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Drupal Dev Day in NYC

March 25, 2015 at 7:54pm

The NYC Drupal Users Group is holding a Drupal Dev Day conference (#D3NYC15) on April 19th at John Jay College. People are pretty excited about this, and we're looking forward to some of the many ways we'll be able to give back to the community in doing so.

With D3NYC15, we're focusing on getting back to creating a grassroots community-building event right in our hometown. First and foremost, the event is in the 'unconference' format, which is an informal way of polling the attendees and creating meaningful sessions that are relevant to those that have shown up. We anticipate expert-lead sessions as well as BoFs.

As part of growing our community, we're planning a Drupal training session in the morning for those new community members. Alex Ross (bleen18) has graciously consented to volunteer his considerable talents to this effort.

In addition to this, we will also have a Drupal mentoring room ('drupal ladders') where a number of Drupalists in NYC have offered to help coach people on contrib work they are doing. Lastly, we're looking forward to our Drupal 8 sprint effort.

While the event is only a day long, it is our hope that D3NYC15 will serve as a launching point for both new and experienced users within the NYC community to help with the D8 issue queue. Even if our community just tackles one item off the queue that day, it will be a big win-- every little bit helps get Drupal 8 into final release.

If you're in the New York City area, or want to visit, join us for a day of coding and fun. Registration can be done at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/drupal-dev-day-nyc-2015-registration-16240282121, and more info about the camp can be found at www.drupalcamp.nyc. We are very much looking for sponsors to help defray the costs of the camp. The sponsorship packages are modestly priced at $500 and $1000, and in addition to great benefits you get the continued admiration of the NYC Drupal community as well as the knowledge that you are investing both in the NYC Drupal talent pool as well as the advancement of Drupal itself.

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Lessons from DrupalCamp London

March 25, 2015 at 7:36pm

DrupalCamp London wrapped up on March 1st, making it the third large Drupal event in London since DrupalCon London in 2011. Over the past three years, the local events team has learned a great deal about planning a successful DrupalCamp in one of the largest and most diverse cities in the world.

“The tricky part,” said Ben Wilding (kazillian), one of the lead DrupalCamp London organizers, “is getting the core group who will commit to the camp. There are always lots of people who say they'll volunteer, but ultimately, you need a core group of people who will make it happen."

When planning a DrupalCamp, Wilding says there are seven main points to keep in mind.

1. Find your core supporters

“In the years we’ve been planning DrupalCamp London, we've encountered two challenges: informing the local community enough, versus not giving them too much info. Things went slowly in year one since there was a revolving door problem as different people showed up to the planning meetings each month. Ultimately, it boiled down to the same five or six people who turned up at all the meetings, and they became the decision maker group.

“When it comes to planning a camp with your local community, open it up. Get as many local people involved as you can, but don’t be surprised if those numbers dwindle quite rapidly down to a core few. Then, closer to time, engage with the actual community who has volunteered to help out on the weekend-of. We actually had that as a ticket type— you could buy a free volunteer ticket. We probably had about thirty so, but we capped it. There are always dropouts at the last minute, so we always let a few new people come on board — but we always cap the volunteer tickets.

2. Define the most important jobs

Wilding says that, when it comes to planning a DrupalCamp, having clearly defined jobs is critical to success.

“We had one person in charge of supporting the volunteers on site,” Wilding says. “That person is responsible for updating everyone on what’s going on and managing the volunteers on the day-of. Our volunteer coordinator does a walk around with the volunteers on the first day at the venue. Another helpful tool he uses is a spreadsheet where he maps volunteers to specific rooms and tasks.

“Especially with a job like managing volunteers, or handling the website, we’ve found that it’s best to make sure that one person owns it, and it’s not too difficult for them to manage."

3. Plan ahead

“Give yourself more time than you think you’ll need — like months and months more time,” advises Wilding. For DrupalCamp London, the team stars more than ten months out on certain elements, such as the website, approaching the venue, and coordinating the team.

“Start anything you can as early as you can,” says Wilding. “The first thing, the hardest thing to get sorted out, is the venue — getting a space to commit for free. One you have that space, a lot of other things can fall into place if you’re being sensible about it and starting early."

“We get really involved with the whole team about four months out,” Wilding continues. “Our camp is always the last weekend in February, so it’s awkwardly placed where Christmas sits. We do things in October and November, the ball gets rolling, and then Christmas happens and we lose 5 weeks. When planning your camp, look out for anything holiday related in your calendar, like major public holidays. Be wary that you don’t sit back. Plan around it."

4. Use personal networks

One way to get great things at low to no cost is through utilizing your community members’ personal networks.

“The more people you reach out to, the better, and the more people you’ve got looking through their personal contacts, the better,” says Wilding. "The time to manage speakers and sponsorships is a lot, so it’s best if possible if you can get someone to really own that. It’s something that’s easy to pass around a group of volunteers— you have to have one key person to own it."

Personal networks have helped the London team get keynote speakers, their venue, even their sponsor.

“We’ve been very fortunate that we get the venue in central London for three days straight. It usually costs hundreds of thousands of pounds, but we got it donated.

“It goes back with personal relationships that one of the organizers had with the university — he had done some free lectures promoting Drupal. It’s also about finding the right venue who benefits from the event, too. The computing department at the university we host our DrupalCamp at is very keen to find industry connections for students, so we always donate lots of tickets to their students so they can promote it internally.

“The way it stands now, the university students get the opportunity to meet the best of the best of the Drupal world, and the community benefits from the introduction of new users as well. Housing DrupalCamp London within the city university means they get the benefit of real world enterprise business and technology paired up with their students, which is ideal for them."

5. Be Prepared for Complications

Wilding notes that organizing DrupalCamps can be complicated in unexpected places.

“This year, we had the BBC as a diamond sponsor,” said Wilding. “We had a contact on their end who was great. However, we had to put everything through their legal department and their marketing department. It was a good lesson for us in that, when you get to a certain level of sponsorship, the complications and the amount of work you have to put in to manage those relationships is incredible."

However, there are ways to address normal pain areas and cut down on the headaches for everyone.

“Registration can be pretty difficult,” said Wilding. “Printing names out on lanyards takes ages, and sometimes someone can’t find someone’s badge because God knows where it went, and there are long queues. We managed to make it much easier this year — we had ten volunteers by the doors in the morning for the first two days, and with 500 people coming in, we knew it could take a long time.

“So instead of printing badges, we just let people sign them on their own. For the actual registration process, we used an app called check me in. People RSVPd for the camp through EventBrite, and  so when they walked in, they could check in with the door volunteers, all of whom had the app on their phone. After that, attendees could grab their lanyard, T-shirt, and tote bag. It was so much better than having 150 disgruntled in a queue at the start of the event."

6. Enjoy your successes

Every DrupalCamp has great moments, and DrupalCamp London was no exception.

“We had Dr. Sue Black as the keynote for DrupalCamp on Saturday, and it was a bit of a different angle than what we usually have,” Wilding said. “We wanted to go beyond the normal Drupal talk for the keynote, so we had Dr. Black come speak about her experiences of promoting women’s engagement with technology — and also saving Bletchley park, too.

"One of Dr. Black's favorite projects that she does and does a lot of fundraising for is called Techmums (http://techmums.co/). She promotes technology amongst mothers in poorer, lower income households, and trains them to use it. One success story was how they trained a mum on how to put an attachment on an email. It was totally new to this woman who was running her own business. Before that, she was sending samples across town… she was sending her son at the end of the day across town, on a bus, with these samples for clients to look at. And this totally changed her life.

“After the talk, Dr/ Black had a huge queue of people who wanted to help with her various projects. It was so great that we were able to help our community share knowledge, and hopefully we benefitted the world a bit."

7. Thank your supporters

“I’d like to issue another huge thanks to the volunteers and sponsors again because DrupalCamp wouldn’t happen without them,” said Wilding in conclusion.

“We’ve had a few people step back from organizing this year so we’re looking for new people to get involved and get engaged next year. If you’re interested in helping out, keep an eye on the Twitter account (@drupalcampldn and #dclondon). We’re taking a break for a few months — but keep an eye on Twitter, and the Drupal London User Group. We’ll make some noise in a couple months time, and get people together who want to chat about stepping in and helping out. We’re always looking for new people, and are happy to answer any questions people have."

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Drupal Association Board Meeting: 18 March 2015

March 25, 2015 at 7:14pm

In our March board meeting we took a look at the month of February and all the goodness that the Association and the community have managed to stir up. Spoiler alert: it's a lot. We've got lots of impressive changes on Drupal.org, some big community events to recap, and elections. If you missed the meeting, no worries! I'm going to recap some main points below, but you can always watch the recording, review the minutes, or check out the meeting materials (or all of the above, because overacheiver). Here's what we talked about:

Operational Update

  • We have three new staff starting at the Association. We'll have a new post on our blog shortly to introduce them all, but the long and short of it is this: Our DrupalCon team is now at 100% strength again, our marketing team can now get even more great Drupal content out into the universe, and adding a CFO to our team means that well be able to position the Association to better tell our financial story and project into the future.
  • There is a brand (re)new newsletter going out - the Drupal Newsletter. Those of you who have been in the community for a while may remember that the last issue went out in 2008. We recently resuscitated the newsletter subscriptions functionality on your Drupal.org profile AND partnered with Bob Kepford to bring the Weekly Drop (plus a little extra Association goodness) to you once a week. Not subscribed? Go edit your D.O profile and you can subcribe right there!
  • We are moving our dashboards into a publicly viewable/slick looking location. Up until now we've been sharing our dashboard data as tables in our monthly board update. It was better than not tracking numbers, but did not allow us to share context for our metrics and frankly, tables are really hard for mere humans to parse. We'll be moving all our metrics into SimpleKPI over time, but for now, take a look at the pretty that is the Drupal.org Dashboard.

DrupalCon Latin America

We were thrilled to be in Bogota, Colombia for DrupalCon Latin America in February. Although we are really excited about what we accomplished, it did not happen without several very real bumps in the road. First, our attendance goal was 400, but we only hit 263, and one-third of those came in during the last two weeks. Managing the budget and logistics when attendance was so up in the air was a real challenge, but the DrupalCon team managed to ensure that we beat our budget expectations, so there was no negative financial impact for the Association. Most importantly, we learned a lot and saw some great outcomes:

  • Many of the sessions offered live translation between English, Spanish, and Portugese. Additionally, the amazing Lingotek donated translations service so that more than 25 of the session recordings are also available in those languages. This experience with multiple languages will help us in future events, as well as with Drupal.org and other resources we help steward.
  • We had amazing sprint participation - 38% of attendees stuck around on the final day and battled through a 2-hour internet outage (quite happily, I might add) to make their contributions to the project. Huge thanks to the sprint mentors who help make the day so successful.
  • Overall, we think we saw a huge community lift from the event. We had several candidates from Latin America throw their hat in the ring for a board seat in the elections, and we had an increased participation in Global Training Days by Latin American shops. We hope that means that our Latin American community is more closely connected now and that this participation will carry forward and grow into the future.

Working Group Updates

A lot of the Working Groups work right now is actually rethinking how they work. There are three Drupal.org working groups - Infrastructure, Content, and Software. As the Drupal Association staff has grown and taken on real work, we've had to define how the staff and Working Groups collaborate as we go. the new wrinkle is that there are other Working Groups out there that fall under the Drupal (as opposed to Drupal.org) structure that overlap or relate to the D.O working groups. 

For example, the Content Working Group is currently working on a content strategy to completment the user persona research we did and inform an iterative reimagination of Drupal.org. Turns out, a significant portion of that strategy relates to the Documentation Working Group. We didn't figure that out until well into the process, and missed the opportunity to get their feedback and incorporate their needs from the outset. It seems obvious in hindsight, but at the time, we were working with the Drupal.org Working Groups only, which was basically our known universe.

To remedy these kinds of issues, we plan to bring many of the Working Groups together in Los Angeles and are trying to map some process that will ensure that all the right players are brought in at the right time, So, charters are being adjusted, more communication is being planned. We know it's been rough at times, but are committed to finding a path forward that works for everyone.

That's all she wrote...

Have questions, ideas, thoughts concerns? Leave 'em in the comments! I would sincerely love to hear from you. Just to know that one person read this post... these take forever to write! :)

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2015 At-Large Board Elections Announced

March 25, 2015 at 2:00pm

Everyone on the staff and Board of the Drupal Association would like to congratulate our newest board member:

Addison Berry.

In addition to congratulating Addison, please join me in thanking the 23 other candidates who put themselves out there in service of Drupal and stood for election. 

This was the fourth election we've held for At-Large board seats at the Drupal Association. This year we had two specific goals for the elections:

  • Increase the diversity of the candidates - Although we only had one female candidate, we saw great success by other measures of diversity. 24 candidates came from 14 different countries - including South American and Asian countries. 
  • Increase voter turnout - We fielded 1,432 votes in this election. Our pool of eligible voters was 159,758, so that means our voter tunrout was .89%. This is still low, but a vast improvement over the last election, which saw a .36% turnout. 

Our next steps will be to reach out to the candidates for their evaluation of the elections experience. We also want to hear from you. Please tell us about your experience with the elections process in the comments below so that we can include them in our planning for the 2016 elections.

Flickr photo: Kodak Views

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Viva DrupalCon Latin America

March 23, 2015 at 9:51pm

2015 started out strong with our first DrupalCon of the year, which took place from 10-12 February in Bogota, Columbia. Nothing feels better than to bring the power of DrupalCon to a new region where attendees can revel in their love for Drupal, the community, and enjoy time together. As people listened to the Driesnote, attended sessions and sprints, and celebrated with some Tejo, we heard a lot of “this is a real Con” and “it feels so good to experience this in my own backyard”.

Driesnote crowdSharing the gift of DrupalCon with the Latin American community was a joy for Drupal Association staff and community organizers. It wouldn’t have happened without help from Aldibier Morales, Carlos Ospina, Ivan Chaquea, Nick Vidal, and Jairo Pinzon, who helped organize the event. Conversely, it better connected the Drupal Association with this region, helping us better understand the high level of contribution as well as new ways to support this region.

263 people attended DrupalCon Latin America from 23 countries including 12 Latin American countries. 63% of attendees said that this was their first DrupalCon, which underscores why it’s so important to bring DrupalCon to new parts of the world. Attendees were primarily developers from Drupal Shops, but there was more diversity than expected. The event also attracted a higher level of beginners than expected and 14% of attendees were women, which falls between DrupalCon Europe (10% women) and DrupalCon North America (22%). Below are some demographic tables that compare DrupalCon Latin America with DrupalCon Austin.

SprintersAs you can imagine, the most attended sessions were focused on Drupal 8. DrupalCon Latin America was the first event to offer translated sessions and all sessions were recorded and posted to the DrupalCon YouTube Channel. Thanks to Lingotek, 20 additional session recordings were translated, too, and can be found on Youtube.

One of the big takeaways for Drupal Association staff was finding out how many attendees contribute to Drupal. When Megan Sanicki, COO, asked in her keynote introduction presentation how many people contributed, a large number of hands went up. It explains why DrupalCon Latin America had the largest percentage of attendees attend the sprint compared to any other DrupalCon --  38.4% of attendees showed up to make a difference. Thanks to the sprint leads, YesCT, alimac, DevelCuy, jackbravo and the other 19 sprint mentors, 101 people were able to participate in the sprints.

We’re also happy that financially the event achieved its budget goals. When planning DrupalCon Latin America, we knew that hosting the event in a new region would create budget challenges. We accepted that and were willing to operate this DrupalCon at a loss. We see this as an investment in a region that will grow because DrupalCon was hosted here. Below is the high level budget and further below is a more detailed view into the expenses.

DrupalCon Latin America Budget

Budget

Actual

Income $150,150 $104,513.74 Expenses $250,750 $188,034.40 Net Profit -$99,920 -$83,520.66

Overall, DrupalCon Latin America was a success! Session evaluations came back strong and the event received a high Net Promoter Score of 80. Also, attendees felt that they received more value than expected (see chart below).

While we hoped for larger numbers, it’s important to point out that DrupalCon Amsterdam in 2005 had about 100 attendees. When the event returned in 2014, it hosted 2,300 people. All regions have to start somewhere and DrupalCons have the power to infuse community members with a burst of energy and passion that helps the community grow. We saw this immediately after DrupalCon Latin America with the growth of Global Training Days. Last year, the region hosted 7 trainings total, but right after DrupalCon Latin America, the region hosted 10 - not even ¼ of the way into the year. Additionally, three Latin American community members nominated themselves in the Drupal Association At-Large Board Elections.

We are thrilled that we were able to bring DrupalCon to new regions of the world. Be sure and attend the closing session of DrupalCon Los Angeles to find out where we are bringing DrupalCon next.


DRUPALCON STATISTICS

DEMOGRAPHIC COMPARISONS

Business (sales, marketing) Front end (design, themer) C-Level Site Builder Other (PM, Trainer, etc) Site Administrator

Job Function

Austin

Latin America

Developer 40% 48% Business (sales, marketing) 11% 12% Front end (design, themer) 13% 10% C-Level 9% 9% Site Builder 11% 8% Other (PM, Trainer, etc) 9% 12% Site Administrator 7% 3%

 

How I use Drupal

Austin

Latin America

Drupal Shop 47% 61% Site Owner 30% 12% Freelance 5% 9% Evaluating 6% 4% Hobbyist 2% 2%

 

Skill Level

Austin

Latin America

Advanced 37% 40% Intermediate 39% 38% Beginner 23% 22%

 

SESSION STATISTICS

DrupalCon Latin America: Highest Attended Sessions

Count

#d8rules - Web-automation with Rules in Drupal 8 87 An Overview of the Drupal 8 Plugin System 70 Drupal 8 CMI on Managed Workflow 67 Getting Content to a Phone in less than 1000ms 58 AngularJS + Drupal = Un Dúo Superheróico! 52 DevOps, por donde comenzar? 49 The Future of Commerce on Drupal 8 (and beyond) 43 I Want it All and I Want it Now: Configuration Management and CI 38 SEO for Drupal 37

 

DrupalCon Latin America: Youtube views (as of 3/11/2015)

# of views

DrupalCon Latin America 2015: Keynote by Dries Buytaert 1053 DrupalCon Latin America 2015: Keynote by Larry Garfield 546 DrupalCon Latin America 2015: The Future of Commerce on Drupal 8 (and beyond) 407 DrupalCon Latin America 2015: Drupal 8 CMI on Managed Workflow 241 DrupalCon Latin America 2015: AngularJS + Drupal = Un Dúo Superheróico! 238


DRUPALCON FINANCIALS

Expenses

 

  Staff Wages, Benefits, Overhead $106,621.54 Catering $11,784.76 Staff Travel & Accommodations $11,552.25 Event Planning $9,244.45 Registration Materials, Conference Supplies, Tees $8,180.90 Taxes, Fees, VAT $7,009.54 Speaker Fees, Travel Awards, Etc $6,973.16 Translation $6,772.00 IT, Wifi, Electrical $6,705.89 Archiving $5,500.00 Design $4,500.00 Conference Facility $3,013.78 Shipping $176.13 Total Expenses $188,034.4

 

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Ready, Set, Drupal 8! D8 Accelerate Fundraiser

March 20, 2015 at 2:59pm

Last November we launched Drupal 8 Accelerate, a grant program designed to eliminate Drupal 8 release blockers. Through the progam, we’ve made a small number of grants that have had a huge impact. In fact, we only have about 50 release blockers left between us and release. So now the Association is going to take it to the next level. We've already pledged $62,500 of our general operating budget in 2015 as matching funds for you donations. Now we are announcing that the board has partnered with 7 outstanding community supporters to “match the match” and provide another $62,500 of the program, bringing us to $125,000 available for grants.

Now it's your turn! We're asking you to help us raise another $125,000 to make the total amount available for these grants $250,000. You can give knowing that every dollar you contribute is already matched by the Association and these anchor donors, doubling your impact. Your donations will allow us to make more grants, faster, increasing our impact and getting D8 out the door!

This is an all-out, everyone-in effort to raise $250,000 to kill the last release blockers in our way.This is our moment - together, we are going to move Drupal 8 from beta to release with the Drupal 8 Accelerate program. We already know it works. Drupal 8 Accelerate grants have already tackled release blockers issues related to menus, entity field validation, and caching. As a donor, you will always know exactly what you're funding because we're making it all public

Join us today and make your donation. The sooner we get this done, the sooner we can all enjoy those launch parties!

Special thanks to our anchor donors, Acquia, Appnovation, Lullabot, Palantir.net, Phase2, PreviousNext, and Wunderkraut, for making this matching campaign possible.  These seven organizations stepped up to the plate and made this entire campaign possible. Thank them on Twitter using the #D8Accelerate hashtag.

The D8 Accelerate project is designed to help move Drupal 8 from the initial beta to a full release. This directly relates to the Association's mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal. This is a pilot program from the Drupal Association to put $250,000 of community funds toward accelerating the release of Drupal 8, due to the strategic impact this work has on the entire Drupal ecosystem.

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Meet the DrupalCon Team

March 18, 2015 at 6:41pm

Putting on three DrupalCons each year requires a huge amount of manpower and dedication. It’s a labor of love, and wouldn’t be possible without teams of passionate volunteers, working with a dedicated staff at the Drupal Association.

Who is the Drupal Association’s DrupalCon team? For those who wonder about the people behind the magical events, we’ve put together this guide to the folks who make DrupalCon happen.

Rachel Friesen, Events Manager

Rachel FriesenRachel (racheldrupal) has been with the Drupal Association for a year, and works as an events manager to guide the DrupalCon team through the entire process of planning and executing a DrupalCon. One of Rachel’s primary functions is to set strategy for each DrupalCon, including objectives for individual conventions and how to move towards future goals. Rachel is responsible for budgeting, working with contracts, and keeping the project moving.

When not making recommendations to the board about the location of the next DrupalCon or acting as the big cheese on site for events, Rachel enjoys curling, and grew up wanting to be a marine biologist. Her favorite part of each DrupalCon event is watching the reveal for the location of the next DrupalCon during the closing session.

Amanda Gonser, Lead DrupalCon Coordinator

Amanda GonserAmanda (amanda.drupal) joined the Drupal Association in October, and came to the Association with experience planning events around the world. As the Lead DrupalCon Coordinator, Amanda works with the community volunteers, manages the programming of each DrupalCon, and handles the website content. Amanda is working hard on DrupalCon Los Angeles and can’t wait to see it all come together this May.

Amanda spent nearly five years living in the Basque Country of Spain, and when not working, she devours books like some people eat chocolate. Amanda has two kitties who rule her life, and this year, she’s trying out her green thumb with her first flower garden.

Tina Krauss, DrupalCon Coordinator

Tina KraussTina (tinakrauss) is the newest member of the DrupalCon team, and came on board in mid March. As a DrupalCon Coordinator, Tina will work with each con’s volunteers, assist in con programming and logistics, and work with website content. Tina is also focused on customer support and responds to tickets submitted to our Contact Us form related to the Cons.

A native of Germany, Tina moved to Portland, Oregon several years ago, where she currently resides. In her free time, Tina is an adventurer. She loves to travel around the world -- the farther, the better! She also enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking, backpacking, skiing, and more.

Timothy Constien, Sponsorship Fulfillment Coordinator

Tim ConstienAs Sponsorship Fulfillment Coordinator, Tim (timconstien) acts as a liaison between the Drupal Association’s revenue team and the DrupalCon team. His focus is on maintaining and building strong relationships with our sponsors, ensuring that sponsors’ DrupalCon experiences go above and beyond, and that each sponsor’s investment is maximized across every possible marketing platform, including social media, the DrupalCon website, at the DrupalCon event, and more.

Tim is an extreme sports enthusiast, and loves snowboarding and skateboarding. He also likes skiing and surfing, and the lifestyle around those sports. Tim enjoys spending his free time in Portland seeking out the city’s best cheap food and craft beers.

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A look back at Membership and changes for 2015

March 18, 2015 at 6:36pm

Are you interested in what is happening with Drupal Association membership? This is the first of two posts about our membership program. We've made some changes, but much remains the same. You may notice that the price slider has been removed from the contribution pages and it is replaced with price points that provide clearer options for paying. The new price points were selected after looking at the most frequent gift amounts from the slider. Don't worry, though: the minimum fee for membership will remain at the same levels as last year. We are also experimenting by testing graphics and placement of items on the pages and will let you know the results as you may find them useful for your own projects.

The slider from 2014 contribution pages

This slider on our contribution pages allowed members to choose a price to pay but it lacked information to guide members in selecting a price.

I want to explain why we moved away from the slider, but first, let's go over some history. The Drupal Association membership program began in 2007. For six years we kept membership dues at the same amounts. In 2013, we decided to make some changes after hearing from the community that there was a need for more price options. The idea was that, with flexible prices, more of the worldwide Drupal community could give back and become members while paying what they could afford.

To give donors more incentive to choose membership, we also decreased the minimum donation amount for individuals by 32%. Conversely, we raised the minimum amount for organizations-- Drupal itself has grown and matured, and we knew that Drupal businesses have as well. We figured, if this new structure did not work for an organization, the option for Individual membership would still be a good one.

So in mid-2013, we launched the slider pages into the universe. We learned that the slider did not provide users with enough guidance on how much to give. There was not enough information to suggest appropriate gift amounts, and members gave at many price points. So we have said farewell to the slider and will assess the price point performance in the months to come.

In the next post, we give a recap of 2014. If you have any thoughts or suggestions to share on the change or membership in general, your feedback is always welcome. Find me via contact form and reach out anytime.

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A Recap of Drupal Association Membership in 2014

March 18, 2015 at 5:42pm
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Interested in what is happening with Drupal Association membership? Here's a recap of 2014.

Last year, the Drupal Association membership program had a solid renewal rate, slight overall growth, and we surpassed revenue goals. We're happy to point out that even though the overall number of Organization Members has declined (our peak was 619 active organization members in 2013), it's because 82 of those companies have become our Supporters. This means they give at even greater levels than members. To all of our supporters, cheers and thank you for giving back to Drupal!

(For the general public: if you see a profile or company page on Drupal.org with a badge on it, you can thank the individual or organization for all that they do for Drupal!)

Do you have more thoughts or questions about membership? Find me via contact form anytime with your feedback.

Infographic for 2014 Membership Highlights

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Calling all Community Organizers

March 17, 2015 at 8:39pm

Old Timey TypewriterDo you plan meet-ups, camps, sprints, or trainings for your local community?  The Drupal Association is creating a new Community Organizer Newsletter, so be sure to sign up on your Drupal.org profile. Read on to find out more!

This past January, I celebrated my one-year anniversary of employment at the Drupal Association. I came to the Association from a community management background, working with multiple stakeholders in a distributed community; the role as Community Outreach Coordinator itself appealed to me because I knew the Association serves a strong, active, and connected community. I thought that the community aspect of my job would be nothing I hadn’t encountered before, as I knew I’d be working with very similar community models.  What I did not know at the time was the astonishing amount of effort that our volunteers put in to better their local communities and therefore enhance a global community.

Over the past year, I’ve been fortunate enough to visit several camps, attend and participate in planning DrupalCons, sit in on Community Summits, and have countless interactions with volunteers from around the world.  One thing that has resonated with me as I started to connect to volunteers globally is that many community organizers often ask similar questions about other communities and volunteers.  What are others doing for camps? What are others doing for hosting a sprint? Do others struggle to get people to meetups? How do we engage new leadership? Does the Drupal Association have resources to support our local community groups and user groups?

The frequency with which I have encountered these questions got me thinking: how do we highlight the efforts of our volunteers and share best practices with everyone.  After all, we’re open source, and sharing is how we do things. We’re a do-ocracy! After a lot of thought, I realized that the best way to accomplish this task will have to be collaborative. 

I’ll be working with our talented staff at the Association and volunteers to create a quarterly Drupal Community Organizers Newsletter full of tips, tricks, and news for anyone who runs, organizes, or wants to help grow their local community. The best part is that this newsletter will be mostly curated content from you all, our organizers! Who better to help others than our troops in the trenches? I’ll be including blogs, upcoming camps and sprints, best practices, highlights from communities, volunteer recognition and more information. 

I anticipate that we will release the first issue in the beginning of April, at the start of this year’s Second Quarter. As part of this effort, I need your help. Would you like to receive the newsletter? Sign up HERE , and contact me HERE if you have content (or know of content) that would be great to share with our community organizers. Know other community organizers? Spread the word and get them on the list! Let’s work together to share and support each other in our global Drupal Community.

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A Tale of Two DrupalCons

March 11, 2015 at 7:26pm

It was the best of shows, it was the worst...no wait. That’s not right. DrupalCon 2014 was just great and there are always new learnings to make it better.

Last year, DrupalCon really hit its stride, especially in Europe. We have already produced one of three great DrupalCons in 2015, so before we get further into the year, I’d like to summarize what happened with DrupalCon in 2014. More posts will come to highlight our 2015 DrupalCon planning so there is more transparency into our team’s work.

In 2014, DrupalCon North America was held in Austin, Texas, USA while DrupalCon Europe was hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands. They both had their fair share of successes and new learnings. The Drupal Association has become more data driven over the year and we’d like to share interesting statistics and budgets below. Our staff gleaned some pretty good insights, especially around who attends DrupalCon, allowing us to better plan programming and experiences to match those demographics.

DrupalCon Austin

Austin was a great city for hosting DrupalCon. It’s a city of creativity and innovation as well as cowboys, live music, and thousands of bats. 3,300 people attended the week long celebration of Drupal and community. Our trainers grew the skills of 545 training attendees; 118 business leaders gathered at the Business Summit to brainstorm ways to grow the Drupal adoption rate; and 101 community leaders attended the Community Summit and discussed ways to grow and strengthen local communities through various programs like camps and sprint mentoring.

DrupalCon Amsterdam

DrupalCon Job typesAmsterdam is also an A-rated city known for Dutch design, world leading water management, as well as tulips and cheese. Centrally located in Western Europe and in the backyard of many budding Drupal businesses, this event was the largest yet for the region with 2,370 attendees. This event sold the most one day-tickets, which were bought primarily by beginner developers and those local to the event, who only had time to attend for one day due to business demands. A great location really drove attendance for this event.

Demographics

DrupalCon attendee workplacesWe are especially proud of DrupalCon’s diversity. Unique to DrupalCon Austin, this conference attracts a more distributed number of job types from developers to project managers to evaluators and they represent a range of employers from Drupal Shops to Drupal customers (libraries, universities, enterprise customers).
DrupalCon Amsterdam attracts many more developers who work at Drupal Shops. Clearly, we can do a better job attracting developers from European Drupal customers, too.

We are also proud that 20% of DrupalCon Austin attendees are female - a very strong percentage for a tech conference. DrupalCon Amsterdam had 10% female attendance - a number we would like to increase together as a community.

It’s also interesting where attendees come from. DrupalCons are certainly international with almost 60 countries represented at each event, but it is clear that the majority of attendees come from the host country and nearby countries. More than 70% of DrupalCon Amsterdam attendees come from Western Europe while 88% of DrupalCon Austin attendees were American, 4% were Canadian, and 1% was from the UK.

Amsterdam attendee nationalitiesAustin attendee nationalities
Demographic Learnings

With multi-year data, The Drupal Association can now see that these events are attracting different kinds of audiences. We are working internally and with community leaders to better understand how to tailor the event programming to better serve each one. As we know more, we will share details in future blogs.

Attendance Drivers: Content is King

DrupalCon Austin’s main attendance drivers were sessions, building Drupal skills, and networking while DrupalCon Amsterdam’s were location, sessions, and networking. Our survey shows that the events nailed these three areas and attendees felt these areas met or exceeded expectations.

Looking a bit more closely at our sessions - a large percentage of our programming, we can see that Drupal 8 continued to be a hot topic and was a major focus on sessions that were the most attended. In terms of ratings, we saw in Austin that the Careers Lab, led by Mike Anello and Gwendolyn Anello, ranked highest and in DrupalCon Amsterdam, Susan Rust’s Business Track session: “Train Wrecks & Ugly Baby Client Meetings” was top rated. Clearly content must continue to go beyond a developer focus to meet other learning pain points in our community.

Sessions are scored by attendees on a score of 1 through 5, 5 being highest. DrupalCon Austin scores slipped a bit from DrupalCon Portland scores. We are looking into this more, but individual comments showed that we can do more training to help speakers avoid pitching their company, which invariably is an attendee turnoff. DrupalCon Amsterdam scores slipped a bit as well from the previous year’s DrupalCon Prague. Looking at individual comments, it is clear that the content was well received and speakers did a great job. The issue was that the RAI rooms were too small to accommodate the crowds of people. This is something we can better address with future DrupalCon planning.

Amsterdam session scoresAustin session scores

I’m also proud to point out that sprints are growing in size and much of that is thanks to our sprint mentors and the work they do leading up to sprints, preparing hundreds to participate. DrupalCon Austin had 790 sprinters compared to DrupalCon Portland’s 730 sprinters while DrupalCon Amsterdam had 631 sprinters compared to DrupalCon Prague’s 462 sprinters.

The Net Net: DrupalCon’s Net Promoter Scores

In the attendee survey, we ask the attendee if they would recommend DrupalCon to a friend and they answer by selecting 1 through 10, 10 being a strong “YES!”. This is the basis for determining a net promoter score and there is some basic math to figure out DrupalCon’s score.

DrupalCon Austin was the first time we asked this question in a DrupalCon North America survey. The score is 53, a very good baseline, which we can now use to gauge the health of DrupalCon Los Angeles. We asked this question for DrupalCon Prague and the score was 49. Unfortunately, when we asked this for DrupalCon Amsterdam, the score was 25, which was surprising since scores were high on sessions and other aspects of the programming. When we dug into the comments, we found that the low ratings were very much tied to the lower quality of food and lack of seating during lunch, the desire for more coffee service, and the need for larger session rooms. Attending session after session, food and coffee really are important to fuel the marathon of Drupaling for a week. We are taking this feedback seriously and looking at ways to improve upon it for DrupalCon Barcelona.

The Financials

DrupalCon North America continues to be a large fundraiser for The Drupal Association. It takes a large cash outlay to generate a net profit of $802,756. Those funds allow us to run our other community programs like Drupal.org improvements, Community Cultivation Grants, and Drupal Marketing.

Leading up to DrupalCon Amsterdam, we thought we weren’t going to make our attendance goal, but once summer break in Europe ended, ticket sales skyrocketed. 

Below are high level details on income from ticket sales and sponsorships and our top line expenses.

DrupalCon Austin Income Ticket sales $1,276,805 Sponsorship $856,300 Donation $200 Total Income $2,133,305 Expenses (below are top expenses, not all expenses) Venue $83,198 Catering $496,090 AV, Internet, Power $106,161 Total Expenses $1,279,060 Net Profit $854,245 DrupalCon Amsterdam Income Ticket sales €1,132,470.52 Sponsorship €393,196.88 Total Income €1,151,779.89 Expenses (below are top expenses, not all expenses) Venue €141,689.41 Catering €227,030.02 AV, Internet, Power €74,821.25 Total Expenses €978,468.46 Net Profit €173,311.43

Onward and Upward
Moving to data-driven conference planning is key to creating events that meet our attendees’ needs. It shows us who is attending, what attendees want to learn about, and what is important to deliver the best user experience. Additionally, we can see who is not attending our conferences and determine how to attract other community members so DrupalCons are truly diverse and serve more groups. We are using this data to evolve our conferences, but we don’t want to use just data alone. Hearing from community members is key, too. If you have feedback or ideas, please use comments to share them with us. We are listening. And, we will send out more blogs letting you know about DrupalCon planning in 2015.

 

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What's new on Drupal.org - February 2015

March 11, 2015 at 5:22pm

One of our long standing traditions here in the Drupal Association was to give community regular updates on the latest Drupal.org related activities in a form of week notes posts. We’ve been publishing those for over 2.5 years now and it feels like the time has come for a slight change in the format.

From now on we’ll publish monthly ‘What’s new on Drupal.org’ posts, which will showcase new and upcoming features, functionality and user experience improvements. We’ll schedule these around the public Board meetings, so that both the Board and community get the same information at the same time.

So here is our first update in this new format..

What’s new on Drupal.org: February 2015

Look for links to our Strategic Roadmap highlighting how this work falls into our priorities set by the Drupal Association Board and Drupal.org Working Groups.

Better account creation

Account creation improvements

Account creation is now much more streamlined, quick, and lets people get back to the context they started from once the registration is done. Recently added 2nd step of registration allows us to prompt users to quickly and easily fill out the most important fields of their user profile, upload picture and sign up for Newsletters, before proceeding back to the task they were at before registering.

Newsletters signups right on your Drupal.org profile

While working on account creation improvements, we wanted to make it really easy for new users to see what kind of newsletters are available and sign up for the ones they are interested in. Previously only Mailman-powered newsletters were available for sign up on Drupal.org, while for the Drupal Association Newsletter we used MailChimp.

MailChimp allows us to send beautifully designed html emails, provides great content creation experience and detailed analytics. Thus we decided to standardize on one solution and migrate existing newsletters from Mailman to MailChimp. This is partially done, with Security Announcements and Maintainer News following soon.

MailChimp module is now installed on Drupal.org, and all various newsletters are available for sign up right on your user profile edit form. Users will also be able to unsubscribe from their profile or using the unsubscribe links provided through MailChimp.

Organization and user profile improvements

Issue comment attribution and credits

Both issue comment attribution and issue credit UI are ready. At the beginning of March, we opened them for community testing. The feedback is pretty positive so far. Deployment is tentatively scheduled for March 12th.

Content Strategy and Redesign

The draft Drupal.org content model was presented to Working Group members and we are now collecting and incorporating feedback, while at the same time working on a more detailed outline of content and entity types. The outline will include detailed information about fields and settings, as well as view modes with wireframes per content type.

The next deliverable, which is about ready for Working Groups feedback is Content Governance Plan, which reflects the new content model and suggest some improvements in the way we govern content: create, edit, moderate, archive and delete.

The third deliverable, which is nearly done as well, is the Communication Channels Plan, which aims to answer the long standing question of “what is the one place I need to go to to find all important Drupal community news and announcements?”.

The next deliverable we are about to switch out focus to is the updated Drupal.org Site Map, which will reflect suggestions for better IA and navigation on *.drupal.org.

DrupalCI (community initiative and Drupal 8 blocker)

DrupalCI may move into a formal initiative in March as staff works to implement a production environment with the help of the community members that have been involved in the architecture and development.

The test runner is nearly working. Several major portions of the stack are in production—if not yet totally configured—as well as the PrivateTravis containers running php 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6 with mod_php. Overall, it is proceeding on track to have an MVP ready by the end of the sprint sponsored via Drupal 8 accelerate program, which is scheduled to take place at the end of March in Portland.

Revenue-related projects (funding our work)

DrupalCon Los Angeles

On February 25th, registration for DrupalCon Los Angeles went live on the new Drupal Events (events.drupal.org) subsite. Events will be the primary site for all DrupalCon websites moving forward as well as the archive for past events. This will give us great flexibility with historical reporting and make maintenance and security releases for DrupalCon websites more efficient. It also means that any new feature development for DrupalCon websites now benefits all future con sites.

The first of those new features is a set of improvements to registration. We’ve streamlined the experience of purchasing a ticket both for individual users, but also for users who may be purchasing large blocks of tickets for their organization. There are three time-saving new registration features:

  1. Users can now copy their registration data from a previous ticket. This means that a user purchasing several kinds of tickets such as the DrupalCon ticket and a Business Summit ticket can save time entering fields. It also means that users attending future cons will be able to save time entering their registration data for the next Con.
  2. Someone purchasing a ticket on behalf of another attendee can now enter that attendee’s email address and a link to redeem the ticket will be sent to them. This saves the purchaser time, and allows the attendee to keep their registration data private.
  3. Finally someone purchasing a large block of tickets who does not yet know who will attend can now purchase reservation codes which can be given out to attendees to be redeemed.

We’re also working closely with our early registrants and DrupalCon sponsors to further streamline these new features.

Sustaining Support and Maintenance

Elections 2015

In February, we spent some time polishing the nominations and voting functionality on assoc.d.o, which powers 2015 Drupal Association Board Elections. This year we have much better looking nomination pages, as well as more smooth voting process. Voting is open until March 20. Have you voted yet?

Fastly

The Drupal.org download infrastructure (ftp.drupal.org) is undergoing an architecture refresh. Fastly has signed on as a Drupal.org Technology Supporter and the existing FTP mirror infrastructure is being dissolved in favor of the CDN backed by Drupal.org’s static web servers.

Server Density

Server Density (drupal.serverdensity.io) was selected as our replacement for Nagios alerting and Munin graphing. Server Density provides us with an alternative to OSL’s shared Nagios and Munin instances, and does not require us to host and manage our own internal monitoring service. Server Density also supports Nagios checks and integrates nicely with our existing infrastructure.

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As always, we’d like to say thanks to all volunteers who are working with us and to the Drupal Association Supporters, who made it possible for us to work on these projects.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates: @drupal_org, @drupal_infra.

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Drupal Events at SXSW 2015

March 10, 2015 at 6:10pm

SXSW 2015 logoSouth by Southwest Interactive starts this Friday in Austin, Texas. The largest tech conference in the world wouldn’t be complete without Drupal, which is why we’ve assembled a guide to all things Drupal at this year’s SXSW.

If there’s a session, party, or workshop that you think should be included, let us know and we’ll add it to the list. In the meantime, here’s all the best Drupal things at SXSW this year.

Workshops:

Web Content Publishing with Drupal Eight

Note: This session requires advance signup to attend.

Experience The New Power of Drupal 8 in this Hands-On workshop! In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to leverage Drupal's new responsive content authoring features.
  • How to customize your site with Drupal's powerful content modeling features including content categorizing.
  • How to creating listing pages and blocks of lists with the enhanced VIEWS module, now a CORE feature, out of the box!

Monday, March 16, 9:30AM - 1:30PM
JW Marriott Room 303-304 (110 E 2nd St)

Hands On: Inclusion, Accountability and Empowerment

This hands-on, two and a half hour long workshop will give you the tools to:

  1. Develop strategies for building more inclusive, accountable and effective spaces — and be better at what you do.
  2. Find ways to be an effective ally to those who are marginalized in your workplace, and build a more inclusive culture.
  3. Find allies outside of your workplace if you can't find any within.

Monday, March 16, 3:30PM - 6:00PM
JW Marriott Room 310-311 (110 E 2nd St)

Large Drupal Projects

The goal of this workshop is to have the participants take away:

    What developer workflow (git, code review) techniques can make a larger project successful
    Techniques for coordinating teams that are geographical dispersed among different organizations
    What scaling and performance issues are more likely to arise in a larger project, and how to anticipate and plan for them
    Planning for a maintainable codebase
    What advanced project management issues might arise from a large Drupal project

Tuesday, March 17, 9:30AM - 1:30PM
JW Marriott Room 303-304 (110 E 2nd St)

 

Sessions:

Interconnected: The Future of the Experience Web

The first wave of the web was open: anyone could build a website and get found through search engines or social media. The second wave was mobile, leading entire nations to leapfrog the initial desktop -- and laptop-centric web. And we’ve just scratched the surface of the third wave: the experience web. It’s driven by internet-connected-everything, and it’s all around us. This third wave gives control to a few intermediaries -- particularly companies that own the entire experience. How can a local Indian restaurant deliver the right experience to a passenger in Google’s self-driving car? The key is mastering context and delivering personalized content to meet consumers where they are.

Dries Buytaert, creator of Drupal & Acquia co-founder, will discuss how we’ll interact with companies and each other in this freewheeling third wave of the experience web.

Sunday, March 15 5:00PM - 6:00PM
JW Marriott Salon A (110 E 2nd St)


Parties:

Tech Lover’s Karaoke Night

Join Rocksauce Studios and Four Kitchens for a fun evening of karaoke, drinks, and tech fun!

Tech Lover's Karaoke Night, hosted at the historic Old School Bar & Grill at the heart of Dirty Sixth, will be an evening filled with music, drinks, great food, and tattoos!

Friday March 13, 2015 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Old School Bar & Grill (401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701)

Drupal Drop In

This event is open to anyone currently using or interested in Drupal. You can look forward to live music, great food & drink and networking with top innovators that are using Drupal to transform their business.

Saturday, March 14 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Maggie Mae's Rooftop (323 E 6th St)

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Voting is Open for the 2015 At-Large Board Elections

March 9, 2015 at 3:13pm

Voting is now open for the 2015 At-Large Board positions for the Drupal Association! If you haven't yet, check out the candidate profiles and review the Meet the Candidate sessions (we ran three) that we held. Get to know your candidates, and then get ready vote.

Cast Your Vote!

How does voting work? Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations open and who have logged in at least once in the past year. These individuals' accounts will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and they will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see the this video.

Elections will be held from 9 March through 20 March (midnight UTC) 2015. During this period, you can still review and comment on candidate profiles.

Have questions? Contact Drupal Association Executive Director Holly Ross.

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Thank you for a great Global Training Day

March 3, 2015 at 5:31pm

GTD logoAs many of you know, Global Training Day was this weekend, and it was a great one. We had 29 trainings in 20 countries around the world, showing once again that our community is second to none in passion and enthusiasm.

It's so exciting and humbling to help make GTD a reality. Watching the tweets pour in from around the world is truly awe-inspiring. Here's a selection of a few of our favorites from this year.

For those of you who didn't participate this time around but want to join in next quarter, check our Global Training Day page and sign up to host a training in your community. Again, thank you to everyone who helped make this GTD a reality.

 

 

 

 

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Get Ready to Vote: Elections Run 9 March - 20 March

March 2, 2015 at 6:51pm

Huh? What are we Electing?

In case you missed it, the Drupal community electing one candidate to serve a two-year term on the Drupal Association Board of Directors. There are two At-Large (community elected) seats on the Board. The other seat is currently held by Matthew Saunders. We've got a really global slate of candidates to consider, and we encourage you to get to know them by listening to the Meet the Candidates sessions and asking them questions on their candidate profile pages. 

Who can vote?

Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations opened and who have logged in at least once in the past year. These individuals' accounts will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and they will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an "instant runoff" method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Elections process

Voting will be held from 9 March, 2015 through 20 March, 2015. During this period, you can review and comment on candidate profiles on assoc.drupal.org and engage all candidates through posting to the Drupal Association group. We'll also be scheduling and announcing three phone-in all candidates meetings, where community members and candidates can ask questions and get to know each other.

Have questions? Please contact Drupal Association Executive Director Holly Ross. Many thanks to nedjo for pioneering this process and documenting it so well in the past!

Flickr photo: Kodak Views

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So long, and thanks for all the fish

March 2, 2015 at 2:52pm

Stephanie El HajjIt is with a happy and heavy heart that I share with you the next step in my journey. After three great years, I am leaving the Drupal Association and packing up my worldly possessions and heading south to Texas, where I will be joining the awesome Austin team of Amazee Labs.

My last three years at the Drupal Association have been incredibly rewarding. I’ve learned so much from each of my (many) DrupalCon teams in Denver, Munich, Sydney, Portland, Prague, Austin, and Amsterdam.

To my Los Angeles and Barcelona teams, I’m sorry to leave you mid-planning, but I’m very excited to see where you take DrupalCon this year without me.

To my DrupalCon globals, thank you for helping grow DrupalCon into what it is today.

To the Portland Drupal community, thank you for being welcoming. Thanks for all the beer and pizza and letting me co-work with you at the Lucky Lab.

To all my volunteers, speakers, sprinters, and trainers, it has been a pleasure to work with you. The community is lucky to have such active, dedicated contributors.

To my colleagues at the Drupal Association, you guys are so weird. Seriously. And I’m going to miss you all dearly.

This may be an end but it’s not THE end. I plan to remain active in the Drupal community, and will be at DrupalCon Los Angeles and DrupalCon Barcelona, as well as MidCamp and possibly LinuxFestNW this year. I hope to see you there!

Cheers,
Stephanie El-Hajj
twitter, drupal.org, irc: stephelhajj
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephelhajj

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Drupal Association Board Meeting: 18 February, 2015

February 28, 2015 at 12:17am

February may be the shortest month of the year, but it's certainly been one of the busiest for the Drupal Association, so I apologize for taking more than a week to get this summary post up! What's been keeping us so busy? Our first ever DrupalCon in Latin America and the Drupal Association At-Large Board elections. Both of these events have been huge positive milestones for the Association, and have involved dozens of volunteers from around the globe. In the middle of all that, we managed to sneak in a board meeting on 18 February. If you missed it, you can listen to the recording, read the notes, and peruse the materials. Or feel free to skim this summary!

Operational Update

  • We have a big initiative internally at the Association to reevaluate the metrics we use to illustrate the success of our work. We are also looking at ways to better display these metrics so that you can see more context. So over the next few months, you'll see the metrics in the dashboared shift and change. Just a bit of a heads up, and let us know if you have any feedback along the way.
  • The February board packet covered our January metrics, and things look pretty good one month into the year. We are especially pleased that the Engineering team has been able to bring site performance to our goal levels. 
  • The Engineering Team also took several big steps towards key areas of the Drupal.org roadmap in January. Step 1 of the roadmap is better Account Creation and Login, and several key issues were closed out.
  • The DrupalCon Team and Engineering worked together to launch events.drupal.org in January as well. This shift means that Con sites are all on the same platform now. We no longer have to launch a site from scratch for each Con, which helps make Cons much easier to manage. Most importantly, we've been able to introduce key new features in reegistration for our community. Excited? Go ahead and register now! You can check out the new features yourself!
  • We are really lucky to work with the tireless Drupal 8 Branch Maintainers on the Drupal 8 Accelerate program. The program is picking up steam with a number of grants made and completed already. The next big grant will fund a Drupal CI (testbot) srpint in Portland at the end of March.

Content Strategy Update

Last year, the Content Working Group began a process of building a larger strategy for a reimagination of Drupal.org. Our first work was focused on User Research, and completed that work in the fall, publishing the developed personas. The next phase has focused on developing a content strategy. With over 1.2 MILLION pieces of content on Drupal.org, a strategy for dealing with that content is going to be pretty darn important. You can check out the presentation, as well as the post that's currently one of those pieces of content on Drupal.org.

Drupal.org Advertising Strategy

Finding new revenue streams is vitally important to the Association. For the entire history of the Drupal Association, DrupalCons have been the primary way we have funded other community work. We want to do more to serve our mission: uniting a global open source community to build and promote Drupal. If we're going to do that, we need new revenue streams. The bonus? If we can find new funding sources, it takes the pressure off of DrupalCons to perform financially, which means we can make choices for those events that might not fuel the financial bottom line, but make the events better for the community. 

So how are we doing it? New programs like Drupal Jobs have launched. We are also introducing advertising on Drupal.org and to Drupal.org visitors. We working to develop advertising products that are meaningful for advertisers (enough traffic, good clicks) and also deliver value to our community. We've drawn a few clear lines - we won't advertise on issue queues, for example, and will focus on users who are not logged into the site. We'll also be developing a variety of programs so that small shops can participate alongside bigger firms. 

For all the details, check out the presentation.

The End

Thanks so much for checking in on this board meeting and, as always, please let me know if you have any questions or thoughts.

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Let's Meet the Candidates!

February 21, 2015 at 12:44am

Nominations are now closed for the single At-Large seat on the Association Board of Directors. We have an astounding 24 candidates from 14 different countries running for this seat. We are so thrilled that so many of you are so invested in our community that you are taking this step. As with any election, we want to have an informed electorate. So - we invite you to get to know these candidates in a couple of important ways.

Learn about the candidates online. 

Check out the slate of candidates and read what they had to say about their backgrouns and interest in servin gon the board. Each candidate page also features a comments section where you can ask about their plans, hopes, and views for the Association and the project. We only ask that you use this comments section as a place to ask questions, not endorse candidates please. 

Join a Meet the Candidates webcast.

In addition to the candidate profiles, we arfe hosting three live question and answer sessions where you can chime in and hear from the candidates directly. Not all canddiates will be on each call, but don't worry! If you aren't able to connect with a candidate in one of the sessions, we will be recording them, so you can check them out later. Here are the sessions:

Session One
: Tue 24 Feb 2015 at 16:00 UTC

  • 8 AM PST Tue 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 11 AM EST Tue 24 Feb, US and Canada
  • 1 PM Tue 24 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 4 PM Tue 24 Feb, London
  • 12 AM Wed 25 Feb, Beijing
  • 3 AM Wed 25 Feb, Sydney Australia

Join The Meeting

Session Two: Wed 25 Feb 2015 at 00:00 UTC

  • 4 PM PST Wed 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 7 PM EST Wed 25 Feb, US and Canada
  • 9 PM Wed 25 Feb, Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 1 AM Thu 26 Feb, London
  • 8 AM Thu 26 Feb, Beijing
  • 10 AM Thu 26 Feb, Sydney Australia

Join The Meeting

Session Three: Thu 26 Feb at 20:30 UTC

  • 12:30 PM PST Thu 26 Feb, US and Canada
  • 3:30 PM PST Thu 26 Feb, US and Canada
  • 5:30 PM Thu 26 Feb, Sau Paulo Brasil
  • 8:30 PM Thu 26 Feb, London
  • 4:30 AM Fri 27 Feb, Beijing
  • 7:30 AM Fri 27 Feb, Sydney Australia

Join The Meeting

I hope we'll hear from you during this important part of the elections process. And mark your calendars - voting begins on March 9!

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Infographic: Who Attends DrupalCon?

February 2, 2015 at 3:06pm

Did you know that DrupalCon isn’t just for developers? The community survey we conducted at the end of 2014 turned up some interesting facts, including the fascinating statistic that only about half of DrupalCon attendees self-identify as developers? With project managers, C-level executives, and Drupal sales and marketing experts in attendance, DrupalCon is a great place to meet a wide array of passionate Drupal users and advocates.

So, who goes to DrupalCon? Check out the infographic below for a more complete picture of who attends the biggest Drupal conference on earth.

 

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