As some of you may know, my wife and I are expecting our third child in early July. This will have a major effect on my contributions to the Drupal community for the second half of the year, but I'd like to map out my intentions for the year as a whole as I need to make the decisions now.
I will continue to organize the monthly meetup in our adopted home of Keene, NH, though I know for certain I will have to skip the July meetup and possibly the August one too. Because the July meetup would fall on Independence Day, and the second Thursday will see a meetup in Manchester, we may just skip July entirely and have someone else lead the August meetup.
Drupalcamp Western Mass
I had intended to present at the recent Drupalcamp Western Mass 2013 but a death in the family meant we had to travel to Florida for a month. Hopefully next year.
I will not be attending Drupalcon Portland this year. At that point in late May my wife will be six weeks away from delivery and I'm concerned at how well she would be able to cope with handling our two kids at the same time, never mind any complications that may arise. Rather than take any risks I'm deciding now that I won't attend. I will really miss attending, mostly the fact I won't get to see the many great people in the Drupal community I've gotten to know over the past few years, and especially some of the people who have started their own families since Drupalcon 2012 (wave to Dave and Jenny Reid), but the timing just doesn't work this year.
Hopefully (please, please, please!!!) Drupalcon 2014 will be on the East coast and we'll be able to make a family trip of it, like we did for Drupalcon Chicago in 2011.
Work is in progress on the third Drupalcamp to be held in New Hampshire. While the planning is just getting going we're hopeful to have one in October-ish. I'll be helping to organize this as much as I can and will attend, though details are obviously sketchy.
My amazing employer, Mediacurrent, organizes a Drupalcamp in Atlanta, GA every year and has done so since 2009, which incidentally what the first time I met my current boss, Dave Terry. I'm hoping to attend this, though I'm not sure exactly how we'll juggle it.
While I'm limiting some travel due to the impending arrival, there are other events before the Summer that I do plan on attending:
Drupal 8 Code Sprint Weekend
On March 9th and 10th there's a world-wide code sprint planned to both help developers get familiar with Drupal 8 and get more eyeballs working towards improving Drupal 8. Given I'm going to miss Drupalcon I've decided to travel the 2 1/2 hours to Boston for the code sprint at Acquia's headquarters in Burlington, MA so I can at least say hi to some friends I've not seen in a year. If you're there and know me I expect a hug :)
Given the event is so close (June 22/23) to our baby's due date I may attend the 2013 Design4Drupal, but we may also have a baby at that point so I can't say for certain. The organizers have also not officially announced it so
Know of any Drupal events in New England before July? Let me know and I may very well attend, and if I do I'll be more than happy to do a presentation.
Over the past two days a number of Drupal developers from around the country converged in the college town of Madison, WI to share & learn. It was good seeing a few people I'd met before and great to meet several others, plus sample some really tasty druplicons :-)
I volunteered to do two presentations and had a good time with both. As promised, here are the slides from the presentations:
If you attended either of the presentations please let me know what you thought, particularly if there's anything you think I could improve on for next time.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to a great Drupalcamp, particularly the organizers, the University of Wisconsin which housed the event, and the many sponsors who kept us clothed and fed.
DrupalCamp Brings Florida IT Community Together
A dedicated community of Open Source content management software developers from throughout the Sunshine State are convening February 20th and 21st at the annual Florida DrupalCamp in Altamonte Springs.
This year, new and seasoned users of Drupal (Drupal.org) will spend Saturday participating in beginner, intermediate and advanced education tracks, and Sunday working together in a "Coding for a Cause" sprint to create a Drupal web site for a selected non-profit organization.
Open Source tools like Drupal are a great resource for companies and organizations to cost-effectively connect, communicate, and organize people and information using the Internet. Drupal is a completely free modular content management system that can be used to easily build and customize websites and use blogs, video and user content to build communities.
The event is an opportunity to get an overview of Drupal and what it can do. Attendees can also get to know the developers and user community in Florida, and hear guest speaker Addison Berry of Lullabot discuss how everyone can participate in the growing international community.
The event will be held at the offices of Mind Comet in Altamonte Springs. For more information and to register, visit http://2010.fldrupalcamp.org/