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139 DrupalCon New Orleans Details with Eric Schmidt, Sabrina Schmidt, Jason Want and Jeff Diecks - Modules Unraveled Podcast

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DrupalCon New Orleans

  • Where is the DrupalCon going to be?
    • New Orleans convention center
  • When is it?
    • May 9-13 2016
  • Why New Orleans?
    • We are seeing an incredible rebirth of a Great American City. Hurricane Katrina was such an unbelievable disaster, 80% of the city was flooded. Surrounding Parishes even worse, (we have Parishes instead of Counties), St. Bernard Parish, just down river, 99% was flooded. In the last 10 years we have overcome seemingly unsurmountable rebuilding, and have plenty more in the works. DrupalCon coming to New Orleans is great affirmation of progress we have made. It has a vibe like no other city, you can feel the life.
  • Why were you so driven to bring DrupalCon to your town?
    • It’s such a great place to be! Growing up 5 miles from Bourbon Street, we tend to take our City for granted. We do things that are rarely seen in the world! Food, Festivals, Family activities, Music, and of course you can drink in public! The general attitude across the whole city is very inviting and laid back. Really, a perfect place for a crowd like the Drupal Community!
  • What does the tech community look like there?
    *Growing in leaps and bounds. The entrepreneur landscape is one of the top in the country – we lead the nation in startups per capita by 64%, and we have a growing network of capital, which is important for startups. Game Loft, GE Capital, High Voltage Software have all chosen New Orleans because of our deep incentives, unique culture, and low cost of living. And our tech community is coalescing with the formation of TechNO, a coalition of local tech companies who meet regularly to promote the presence of the industry, New Orleans Entrepreneur Week hosted by the Idea Village, and NOLA Tech Week, which attracts national speakers and provides a great opportunity to showcase the industry. Finally, many local community colleges and universities are developing curricula to meet new digital workforce demands. There is no better opportunity in the country for tech companies than New Orleans. (from GNO, Inc. can be summarized)
  • What does the Drupal community look like?
    • We just had our Second camp! :-) Small but dedicated! We have had Meetups Monthly since 2010.
  • How important is the local community with the regards to putting on a DrupalCon.
    • I think now that the Drupal Association has taken the reigns of the Cons, the local community plays a part, but not like say, 2010, when we were in San Francisco. The local community had to shoulder the brunt of the work. And frankly, it was a lot, plus we probably had a limited number of cities with that size local community. That’s one of the great things about the Association, organizing DrupalCons!
  • What’s the Drupal adoption look like in New Orleans?
    • Growing, like everything else down here! The larger Universities have adopted Drupal, Tulane, Loyola, LSU up in Baton Rouge, plus the WWII museum, WWOZ (a great radio station, you should listen online), Cafe Du Monde, The Chef John Besh Restaurant Group, Audubon Nature Institute, Dr. Tichenor’s, maybe more….(or we keep it short??)
  • Who’s going to be the “boots on the ground” in New Orleans playing “host”?
    • Hopefully, us! We are both born and raised in the New Orleans area. I am involved in the local civic and business community and the entire Tech community are excited to host Drupalers!
  • How is it organized compared to years past? (Level of community and association involvement)
    • Again the Drupal Association has done a great job of spearheading the Cons. We worked closely with them to develop the logo and overall branding of the Con. In the coming months, we will work with them to look at venues and locations for events. Sponsors have reached out to us to help them organization of their specific needs for parties and meeting.
  • How will you be choosing who is selecting sessions

    • Each Con we put together the Track Team which is comprised of global track chairs (people who have evaluated and selected sessions for a Con at least once before) and then we work to assemble the Local Track Chairs who work in conjunction with the globals. We get these people from recommendations from within the community, people reaching out to volunteer and people expressing interest to Global Track Chairs. They go through an interview process with the Drupal Association and then the team is assembled and starts working to get out the call for content. It’s quite a ways away planning-wise but the Drupal Association will start putting together the New Orleans Track Team in the late fall, so if you’re interested or know someone who would be a great addition please reach out to amanda@association.drupal.org.
      You can read all about the session selection process here: https://events.drupal.org/barcelona2015/session-selection-process
  • For those that want to have a future Con in their community, do you have any advice?

    • We heard interest from the Drupal Association in having a New Orleans Con about five years ago, but we didn’t have a local community to support it. We started up a small meetup in Baton Rouge in 2010, then it slowly migrated to New Orleans. We didn’t lobby anyone to win the conference for the city. We just tried to establish a community and show consistent interest over the years, and trusted that New Orleans is a destination that the community would want to visit. Eric: you were at that first meetup and have helped to coordinate the growth of the group, what are your thoughts?
    • Have a consistent Meetup! We decided at our first Meetup we would meet on the First Thursday of the Month, even if it was only two people. And barring that occasional conflict with a carnival parade we have done that. Then organize a Camp, start small and be consistent!
  • Before we started recording, you mentioned that you wanted to talk about possible afterparty locations. Do you want to do that now?
    • Everywhere!
    • Crawfish season

Questions from Twitter

  • Ryan Gibson
    What kind of festivities can we expect during DrupalCon NO? #MUP139
  • Carie Fisher
    #MUP139 best place for drupalcon parties? any places we should try and visit in NO?
  • Robyn Green
    Question for Jeff, What amount of LSU attire will I be required to have for Drupalcon, and where can I get a 'I <3 Hallman" hat? #MUP139
  • Ryan Gibson
    What is the must-have NO food that I should plan on bringing Tums to be able to enjoy? #MUP139
  • markie
    Thanks @jasonawant for letting me crash at your place during JazzFest. #MUP139
  • Ryan Gibson
    And for letting us take a spin on the boat.

120 DrupalCon Latin America with Carlos Ospina - Modules Unraveled Podcast

DrupalCon Latin America

  • What’s your role with regards to this DrupalCon?
  • What is a DrupalCon? (I’d like to start out by getting a brief overview of what DrupalCon is for anyone that might be listening who hasn’t been to one. Maybe explain that there are sessions, BOFs, Day stage, vendors, pre-conference trainings, post-conference sprints etc.)
  • Where is the DrupalCon going to be?
  • Why Bogotá?
    • Central place, cosmopolitan city. Easy access for most Countries and a technology hub for the region.
  • When is it?
    • 10-12 February 2015
    • With sprints before and after
  • What will be the spoken languages? What percentage of talks will be each language?
    • The languages in Drupalcon Latin America will be English, Spanish and portuguese.
  • Do we know who any of the keynote speakers will be, and what will they talk about?
    • Dries And Larry Garfield
  • What track will be represented?
    • https://latinamerica2015.drupal.org/tracks
  • What events are happening, and where can people find out more about them?
    • We haven’t started planning these events, Something interesting happening on the weekend right after DrupalCon is the Barranquilla Carnival.
    • Trivia night (We hope)


  • What does the tech community look like there?
    The tech community is big in Colombia, the central government has a full ministry dedicated to promote and work with technology in several areas. Bogota is a technological Hub in Latin America and a place where companies like google, facebook and PayU Latam set their main offices for Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • What does the Drupal community look like?
    When we talk about the community we cannot talk about just Bogota or Colombia, this is Latin America opening their doors to everyone. The Latin American community is very active, matter of fact in the next 2 months we are having three big camps: Central America, Ecuador and Bolivia. Is a community that beside the local meetings does Summits from all latin America, being the last one Drupal Picchu in January this year. we also have Important camps in Mexico and other countries as mentioned before.
  • What’s the Drupal adoption look like in Bogotá?
    The local government in Bogota is moving or has moved all their webpages to Drupal. Several newspapers, including the biggest one, and the biggest Video on Demand service in Colombia are Drupal as well as many Universities, among others.
  • Who’s going to be the “boots on the ground” in Bogotá playing “host”?
    • Seed (http://www.seed.com.co/en) Is the company helping us locally in Bogota.
  • Where is the best place to eat?
    • Zona T, just by the venue is the zone with several fancy restaurants. Usaquen is another zone, 93th street park and the “pink Zone” which is party and bars hub in Bogota just blocks from the venue also.
  • Where is the best place to drink?
    • Coffee - Juan Valdez (better than Starbucks)
    • Beer - Bogota Beer Company. But Don;t forget Aguardiente.
  • What should anyone who’s not been before, make sure to do?
    • Go to the Carnival
    • Explore the city
    • Go to Zona G (http://www.bogotatravelguide.com/places-to-go-in-bogota/zona-g.php)
    • Go to the Salt Cathedral of Zipaquira.
    • Visit PANACA and the coffee zone (http://www.bogotatravelguide.com/tour-del-cafe-bogota.php)
    • There is too much to see and love about Colombia! http://www.bogotatravelguide.com/index_en.html

110 All About Sprints at DrupalCon Austin with Joe Shindelar, Brian Gilbert, Stéphane Corlosquet, Scott Reeves and Cathy Theys - Modules Unraveled Podcast

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  • What topics/areas of Drupal will be sprinted on?
    • Contribution Sprints
    • Get involved with Core - (Workshop)
    • Core Mentoring - (Sprints)
  • Who should come to the sprints?
    (short overview)
    • Why do YOU attend sprints?
    • What do you do when you want to sprint and mentor?
  • What do we need to know before coming to the sprints?
  • What do we need to bring?
    (c:where stuck)

  • Who should go to Get involved with Core - (Workshop)

  • What happens at the workshop?
  • By the end what tools do most people have set up?

    • Web Stack
    • IRC client
    • Editor ?
    • http://simplytest.me/
  • Joe what role have you had in the past?

  • What do you do to get ready to prepare/present the workshop?
  • Is it a big commitment for you?

  • Brian G what role ..

  • Brian G what big change are you excited about?
    • Funding
      • Problems with fundus
      • Paypal, if you don’t meet your goal
      • network at event for btsync
        *gittip (can’t
    • Community Tools Changes
      • (Brian G) What was involved with getting ADD and btsync ready?
      • ADD, Filesize savings, speed of installation
    • Mac users need to have XCode preinstalled (via the App Store)
      • BTSync
        • Secure, unlimited file-syncing. No cloud required.
        • It’s like a diy Dropbox, it’s not bit torrent as you may be thinking
        • Network efficiency
        • not evil

(c: prep time, DA grant)
* (Cathy) Who should go to Core Mentoring - (Sprints)
(anyone who has a local dev setup, but wants help picking out an issue)
* What happens at mentored sprint?

  • Stephane what was your role in the past?
    • floater / smaller commitment
    • ad-hoc presentations
  • What are you going to do at upcoming sprints?
  • What is it like to be a mentor? What keeps you coming back to do it again?
  • Who should mentor?
  • What does it take to be a mentor and what kind of help is needed.
  • Do you have any advice for new mentors?

  • Cathy what role have you had?

  • What are you doing this time?
    Cathy: (Stephane) What didn't you like about mentoring?
  • Any big changes you are excited about?
    (d.o, tags)
    (in public)

  • Specific Sprint Topics
    Who goes to the contribution sprints

    • Contribution Sprints
  • Final thoughts?

    • Grant allows me to come earlier than I would otherwise and ensure the network will work with btsync

073 Prague Site Building Track - Modules Unraveled Podcast

Track (Ivo)

  • What is the theme of the track?
    Difficult question, since we are actually trying to cover a really broad spectrum of topics for all
    kinds of audiences. We are still in the process of deciding on the final schedule, but there will be
    sessions on distributions (bojan -- commerce without borders), site building changes coming
    with D8 (kristof), hopefully we'll have a great case study session and so on. We do try to align
    these sessions with DrupalCon's “One to Many”-theme
  • What’s the spread of D7 vs. D8 session proposals that have come in?
    Traditionally, Site Building relies heavily on contrib, which is a bit behind the curve when it
    comes to D8 adoption, so most of the session proposals are still focused on Drupal 7. We do
    have a featured session focussing on D8


  • Bojan what’s the name of your session, and what will you be talking about?
    Commerce without borders
    I'm going to be talking about building an ecommerce solution for the global market, and all the
    problems that go with it.
    You need to deal with different languages, currencies, payment gateways, taxes and tax rates.
    You also need to think about invoices, discounts, business rules, country laws and many other
    It's funny how all this represents the hardest use case you can have, but also one of the most
    common ones,
    at least if you're in Europe.
    I will be detailing some of the solutions we’ve recently developed to make these kinds of
    problems easier to handler, and how it all fits together on top of Kickstart..
  • Kristof what is the name of your session, and what will you be talking about?
    Drupal 8 for site builders.
    So site-building is a really broad topic of course. What I’m not going to do is build a site together,
    because that’s just boring. I’m going to talk about all the major contrib modules that have moved
    into core, but also subtle small modules. And also big new features that make site building life
    much easier. The conclusion of the session will hopefully be that Ivo should not look out for
    Drupal 8 site building a lot, because Drupal 8 is going to solve everything, or at least a lot.

072 Prague Coding and Development Track - Modules Unraveled Podcast


  • What is the theme of the track?

I tried to make the theme consistent with the overall DrupalCon Prague theme of “One to many”.
Leveraging new paradigms in Drupal 8: improving your projects and workflows
Drupal as an application platform
Integrating Drupal’s API with other systems and libraries

So we really want to present Drupal as a unifying platform, that can consolidate many technologies.

Part of that is what Alex is going to talk about in his featured session - removing some of the Drupalisms that we have all gotten used to in favour of incorporating best-of-breed open source components from outside the community. I think Symfony’s components are the most obvious example there, but there are a lot of other components too (like Guzzle, Doctrine).

Another element is the general move to OO, PSR-0, and the adoption of modern design patterns which bring us up to date with other major PHP projects. The plumbing is there now to integrate with other frameworks - and we’re doing that.

I’ve kind of been talking about low level code integrations, But theres also a lot that can and has been achieved with Drupal as it is today, by incorporating integrations with outside systems via web services, or supplying services to other systems. So I would like some of our presentations to cover how Drupal integrates, and maybe in ways you hopefully haven’t thought of.


  • What is the name of your session, and what is it going to be about?

071 DrupalCon Prague DevOps Track - Modules Unraveled Podcast


  • Jochen, what is DevOps? and what is your vision for the track at DrupalCon Prague?
    • The DevOps track covers all aspects of bringing Drupal websites into operation -- and making sure that they meet the demand of the business. This only works when development and operations work hand in hand -- hence, DevOps. In DevOps, the core characteristics can be summed up as “CAMS”: Culture, Automating, Measuring, Sharing. Culture means that people and process go first. In Automation, we use tools to get our processes working end-to-end. If we want to improve, we need to measure. And with the sharing of our insight and experience, we’re back to culture again. DrupalCon is a great place to talk about DevOps, and especially DrupalCon Prague with its “One to many” topic. Most of us start our infrastructure with one server and scale from there. IT teams as well grow from a single developer to a group of people. I’m very excited to have some great speakers on my track!


  • Jon, What’s the title of your session, and what is it going to be about?
    I’m going to be talking about my experiences bringing “start-up-like” DevOps thinking around deploying Linux servers and Drupal to a large, established organisation. It’ll be a bit of a war story in places, because it certainly wasn’t plain sailing.