As the new marketing coordinator for Phase2 Technology, I have really enjoyed getting involved in NYC Drupal events and getting to know the NYC Drupal community better. It has been very exciting to help organize and plan NYC Camp, (pronounced Nice Camp) a New York City mini-conference, which will be held on July 19th through 23rd.
This will be the first mini-con in NYC and the east coast. With all the talent and Drupal enthusiasts in the NYC metro area, this 5 day event is an exciting prospect for the NYC Drupal community and I think it will complement the other great regional Drupal Camps like DrupalCamp NYC, CapitalCamp (the following weekend in DC!) and Drupaldelphia. NYC Camp will include pre-trainings, sessions, keynotes, summits, sprints, contrib and Drupal barn-raising. This event is chock full o’ Drupal and there are even a few surprises planned for attendees! This inaugural event is exciting for a number of reasons...
Killer Speaker Lineup
NYC Camp will have an amazing lineup of speakers! We are very lucky to have some Drupal legends as keynotes and speakers:
- Earl Miles (creator of Views, Panels and CTools modules to name a few), as well as a Views in Core sprint
- chx, the legendary core contributor and leader of the mission to make Drupal Mongo DB friendly
- Jay Batson, co-founder of Acquia and Web Engagement Management guru
- Karen Stevenson, Lullabot engineer and maintainer of some of the most important contrib modules in Drupal, including CCK, Date and Calendar (to name a few)
- Ken Rickard, Director of Development/Professional Services of Palantir and maintainer of the amazing Workbench module (among others)
- Matt Cheney, Partner at Chapter 3, Co-Founder of Pantheon, and a maintainer of the Panopoly distro
- Jacob Singh, a Principal Engineer at Acquia and contributor to many modules
Killer Sessions from Phase2 folks:
- Creating Drupal Candy = Drupal Talent Retention and Acquisition - Nicole Lind
- So You Want to Build a Drupal Distribution - Karen Borchert
- Alter Hooks, Good and Evil- Roger Lopez
- Caching without Fear - Steven Merrill & Christopher Johnson
- Testing your Drupal Site with Friendly Ghosts- Steven Merrill & Christopher Johnson
Beginner & Advanced Skill Levels
Although there will be sessions for all skill levels, NYC Camp’s goal is to get attendees to push themselves over the largest learning curves, the beginner Drupaler, and those experienced Drupal Devs who want to get to the next level. The hope is that this focus on beginner and advanced skill levels will complement the focus of the other excellent DrupalCamps in the northeast.
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A major goal of NYC Camp is to empower all attendees to be able to contribute to the Drupal project as well as get involved in the community no matter what skill level. We are providing free pre-trainings on Thursday for Drupal Newbies so that they will be confident about Drupal basics by the time the sessions and Keynotes begin. Sunday and Monday, NYC Camp will be devoted to contribution. All attendees of every skill level will be able to contribute whether it is in a sprint, NYC Community BoFs, or working on “barn-raising” nodes.