1) Today's keynote speaker Aral Balkan invited us to expand our horizon and shift our thinking towards an experience driven open technology. He said that in order for open source to succeed it needs to adopt to mainstream and in order to adopt to mainstream we need to create and design great and beautiful experiences. In case you missed it you can watch the whole talk here.
2) Now here are some exciting news! It was announced that Drupal 8 will have a migrate module in core which will be the path to upgrade from version 7 to 8 and even from version 6 to 8. So this goes to all migration-pros out there; make sure you join one of these code sprints to contribute and make it an awesome module!
3) Robert Douglass and his wife Kimiko Ishizaka enriched the DrupalCon with a quite unusual session. In their Bach to the future session, Robert demonstrated how Drupal helped revolutionize a whole industry. With the Musescore platform the whole tradition of music notation was turned upside down. With the Drupal multilingual modules the website has been translated into 30 different languages! To find out more about how open source takes the music world to a different level check out Musescore and Open Goldbergvariations.
4) Rumor has had it, but now its official. The next DrupalCon will be in the land of tulips and bicycles, in the beautiful city of Amsterdam. We are looking forward to seeing you all next year in Amsterdam!
5) After all the DrupalCon has come to its end. And all that is left from our booth is a gigantic sticky tape ball. At least the packing down has never been easier and quicker! All that's left to say is a huge thank you to all who contributed in making this conference a memorable experience.
1) Johanna Bergmann and Megan Sanicki took the stage early this morning to discuss the importance of Drupal.org's Supporting Partner Program. With financial support from businesses worldwide, Drupal.org is able to employ a tech team, whose primary goal it is to continually improve the community's home on the web.
2) Lisa Welchman was Wednesday's keynote speaker. Her talk was about governing our community and how to strike a balance between too much control and not enough. She encouraged us to hold close our culture and our values as a community, but also warned us not to exclude outsiders, those that aren't hard-core tech.
3) Drupalcon Labs are new to the schedule this year, and very popular it seems. These two-hour, hands-on sessions have proven to be chock-full of relevant information. Today's lab Twig It — Ship It! demonstrated Twig as an effective and easier-to-understand alternative to Drupal's previous PHPTemplate theme engine.
4) Our very own Michael Schmid presented a Business Showcase today, where he explained our second-screen solution for The Voice of Switzerland. And be sure to check out his encore presentation tomorrow, where he will discuss the ins and outs of Translation Management.
5) And finally, a few of us Amazee's joined the crowd at Vyšehrad Beer Garden to enjoy some cold drinks, brats, and beautiful views of Prague.
Last year at Drupalcon, Munich we introduced The Periodic Table of Drupal Modules, much to the delight of the Drupal community. This year, we've updated our table with a current list of the most-commonly-installed modules and are providing it to you at the wallpaper size of your choosing. In addition, we're introducing a handful of other custom-designed, Drupal-related wallpapers for your enjoyment. If you'd like a custom-sized wallpaper for your device, please leave us a comment below and we'll try to accommodate those we've left out.
1) The lean booth: As you might know (from our previous blog post), we had to come up with a new booth concept. A visit to the do-it-yourself shop did the rest and it took us (just) an amazing 20 bucks to get our platinum cottage refurbished. A rejuvenation cure!
Amazee's DrupalCon experience didn't get off to the best of starts: Not one night in Prague and our booth equipment and all the irresistible goodies were already swiped from the car!
Below the assorted leftovers from the burglary. Broken glass, everywhere, but nobody was hurt and the Amazee morale is up as always: Should you spot any Amazee banners, trolleys, flyers and T-shirts pop up anywhere outside the Con, pay us a visit and collect your head money at right our naked booth.
You can find more images over on Contrib.to.
Over 1600 Drupalistas will be heading to Prague and every single attendee will bring her & his story of traveling to Prague, getting infected by the Drupal flu and leaving with a ton of unique impressions: Stemming from late night sessions in the coder lounge, attending the trivia night or catching up with fellows in a beer garden! They are all valuable parts of the DrupalCon experience and illustrate the diversity of the community.
For this reason we have launched Contrib.to, a platform to share and preserve these memories.
The platform is built on the battle proven foundations of Drupal 7 and Likemag, a disruptive client project.
We want to invite you to share your impressions with the rest of the community!
Dear reader, in this edition next week's DrupalCon takes center stage, while a question about free speech and some iOS 7 related hints complete the mix. Enjoy!
The folks at Axelerant have collected twelve tips for DrupalCon Prague. Michael's, our Head Technology, tip made the list. Can you guess which one is his?
Marek Sotak: DrupalCon Prague tips - local guide at your service
One of the most valuable assets, when it comes to traveling is knowledge. Marek Sotak shares some of his local knowledge about Prague in a blog post. Děkuji!
The Verge: The best hidden features in iOS 7
This week saw the release of iOS 7. Once you got over the new look and feel you can check out these hidden features.
New York Times: A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link
Sir Tim Berners-Lee aptly said on the topic that to link is a right without which democracy rots.
Tweets that cut through the noise
— Boris Baldinger (@borisbaldinger) September 17, 2013
Will you be able to spot Michael and his quadcopter at DrupalCon?
(Image: DrupalCon Prague)
The majority of the Amazee Labs team will be heading to Prague. Here are you chances to meet up with us:
Sunday, 22 September
Monday, 23 September
- 08:00 - 15:15 CXO @ Panorama Hall · Wunderkraut
- Drupal 8 Multilingual sprint @ Prague Convention Centre, in Terrace 2
Tuesday, 24 September
- 13:00-15:15 Performance Lab @ Club C · Cloud Troopers (Co-hosted by Schnitzel)
- Exhibit Hall @ Booth 2
Wednesday, 25 September
- 10:45-11:45 How To Provide A Real-Time Second Screen Experience With Drupal @ Terrace 1 · Capgemini (Hosted by Schnitzel)
- Exhibit Hall @ Booth 2
Thursday, 26 September
- 13:00-14:00 Translation Management @ Club A · Amazee Labs (Co-hosted by Schnitzel)
- 14:15-15:15 Translation Management Tool Deep Dive @ Dressing Room, Congress Hall 123 (Co-hosted by Schnitzel)
- Exhibit Hall @ Booth 2
- 21:00- Trivia Night @ Hilton Hotel
Friday, 27 September
- Drupal 8 Multilingual sprint @ Panorama Hall · Wunderkraut
Saturday, 28 September
Sunday, 29 September
For real-time updates of our whereabouts, especially for our evening outings, check our Twitter account.
The upcoming DrupalCon is gaining momentum and producing a glut of interesting stories. Since it makes our web work we'll dive into them in this edition - it's the "Essence of a Drupal week" if you will.
Dries Buytaert: Why the big architectural changes in Drupal 8
Drupal founder Dries answers a few architecture questions related to Drupal 8.
Tweets that cut through the noise
Have questions about Drupal 8 core? Submit them at http://t.co/G31wabNY3h and I'll do my best to answer them publicly.
— Dries Buytaert (@Dries) September 11, 2013
If his blog post didn't answer you your question, here's your chance to get it answered by Dries live at DrupalCon.
Lullabot's Nathan Haug took umbrage at Drupal's direction and announced to fork the content management system. We'll certainly keep an eye on future developments.
Creative Engineering: Backdrop: Forking Drupal
An additional resource related to this subject is the blog post by Laura Scott, who researched the story as it broke.
Drupal Association: Making of a DrupalCon - How Sites Are Selected
The Drupal Association provides some transparency regarding how future DrupalCon host cities are selected.
Our preparations for DrupalCon Prague are slowly reaching fever pitch. Since it's less than a fortnight to go we want to share some of our enthusiasm with you. Here is an exclusive preview of two goodies we'll be giving away at the conference.
The first item are gorgeous stickers which certainly will visually enhance any object and spread the message of what Drupal does.
The second one is a super limited edition t-shirt with the same 'Making your web work' motive.
The major question that remains is how you'll get your hands on them. For a sticker just swing by our booth and pick one up, regarding the t-shirt let's just say: watch this space.
Hopefully these two items will have whet your appetite, but remember there is one further item we'll keep under lock and seal until Prague...