Drupal fever is hitting Dallas. Over the weekend of August 1st-2nd, Drupalers from all over the state of Texas will congregate at Improving Enterprises in Dallas to learn, share, and discuss all things Drupal. Organized by a group of Dallas area Drupal enthusiasts, the camp will feature two full days of sessions. Sessions will cover everything from structured presentations from local and national Drupal experts, to unstructured "Birds of a Feather" sessions, where people with similar interests form small groups to learn and collaborate.
This year, for the first ever Dallas DrupalCamp, the event will feature presentations from local Drupal experts like Ben Finklea, CEO of the Austin area Drupal search engine optimization company, Volacci, and Tom McCracken President of Dallas area Drupal agency, LevelTen Interactive. Sessions plan to cover a wide range of Drupal oriented subjects from setting up a Drupal website for the first time to advanced optimization techniques and how to master niche subjects within the Drupal framework.
The camp will feature three different tracks to accommodate a range of skill sets. The Developer track is for Drupal users who are at an advanced level, and wish to learn more about the inner-workings of the Drupal platform, and how to best use it. The Webmaster track is for those who either know little about Drupal, or who are familiar enough with the platform to get around, but need help to do advanced tasks. The final track is comprised of free form sessions that encourages participation and collaboration. Affectionately referred to as "Birds of a Feather", these sessions provide the opportunity for anyone to speak on a subject, or for people to get help with their Drupal websites. This year's DrupalCamp will also provide attendees the opportunity to participate in the Drupal.org website redesign, with official Drupal.org redesign sessions.
Said Lee Raney of Koine Media, a Dallas-based Drupal web development company, "In tough economic times, companies and non-profits are turning to open source solutions like never before. At DrupalCamp, attendees will see that Drupal will not only save them money, but it is truly a better CMS than the proprietary alternatives. Part of the power behind Drupal is the world-wide community, and Drupal has a strong community in Texas as well. That's why we are excited to be a part of the first-ever DrupalCamp in the state of Texas."
DrupalCamp Dallas is organized by a team of local Drupal users and agency owners: Lee Raney, Jennifer Conley, Tom McCracken, David Hahn, Randall Knutson, Colin Alsheimer, Dustin Currie and Mark Sonnaubaum.
About Drupal Camp Dallas:
Drupal Camp Dallas is a two day event for Drupal developers, users, and those who are curious about the open source platform. Admission for the event is $30 and users can register on the website, www.drupalcampdallas.org. Admission to the camp will cover all sessions, food at the event, and the first 50 to register will receive a free DrupalCamp Dallas t-shirt. For more information about the camp, visit http://www.drupalcampdallas.org or call 214.887.8586.
Drupal is a popular content management system that blends web content management and social media capabilities with an enormous library of custom extensions. The Drupal framework and supported exentions are all backed by a large network of professional developers and hobbyists. Using the Drupal framework, companies and individuals can easily create engaging, socially interactive websites.
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