Whenever a group organizes a conference for the first-time there are a lot of unknowns – the phrase "if you build it will they come" is always in the back of your mind. However, I am happy to report that the response so far to the inaugural Drupalcamp Atlanta has been just awesome – as I write this, we have 158 attendees, 15 sessions, 9 sponsors, 2 keynote speakers with strong Drupal credentials, and a passionate organizing committee. We’re setting a goal of trying to sell out at 250, which is the max capacity the venue can adequately hold.
Surprisingly, a large number of out of state attendees are making the trip to Atlanta, which exemplifies how Drupal’s popularity is spreading like "kudzu" (as we say in Georgia).
Next, there have been made a number of updates via a Q&A page on the Drupalcamp Atlanta website that I would encourage everyone to check out if you have not done so already. For example, the after-hours party has been firmed up at a nearby pub. We’re blocking off a section of the restaurant and will have a few pool tables and dart boards at our disposal.
Here are some pertinent deadlines to be aware of:
August 19th – discounted price deal for lodging ends at Marriot
Sept. 9th – deadline for submitting sessions
Sept 13th (week of) – official schedule released
Sept. 19th – Drupalcamp Atlanta begins
Finally, we could really use your help. We need volunteers to help with registration, clean-up afterward, and some "official" photographers to post pictures online. Please get in touch with us by filling out the contact form on the website. In addition, we really need more presenters to step forward and lead a breakout session. Most importantly, if everyone would take a moment and invite a colleague or reach out to their network I’m positive we can reach our goal. For your convenience, we have created a promotional flyer that you can download and hand out, email, or hang on a public bulletin board at your university or job.