The Real Value of Drupalcon
I bet most people who have ever attended a DrupalCon before would agree that it takes a full week to process (and recoup) from all the community synergy and new information consumed during this epic annual event. 2014’s DrupalCon in Austin, TX was jam packed with awesome boasting the largest DrupalCon yet and also one of the most diverse. There were nearly 3,500 people from 60 countries in attendance! The Austin Convention Center was the perfect venue, and downtown Austin became the Drupal community’s stomping grounds all week as we filled restaurants, bars and hotels with Drupal chic.
Mediacurrent was heavily represented with 14 of our 40+ team members in attendance, and several had the opportunity to present sessions such as a case study on Weather.com and thought leadership about marketing automation and content strategy. This year Mediacurrent was a platinum sponsor, and our team had a blast at the exhibit booth talking and networking with the Drupal community, hosting power sessions, and playing an occasional round of Johann Sebastian Joust on the Xbox. Oh and of course...everyone’s favorite booth experience...giving away free t-shirts!
Some of our team’s favorite sessions included:
- The Battle For the Body Field: Drupal and the Future of WYSIWYG
- Migrating the World’s Largest Website Onto Drupal - Weather.com
- Devops for Humans: Ansible for Drupal Deployment Victory!
- 30 Drupal 8 API Functions You Should Already Know
- Professional Agile Project Management for Drupal Projects
- Managing Complex Projects with Design Components
When asked why they wanted to attend DrupalCon Austin, the Mediacurrent team gave a variety of answers with a notable trend. People. The Drupal community. The Mediacurrent team. Building relationships. Conversations. This is where maybe the most meaningful learning occurs. Within those deepened relationships. I can vouch for that as the two most meaningful Drupal experiences for me at DrupalCon were both face-to-face conversations - one at a restaurant and the other at a karaoke bar.
I attend each year for building relationships with clients and conversations that happen. Although I try to attend as many sessions as possible, the real value in DrupalCon is the conversations had in the hallways and after the main event each evening.
-- Kevin Basarab, Lead Drupal Architect
The depth of community among Drupal users and professionals is rich. It may not be the only tech community that has it, but it must be one of the strongest. And for that I’m grateful. In my opinion, this wonderfully diverse and talented community is the best feature (get it?) that DrupalCons and DrupalCamps offer. Can’t wait to see you all next time!
The Weather Channel - Case Study
Marketing Automation and Drupal - eBook