Greetings Drupal Community!
It’s exciting times for Drupal in the Pacific Northwest. Planning for the October 2010 Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit in Vancouver, Canada is progressing nicely. Want to find out more, keep on reading!
The process started in earnest last year with a call for participation. From there we established an Organizing Committee and starting laying down the foundation for the conference. Although I was the one that kicked things off I’m extremely pleased to announce that Vanessa Turke of ImageX Media took on the role of Organizing Committee chair and is doing a wonderful job. The Organizing Committee would also like to acknowledge the support we’re getting from last year’s Seattle organizing committee.
|Sponsorship:||Phillip Djwa, Phillip [at] agentic DOT ca|
|Volunteers:||Vanessa Turke, Vanessa [at] imagexmedia DOT com|
|Presenters/Keynotes:||Chris Geoghegan, chris [at] imagexmedia DOT com|
|Training:||Dale McGladdery, dale.mcgladdery [at] gmail DOT com|
|General Inquires:||Vanessa Turke, Vanessa [at] imagexmedia DOT com|
Here’s what we’ve nailed down about the conference so far:
|Date:||October 2 & 3, 2010|
|Venue:||UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, BC|
Design & Theme
Site Architecture & Administration
Business & Project Management
Birds of a Feather
|Financing:||The conference is primarily financed from sponsorship, with a small contribution coming from ticket sales.|
|Organizing:||There are no paid organizing positions. We’re all volunteer.|
Phillip Djwa of Agentic is heading up sponsorship. He’s happy to report there’s been solid interest and we’re on tract for getting the sponsorship we need to run the conference.
Please pass along your kudos to the following companies for their early support: Affinity Bridge, Agentic, Appnovation, DrupalSN, Venture Web Design, ImageX Media, and North Studio!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. If you’re interested please contact Phillip [at] agentic DOT ca. In addition to paid sponsorships we’re considering special items and events. If you’d like to sponsor a code sprint, special training events, or have an idea for a fun adjunct to the conference, please let us know!
Vancouver PNWDS 2010 Website
The website subcommittee is working hard on the 2010 website and expects to launch in June. Alex Ventpap, ImageX Media, has created a beautiful new design. Katy Laan, Seascape Web Design, is leading the implementation team which includes Steve Liu and Scott Morgan, Webzoa.com.
We'd like to extend our thanks to Affinity Bridge for their work archiving last years site and logistic support preparing it for 2010, and to CanTrust Hosting Coop for providing hosting.
Are you interested in speaking at the Pacific Northwest Drupal Summit? Start thinking about your presentation. Speaker submissions will open when our new website goes live. In the meantime if you have any questions, please contact Chris Geoghegan (chris [at] imagexmedia [dot] com)
Pre-Conference Drupal Training Events
The Drupal Summit isn’t aimed at folks just starting with Drupal, but we don’t want to forget them. We’re planning a number of training events based on Seattle’s Drupal Clinic model. These are one day training sessions for Drupal beginners. If you’re interested in more information, please contact Dale McGladdery (dale.mcgladdery [at] gmail DOT com).
We are looking for volunteers to help with preparations and also to help out on the 2 days of the Summit. If you’re interested in volunteering, please drop an email to Vanessa [at] imagexmedia DOT com with your availability and what you’re interested in working on. The Organizing Committee is maintaining a volunteer list to draw names from when help is needed.
- The Summit website, when it’s up and running, will be our primary means of keeping you informed.
- Groups.Drupal.Org (GDO) is better suited for some types of discussions, so we’ll utilize it as appropriate.
- We have a twitter account at http://twitter.com/drupalsummit and will be posting updates
- Our hashtag is #drupalsummit, feel free to start the tweets now
- Many of the Organizing Committee hang around on IRC in the #drupal-pnw and #drupal-vancouver channels.