I’m writing this while sitting on the plane on my way back to Dublin and thinking about events of the last week. As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, DrupalCon will be coming to Dublin next year. We’re completely ecstatic about playing host to DrupalCon and excited about what this might mean for Drupal and the Irish Drupal community.
Drupal has a vibrant community supporting it. A lot of people around the world are involved in its development, way more than in a purely technical sense. How do they do it? Drupal Groups.
Drupal Groups: Where Drupal community members organise, plan and work on projects.
At groups.drupal.org you can find groups based on geography, or join online groups allocated to planning upcoming events, and working groups designated to a particular aspect of drupal and drupal distributions.
This year, in an effort to encourage as wide an audience as possible, the Drupal Association of Ireland rebranded Drupal Camp Dublin as Drupal Open Days Ireland. We wanted to give a sense that it was a multi-day event, an event for the whole of Ireland, and that, true to the open source philosophy, it was open to all. Judging by the number of people and energy present, we think this was a good move.
Day 6 of Drupal Developer Days Dublin, and Day 1 of the sessions, got underway today. Over 200 people are in attendance for this part of the conference, and there's a great atmosphere around the place.
Drupal Developer Days Dublin continues! Day 5 of the event saw even more people arriving and the start of the event "proper", with 2 workshops and our new "Job Speed Dating" event.
The day kicked off with the Community Tools Workshop, and then followed in the afternoon by the "Upgrading Your Modules to Drupal 8" workshop, which was actually so popular we had to move it to a larger room!
And the sprinting continues! Each day more and more people are arriving and again the sprints are continuing on into the early hours of the morning.
Things were a bit crazy here today at Drupal Developer Days Dublin. Turns out there were some problems finding and gaining access to the sprint venue last night (I knew I should have gone along!). That combined with the fact that the venue not being able to stay open later than 10pm and some attendees wanting to sprint late into the night, a new evening sprint venue was called for.
Get ready, get set, GO!! After months of preparation, today marks the first day of Drupal Developer Days 2013 being held here in Dublin in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and organised by yours truly. Of course, there are many volunteers involved, including Mike, Conor, Heather, and others but more about them in another blog post.