.. ‘you said 0930 reg closes right, so they’ll be running an hour late for sure’. All but one took kindly to the norm of his city folk, we ended up getting blame for not organising things properly! I guess the expectation was that we ought to either kick off on time with 8 people in a room that accommodates 100 or to go around waking people up, dressing them, feeding them and bringing them to the camp! WTF!

UNhappy DrupalerOur sincere apologies to Ali Ahmed for deciding to wait for the masses before we kicked the camp off. As forecasted by the locals the Lahoris started trickling in past 1000 and we kicked off at 1015 with a call to Jacob Singh across the border in Bangalore. Jacob had arranged for us to connect with a Bangalore Drupal meetup over Skype (Thank you) and that got me super excited… the prospect of connecting the two neighbouring communities is on every doves mind! this was going to be awesome… well it was until we introduced a local Trainer to the group in Bangalore! and in the interest of politeness I will not name this individual but he really f**ked it up!  This bafoon went off on an idiotic nationalistic rant as far removed from the spirit of community as pluto is from the third rock! it took him 15 seconds to sabotage what was going to be a historic moment for the two communities! It took me a moment to step in and push the fool aside and try and recover from it, 40 local Drupalers and me were in a total state of shock! The look on everyones faces called for a public lynching! I and the 40 odd Pakistani Drupalers in the room have to hand it to the guys in Bangalore for their maturity for brushing aside the idiots comments, thank you Anil and the Bangalore meet up group! I guess every community has an idiot amongst them.

Having been taken off guard, felt like I’d been thrown out of a plane without a parachute, I cut the call with the Bangalore Drupalers short and it was time to set some freaking ground rules!
I took the fool to task as did all the locals. I did not travel 6000+ KM from London to Lahore via Dubai and Islamabad, running on less the 8 hours of sleep over the last 72 hours…. for this! What was heartening was the audience in mass was was calling for blood! LOL letting him know publicly that he is a racist, the fool tried to recover with stupid logic that only a fool can conjure up! The positive from the drama was a racist fool was unveiled and now the local community knows who to avoid like the plague.

Enough of the fool,  rest of the session was spent on a very constructive discussion on borderless communities, OS playing its part to transcend differences of all sorts… and why complete strangers were taking time off from London, Gent, Brighton, Bangalore to Helsinki on a Saturday to share their experiences, and how grateful the locals were for it. It was time to move on…. it was pleasant to hear in a room of 50 odd people by now no one else shared the bigot’s views.

If you are reading this post you know who you are, climb out of your cave of ignorance fella’

Drupal Camp

Fouad Bajwa – innovation is driven from within

Our next speaker was a local open source advocate, Fouad Bajwa who adapted his discussion well to pick up where I left off.. on individual mind-set and culture being the biggest barriers to innovation and growth.

I would have gone into a live commentary of every session as I did from the Islamabad camp but we were not provided wifi access,  bandwidth had been dedicated for the Skype calls… the submarine cable issue under the Suez Canal had not been sorted out, connectivity though fair still wasn’t it’s awesome self and it was more important for our speakers to have all the bandwidth dedicated to the calls…  reporting back to the community could wait till I was back in Islamabad!

Jennifer Tehan's session on backend usability was the most popular session amongst the advanced track

Jennifer Tehan’s session on backend usability was the most popular session amongst the advanced track

Given a late start we had to shuffle things around, by lunch time we had 70 folks in attendance as opposed to the 118 registered for it! and in majority it was the industry that failed to show up! as classes finished more and more students came around to the camp, few already dabbling with Drupal, most plain curious.

Drupal Camp Kubair Shirazee

Me being my Evangelical self

Post lunch we broke off to separate tracks, I went on evangelising and fielding some tough questions on why Drupal from a very informed bunch of CS students near graduation, the advanced tracks did not see the numbers for the industry failed to turn up! the training sessions were well attended and about 40 odd students went through the Hello Drupal sessions.

Amar Mahboob from Kubaku Tech - Flown in from Karachi to attend

Amar Mahboob from Kubaku Tech – Flown in from Karachi to attend and speak at the Camp

All in all Drupal Camp Pakistan in Lahore was a mixed bag… as far as our objectives went, we ticked the introduce Drupal to students box, we ticked the train upwards of 30 students box (we trained 41 to be precise), we ticked the get academia involved box but failed to get the industry to turn up in mass and network with potential future Drupalers!

The most interesting conversations I had was with a number of Professors and associate professors who turned up to feed their own

Deen of IT dpeaking to the mostly student audience - make the most of what the industry shares with you

Deen of IT (Dr Abdul Aziz) speaking to the mostly student audience – make the most of what the industry shares with you

curiosity, of them one needs a special mention Bilal Arshad, who is spearheading the university’s links with industry and has invited us back to the university to evangelise about Drupal and other emerging technologies on a regular basis. This part of the rock certainly needs more folks like Bilal to align the academic curriculum to the practical needs of the industry as well as global demand for talent and skills.

Our closing was spectacular, the Deen for IT from the university turned up impromptu to talk to what was in majority his students and big up our efforts for bringing the camp to his school and insisted that students drink deep from the Drupal spring and maintain contact with those they met from Industry on the day.

Lastly acknowledgements!

Thank you Fida, Atiq, Khurram, Umair and Ahmed from team ikonami for their hard work in organising the camp, its site and everything else before, on the day and after! excellent show cranes – mighty proud of the team. Thank you to our project managers for allowing the team to take time off to organise  the Camp.

Thank you Jennifer, Stefan, Aaron, Dominique, Jacob, Ronald, Fouad, Amar, Anil Sagar (and the Drupalers in Bangalore), Shakeel and Atta for taking time out on a Saturday to share your knowledge and experiences with the community in Lahore! we all appreciate it immensely! it was a shame Mr Purkiss had to cancel bu Steve had a good reason for it.

Thank you Acquia, AberdeenCloud, Kubaku and ikonami for supporting the Camp with their sponsorships.

And lastly, thank you Dr. Muhammad Iqbal, Bilal Arshad, Armaghan and the IT department at University of Central Punjab for hosting the camp and their assistance on the day!

Mar 14 2013
Mar 14

Average: 3.5 (2 votes)

Florida Drupal DiverThe fifth annual Florida DrupalCamp is now open for registration! DrupalEasy is proud to be a sponsor for this year’s FLDC as well as being involved in the planning and execution of the camp through not only myself, but also through our network of contractors and graduates from our two local DrupalEasy Career Starter Program sessions. A full day of sessions on Saturday, April 20 as well as Coding for a Cause and a code sprint on Sunday, April 21 will provide ample learning, sharing, networking, and socializing opportunities for technologists interested in expanding their Drupal knowledge and network.

Over the past five years we’ve grown from a small (less than 100 people) event held in a sponsor’s office to one of the largest DrupalCamps in the southeast. This year we’re expecting well over 300 attendees at the Florida Technical College campus. For only $20 (early-bird price), attendees will be fed all day (by an amazing local caterer), be outfitted in one of the coolest DrupalCamp t-shirts I’ve seen (IMHO), be able to choose from six simulatenous tracks of sessions, and enjoy a keynote presentation by one of the nicest people in the Drupal community: Ryan Szrama of Commerce Guys.

Obviously, an event of this magnitude wouldn’t be affordable for many people without the participation of our extremely generous sponsors. Our Platinum sponsor, Mediacurrent - while based in Atlanta - employes a significant number of telecommuters who live in Florida. Within minutes of my contacting them about being a sponsor for FLDC, they had committed to being our top-level sponsor.

For the past few years, we’ve worked with the Central Florida Computer Society as our fiscal sponsor. In addition to acting as our sponsor 501(c)(3) organization, they generously provide us with accounting support and a small army of volunteers the day of the camp.

With our usual venue currently undergoing renovations, the Florida Technical College (FTC) stepped up and offered us the use of their entire building (over 20 classrooms!) for the entire weekend of the event. As part of our agreement, we hope to introduce a significant number of FTC students to Drupal.

Florida Drupal DiverIn addition to registration being open, we’re also accepting session proposals for the camp. We’ve added an “Off the Drupal Island” track to encourage our community to learn about complementary technologies, and have arranged for the trainers from OS Training to provide a full-day beginner track as part of the camp.

We’re expanding our normal Sunday events this year to include a code sprint. If you’re interested in learning how to contribute back to the Drupal community, this is a great opportunity to learn how to work on community based tasks - including code, documentation, and cat-herding. Coding for a Cause is back for its third consecutive year - during this event volunteers will build an entire web site for multiple local non-profit organizations. We’re currently accepting applications, so if you know of a Florida-based non-profit looking for a new web site, please send them to the application.

Getting back to our sponsors for a moment, Digital Frontiers Media (a Sarasota-based Drupal shop), Big Couch Media Group (a Palm Beach-based Drupal shop), Purple Rock Scissors (an Orlando-based digital creative agency), and Educational Data Resources (a Winter Park-based educational technology company) are on-board as Gold sponsors. These organizations, as well as the rest of our sponsors deserve all the credit for providing the financial support necessary to bring our community together. Thank you!

There’s a lot more to this event that I haven’t covered: a discount hotel rate, an after-party that we’re still in the midst of planning, plenty of giveaways, and the opportunity to purchase limited-edition polo shirts with our beloved Drupal Diver logo!

The hosts and organizers, the Florida Drupal Users’ Group is a diverse groups of community leaders from all of Florida. While we have various meetups in all parts of the state, we take pride in the fact that we utilize http://groups.drupal.org/florida as our “home base” and do our best to act as a single community.

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Jan 21 2013
Jan 21

Don't miss out on all these great sessions, sprints, and low-cost trainings! Just $10. Brought to you by the San Diego Drupal User's Group, Sage Tree Solutions, Qualcomm, and KWALL. http://sandcamp.org

Dec 06 2012
Dec 06


2013-01-25 08:30 - 2013-01-26 19:00 America/Los_Angeles


Event url: 

San Diego Drupal Users Group Ramping Up to Kick off 4th Annual SANDcamp! Jan. 24-26 @UC San Diego, CA

The time has come to start counting down the days for San Diego Drupal Camp 2013! This year's action packed program of events in beautiful, sunny San Diego will give the Drupal community the opportunity to educate and learn about the Drupal content management system.
This year’s camp is full of action packed sessions for CEOs, Developers, CTOs, Themers, and newcomers as well as specific training workshops for beginners and advanced Drupal users.
Session topics to include:

Responsive Web Design
Selling Drupal
Sass, Compass and Aurora
Server Architecture
Phoenix Case Study
Comic-Con Panel
and many more, check out the schedule!

Sprints are also going to be a big part of this year’s camp and will include:

In addition - a Higher Education session track will also be available for the marketing and website decision makers at higher educational institutions who might be looking for the right content management system to maximize their marketing and revenue goals.
During SANDcamp, attendees will get the chance to listen to keynotes Greg Knaddison, who will discuss ideas pertinent to today's Drupalers regarding how life is on the other side of the fence when using Drupal for a venture capital-funded product company, and Ezra Gildesgame, Acquia's Distribution Guru, who will discuss the future of upcoming endeavors for the newest Drupal 8.
Come for Drupal, stay for the community after-parties!

Friday: Rock Bottom, hosted by KWall Company
Saturday: Porter’s Pub, hosted by Sage Tree Solutions

For more information on SANDcamp and to register for the event, visit https://sandcamp.org.
Special thanks to all of our Sponsors!!!

Nov 27 2012
Nov 27


DrupalCamp Ohio is happening this weekend at Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. On Saturday, December 1st, Lullabot's very own Jeff Robbins will be giving the keynote talk. Jeff always gives entertaining talks and this one will be happening at 11am in the auditorium. If you're within driving distance of Columbus, get yourself to DrupalCamp this weekend! And if you make it there, be sure to check out Jeff's talk.

We'll have several Lullabots in attendance. If you spot us, please come by and say hello. We love meeting new people.

Nov 19 2012
Nov 19

The site is ScienceScape.org, a repository of scientific research going back to the 19th century, down to the latest biotechnology and cancer release.

Update: You can watch a video of the presentation on Vimeo.

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Nov 05 2012
Nov 05

Ixis are delighted to be sponsoring the forthcoming DrupalCamp North West, which is being held at Salford University’s business school at MediaCity UK.

The event is the brainchild of the North West Drupal User Group, bringing together developers, themers and those using, or interested in, Drupal and will be held on 23-25 November.

Friday is entitled Drupal Means Business - giving delegates and businesses the opportunity to network with potential partners and learn from enthusiasts in the digital industry. The business day is aimed at Digital Managers, Marketing Managers and IT Procurement Managers.

Business sessions will include case studies from our clients including Epilepsy Action and the British Council sharing learning and knowledge on open source projects. 

Saturday will be a session-based format targeted at developers, with guest speakers and sessions held throughout the venue. Sunday gives the attendees the chance to decide the topics and formats of discussion. Popular proposed topics will be curated and groups will then enjoy a day of debate and collaborative discussions. Speakers confirmed include Morton DK and Josh Koenig, both active and prolific Drupal developers. Our very own Mike Carter will be hosting a session during the camp which is not to be missed!

We will also be recruiting during the weekend, so speak to us if you think you're right for Ixis, we are always looking for good developers with a strong PHP background, Linux Sys Admins and client services staff.

Ixis are supporting the event via sponsorship and also help with marketing and promotion of the event. Find out how you can spread the word too here.

You can book your place for the business day here and the developer days via the site here

We look forward to seeing you there!

Oct 31 2012
Oct 31

Drupal Camp Seoul 2012 was held on October 6th Saturday 2PM for the first time in Korea.

Drupal Camps in North American or European countries tend to hold sessions, talks by inviting industry and community leaders and for networking opportunities for existing drupallers but we focused on introducing Drupal to people new to drupal or never heard of it.

The event attracted 80 people at a meeting room of National Information Society Agency.
Thanks to Drupal Association's Community Grant program, we were lucky to have video shooting of the event to share on youtube with others who didn't come and also who will get to know about Drupal more in the future.
You can watch videos here.

Noah(nickname) offered to shoot and edit the event with great price and spent so many nights and days for better formatting for video sharing and editing etc. Thanks to him as well!

Drupal Camp Seoul presentation pdf, ppt files can be viewed and downloaded here http://drupal.or.kr/camp-seoul

Seokwon Yang(nick name ejang-means chief of village) took the initiatives on organizing and seeking place to hold and even getting sponsorship from hosting company.
He presented first session on "Drupal?"
General drupal intro but it was very informative and fun presentation as he had a great sense of humor with knowledge. :)

Second session was "Drupal 101" presented by Gyuhyon Kim(gyuhyon), CEO of NextAeon which is web and mobile agency developing many sites with Drupal for long time in Korea.

He introduced more details on Drupal along with interesting fact on Drupal meaning and origin etc.

Third session was "Drupal installation"
Jongcheol Jang(cooljc) showed how to install Drupal 7 on local evnvironment with LAMP + Drupal 7+ basic setting for site.

Also he introduced some of people in older age starting something new in their lives and hoped and encouraged Drupal camp Seoul attendees to be open-minded and try something new in life and explore drupal as well.

Fourth session was "Using Drupal" by Youngcheol Hong(mozodev) who developed www.drupal.or.kr and has been on Drupal community for more than 4 years. He introduced popular, essential, recommended modules and explained in depth on terms in Drupal.

Fifth session was by Gyuhyon Kim(gyuhyon) again and he shared his drupal developing and projects experience and challenges with real live sites and backend admin as well. It was very practical and interesting to learn all the possibilities without knowing the code well like programmers.

Sixth session was by me Jiyoung Yun(HappyJiyoung) about my experience at DrupalCon Munich in August. I presented session with lots of photos I took there and what I learned and experienced and also what's on in drupal community.

For English speakers
This is my recent DrupalCon Munich experience sharing presentation in Beijing meetup in English
DrupalCon Munich presentation slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/HappyJiyoung/happy-jiyoung-goestodrupalconmuni...

Last session was open talk with major CMS in Korea
"Drupal vs WordPress vs XE vs Joomla"
We invited community member from WordPress and Xpress Engine(the most popular Korean CMS) and Gyuhyon for Drupal, me for Joomla.
We talked about some differences and strength and pros and cons on each CMS and what we think personally.

After the event was over after 4 hours, some of us went for beer and more talk.

Soon after Drupal Camp Seoul, there was developer's conference scheduled on Oct 12th and we got the opportunbity to share and introduce Drupal as an open source project to Korea's biggest web/dev conference organized by Daum Communications(Korea's one of the biggest search engine and community supporting company).
Daum offered us free booth and gift items to give to conference participants.
And we(Drupal community) were selected for representing at the conference as open source project communities in Korea.

It was very nice timing to spread Drupal to Korea soon after Drupal Camp Seoul 2012. Also I learned a lot from this event how we could orgnize and prepare better next time.

Introducing Drupal to Korean developers/web enthusiasts on DevOn

Many people came to our booth and showed interest and asked questions and Youngtaek Hong(mozodev) and Jongcheol(cooljc) were sharing their knowledge and passion with attendees. Also Gyuhyon was there and I think ejang did great job getting us to be presented at the Daum devon conference. Thanks to everyone! :)
It was from morning to early evening whole day conference. We talked a lot and was little tired at the end but had lots of fun sharing Drupal love with many people. :)

Also Youngtaek(mozodev) had opportunity to give community lightning talk. His talk in in 25 min timeline in Korean.

Gyuhyon took photos at the conference here.

Thanks to Daum communication giving us free booth and even gifts to visitors to our Drupal booth.

Community lightning talk of mozodev

Three of us cooljc, mozodev, HappyJiyoung stayed till the end took photo for the memory :)

And after our active Drupal events and introducing to Korea, we are going to have first official(laptop/training/sharing tips) meetup on Nov 11th at the meeting room of Next Aeon in Yeonsei University.
WE named it "Drupal Playground" for the meetup. :)

First meetup, we decided to have with 10 people due to space capacity and as it's first meetup...we wanted to have more personal, closer interaction.
Sign up page in Korean

We love drupal and hope many people in Korea will know about Drupal and use it. As Drupal is great and great things to be shared with others. :)

I thank to ejang who lead the Drupal Seoul Camp and got us spot on DevOn and gyuhyon, mozodev and cooljc for participating/sharing/getting active and involved. So much fun to get involved with these nice people about Drupal! :)

Also sincere thank to Miz host for sponsoring at Drupal Camp Seoul 2012 by giving us free hosting space for 6 months.
National Information Society Agency for letting us use their space for free.
Thanks to Noah who did great video shooting and editing with great price!
Thanks to Drupal Association for granting for video shooting and all the support and kind communication.
And so much thanks goes to many many Drupal community members who shared sites, resources, their event organization experience.
Also I thank so much to Ben Wilding from London whom I met at DrupalCon Munich. Sharing his event tips and letting me know about recourses and giving me advice to organize events, especially Drupal Camp in Korea and the pure attitude etc. :)

Drupal Seoul website(Drupal Korea name was taken long time ago and has community site but not so active so to avoid name conflict we call Drupal Seoul even though it is more like Drupal Korea):
Drupal Korean Users Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/kdrupal/

Thank you for all your kind support! :)

Oct 23 2012
Oct 23

The Drupalize.Me team loves to attend Drupal events, and we're stoked to be going to BADcamp in Berkeley, California next week, along with a whole group of Lullabots. BADcamp is, by far, the largest free Drupal event, clocking in with over 1500 attendees this year. It remains a free event due to strong sponsorship, and Drupalize.Me is proud to be a Contributing Sponsor this year. In addition to the great fun to be had (Pirate costume party!), and the tons of sessions (over 90), there are a number of sprints, topical summits, training days, and a job fair.

We're particularly excited about the two days of free training being offered as well, as we'll be giving our Community Tools workshop in a new full-day format (we are repeating the same workshop on both days). Previously we have done this workshop in a half-day to get people bootstrapped as quickly as possible, covering the basics of using IRC, the Drupal issue queue, getting a local development site, and touching the tip of the iceberg with Git. With the nice open schedule of a full day at BADcamp though, we can really dive into more detail and cover more tools, including Drush in the mix, and spending time to really get people more familiar with Git.

After two days of training fun, you'll be seeing Lullabots all over the place during the camp. Both Joe and I have sessions, in addition to many other Lullabots:

  • "Views. Huh! What is it good for?" by Joe Shindelar
  • "The Drupal Ladder" by Addison Berry, with Karyn Cassion
  • "Flexible Image Galleries with File Entities" by Nate Haug
  • "Introduction to Module Development" by Matt Kleve
  • and also "Node Access for Common Folks With Uncommon Problems" by Matt Kleve
  • "Do More with LESS" by Sean Lange
  • "Drupal Talk with Crell and Eaton" with Jeff Eaton and Larry Garfield
  • "Going Mobile" by Sally Young and Blake Hall
  • "Building Communities using Organic Groups" by Andrew Berry

You can also get a peek at how the Drupalize.Me mobile apps were developed by attending Sumit Kataria's session, "In-depth : Creating Native Mobile Apps with Drupal as Base."

This is going to be a blast! If you are going to be attending BADcamp as well, make sure you find us out and about, or swing by our booth, so we can meet you, say "hi," and get a sparkly, limited-edition BADcamp pony sticker. See you in California soon!

Oct 03 2012
Oct 03

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DrupalCamp South Florida

Dive In! Registration is now open for DrupalCamp South Florida, Saturday, October 20, 2012 at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The Florida Drupal User Group is again the dive master for this second year camp, which will be bigger and and go deeper than last year. You can follow all the latest developments via @fldrupalcamp and #dcsfl.

The $20 registration for the camp includes a full day of sessions, lunch, and an awesome t-shirt (hint: Crockett and Tubbs).

We're also now accepting session proposals for the camp. If you're an aspiring Drupal site builder, themer, module developer, or project manager, positioning yourself as an expert by presenting a session is one of the best ways to get gain experience and get your skills and name known to the local community. Four tracks are open for session proposals: Commerce, Development, Design, and Social Media. Let us know if you have an idea for a session that doesn't fit into one of these tracks, and we'll see what we can do.

There will also be a fifth, pre-planned session track for beginners that I’m honored to present on the request of the organizing committee. We are modifying DrupalEasy’s popular Zero to Drupal workshop for the full-day of beginner sessions. I believe the five sessions planned will get novices up-to-speed with the basics of building a Drupal site and give them the desire and confidence to learn more.

Florida’s burgeoning Drupal Empire has really jumped in to help fill our tanks with generous sponsorships for this year’s event ! First and foremost, we can't thank Nova Southeastern University enough for providing us with the space for the camp. They continue to go out of their way to help ensure that the event will be a success - we'd be nowhere (literally!) without them. In addition, two Platinum sponsors ponied up $1,000 each: Big Couch Media (West Palm Beach) and Silicon Valet (Miami) - these two Drupal development shops are cornerstones of the South Florida Drupal community. DrupalEasy (Central Florida) is sponsoring at the Silver level ($500) and Woven (Miami) and Radiant Blue Technologies (Central Florida) round out the sponsors at the Bronze level ($250). If your organization, or others that you know would like to be involved, it's not too late - contact me for more information. Individuals can also support the camp by purchasing an individual sponsorship during the online registration process for $40.

One new feature to this camp is the "consulting room". We'll have Drupal experts staffing the room all day during the event, so if you need some buddy-breathing...one-on-one time to solve a tricky problem, or get some "best practices" advice, this is the place to check out. We'll also have information about the Drupal Association - what it is and why it is a vital part of our community.

Finally, what's a DrupalCamp without an after party? This year we'll again come up for air at the Tijuana Taxi Company for food, beverages, and a chance to re-hash the day with fellow attendees.

If you haven't attended a DrupalCamp before, this is a great opportunity to test the waters and experience the best part of Drupal - its people!

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Sep 19 2012
Sep 19

On behalf of the SF Bay Area Drupal community, I want to invite everyone to attend this year's Bay Area Drupal Camp (BADCamp) hosted on the beautiful campus of the University of California at Berkeley from Thursday, November 1st through Sunday, November 4th. Now in its sixth year, BADCamp is the flagship Drupal event of the San Francisco Bay Area and is expected to draw almost 2000 attendees for four days of summits, sessions, sprints, and social events.

Everyone involved in BADCamp has been working hard for the last six months to make something really special happen this November and we invite everyone in the Drupal community to join the magic by to attend BADCamp 2012!

This year BADCamp will be offering 6+ tracks of amazing Drupal sessions (submit one today!), offering a dozen training sessions from some of the best companies in the industry, holding eight different summits on a variety of cutting edge topics, hosting a wide range of code sprints, and throwing a great pirate themed party on Saturday night - all taking place in the world class San Francisco Bay Area!

BADCamp Summits - Thursday and Friday
On Thursday and Friday, BADCamp will feature topic specific "summits" focusing on a wide range of different topics. Although Drupal is growing rapidly and our community is expanding, day long summits are BADCamp's way of keeping the small event feel and giving attendees a chance to connect with folks like them in an intimate and focused session led by some of the most knowledgable folks in that space. This year BADCamp will offer the following summits:

  • New in 2012! Drupal DevOps Summit - A full day of discussion and strategizing on cutting edge system administration and operations practices to make Drupal scale to millions and connect with a wide range of emerging technologies.
  • New in 2012! Drupal Business Owners Summit - BADCamp's take on the traditional "business summit" which will focus on connecting Drupal business owners together to make better Drupal businesses and help make Drupal a better place for everyone.
  • New in 2012! Drupal UX/UI Summit - A focused summit on all things related to UX/UI, with a strong focus on UX/UI improvements in Drupal 8
  • New in 2012! Drupal Product Summit - A discussion of all things related to Drupal distributions and products from a range of experts in the Drupal distribution and product space.
  • New in 2102! Drupal Mobile Summit - A gathering of designers, engineers, and sitebuilders to jam about mobile - what it can do, what we've done, and where we're going to bring Drupal to every device.
  • Drupal Non Profit Summit - A space for non-profit tech people to connect with each other and share knowledge about the pros, cons, highs, and lows of using Drupal in the non-profit world.
  • Drupal Higher Education Summit - A day filled with university folks sharing their stories about how higher education uses Drupal to improves the lives of faculty, students, and staff across the country.
  • Core Developer Summit - An intense day of focused work and planning for everyone interested in core development (new people welcome!) and how to make Drupal 8 the best it can be.

BADCamp Training - Thursday and Friday
On Thursday and Friday, leading Drupal training providers will help BADCamp attendees learn more about Drupal. We are offering the following classes:

  • Drupal Immersion for Beginners
  • Drupal Community Tools: From IRC to Git
  • PHP for Non-Programmers
  • Multilingual Drupal Sites
  • Drupal E-Commerce
  • Theme Development
  • Node.js

BADCamp Sessions and BoFs - Saturday and Sunday
On both Saturday and Sunday, BADCamp will feature sessions and BoFs from leading lights in the Drupal community about a wide range of topics - including a strong focus on the latest and greatest efforts for Drupal 8. We just started accepting sessions, but you can check out our proposed session list and submit your own today. BoFs will be handled on a first come, first served basis during the conference so be sure to check the our whiteboards for the latest and greatest.

In addition, there will also be a large exposition hall for all our wonderful sponsors, several evening parties to chat Drupal and otherwise with your fellow attendees, plenty of code sprints hosted in our ChX coder lounge, and a wider range of associated events happening at the social event of the season, BADCamp 2012.

BADCamp is a volunteer run and free to attend event put on by the San Francisco Bay Area Drupal community to help make Drupal an even better community and content management system. It is most important that you come to the camp and have a good time, but if you are able to please sponsor the event as an individual or company. If you have any questions about anything BADCamp, please contact us and see everyone this November!

Jul 10 2012
Jul 10

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As the new marketing coordinator for Phase2 Technology, I have really enjoyed getting involved in NYC Drupal events and getting to know the NYC Drupal community better. It has been very exciting to help organize and plan NYC Camp, (pronounced Nice Camp) a New York City mini-conference, which will be held on July 19th through 23rd.

This will be the first mini-con in NYC and the east coast. With all the talent and Drupal enthusiasts in the NYC metro area, this 5 day event is an exciting prospect for the NYC Drupal community and I think it will complement the other great regional Drupal Camps like DrupalCamp NYC, CapitalCamp (the following weekend in DC!) and Drupaldelphia. NYC Camp will include pre-trainings, sessions, keynotes, summits, sprints, contrib and Drupal barn-raising. This event is chock full o’ Drupal and there are even a few surprises planned for attendees! This inaugural event is exciting for a number of reasons...

NYC Camp will have an amazing lineup of speakers! We are very lucky to have some Drupal legends as keynotes and speakers:

Killer Sessions from Phase2 folks:

Although there will be sessions for all skill levels, NYC Camp’s goal is to get attendees to push themselves over the largest learning curves, the beginner Drupaler, and those experienced Drupal Devs who want to get to the next level. The hope is that this focus on beginner and advanced skill levels will complement the focus of the other excellent DrupalCamps in the northeast.

Learning Curve

A major goal of NYC Camp is to empower all attendees to be able to contribute to the Drupal project as well as get involved in the community no matter what skill level. We are providing free pre-trainings on Thursday for Drupal Newbies so that they will be confident about Drupal basics by the time the sessions and Keynotes begin. Sunday and Monday, NYC Camp will be devoted to contribution. All attendees of every skill level will be able to contribute whether it is in a sprint, NYC Community BoFs, or working on “barn-raising” nodes.

NYC Camp will take place in the beautiful Faculty House at Columbia University on July 19th-23rd. Find out more about NYC Camp here, and register! Hope to see you there!


As marketing coordinator at Phase2, Annie is involved in the open source events in the New York metro area. She really enjoys engaging the lovely Drupal Community and promoting Phase2 to prospects, clients, staff members, and the greater ...

Jun 20 2012
Jun 20


D4D. The 4th annual drupal design camp boston, the drupal community's first camp dedicated to design, takes place on sat and sun july 14-15 at the mit stata center. each year, 315+ drupalists gather in cambridge to discuss ideas and take part in interactive sessions on the future of drupal, focusing on everything from usability to technology from a design perspective.

We are thrilled to announce back-to-back awesome keynotes this year, Angela "webchick" Byron with a talk on D8 and Jared Ponchot, Creative Director of Lullabot.

Join us!

We really need sponsors too!

Jun 13 2012
Jun 13

Two NYC Summer Drupal Events

There are two exciting and unique NYC Drupal events this summer. With over 2,000 local community members, the NYC Drupal group is one of the largest and most diverse Drupal user groups, and this summer’s events reflect that diversity.

The purpose of this post is to promote both summer NYC Drupal events and describe the key differences between the two:

Both events:

  • Have a strong community feel
  • Are great for both folks who are new to Drupal and long-time community contributors to learn more about Drupal, meet other Drupalers and get more involved in the Drupal community

June 23, 2012

  • Sessions decided day of the event by consensus of all attendees
  • Focused more on impromptu peer-to-peer discussions than presentations
  • Single day
  • More intimate (smaller) group of attendees (< 175) sharing multiple rooms at NYU Poly in Brooklyn
  • Free, $25 suggested donation to attend

July 19-23, 2012

  • Session presentations proposed + selected in advance
  • Multiple days with keynotes and sponsored social events
  • Large attendance (Shooting for ~400)
  • Focus on code sprints and attendee contrib sessions
  • Free to attend

We’re excited that our community has grown to support multiple events that, in aggregate, will help improve the way we come together to contribute to the Drupal project. We hope that you’ll consider coming to NYC and joining us for both of them!


NYC organizers for DrupalCampNYC11 and NYCCamp: Joe Bachana, Ezra Gildesgame, Eric Goldhagen, Willy Karam, Forest Mars, Brian Short, Annie Stone, Scott Wolpow.

Jun 07 2012
Jun 07


2012-06-23 09:00 - 18:00 America/New_York


DCNYC11 will take place THIS Saturday, June 23 at 9 AM in its long-time home at Polytechnic University in Brooklyn. The address is 6 Metrotech Center, which is on Jay Street. The camp will be held entirely in Rogers Hall/The Jacobs Building as shown on this map http://www.poly.edu/sites/polyproto.poly.edu/files/map.png

You can take public transportation to easily arrive at POLY via the Jay Street/Metrotech subway stop (A,C,F or R). More exact directions can be found at

Please go to http://dcnyc11.eventbrite.com/ and reserve your spot. A reminder that while this event is being made free, there is a suggested donation of $25, which will help us keep the event cashflow neutral, thus aiding us in funding the larger Drupalcamp event that is contemplated for the late Fall.

What is an unconference?

The typical approach to a conference features a content schedule that is selected in advance by a planning committee. While the committee may take input from its registered ...attendees, the committee ultimately decides what content will be presented at the event.

In an unconference, the event content is suggested and chosen by the actual attendees on the day of the event. First thing in the morning, we all gather to find out what everyone wants to talk about and set the schedule.

While content decisions are not made until the day of the camp, now is the time to start thinking and talking about ideas. While there aren't formalized tracks per se, you can think about topics in terms of a few categories:

  • Development

  • Theming

  • Sysops

  • General

  • Business

Also, consider different skill levels. Ideally, there will be a nice mix of beginner, intermediate, and advanced content available.

Finally, keep in mind that the format for DCNYC11 content is flexible. You are certainly welcome to put together a formal presentation. However, some of the best ideas come out of less structured material like a demo or case study and open discussion. We encourage you to consider leading a discussion on a topic of interest, or to submit a case study for consideration as a session topic.

Some starter ideas:

  • what have you found to be the most useful, surprising, or enigmatic changes for Drupal 7?

  • what have been your most challenging project requirements, and how did you meet them?

  • what module do you think is a "best kept secret"?

  • what direction would you like to see a community philosophy, Drupal core, or major contrib project take?

  • what other technologies are really, really cool when you pair them with Drupal?

We encourage everyone to post comments to this page (http://groups.drupal.org/node/236313) with ideas for sessions. These can be sessions you want to lead or just things you are interested in learning more about and hope someone else will step up to lead.

Jun 06 2012
Jun 06


2012-10-05 (All day) - 2012-10-07 (All day) America/Los_Angeles


Join us Friday, Saturday, and Sunday October 5th, 6th, and 7th on the campus of UNLV for three days of Drupal and a whole lot of fun!

We invite you to go to http://drupalcampvegas.com/ to register, sign up, offer to sponsor, offer to train, and/or offer to present a session.

Friday will be a pre-camp day of training.
Saturday will be full of tracks and sessions and BoFs.
Sunday will be a Drupal 8 initiative code sprint.

Join us as we organize what will surely be an AWESOME CAMP!


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