Last updated 25 August 2008.

Join us at OSCON 2005 to learn about Drupal. For those who are not going to attend OSCON itself, we are organizing a free, offsite Drupal conference at Portland State University which we are calling Portland 2005 Drupal Conference. This event will be in 2 parts. Part 1 (informational, for users and newbies) on Tuesday August 2 and Part 2 on Saturday August 6th (for technical people and coders).

In the listings below (after clicking on "read more"), any event marked with a dollar sign ('$') is not free and requires OSCON 2005 registration. Note that everyone can register for an OSCON exhibit hall pass and that it is totally free. The exhibit hall pass allows you to go to any product and services session Tuesday-Friday, full access to the exhibit hall including all the evening events, OSCON BoFs and other activities. The exhibit hall will be a happening place to be. Remember that even though the OSCON product and services sessions and exhibit hall and BOFs are free to attend, you still have to register. To make the registration process easier and less time consuming, it is recommended to register online and then to pick up your badge once onsite.

How you can help:

Signup to be a booth ambassador (it's free but signup deadline is 0900h Pacific July 20!) for OSCON, for Portland 2005 Drupal Conference (Part 1, Part 2 or both) or for the Drupal microbrew pub crawl or suggest topics for the Drupal conference by filling in your name and/or topic at the Bryght Portland 2005 Drupal Conference Wiki page. If you don't know how to use Wikis, then email your thoughts to roland AT or call him at 604 729 7924.

  • Sign-up to be a Drupal ambassador for the Drupal booth at OSCON.
  • Suggest what topics to cover at the Portland 2005 Drupal Conference Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Sign-up for Portland 2005 Drupal Conference either Part 1 Tuesday August 2 OR Part 2 Saturday August 6th or both
  • Sign-up for the Drupal microbrew pub crawl at 21:00h Thursday August 4th
  • Sign-up for the Drupal dim sum at 10:30h Sunday August 7th at Fong Chong at 301 NW 4th

Read more for the details.


August 1 to August 8, 2005.


Portland, Oregon, USA.

Bryght, Dries and others are staying at the Mark Spencer hotel. Why? Because it's close to the fantastic Powell's Books and Whole Foods and walking distance to Portland Drupal Conference 2005 at Portland State University and the rooms have a kitchen so we can cook.

Preliminary schedule

Sunday, July 31

  • Bryght arrives in Portland. Bryght has only paid for OSCON
    sessions and keynotes NOT the tutorials.

Monday, August 1

  • $ - OSCON tutorials start
  • 10:00pm. Dries arrives. Dries, like Bryght has only paid for OSCON
    sessions and keynotes not the tutorials.

Tuesday, August 2

Portland 2005 Drupal Conference , Part 1
Free − 2:00pm-7:00pm
Where: Portland State University, room SMU 328 and 329 organized by Roland Tanglao, Nate Angell and Chris Messina.

Preliminary Program:

  • 2:00-2:20pm − Networking
  • 2:20-2:30pm − Welcome and Introduction
    Welcome to PSU and introduction to Oregon Open Source (including discussing hosting and OSL) by Nate Angell of PSU and Scott Kveton of OSL
  • 2:30-2:45pm − Quick demos
    Drupal, CiviCRM, Bryght, and CivicSpace.
  • 2:45-3:15pm − Introduction to the History and “Ecology” of Drupal
    by Drupal founder Dries Buytaert. - 15 minutes talk, 15 minutes questions
  • 2:15-4:15pm − “Ecology of Drupal” Panel Discussion.
    With Drupal users, Drupal developers, CivicSpace/Drupal vendors, and staff from Bryght, CivicSpace Labs, CiviCRM, and at least one skeptic! Come learn how these products, projects, and communities fit together to create a vibrant “ecology,” and you can get involved, benefit, and contribute back.
  • 4:15-4:30 BREAK
  • 4:30-7:00pm − Two tracks:
    Track 1: Hands-on training for new users
    For Drupal, CivicSpace, & CiviCRM. Walk out having created your first Drupal website, courtesy of CivicSpace Labs and Bryght!
    Track 2: Lightning talks (5-10 minutes)
    AGPL - Civic Space (Zack Rose or Andrew Hoppin)
    Dojo, Ajaz and why Drupal needs it - Alex Russell
    DBAs are dead or Why users should care about CCK? - John Van Dyk

    breakout discussions on topics like effective use of Drupal in specific communities including Drupal for political activism, Drupal for citizen journalism, using Drupal for education, etc.

Please suggest topics on the wiki

Wednesday, August 3

Thursday, August 4

  • Drupal Booth
    Free (registration required) - 10:00am-4:30pm
    Drupal has an OSCON booth where we will give out 1 pagers and information about Drupal and the Portland 2005 Drupal Conference.
  • 'Building websites with Drupal'
    $ - 4:30pm - 5:15pm
    OSCON presentation by the founder of Drupal.
  • Open Source Communities and Citizen Journalism with Drupal
    Free (registration required) - 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    OSCON BOF in D136, to cross pollinate with non Drupalers who are at OSCON.
  • Drupal micro-brew pub crawl:

    The most highly anticipated Drupal event of the conference! Call me if you get lost or don't know where to meet at 604 729 7924

    1. 8:30 Meet after FREE Drupal online community and citizen journalism BOF at the convention centre room D136, we will take the Max and then walk to Bar 71
    2. 9p.m. meet OSU/OSL folks at Bar 71 at the end of their free event
    3. From there we will go to Shanghai Tunnel, Berbati's Pan, Kell's and Ash Street Saloon (not necessarily in that order!)
    4. Henry's Tavern to close out the night

Friday, August 5

  • Steven Peck (sepeck arrives)
  • Boris Mann (Bryght) leaves to attend a wedding

Saturday, August 6

Sunday, August 7

Monday, August 8th

  • Dries leaves


We maintain a list of people who plan to attend. If you plan to attend, enable the checkbox on your profile page (see my account > edit-tab > Drupal-subtab) and you will be added to the list. We might send out some updates or additional information to those who subscribed.


Bryght (Roland Tanglao), Chris Messina, Nate Angell.


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