Drupalize.Me at DrupalCon Los Angeles

Our entire team is going to be in Los Angeles, CA during May 11th–15th for DrupalCon LA, one of our favorite events of the year. DrupalCon is always an amazing event with thousands of Drupalers sharing ideas, having fun, and helping make Drupal even better, both as software and as a community. As per usual we'll be there presenting sessions, attending sessions, helping out at the sprints, making new friends, and connecting with old ones.

Getting To Know You

Drupalize.Me is proud to be a sponsor of DrupalCon once again. These opportunities to support the community, especially events as educational as DrupalCon, are a big part of why we all show up to work in the morning. We'll have a booth in the exhibit hall (#411) and would love to say hello. Be sure to stop by, chat for a bit, and get some cool new stickers we made just for DrupalCon. (One might even have a pony on it....)

Our main focus in 2015 is getting to know you better. We're interested in learning more about our members, what drives you to learn Drupal, and what barriers are preventing you from doing so. We encourage everyone to stop by the booth and let us know what's painful for you, or what gains you're hoping to achieve by learning Drupal.

Another way you can get some informal time with the team is to join us at the Lullabot party on Wednesday, May 13th at The Hotel Figueroa. It's always a blast!

$30 for 30 Minutes

To dive even deeper, we'll also be conducting one-on-one interviews in Los Angeles. These are focused on learning who you are and what Drupalize.Me can do to help you achieve your goals. Each interview will last 30 minutes, and you'll get a gift of $30 for sharing your time and thoughts with us. We have a limited number of slots available, so please give us your contact information, and we'll let you know further steps for scheduling an interview in Los Angeles.

Sessions and Events

In addition to our booth, you'll find us all over the place at DrupalCon. Here are the sessions and events where you can bump into us.

Amber, and Joe are joining up with Greg Dunlap for Let's Talk About Documentation. As educators, we make use of the Drupal.org documentation pages a lot. And we're always trying to help make this valuable resource even better. We'll be talking about the current state of documentation on drupal.org, and then share our ideas about things we think can, and should, be done to help make it better.

Blake will be presenting What's the fuss with all this JS?, and talking about the syntactic and structural differences between Backbone.js, AngularJS and ReactJS. Decoupled Drupal is a hot topic right now, and often times you can't talk about decoupled without also mentioning JavaScript in the same sentence. Come to this session if you're curious about using JavaScript frameworks with Drupal.

Joe will be presenting An overview of the Drupal 8 plugin system. Plugins are going to be just as important for module developers to learn as hooks have been in the past. If you want to learn more about what plugins are (you do), the problems that they can solve, and how to write your own, you'll want to be at this session.

Community Summit

You'll find Addi at the Community Summit on Monday, May 11th. This is a free event attached to DrupalCon where we can get together and work on the people and process side of our community, instead of the code. Topics range from camp planning, community mentoring, conflict resolution, and more. If you'd like to come sprint on these kinds of things, just make sure you sign up in advance so we know how much space and food we'll need.

Women in Drupal

We're sponsoring the Women in Drupal get-together at DrupalCon on Tuesday from 6:30-8:30pm at the Engine Company No. 28 on Figueroa Street. All are welcome—come meet, mingle, and chat with others in the Drupal community. It's a fun way to meet new people and connect with others in a fun relaxed environment. Don't forget to RSVP!

Mentored Sprints and Workshop

The last official day of DrupalCon is the traditional sprint day. There are always some of us there, and the Drupalize.Me team in particular takes part in the First-time Sprinter Workshop and the Mentored Core Sprint. This is a great way to get involved with making Drupal. The workshop will make sure you get set up with the tools you need to dive in, getting a local development environment installed. With that in place, the mentored sprint will pair you up with with people and find tasks for you to work on that match your skills and interests (i.e. you don't have to be a developer to really help out!).

We're excited for DrupalCon, and we hope to see you there!

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