If you haven’t been following any of the calendars listing DrupalCamps, you may have missed the arrangement that’s coming up in Gothenburg, Sweden in a couple weeks. This wouldn’t be surprising, since it’s being marketed in Swedish. People of all languages are welcome, however, so I thought I’d somewhat rehash the post I made in Norwegian.
The camp’s pitch is: “A one-day conference focused on the Drupal CMS. Come along and learn more about Drupal and the web, and have a great day in Gothenburg in late Spring.”
Sessions are here: http://summer2013.drupalcamp.se/program/sessions
As with most DrupalCamp sites, volunteer work lies behind the site you see. A lot of people contributed really great work. Fantastic designs and solid development resulted in the site you see today. I was also involved, mostly behind the scenes. I helped with server administration, Git coordination, transferring the site to another server, and mostly with coordinating the web team’s efforts. It was the first time I had spent as much time helping organize a DrupalCamp (and I’ve been to quite a few; I’ve even volunteered at a couple).
If you’re in Europe or in the area, I encourage you to check it out. You can follow them on Twitter at @DrupalGBG.
Google Translate is getting better and better 🙂
You’ve probably already read my spiel on sponsoring, so I’ll spare you. I’ve just sponsored DrupalCampLA 2011 at the Community level (meaning I donated $100). You can look at my sponsor page here: DrupalCampLA 2011 WizOne Solutions sponsor profile.
Hope to see you there!
A neat thing about raffle prizes at Drupal meetups is the community aspect. Sometimes you win a prize for which you have no use and can give it back for use at another meetup.
This happened to me a couple months ago at the Downtown L.A. Drupal meetup. I won some online design-related training that I couldn’t use. I passed it on, and I suppose someone at the LA Drupal meetup received it.
For some reason, I like sponsoring the Drupal events I attend. Maybe it’s an ethic I’ve picked up in my volunteer work. As a freelancer, I usually don’t have the revenue to be a big sponsor, but I’ve given what I could back to SANDCamp 2011, Drupal Design Camp LA 2011, Drupal Camp Sacramento Area 2011, and now…
I’m an Individual Sponsor of DrupalCon London 2011! (sorry if the link doesn’t work; I think only I can see it. However, take the friendly Access denied message you may receive as proof that the page does exist. It would say Page not found if it didn’t!
It’s curious that I would choose to sponsor an event that I’ve already invested a bunch in, but I think it’s that very reason that motivated me to do so. After all, what’s another £65? I’m happy to be chipping in a bit to bring worthy Drupal contributors to the conference. £65 could probably buy a one-way Ryanair ticket (maybe both ways with some of their prices…) or most of a night at a hotel! Apparently, Individual Sponsors will now also get some props and mentions – but I’ll tell you a secret: despite my Twitter exchanges, I was planning to sponsor even if I didn’t get mentioned for it.
Perhaps it’s just the “spirit of giving” that characterizes the Drupal community and makes it such a powerful product.
A quick update to report that, as of today, I’ve become a co-maintainer on the Features Extra Drupal module.
This time, I just wanted to get some patches committed, and since I’ve got the process down fairly well after my experience with Fill PDF and Meetup API.
Features Extra lets you export blocks and node queue definitions into code and works in conjunction with the Features module. It lets you export taxonomy vocabularies, too, but Features has native support for that now…so don’t use Features Extra for that.