San Diego Drupal Camp - SANDcamp
With an attendance of 80 to 90 people, and participants from all over the United States and even Ecuador, the first SANDcamp (San Diego Drupal Camp) was a success.
The event was put together by a few members of the San Diego Drupal User Group, who did a great job at finding a venue, sponsors, a speaker for the keynote session, food, and building a website to handle the communication to the world. I'm probably forgetting some people, but kudos to Senpai, Becky Farris, Andrew Root, Christoph Weber and Brenda Boggs for their dedication to this event.
As usual, the camp was informative but also a very valuable networking opportunity, especially at the pre-, after-, and post-parties :) It was great to exchange the latest best practices with other Drupal development companies, and also renew contact with old co-workers who have worked for Achieve Internet at some point in their career. The LA Drupal group came out in force, even helping to line up sponsors for the event. There were lots of new faces, Drupal is growing in San Diego!
Achieve was proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the event, and to be able to lend support to the San Diego Drupal community. We're looking forward to next year being even bigger and better!
This was my second consecutive week-end of Drupal community activity, and although I'm exhausted (mostly from the social events that took place before, during and after the camps), I'm more excited than ever about Drupal and the community surrounding it. I am actually putting together my candidacy to become a permanent member of the Drupal Association, and be in a position to help local events like SANDcamp take place all over the world.
I wasn't involved in the event planning, but I did manage to volunteer both days managing the registration booth, and anything else Joel needed done. It was really wonderful to see so many people come out to support the event. Folks were offering to buy lunches for others, new sponsors were contributing even at the end, and Addi flew all the way out from Maryland to be there, give the keynote, and be the resident Drupal expert. Bill O'Connor came out of hiding to take development questions, and of course, seeing all the ex- Achievers again was great. Steve Rude took time away from rocking divx.com to present, and Troy Shields joined a Q&A panel for themers. Special thanks to christefano for coming down from Santa Barbara and bringing all that knowledge with him.
I don't get to venture out enough to Drupal events, but the first ever SANDcamp wasn't something I could miss. The organization was superb and the venue, though more intimate than something like the convention center, was almost perfectly accommodated to the number of people. It was great to see a whole host of new faces, some Drupalers that appear all over (thanks Addi, Joel!), and even meet some people I can't believe I haven't run into before (Brenda). I enjoyed the opportunity to present and was particularly delighted that Chris Stefano volunteered to join in and help make the presentation a success. I snagged a new Acquia t-shirt (Free as in Beer!), listened to Steve present on performance, and got the full-rundown on Fields in Core from Florian. Food, friends, Drupal, what more could you want? All and all, I'd say SANDcamp was a major success.