I'd like to start discussing the possibility of a San Diego DrupalCon!
We started talking about this idea while wandering home from the bars around midnight in Chicago and there was alot of grumbling about the freezing temperatures in the city. Historically, every North American DrupalCon has been held somewhere cold...Chicago, San Fran, DC, Boston. Of course it's pretty cold in most places during the time of year when Drupalcon is generally held...but not in San Diego We're the southernmost American city with a powerful enough Drupal presence to host a Con.
We got a lot for positive reaction from Drupalers in the bar and we got some tweets flying, but it's time to start picking up the topic again.
I think that adding a little sun and sand will make for North America's Finest DrupalCon!
San Diego has a killer convention center that's easily capable of Comic-Con sized cons. It's also a beautiful location right on San Diego Bay.
The historic gaslamp district is literally across the street from the convention center and is alive with great restaurants and bars. Both the Omni and Marriot would make great choices for supporting hotels, and there are lots of other options very close by if we need them.
We have a very strong and interconnected community in San Diego and throughout the rest of Southern California that will band together to provide all the Drupal support we need. We already have some preliminary support from the LA DUG and we all believe that several other local DUGs will lend their support as well.
We have a proven track record for great camps.
There is a train station and an airport within a couple miles of the convention center, cab rides would be less than $10.
San Diegans consider 60 degrees cold, and 90 degrees hot, nuff said.
I'd love to see DrupalCon 2013 in San Diego, but even if that doesn't workout, I think we should be at the top of the list for consideration in coming years.
If we can rally some support around this idea, I think we can get the attention of the Drupal Association and get America's Finest City on the list.