The attendees of DrupalCamp London 2016.

We went to DrupalCamp London 2016

18 Mar 2016

Darren Fisher - Developer and Consultant

Written by
Darren Fisher
Developer and Consultant

Every year the Drupal community meet up at various conferences and more localised camps. This weekend we attended one of the largest camps in the country - DrupalCamp London in order to connect with our peers and learn about the latest developments within the software and the community. The event is comprised of a CXO business day which Barry and Julia attended and then two days of training sessions, discussions and sprints which I then joined them for.

Julia Krajewska -a blonde lady attends the CXO day at DrupalCamp London 2016

Original photo courtesy of Paul Johnson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The CXO Day

Julia and Barry took part in the first day of the conference which was the CxO day.

Discussions and talks took place covering topics around the business of creating and servicing Drupal sites, from recruitment and sales through to the psychology, motivation and benefits behind choosing open source software.

Julia was asked to present the Sales discussion findings and was also asked to appear in a promo film for Drupal Camp London 2017... so watch this space!

The attendees of DrupalCamp London 2016 at a morning keynote session.

Original photo courtesy of Paul Johnson is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The Weekend Sessions

As always the quality of the keynotes and talks we attended were outstanding.

Particular highlights for me were a philosophical session on the potential future gentrification of Drupal (something I've never even thought about), an in depth review of the paragraphs module for Drupal 8, a review of when Drupal 8 is the right tool to use with a variety of examples and an in depth look under the hood of the new Drupal 8 theming system.

There were also some great talks around agile project management too. I will endeavour to return to this article and link to these talks as and when they become available online, as at the time of writing they are not available.

Bart Feenstra and Darren Fisher - two young men with long hair, thick glasses and long beards (who look very similar) at the Saturday night party for DrupalCamp 2016.

The Social on Saturday Night

The social nights (Friday and Saturday) took place at the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub and were a great chance to catch up with other members of the community over a pint and some great burgers! We really loved the pub and recommend you check it out if you're ever in the area.

This year I met my drupalganger Bart Feenstra from Druid over in the Netherlands. Despite my protesting that having hair, a beard and glasses doesn't make us twins, the rest of the community seemed to think it was good enough so who am I to argue?!

We'll let you judge for yourselves whether we are indeed twin strangers or just two blokes with similar hairstyles!

As always the socials continued in to the early hours and were great fun to attend. It always surprises me that the Drupal community can thrive on so few hours of sleep!

The city of Brighton taken from the air.

And next...

Next year it will be same time, same place I am sure for DrupalCamp London which grows in popularity every year.

Looking forward the community has a variety of events coming up including DrupalCon New Orleans and DrupalCon Dublin, as well as further southern UK camps in Brighton and Bristol.

We'd love to attend them all but we'll see how swamped with exciting Drupal 8 projects we are before we commit to anything!!

Thanks again to all of the organisers, speakers, volunteers and attendees and all the great people we got to know during the weekend. We had a great time. See you at other events very soon!

Darren Fisher - Designer & Developer

Get in touch about your project

Give us a call or send us an email to talk through your project

telephone+44 (0) 203 743 0886

emaildarren.fisher@pivale.co

Related articles

Google Analytics running on an Apple MacBook.

12 SEO top tips for better ranking with Drupal

Calendar 1 Jun 2016 #Advice #SEO #Drupal SEO. Search engine optimisation. Where to begin with the elusive task of search engine optimisation, around which an entire industry has formed?

Read the article
Drupal icons wrapped inside nutshells.

Drupal in a nutshell: our CMS and framework of choice

Calendar 28 Feb 2011 #Drupal What is Drupal? Why should you use Drupal? Is it really free? Why would it be free? Our quick overview of the benefits of Drupal will get you up to speed.

Read the article
An aerial view of the Danube through Vienna at dusk.

We went to DrupalCon 2017 in Vienna

Calendar 4 Oct 2017 #Press #Drupal This year's European Drupal conference took place in Vienna, Austria ahead of the news that there will be no DrupalCon Europe 2018.

Read the article

More recent articles

A man in shorts and t-shirt lying back in a deckchair on a white sandy beach with a laptop on his lap.

Digital problem solving made easy

Calendar 19 Nov 2020 #Advice If you manage many websites, you probably know how much effort is required to maintain them. Find out how to get your web portfolio back under control, boost their performance, and save costs in the long run.

Read the article
A square peg smashed in to a round hole with a hammer.

Could mismatched web solutions scupper your business growth?

Calendar 5 Aug 2020 #Insights #Advice If you’re responsible for the IT or strategic marketing in a medium or large business, ask yourself 'How is your web portfolio looking?'

Read the article
An elephant inside a business meeting room.

5 ways your addiction to spreadsheets increases risk in your business

Calendar 13 Jul 2020 #Insights #Advice #Security & compliance It's time to talk about the elephant in the room: your addiction to spreadsheets! Relying on spreadsheets is bad for business. Here's how to fix that problem.

Read the article

Subscribe for email updates

1 Your details

2 Your interests

Please select which Pivale services are of interest to you:

3 Legal info

By subscribing, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to our marketing platform for processing.

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the link in the footer of our emails. You can find out more in our privacy policy.