This weekend seven members of our team we’ll be joining hundreds of Drupal enthusiasts for BADCamp 2011. This fantastic regional event will be held at the UC Berkley campus, boasting keynotes from Drupal’s creator and project lead Dries Buytaert, Lullabot CEO Jeff Robbins and Danese Cooper, Open Source Strategist at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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September's Denver Drupal meetup was packed, not only with attendees, but also with information as all of the night's presentations were "lightning talks" - 5 minute presentations followed by a maximum of 2 questions. We started the night with the usual round of introductions along with the (mildly horrifying) question of, "What would you use, if you couldn't use Drupal?" The answers covered a broad range of existing open source CMS products, but my favorite response was from Jordan, who said, "I'd stop building sites and go teach hang gliding.... [pause]...
Even with a number of Denver Drupal community members abroad at Drupalcon London, the August Denver Drupal meetup had a packed studio. After a round of introductions and sharing what we like about London and the UK (everything ranging from history, art and architecture to beer, second wave ska and pop culture), we launched into a presentation on Context and Panels.
At current growth rates, mobile will be the most common way to use the web as early as 2013. Already, 1 in 5 mobile users don't own a computer. They access the web entirely on mobile devices, mostly phones. Mobile means a big change to how we use the web, but it’s only the tip of the iceberg. We’re just starting to realize a fully-networked world, where the web is accessed from any device.
The mobile world has been turned on it's head this year, and that doesn't exclude iOS developers. Over the past several years there have been options outside of XCode to develop native iPhone apps. Frameworks like Titanium and PhoneGap allow developers to sidestep learning Objective C and still build iOS applications.
DrupalCamp Colorado 2011 gave many people their first taste of the friendliness, helpfulness and overwhelming awesomeness of the Colorado Drupal community, so it wasn't a big surprise to see the June Denver Drupal meetup filled with new faces. If you weren't able to attend DrupalCamp Colorado, many of the sessions were recorded and are available on the DrupalCamp site or from Archive.org.
This past weekend Scott and I joined more than 300 Designers/Themers at the third annual Design4Drupal, Boston. It was a great opportunity to connect with other designers in the Drupal community and to learn a few new tricks. I also had the chance to present two sessions, one on Advanced Web Typography, with Scott, and another on CSS3 & Preprocessors.
The Denver Drupal meetup continues to grow, and despite bringing in extra chairs, every seat in the room was taken at the April meetup. But don't let that deter you from coming to future meetups! More people in attendance means more people who can answer your drupal questions and more community members to network with.
After the standard round of introductions, we spent some time with general community announcements: