Monday, December 14, 2015

DrupalCamp Vienna 2015

Amazee Labs

For the third time DrupalCamp Vienna brought together people interested in Drupal and related web technologies for a 5-day conference. With 2 days of sessions, an official sprint day and two extended sprint days it was a great opportunity to learn from and share knowledge with each other. It was my pleasure to not only be part of the conference but also of the team who organised it. Especially with the recent release of Drupal 8, our topic; connecting open minds, was a great platform for a dialog between free and open source communities.

Jenny Wong's keynote "Bridging Communities" provided a great opportunity to learn from a Wordpress developer and community enthusiast's perspective. Here is some feedback on her keynote:

There was a dedicated PHP Track and its schedule was packed with sessions from the Drupal community.

I was especially excited to have Karin Christen talking about her experiences of running a remote business

Amazee Labs was one of 24 sponsors and we supported the official party on Friday. In collaboration with Joja, the club Celeste provided interactive visuals, music & a room for conversations after the long day of conference sessions.

 We were glad to have the FH Technikum Wien for the second time after 2013 as our venue partner. Their building provided 4 session rooms, an extra coder's lounge, a BoF room and we could use the auditorium to hand out food to the attendees.

Some sessions were pretty packed, but we should count this as a good sign :)

Community activities, initiated in 2013 with the hash tag #schnitzelcon provided a great oppurtunity to meet after the (conference) day. On Saturday night people attended a Mozart-Requiem in St. Charles Church. My highlight was the Drupal Cinema Night & acolono Birthday Bash Acolono. I really hope that video will be presented again :)

DrupalCamp Vienna attracted people from all over Europe and beyond. The 400 seats were sold weeks before the conference. The local team did a great job in bringing together such a diverse audience from 28 different countries. Among the top attending countries are Austria (for obvious reasons), Germany, Serbia, Slovenia and Switzerland, but we also had people from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Belarus and Armenia.

I have created a map to visualize where attendees came from.  A big "thank you" goes to the whole team and the volunteers, who have made DrupalCamp Vienna a great experience for everybody. I'm especially proud that we adopted a code of conduct this year to make sure everyone felt welcome. More photos can be found on our flickr account. If you are interested in DrupalCamp Vienna, follow us on twitter.