Last week nearly 2,000 lovers of Drupal descended on Munich, Germany for Drupalcon Europe 2012. From keynotes and code sprints to sponsor booths and beer gardens, the Amazee Labs team had the four-day event covered from every angle. What follows is a cinemagraphic look back at our time in Munich. We'll see you all next year, in Prague!
At 7am several Amazee Labs team members went out for a 5K/10K run together with some other Drupalistas.
After a "beerfull" bavarian night out we managed to get ourselves up and running for a beautiful second day at DrupalCon Munich. The morning keynote was held by Anke Domscheit-Berg as she took the stage to talk about the benefits of open data and how governments and citizens alike should embrace the idea as we move towards a more collaborative world of eDemocracy and eParticipation.
The day was followed by many interesting DrupalCon sessions, BoFs (Birds of Feathers) and of course the Core Conversations where the team split up to visit topics of their interest and likings, sometimes even finding themselves in the same room.
Brian Teeman (@brianteeman), Co-Founder of Joomla!, unfortunately didn't give us any insight into his newfound career as a tech-influenced fashion designer, but rather explained how the community in Joomla! works and differs from the one that we know so very well and love.
Open ears at the Day Stage heard our very own Michael Schmid (@Schnitzel), discuss development best practices with Gijs Nelissen, Sébastien Lissarrague, Venky Goteti and Florian Loretan.
Our successful contests continued throughout the day and so did the lucky recipients of our sought-after Periodic Table of Drupal Modules, this included both happy Dries Buytaert (@Dries) and Angie Byron (@webchick).
After having a continuous beer garden streak we found ourselves in a more traditional restaurant for the evening (well for me at least) because after all, it was pizza Wednesday…
Amazee Labs was out in full force today as Drupalcon Munich got underway. Our dentist blue t-shirts were an unintended hit, quite unique and hard to miss there in the second row.
The opening act was themed the "ABC's of Drupal," an alphabetized rundown of all things Drupalcon Munich. B was for "Beautiful bavarian blondes with beards."
The crowd favorite was not surprisingly F for "free beer," during which our very own Dania Gerhardt helped show everyone how to pour a proper cold one. What didn't spill on stage was handed out to the crowd for breakfast.
The most startling letter was Y for "yodeling lesson." This authentic yodeling guru belted out a classic for the crowd to echo. Every guest in the Westin woke up this morning at 9:30 whether they wanted to or not.
After our ears stopped ringing and we managed to regain our sense of direction, we shuffled outside for the official group photo, and the day began.
And so it was, day one in the books. Day two starting now...
3 more weeks and the Amazee dozen will dislocate to the yearly European Drupal Conference, which is taking place in Munich. For the first time, it's all of us, and believe it or not, even le Chef will make it for the first time! Yes, I'm excited, like a boy scout waiting for summer camp.
(Team waiting for Drupalcon)
Excited because it's the get-together of one of the biggest, most successful and fun communities to meet up with. - And we've got some missions planned. Firstly, we (proud Gold Sponsors) are going to have an extraordinary simplistic stand with 100 legendary give-aways. If you're a Drupalista you will fight for them. Secondly, we've all got our sessions noted and are ready to learn and contribute with our Drupal fellows. Thirdly, we're eager to meet the exceptional performers and inspiring geeks of the Drupal community. To network, and who knows - join forces at Amazee Labs? Three, two, one, go!
Switzerland's new trade fair for Internet, e-commerce, social media and online marketing ONE, will take place next week (9 - 10 May) in Zurich. If you're planning to attend the simultaneous conference, don't miss Michael Schmid, our Head Technology. He will be a speaker in the mobile development track on Thursday afternoon.
His talk on "Responsive Web Design: Implementierung Dos & Don'ts" will cover all important aspects including the advantages and disadvantages compared to native apps. Interested? Register via the "ONE Konferenz's" website.
But there are more goodies for you. We have two free tickets for Michael's session. Drop an intellectually stimulating comment below this post until Monday 7 May lunch time (CET) for a chance to win a free admission.
If you missed Michael and Kathryn's Birds of a Feather session on Responsive Web Design at DrupalCon here is your second chance to benefit from their knowledge. Tomorrow Wednesday 28th March our Responsive Design experts will be talking in a Acquia webinar, together with Jake Strawn, creator of the awesome Omega base theme, about:
- What Responsive Web Design means and which technologies are behind it
- How Omega helps developers implement a Responsive Web Design website
- How Responsive Web Design affects planning and implementing a site
- How to plan a responsive theme that can be implemented across environments with hundreds of sub-sites or a whole Drupal distribution
- Tips and tricks on how to implement a Responsive Web Design with Drupal
Please note that a registration on Acquia's website is required to join these webinars.
Update: If you missed the webinar, here is you change to view the recorded session:
Austin Drupal Bash 2012
On Monday, March 12th we headed to Austin, TX for the first annual "Ask an Expert" Drupal Bash session. Drupalistas from Four Kitchens, Phase 2, Zivtech, and other hard-hitting Drupal agencies were in attendance.
After the meetup, we took to the streets of downtown Austin to experience the lively vibe of SXSW. Major streets were shutdown to accommodate the mass volume of "techy" pedestrian traffic. :)
DrupalCon Denver 2012
The following week we headed north from Texas to the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado for the annual North American DrupalCon.
For five days, we congregated with other Drupal fanatics for presentations and info-sharing meetups focused around our beloved, open-source CMS.
We networked, listened, shared ideas, and coded like crazy:
And as always, we'd like to extend a big "thank you" to the Drupal Community for infecting us (yet again) with a severe case of the "Drupal Flu."
Some of the photos above were kindly shared via the DrupalCon Denver Flickr group. You can visit the Flickr group here.
Roman Gaus, CEO of Urban Farmers
Ever thought of growing your fishes on your terrace or your salad on the roof? Roman is the man to make your urban farming dream come true. He is the CEO of UrbanFarmers, a company that aims to bring sustainable urban agricultural practices into cities of the 21st century. He gave a brief but picturesque view on his business model. Coming soon (in 2012) is a rooftop farm in Basel that will yield harvest for 100 people.
Molly Crockett, Neuroscientist
Who's right? It's me. Disagreeing on facts and disagreeing on moral issue are not the same. That's what we got to learn from Molly Crockett. Disagreement on moral issues is worse, it's like facts on steroids - an uncomfortable underlying for social peace. But how design social environments that promote cooperation instead of selfishness? Molly Crockett’s research addresses these questions. In her research she found out that shifting serotonin levels shift our moral values. In other words: Moral values are not stable. Piece pills to the Middle East!
Eleanor Dobson, physicist
Does the day-to-day life on ATLAS (CERN) match up to the hype? Eleanor gave us a very illustrative view into the world's most expensive cave below Geneva's grounds that features 40 million matter collisions per day. The instruments used at CERN are particle accelerators and detectors. Accelerators boost beams of particles to high energies before they are made to collide with each other or with stationary targets. Detectors observe and record the results of these collisions. In a nutshell the reports look like this: 0000111111010101000111010... and that's what she gets to read in the (huge, complex and international) production chain, the collaborative science of the future.
Marco Tempest, Houdini meets cutting-edge technology
(Video showing the same show from TEDxEdinburgh)
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story (via Video)
Stories matter, stories can break dignity, stories can foster dignity, stories breed stereotypes. But there's never a single story:
Peter Schmid, Anthropologist
If you want to get really euphoric about lower arm bones (I did!), this is your man. Copywriting from the TEDx site: "In 2008 Peter Schmid and his team made a discovery that would have a profound impact on the way we explain the emergence of mankind. The bones and fragments of this new species they had discovered, showed both human and australopith, or pre-human, characteristics. After publishing many articles in “Science” about the discoveries, overthrowing decade-old theories with his new evidence, and creating a stir within the anthropological community, Mr. Schmid wants to tackle the following question for us: Is Australopithecus sediba the missing link?" Peter Schmid gave a wonderful insight into his work around the cradle of humankind, South Africa.
A big thank you to the organizers and the SRF for its absolutely amazing WLAN.
Christofer Hierold, Professor of Micro- and Nanosystems, ETH Zürich:
What if you could extend your range of senses? What if autonomous ("low energy devices with energy harvesting technique") sensors could check on your concentration and stress level while working in a risky and dangerous environment? Or check on your level of tiredness while driving your car? Or monitor your allergy status while being connected to the Internet checking on current poll levels. Christofer Hierold is co-chairing the FET Flagship Pilot „Guardian Angels for a Smarter Life“ that does research into just that question. After the use cases we came to learn about words like nano wires and carbon nanotubes, tunnel field effect transistors, high frequency, hexagon arrangements... I'll spare you from that one.
Tobias Preis, Physicist & Complex Systems Scientist
Bubble trouble! When a stock market rises unsustainably, it can create a financial bubble that sooner or later will burst. But then luckily enough we have cool brains like Prof. Dr. Didier Sornette or Dr. Tobias Preis explaining how concepts from physics can be used to create a law describing exactly how such crashes occur. Recently, Tobias headed a research team which provided evidence that search engine query data and stock market fluctuations are correlated. Why not beat the herd and call him up before you buy your next block of shares: +41 44 63 20 23 9.
myke (web, startup, doodle)
Urban sprawl rocks! Journalist Matthias Daum explains why the agglomeration is the future of Switzerland - and why Swiss people deserve the sprawl. For nearly sixty years, Swiss intellectuals, urban planners and architects have been ranting and raving about the way the country’s landscape is developing (=unorganized and organically). Sprawl, however, represents the way we want to live: More and more in single households (more living space per person), by commuting (giving stability to our complicated lives) etc. Thus, instead of arguing against the supposedly immoral form of the suburban lifestyle Matthias suggests to make sprawl sustainable – if we like sprawl or not.
Pesche (doer, globetrotter, openminded), Valérie (designer, traveler, cyclist)
then we got to hear some nice music by:
Bernhard Seefeld, Product Manager for Google Maps
Bernhard Seefeld is the product manager for Google Maps. So he was just the right person to tell us who will be the future Vasco de Gamas. His presentation was full of funny anecdotes, yet insightful. It kind of boiled down to the fact that we are the map makers of the future. - the guys who look for the places where one can get Gluten free food in Montreal, the paths we can ride our bicycle best etc. The wisdom of the crowds reloaded: You and me communicating through the map.