As the momentum builds around Drupalcamp Atlanta 2010, I thought it would be an opportune time to highlight some exciting updates. Most notably, Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2 Technology, has been announced as the keynote speaker. Jeff leads one of the largest Drupal-centric consultancies in the world and his topic will be on "Execution: The Drupal Community's Next Big Challenge." Jeff's talk will be predicated around the importance of adopting a more professional and disciplined approach to implementing Drupal in order to meet the increasing demands of high profile, enterprise-level sites.
Next, the numbers continue to swell as we approach a sell-out crowd. As I write this, there are now 162 registered attendees, 36 sessions submitted, and 21 generous sponsors. There are a number of perks that will be offered this year. They include:
- FREE shuttle service from the venue to the after-party at Gordon Biersch (a popular micro-brewery); Platinum sponsor, Microsoft, is picking up part of the tab
- A mini coders lounge to "chill out" from sessions and eat some cookies
- An executive board-room for Birds of Feather (BoF) sessions
- Stadium-style seating for the keynote with power outlets in every other chair
- Volacci, another Platinum sponsor, conducting an intensive Drupal SEO training session on Friday, October 1st in Atlanta (the day before Drupalcamp) – register now if interested
- Outsourcing all video production to a vendor that will provide complete coverage
- Sponsors having their logos displayed and rotated on a quad-video screen in the main foyer
- Breakfast, lunch, and snacks being provided throughout the day
- An "install-fest" to help beginners download Drupal before sessions begin
- A display area to post open positions – bring your job descriptions with you
Moving on, the deadline to submit a session is rapidly approaching on Friday, September 10th at Midnight EST. You must be a registered attendee to vote and submit a session. If you have not registered yet, I would highly encourage you do so as soon as possible, and not risk getting shut out. We are also still accepting bronze sponsors if your organization would like to participate.
With all this activity, we need lots of HELP. Here are some volunteer positions we are looking for if you would like to donate some time and get involved. More specifically, we need:
- 6-8 camera operators to help record sessions (basic knowledge of video equipment is the only prerequisite)
- 2-3 people to assist presenters with audio/visual set-up
- 1-2 photographers to take pictures and be a social media ambassador
- 3-4 people to assist during registration (7-9am only)
Please contact us if you are willing to help out – we will give you a really cool, official DCA t-shirt for your time. We are also looking for media organizations that would like to attend and provide coverage of Drupalcamp Atlanta. The official schedule and notification to presenters will be sent out next week.
Finally, do not forget on September 18th Drupalcamp Asheville will be hosting their inaugural event and there is still time to register. Wow, this is an exciting time to be part of the Drupal community and we look forward to seeing you in Atlanta on October 2nd!