Regional Drupal Camps

dudenhofer's picture

So, we have a lot of Drupal Camps going on in the Midwest this year. This is a GREAT thing! It means the local communities are getting strong enough to start hosting these camps. I know this year our camp could have been a lot larger, our venue this year was big enough to handle something MUCH larger, but as I'm sure a number of others out there are experiencing some balance of sponsors, speakers, and attendees that may or may not already be committed to another Drupal Camp.

Also, I'm not sure how others feel, but personally I'm not a fan of trying to do one every year. I think doing them a little less frequently would help to better focus efforts into such an event.

I'd like to propose a discussion about a larger, regional Drupal Camp. It would be cool if we could coordinate this so a different group hosts it every year, but ultimately I just wanted to start the discussion about this (if it's not already out there) because we would need some sort of core group to lead the efforts.

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I'm up for this. I love

indytechcook's picture

I'm up for this. I love organizing these events, but after the event, I almost want to quit Drupal.

+1 for a regional Drupalcamp.

Brandonian's picture

+1 for a regional Drupalcamp. It'd be our own mini Drupalcon. ;-)

I'ld be happy to get

bigjim's picture

I'ld be happy to get involved, learning a good bit organizing DC Ohio.

The Tale of Two Camps

dougvann's picture

I'm adding this post to the Michiana, remaining OHIO groups, as well as the event-organizing and Local-User-Group-Organizers groups. [I'm thankful that Aaron started this as a Mid-West conversation and I'd love a broader audience on this topic]

There are two camps of thought [NO pun untended] on this.
One camp says that DrupalCamps should be local and as such many would remain smaller and attract a more LOCAL crowd of tallent and attendees. [Oddly I believe these "local" events are expecting national sponsors and some maybe even expecting a few national speakers]
The other camp expects that their camp WILL attract attendees and speakers from all over the country and that some sponsors will want their people there to speak about very specific projects or topics that pertain to the individual sponsors. [Palantir=WorkBench, Trellon=Drupal-CRM, Phase2=Government, Volacci=SEO, etc.]

History indicates that most camps DO have a very broad [read that NATIONAL] appeal. Exceptions to this might be the 2010 camps at Boone SC, Phoenix AZ, and the 2011 camp of Detroit MI. I'm singling them out because these smaller camps had a decidedly more "local" feel to them.

One could argue, "What exactly qualifies one camp as more "local" vs. "national" anyway?" If dougvann shows up and he crossed 2 or 3 timezones along the way does that make the camp "national?" What if the keynote and one or two other speakers are not from the host state? Is that still local? How about attendees? What percentage of attendees need to travel over 2hrs to get to the camp before we consider it not local? And if we define a "regional camp" then do we say that that might encompass a 5hr travel radius?

Obviously we are not to the point where we are splitting these hairs yet, but I suspect that well may be where it ends up.
I DO like the idea of not feeling like we have to do a full-blown DrupalCamp every year. Long before we [the Indy Drupal Group] embarked on our first camp in 2010 we were doing INDY Drupal HackFests which, after a few of them, brought ppl in from 3 neighboring states. I would even argue that what Detroit is doing this year seems more like a Drupal HackFest than what is commonly known as a DrupalCamp. But again.. What is in a name? A gathering of Drupalers by any other name is still as awesome!

What is my point? [Yah... and you thought I didn't have one!] LOL
Like I said, I like the idea of "regional camps" and I certainly like the idea of local events which are not entirely Drupal Camps i.e. the Summit, or HackFest or Sprint options. I expect that Detroit and Ohio and Chicago will never want to forsake the gathering of the brethren. Does any one really picture a calendar year where Chicago is not putting on a camp? It's not going to happen. Over in Ohio we're putting together a great Camp which will be the launching platform for an even better event in the years to come. Again... I don't see Oho skipping a camp in 2012 or 2013 in lieu of a regional camp in CHI or Indy.

What I COULD see happening [one man's opinion here] is that Detroit follows Rob Features vision for the camp that it remain local and that it not look or feel like the 1300+ attendee camp I'm going to in SanFran this weekend, or even that it not look like the 250 attendee Atlanta camp I was in 2 weekends ago. I could also see INDY scaling back to a DrupalHackfest model for 2012 [group decision NOT MINE] OR discovering that the momentum is TOO great and going full bore in to our biggest camp ever, again NOT my decision.

I am very excited about this topic. I'm very interested to see where it goes. The fact remains that as so many NEW camps are added to EXISTING camps, we are going to struggle to compete for resources such as SESSION speakers, KEYNOTE speakers, SPONSORS, and even ATTENDEES. Not every one is a Camp-Junky like me, Matthew Connerton, Jamie Meredith, Johnnie Fox, Susan Rust, and so many others that I keep running into. I hit 12 camps last year and and in 2011 I'm hitting only 6.

a] What will Camps, Cons, Summits, etc look like in 2014?
b] What considerations do we need to be sensitive to TODAY to position ourselves for healthy community-event growth in the future?
c] Can we just keep popping out reoccurring camps and NEW camps over and over and expect it will all work out?
1] Will sponsors write more and more checks?
2] Will sought after speakers keep traveling? How do they pick which ones to attend?
3] Will locals prefer their potentially "smaller" camp or will they prefer a nearby larger one and not attend their local camp?

I think these questions are legit and I can't possibly begin to predict what will happen. I know that the natural, organic flow of things is working pretty good and that Aaron Dudenhofers post is a great genesis for the points and questions I have raised. We're by no means in a crisis but I believe discussing this will be very fruitful.

THANK YOU!
- Doug Vann
- http://dougvann.com

  • Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer]
  • Synaptic Blue Inc. [President]
  • http://dougvann.com

Region v Locale

fending's picture

We just had a camp this past weekend in the Western NY region. http://groups.drupal.org/western-new-york http://drupalcampwny.org

Half of our speakers for fifteen sessions came from outside the group's overall geography. Most BOFs (we had nine) were run by out-of-towners as well. Over half of the attendance came from outside the hosting city (Buffalo, NY). We had a last-minute venue change (to something more expensive), a dearth of volunteers and haven't received all sponsor checks as of today, making it a very straining experience in many ways.

So yes, I think passing the hosting torch to various cities in multiple groups is a great idea. Which groups to include in such a consortium is a bigger deal. I'm of the opinion that "If you've put one of these together before, you have something to contribute to organizing a larger one."

So yes. Good proposal.

We need large camps and FOCUSED intimate camps.

Michael Hofmockel's picture

We need two kinds of camps.

  1. The larger camps that fill-in for those that were unable to attend the Con for some reason.
  2. The intimate camp that is focused in audience with appropriate content.

Example of intimate focused:

I just ran a "Day Camp". The first Drupal Camp in Iowa - http://2011camp.drupalcorn.org

I was the sole organizer. I have been running a local group for more than 6 years. I started in Ann Arbor Michigan and now lead the Iowa Drupal Users group.

I wanted this camp to focus on converting the developer/programmer who had not experienced Drupal prior. To tap that audience I teamed up with a local recruiter who helped sponsor the event but more importantly marketed to their database of developers without Drupal experience. We did market through the local user groups to bring in more experienced Drupal people. These created a great networking opportunity for all.

I was able to host an entirely free conference with a single focused track. The track was designed for this audience in mind. Not a course but a developer sensitive (not Drupal knowledge able) 40,000ft view of Drupal as you might parachute in. Check out the progression of the schedule - http://2011camp.drupalcorn.org/schedule.

Like I said the event was entirely free including snacks, lunch, dinner for the speakers, around 150 free books (yes more than two books per person), a one year dev cloud hosting from Acquia, stickers and not to mention top-notch Drupal training. This attracted people from Omaha, Saint Louis and the twin cities as well as people more local like Des Moines and other Iowa cities. Check out the sponsors page - http://2011camp.drupalcorn.org/sponsors

Like said, I see a need for two kinds of camps. The focus for your intimate camp doesn't have to be the same as mine. For example, I would like to see a camp that is focused on helping mid-level developers find ways to participate in the community at the code level. There is a hurdle that deserves a full day event.

We need the big camps and we need the local camps. I found that when I explained to sponsors that I was targeting an unconverted audience they understood immediately that this meant potential new audiences for their products and were more than willing to participate.

Although tired now, 9 months from now I will likely organize another camp of this intimate scale with the help of a recruiter or some other NON-Drupal centric sponsor.

Regards,
Michael Hofmockel
Systems Analyst - Iowa State University

Open Source || Open Access || Open Mind

PNW Drupal Summit = Regional, Focused example

RockSoup's picture

Last weekend was the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit and I think our model might lend something to your conversation.

The PNWDS is a conference for Drupal Professionals in the Pacific Northwest. I believe that every place this conversation takes place that the details will be unique but I want to mention a couple of things we have been doing that have been working well. We have 3 cities relatively close to each other (Portland, Seattle and Vancouver) that were annually producing Drupal Camps that were all well attended and successful. The organizers of these events were feeling fatigue producing these events each year and the fact that we are all relatively close to each other almost made it feel like a duplication of effort. So, in an effort to find a sustainable model we have a roaving conference that travels to a different city each year on a 3 year rotation - SEA->VAN->PDX->SEA etc. This means only organizing a conference once every three years and has been a huge win..

We also decided to focus our event in audience gearing to towards "Drupal Professionals". This means we do not have sessions for beginners. Each year a month or so before the Summit we run an event called the "Drupal Clinic" that is our outreach to people new to Drupal. Having dedicated events for Drupal Newbies and Drupal Pros has allowed us to serve each audience better.

Our event has been a hit the first three years and if you have any questions about it do not hesitate to reach out. You can also see the presentation I gave on this subject at Drupalcon Chicago here.

-jared

I like the sounds of that ie

bigjim's picture

I like the sounds of that ie separate pro v noob events. Did you guys ever do those back to back?

I don't uderstand

RockSoup's picture

how do you mean back to back?

-jared

Sorry, something like Noobs

bigjim's picture

Sorry, something like Noobs Saturday, Pros on Sunday

That is actually what we were trying to avoid.

RockSoup's picture

Having a clear separation really allowed us to throw ourselves fully into each of the events.

-jared

Representativity

develCuy's picture

I'm not sure if "Representativity" is well said, what I mean is that a Regional Event should have people from that represents all such regions, in practice terms, people from all those XX locations is attending. What is does not means, is having some people from those locations. Drupalcon is a great example, you get people from all around the world, perhaps US people are majority when is in US, and Europeans are majority when happens in Europe, but there is an important minority attending from abroad. That said, here in Peru we got a Drupal Summit Latino in January 2011, it has 200 attendees from 16 countries, 10% were from abroad, there is the very important minority I'm referring to.

--
Un drupalero latino,
Trabajando en Dilygent y
Blogueando en http://develCuy.com

A regional Midwest summit is in the planning stages

gdemet's picture

Doug just forwarded me to this thread; a number of us from the Chicago and Wisconsin communities have been working on plans for a 2012 Midwest regional summit since last summer; we're tentatively targeting late spring in Madison, WI.

What we've discussed so far would be an event more targeted at professional developers that would focus more on intermediate/advanced topics than introductory content. One of the biggest challenges for Drupal right now is the shortage of qualified developers, so the hope is that this event that would help people improve their skills and/or convince people with experience in other platforms to make the leap to Drupal.

If you're interested in helping out with this effort, please contact me directly; we'll be announcing more once the date and venue have been finalized.

FWIW: Unofficial Drupalcamp TC Dates = May 17-19th 2012

cfennell's picture

Just a heads-up :D.

Best of luck on your summit, sounds like a worthy effort.

Count me in!!!

JohnVieth's picture

Count me in!!! I like the plan to focus less on beginners and more on intermediates and pros for once. More specifically, I would focus on sessions that address those issues that people need to master in order to go from "advanced beginner" to "pro," like building complex menu systems, conditional content/blocks appearing in regions/panels depending on certain criteria like taxonomy or custom form field values, and advanced image organization/permissions. In other words, focus on sessions that will allow attendees to walk a way a pro, but don't necessarily need to be a pro going in. How do we get involved?

Thanks,
John

Count me in! Just let me know

dudenhofer's picture

Count me in! Just let me know what I can do to help!

Im In and I want to help

mikehchase@gmail.com's picture

Id like to focus on Site administration and security. What good is it to deploy a CMS site and have it hacked.
Id also like to see more basic skills sessions. Like, Im just an admin, but I want to do more custom module developement.
Madison is 4 hours away, so make it a weekend and I'll show up on Friday and work the whole weeked!
This is important.

count me in

Slurpee's picture

/me is willing and able to help

Use the resources

indytechcook's picture

George,

Please be sure to leveraged us. Slurpee has organized several events as have I. At least from a marketing perspective, we can help bring the drupal talent to the event. We are connected in our respective communities.

To be honest, I'm a little upset that you didn't go to the Drupal community (Since Slurpee runs the Chicago one and it seems as if he didn't know about it). It this a Palantir/Gorton Studios event? If so that's fine just come out and say it it. Saying a number of people from the Chicago group are helping organize but one of the Chicago group organizers doesn't know about doesn't sound right.

I've been looking for an advanced conference for a while. I had to go to SF to get one. It would be nice to get one in the Midwest. Let's be sure to make it a rotationally location over the years.

Absolutely!

gdemet's picture

Hi Neil -

We'd definitely be relying on the support and resources of the Indiana community for any Midwest regional event, as well as those of folks in Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and anywhere else who wanted to participate.

The origins of this idea came out of a conversation at dinner that a bunch of us had after DrupalCamp Wisconsin; we haven't opened it up to a larger group as we'd like to get a little further along with some of the logistical basics (date and location) first. No one from Gorton Studios has been involved so far, though it's possible I may have mentioned it to Drew when I last chatted with him a few weeks back.

Slurpee's been aware this was in the works since at least September 13, when I e-mailed him and two dozen other Chicago Drupal people to explain why Palantir wouldn't be able to participate in the planning of DrupalCamp Chicago at the same level as we did in 2009 and 2010 (plus, we had just devoted a couple of thousand hours a few months earlier to DrupalCon and needed to take a little break).

The primary reason I posted about it here now is that Doug Vann pointed me to this thread to let me know that he and other folks were also thinking along similar lines, which is awesome! It seems like there's a broad-based consensus that we need an event with more advanced-level content and that the best way to do that is by pooling the amazing talent and expertise that we have here in the Midwest.

I no longer have interest in

indytechcook's picture

I no longer have interest in helping organize. I am looking forward to coming to the event as advanced drupal events are rare. Good luck.

I do like the idea of an

MrMaksimize's picture

I do like the idea of an "advanced" drupal conference. It would let me learn more high end drupal stuff and let me focus on doing what I do best. However, from a community standpoint I could see several problems happening:

  1. A lot of Drupal people I met consider themselves to be beginners, even though in my opinion they do have their chops.

  2. Who is considered to be a beginner vs intermediate vs advanced drupaler? Does being a themer make you a beginner because you can't write modules? Does being an experienced site builder / architect who can't write much beyond a form_alter make you a beginner? I think as we go along into the "advanced drupal events" area, these things need to be thought out and clarified in the event marketing.

  3. I believe that the strength of the Drupal community has been that we have always been all-inclusive. That is how we have come to be and how we have grown. Compared to other communities such as Ruby (not to insult them, I think they're a great community, just different) we have always made our newbies feel welcome, accepted and encouraged, at each and every event. Having "advanced" drupal events can segregate our newbies and provide a negative impression (for example, cons are always for experienced people or "i'm only going to go to beginner drupal events"). A perfect example: I have a friend who's done some WordPress and has some HTML and CSS chops. It was a bit of a challenge to get him to attend DrupalCamp Chicago because he was of the impression that it was going to be all "Drupal Nerds". Having advanced Drupal events may propagate this kind of thinking from the newbies in the Drupal community.

Of course that leaves one last question. What to do. On one hand we do want to learn more advanced things and progress as developers, and "advanced" camps are a great way to do that. However, Drupal needs to consistently attract more new developers and we don't want to scare them off. I think we as a community, especially people planning camps should really consider this, and of course discuss!

I'm very excited to see what happens with this Midwest summit. I most likely will attend and be very excited to do so. However, don't forget the newbies. They are very necessary to our community. In a way, each of us a newbie at something. For example I suck at design, and would highly benefit from a beginner session on designing UX. Some of the best business people I know working in Drupal can't write a module. And would like to learn. That being said, I'd like to see a beginner track in every Drupal event.

Also, I'm very very opposed to DrupalCamp Chicago happening less than once a year. It would be like canceling (Insert your favorite holiday here).

PS - This is a rant :)

Drawing the line.

dougvann's picture

Maksim,
Thank you for a heart felt, fact filled treatise on the value of the beginner within the Drupal community. I agree with everything you said about how we should pay very specific attention to beginners and cater to them for the prolonged health of the community.

That being said it is very important to realize that today there is a tremendous wealth of resources available for the beginners. When I was starting out in late 2007 we didn't have many books to choose from. Today I pitty-the-foo who is trying to decide which one or ones to buy! LOL. Between http://buildamodule.com and http://drupalize.me they have two excellant video systems to choose from that are far more valuable than the fees associated with them. Let's not forget to mention that camp and con videos still exist for free and are growing in number at a rate that no begineer can keep up with even if he/she truly desired to watch them all.

This brings me to my larger point; that this event is by no means intending to compete with those resources or even to appeal to the exact demographic that you define. Rather, the target is, as George worded it, to be "more targeted at professional developers." What this means is not so much the people who used to use FrontPage or Dreamweaver or who came from GoogleSites but people who know .net, python, java, RoR, objective C, Mobile development or other platforms, etc. In this respect you can consider the target to be a different breed of beginners than the ones that Drupal events typically target.

Why?

It's a hot topic that is only getting hotter, but the fact is that we [the Drupal community and indeed the Drupal project] need [desperately need] a shot in the arm that will increase the health of our coder base. Do we need ppl with html and css skills to learn how to override theme functions or edit template.php? Sure, and we always will. But in addition to the need to see quality site builders write their 1st module, we also need [again borrowing from George here] "professional developers" to join us and translate their "professional" skills of (insert discipline here) into PHP and specifically Drupal skills. We also need sys admins, for Windows and *nix, to hop on board and continue to strive and innovate and get hired within Drupal shops.

Is this event going to look different from the traditional events that we've seen historically? You betcha. Is it going to appear as though a huge swath of the community is being left out? Yes, it is. Are they really being left out? Absolutely. We are seeing events like this increasing in popularity and function. Look above at the PNW Drupal Summit discussion between RockSoup and Jalama. There you see that the "n00bs" are addressed in a manner that is unique and specifically effective for them, while the summit itself was targeted to more advanced users including (and here comes that phrase again) "professional developers."

What this means:

Maksim, For the longest time I was considered the "King of the n00bs." LOL I was the guy who went from camp to camp to camp [12 camps in 2010 alone!] preaching the good news of getting off of Wordpress or Dreamweaver and onto this crazy thing called Drupal. To date I boast 24 camps attended in a span of 38 months. In 2009 Jeff Robbins of Lullabot dubbed me "Johnny Drupal-seed!" To a large extent I still fulfill this mission. However while I watch the sheer number of beginners swell and swell to an amazing capacity, I ask myself where are the people who are going to build and maintain Drupal 8 core? Where are the people who are going to ensure that Drupal ROCKS RDF, HTML5, CSS3, UX awesomeness, WebServices, Restful development, Database efficiency, Object Oriented PHP, Solr integration, etc.

It's no surprise that we need to target the very ppl that fill the shoes I described in the paragraph above. Until we started putting on events to target them we simply didn't have a plan to accomplish the goal. The Midwest Summit that is being planned is a life-giving measure intended to fill a very real need in our community and project. DrupalCampChicago2012 however, will be your more traditional [and AWESOME!] event where I can dust of my "King of the n00bs" crown and start knighting ppl to go forth and Druplify!

I hope this makes sense. I will stipulate that these words are completely my own. Some of this comes from my conversations with the DA, Dries, and the community at large. Many of us have seen this coming and I'm VERY excited that we have an excellant leadership team across two states that is making this a priority!

See you there!

  • Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer]
  • Synaptic Blue Inc. [President]
  • http://dougvann.com

More developer camps

bigjim's picture

@crell nails it here http://groups.drupal.org/node/197558#comment-653528.

I say all this as one of the organizers of DrupalCampOhio who is currently planning next year's event. Personally I think we shouldn't allow ourselves to get caught up in being all inclusive at every event. There are a number of things like Camps and DrupalCon that are focused on everyone (though personally I see DrupalCon getting more focused on marketing the product than anything else). I understand there could be more but most camps are organized by volunteers, which means the resources are thin. There should be a place for developers to get together and get things done. The kind of event where developers can learn from one another writing code and scoping/planning out features, not simply showing a couple slides with code samples.

This is where we are going to be able to get more people involved in core development and push Drupal into the atmosphere.

I wanna get people together to talk about things like:

  • Better caching for authenticated users
  • Getting Drupal on HipHop

The idea being to create more people who can work on something like http://drupal.org/node/1255674, or becom initiative maintainers for Drupal 9.

Could we add themeing to the mix?

dotman's picture

I'm a fairly new comer to drupal, and love it's flexibility. What I'm coming more in contact with, is clients who have hired design firms who are handing me layouts to be converted to drupal themes and templates for a myriad of site types and features.

I would love to have a comprehensive session on the strategies and steps experienced developers are using to rapidly take these layouts, usually delivered in PS or other formats, and quickly and effectively create templates/sites to meet the needs of the client.

thanks,

doug

Some resources

manningpete's picture

There was a session at Drupalcon SF on converting PSD files to themes. I didn't attend but the slide show can be found here: http://www.slideshare.net/fourkitchens/from-photoshop-to-drupal-theme-dr... I know there's a video somewhere for that presentation.

Lullabot videos (drupalize.me) have been super helpful to me, especially when I was first learning. I believe they had a DIWD presentation on the same subject.

Maybe the video was here:

Event scope?

dougvann's picture

Doug Rose [aka dotman],
First, let me say that we need more Dougs in this community and thank you for engaging the conversation! LOL
Second, I am not on the organizing team for this gig [and that's FINE, I already have 3 camps to plan in 2012!] but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the topic you raised might not be represented in this summit. The resources that Manning and Jason referenced are testimony to the fact that this conversation is ongoing and indeed is popular at larger camps.

Your question, Doug, did make me think of the d4d gigs that have taken place in California and Boston [and maybe elsewhere?] in the last few years. "d4d" id design for Drupal and is a 1 or 2 day event that really focuses on [what else] designers and design implementers. The Midwest is is no shortage of awesome designers and design implementers, so I wonder if maybe it's hightime we have our own d4d here in the midwest!?!?!

Way to go Doug! Now you have me forking this thread into a whole new topic! LOL

But seriously.. Between users like Aaron Dudenhofer [dudenhofer], Erik Baldwin [BLadwin] Hans Riemenschneider [nonprofit], the talent out of Palantir and DuoConsulting, and so many more, we have some SERIOUS Design and Design Implementation talent in the midwest. [that short list of awesome ppl is SURE to be missing some obviously AWESOME ppl... sorry! LOL]

Who wants to start a new thread and get the discussion going on a midwest d4d? Plz don't use this thread. :-)

Thanks Doug Rose!

  • Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer]
  • Synaptic Blue Inc. [President]
  • http://dougvann.com

@dougvann, see that I like!!

MrMaksimize's picture

@dougvann, see that I like!! I must've misread the original post. I wholeheartedly agree with you that bringing developers from other languages is valuable. It's extremely valuable both for Drupal and for the attendees of this camp. Drupal could truly benefit from some of the patterns found in other languages and frameworks.

K, I'm excited to meet some Drupal newbies that can code!! However, I do think that message of the event should be carefully crafted :)

The message of the event

dougvann's picture

Right you are man,
You say that, "the message of the event should be carefully crafted"
We in the Drupal community are having a hard time getting our message out and when we do it's not always as "crafted" as it could be. I'm not a professional copy writer and I'm always blown away by good copy when I see it. What I lack in "crafty" I make up for in quantity! [see my earlier novel reply!]
My only point in this reply is to encourage us all to be verbose, exact, and to pre-plan on handling objections when we describe things. I think George did a fine job in his brief explanation. It was my pleasure to add clarity to it as best as I could.

  • Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer]
  • Synaptic Blue Inc. [President]
  • http://dougvann.com

when to start?

Slurpee's picture

What are the next steps? Should we setup an IRC meeting date/time? Maybe a weekly "Skype SCRUM"?

I'm sure we'll set up some

gdemet's picture

I'm sure we'll set up some more structured planning meetings as we get closer to the event, but it would be premature to start doing so now.

Midwest Camp status?

monotaga's picture

Hey, all,

It's been several months since there's been conversation here on the topic of a regional camp. Is there still interest in pursuing this or has the conversation moved to another venue? It's about six months out from the timeframe when many of our groups had our respective camps last year (ie. October-November), so it'd be helpful to know what the various thoughts are on this topic. If a combined camp doesn't happen and we each do individual camps again, then we'll need to begin planning appropriately.

Thanks!

Mark

Hi Mark! We've been working

gdemet's picture

Hi Mark! We've been working behind the scenes on this, and are currently just awaiting final confirmation from our venue before making an official public announcement.

Unofficially, though, I can say, you may want to save the date for a Regional Summit in Madison July 26-27, followed on July 28 by DrupalCamp Wisconsin ;-)

The working plan is that the summit will have have one track featuring 6-8 sessions for intermediate/advanced users. The bulk of the emphasis will be on collaborative sprinting toward D8 and on-boarding devs into core (or advanced contrib) work.

We are currently securing commitments from key Drupal developers to organize and facilitate Drupal 8 sprints. We have an amazing collaborative space which should be awesome for this type of work.

Stay tuned!

I'd love to coordinate sprint

mike stewart's picture

I'd love to coordinate sprint efforts among camps. We've been planning a sprint track at DCLA. Maybe we could have a shared g+ hangout in sprint rooms or similar?

Please ping me or share where I can stay connected in order to coordinate sprints that overlap so we can better collaborate. I'm looking at you too, capaitalcamp ;-)

--
mike stewart { twitter: @MediaDoneRight | IRC nick: mike stewart }

We are currently planning an

Michael Hofmockel's picture

We are currently planning an Iowa Drupal Camp (DrupalCorn) for the first week in August. We are securing our venue as well. This camp will include all skill levels.

The Mid-West is huge.

Regards,
Michael Hofmockel
Systems Analyst - Iowa State University

Open Source || Open Access || Open Mind

Schedule Note

dougvann's picture

Capital Camp is July 27-28 in DC with Training classes 23-26 : http://capitalcamp.org/
DrupalCamp Los Angeles is July 28-29 at U.C. Irvine http://2012.drupalcampla.com/
Granted, these camps are as NON midwest as its gets, but I wanted to make sure every one was aware of the schedules for that time period.

;-)

  • Doug Vann [Drupal Trainer, Consultant, Developer]
  • Synaptic Blue Inc. [President]
  • http://dougvann.com

Schedule Note

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  • DrupalCamp Ohio 2012 dates are similar to last year (Nov 30 - Dec 1) at the same venue (entire building available this time). We're planning for 250+.

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