DrupalCon LogoWe are excited to open our RFP process for DrupalCon North America. We are currently looking at locations for 2019 and at locations for 2020. We are running the RFP process concurrently for both years.

If you've attended DrupalCon in the past, you know that it is a pretty unique event. It brings together 3,200 people from across the globe to build Drupal, outline the future of the project, learn skills, teach others, and propel the project forward.

If you are eager for your city to host a DrupalCon we recommend you send this link to your city's Convention Center or Tourism Bureau. We have begun outreach to cities that our DrupalCon team, and the community, have identified as a good fit. That said, we are always welcome to suggestions.

All of the RFP needs are outlined in any of the documents in this folder. Note - the documents are different file formats, however the contents are identical. All proposals must be submitted by May 30, 2017, 5pm PST

If you are a convention center or tourism bureau and have any questions, feel free to reach out directly to us.

We appreciate your interest in DrupalCon and can't wait to tell you where the next Con will be!

Edit on 5/26/17 - We are extending the submission deadline to Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5pm PST to ensure the holiday weekend doesn't negatively impact submissions. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Friesen.

Comments

rootwork’s picture

Can you be up-front with the community, and be honest about whether a DrupalCon would ever take place in Canada, Mexico, or elsewhere in "North America"? Because I just don't believe that in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 there were no viable locations outside the United States.

If there are reasons why DrupalCon can only be in the United States (for instance USers are not great about leaving their country, and I say that as one myself) then OK. But let's be transparent about that and rename DrupalConNA to DrupalConUS.

Otherwise we might as well just call it DrupalCon Americas, because it seems there's about as much chance of it being in Montevideo as Montréal.

colan’s picture

Thanks for raising this; I was just about to do so myself!

Is there a channel we can use to formally request this of the DA?

RachFrieee’s picture

Hi there! Yes, DrupalCon may take place in Canada or Mexico - but it is less likely than it happening in the United States. We have had communications with some Canadian cities in the past about bringing DrupalCon there, however it didn't work out for one reason or another. We have to weigh and balance hundreds of parameters when picking a city and some of them are really tough to balance out when the event is held outside the United States. I can go into all the details if you'd like, but some of the things that make it difficult to organize the U.S. include - majority of our attendee base is from the U.S., majority of our sponsor base is from U.S., we don't have bank accounts in Canada / Mexico or legal business statuses there, we would need to work with different currencies for revenue, it would cost us quite a bit more of production expense to import / export all of our gear (this applies to sponsors too), etc.  There are work arounds for some of these, and that's what we have tried to explore - but we haven't found solutions that address all of those issues.  We are reaching out to Canadian cities to find out if we can make it work for 2019 and 2020, but there are still barriers to address.

As far as what DrupalCon is named, we historically have called it North American as we call the rotating DrupalCon in Europe, European. It's to match the style.

colan’s picture

We are reaching out to Canadian cities to find out if we can make it work for 2019 and 2020, but there are still barriers to address.

Thanks for the update!  I've heard from folks unofficially that it would never happen.  It's nice to hear that it may actually happen at some point.

As far as what DrupalCon is named, we historically have called it North American as we call the rotating DrupalCon in Europe, European. It's to match the style.

Except that the European one actually does happen in multiple countries throughout Europe.

pwarn’s picture

As an American living on the border with a wife who has a large family in Canada, my experience is that there is growing reticence to travel into the US.

US CBP has become emboldened to deny entry for ever more trivial reasons, and they are searching computer/phone content at a much higher rate than they used too. I think having Drupalcon NA in a more tolerant country like Canada would be more inline with the values our community professes. 

PierreMarcel’s picture

Great conversation going here, and good points. Perhaps it's time for a more formal conversation about the feasibility and possibility of hosting DrupalCon North America outside the USA. I'm part of the board of directors of Drupal Toronto Group, and I'm very interested in looking into the preliminary possibility with our members and the DA. Also perhaps you guys got to agree that "DrupalCon Toronto" does sound, eh! aha  ;-)

RachFrieee’s picture

Please note my edit in the blog post above - We are extending the submission deadline to Thursday, June 1, 2017, 5pm PST to ensure the holiday weekend doesn't negatively impact submissions. If you have any questions, please contact me.