As we have just hired Emma, it was no big question that we should join the community at the Drupalcamp in London 2014. It is the second time that London has had a Drupalcamp, and it already has grown by 50%. Around 600 members of the Drupal community will be there over the weekend.
After the CXO day and training that took place on Friday, Mark O'Neill kicked of a weekend full of sessions and sprints. He talked about how they built an new electoral registration system for 50 million users.
Mark O'Neill during his presentation.
Over lunch some of us had the possibility to enjoy lunch in the small park right beside the City University London, where the camp takes place.
On the other hand there were some very dedicated people which preferred to work on Drupal core.
Dagmar had her presentation right after lunch. The room was quite full and she got a lot of good questions and feedback about the topic "There are no bad clients, only bad project managers".
So far the Drupalcamp in London has been a huge success. And once again we can see and feel how strong the community is, and we are proud to be a part of it.
There are more visual impressions available on our flickr account.
In this week's edition we take a look at stories from the world of Drupal, web development in the 90s and the rise of second screen applications. Enjoy!
Eric J. Duran has highlighted the work put in by individuals and companies towards Drupal 8. How many contributors of the Amazee Labs team can you find?
Try Drupal 8
Want to get your feet wet with the current alpha version of Drupal 8 without going trough the hassle of installing and configuring? Then TryDrupal8.com is down your lane.
Twitter: 80% of UK users access Twitter via their mobile
According to a survey by Nielsen 3 in 5 of Twitter mobile users are on the microblogging service whilst watching TV. Sounds like our most recent second screen solution probably wasn't the last one we had to build.
The Next Web: Happy ending: @N has been restored to its rightful owner
A few week's ago the Twitter handle @N gained prominence due to a combination of alleged mishaps between PayPal, GoDaddy and Google. This week Naoki Hiroshima got his account back.
Zach Holman: Only 90s Web Developers Remember This
Sometimes it's good to look back to the early days of web development. Veteran web developers will certainly remember these techniques and the tags.
- On Saturday from 2 - 2:45 pm, in AG21, Dagmar (dagmita) will be holding a session on the topic "There are no bad clients, just bad project managers".
- During the camp you'll be able to meet us sprinting on Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative (D8MI) issues in the coder's lounge.
Drum roll, please, for the launch of our latest client project: The Voice of Switzerland! It's been a year since SRF, the Swiss broadcasting company, aired the first series of the casting show. Now Switzerland is again on the hunt for the most beautiful voice and Amazee Labs was commissioned to develop the show's platform.
The motto of this year's solution is: same same but different and more sophisticated. After entrusting us with the building of the show's website and a second screen solution for the first series in 2013, SRF came knocking at our door again. This time they opted for a deeper social media integration, thus giving their audience even more opportunities to engage. The viewer can now enjoy a completely new social media and a second screen experience with real time updates looking gorgeous on any device.
Have a look at Switzerland's voices here.
This edition of the Essence of a web week takes a look back at the Drupal Global Sprint Weekend, stories surrounding WhatsApp and local differences in selfies. Enjoy!
Cheppers: Drupal Global Sprint Weekend Wrap-up and Thoughts to the Future
Cathy Theys, the initiator of the first Drupal Global Sprint Weekend, shares her thoughts on the event and its future.
Sequoia Capital: Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp
Only one story dominated the social media channels on Thursday morning in Switzerland: Facebook’s latest acquisition. Here is some background of the famously media shy WhatsApp team.
Last year the Oxford English Dictionary announced that "selfie" was the word of the year. The creators of selfiecity analysed the contributions of five major cities and concluded there are local twists to the phenomenon.
Amazee Labs: Copy cats: Seek and destroy?
This week we discovered yet another rip-off of our website. A few months ago, we published a blog post which outlines our dealings with these occurrences.
Tweets that cut the noise
Facebook turned me down. It was a great opportunity to connect with some fantastic people. Looking forward to life's next adventure.
— Brian Acton (@brianacton) 3. August 2009
Hindsight is such a wonderful thing as illustrated in this case by WhatsApp's co-founder Brian Acton.
A month ago the World Economic Forum (WEF) had its annual due in Davos. After many successful workshops in Gstaad we opted for a new location and headed for the same mountain resort as the WEF for this year's edition.
Here are some impressions of our WAF (Workshop And Fun) in Davos.
— Amazee Labs (@amazeelabs) 21. Februar 2014
— Amazee Labs (@amazeelabs) 21. Februar 2014
This week's edition acknowledges the Winter Olympics and topics from the world of Drupal, Web analytics and the fight back movement.
Amazee Metrics: Web Analytics and SEO for Startups
At last week's StartupCamp Amazee Metrics' Laura Hornbake and Christina Meyer presented their SEO and Web Analytics tips. Above their slide deck.
DUG February Meeting
Next week this year's first Swiss Drupal User Group will take place. While three presentations are already defined you can still contribute.
Drupal.org: Joining The Day We Fight Back
Larry Garfield, an active member of the Drupal community, argues why the "The Day We Fight Back" is also significant for open source.
Knowledge is porridge
Wall Street Journal: When Two People Win Gold, Where Do They Get the Extra Medal?
The Women's Olympic skiing downhill race ended in a gold medal split. The Wall Street Journal explored the story of the additional medals.
Tweets that cut the noise
— Warren Chrismas (@warrenchrismas) February 11, 2014
Another year has gone by and we're back from another great StartupCamp in Basel. This year we've reached an all time high with over 200 attendees! First of all we want to give a big shout out to all of our Sponsors, which are: DeinDeal, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz and Microsoft as Platinum Sponsors; i-net, CTI-Start up and IBM as Gold Sponsors and Hofrat Suess as Silver Sponsor.
Once again the slots for the presentations were hotly sought after so we ended up opening an additional room to provide more slots for presentations. With 23 presentations throughout the day there surely was a little something there for everybody. Attendees also had the chance to meet some great new people and exchange and share new ideas over some good food during the lunch break.
Even though we've opened an additional room, the sessions were packed with people standing in the back.
And the StartupCamp wouldn't be right without a smashing after party! After the last sessions the crowd hit the restaurant "Alte Post" and brainstormed ideas for new businesses with a glass of wine or two and some fine food.
After another great day we'd like to give credit to all who contributed in making this year's StartupCamp a great one. And many thanks to Thomas Gemperle who shared his experience on his blog and Amazee Metrics for recapping their session their blog.
We hope to see you next year, same place, around the same time!
DrupalCon Austin is going down this summer in arguably the hippest city in the continental United States. And guess what? — the call for session submissions is already open! Austin will be an important conference to attend — its primary focus will be on Drupal 8 and helping our wonderful community ramp up for the new platform.
But even better than simply attending, why not try for a session of your own? Perhaps you’ve been honing your Twig skills and could benefit others by sharing your templating wisdom. Or maybe you have provoking ideas on how to ease a themer’s transition from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. Team workflows will surely require adjustments. Have thoughts on the topic? Well then, propose a session already!
The Frontend track is seeking topics specifically relating to:
- Twig — Drupal 8’s new default templating engine
- Libraries new to D8 (Backbone & Underscore.js)
- Frontend performance
- Device-agnostic, responsive development tips & tricks
- Frontend changes in Drupal 8 core
- Frontend best-practices for multilingual sites in D8
- … and of course, Frontend topics still relevant to Drupal 7
Hope to see you in June!
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