Drupal, our chosen framework for building complex, content-rich websites is open source software that is developed and maintained by a worldwide community of contributors. Major factors in the establishment of Drupal as one of the most widely used content management systems are concepts of community, contribution and collaboration. Drupal's community-driven development model is what allows it to grow, meeting the needs of its users.
Several times a year, as a way to engage the Drupal community on a local level, regional "Drupal Camps" (or mini conferences) bring together Drupal users, developers, designers and those just curious to learn more for hands on education and collaboration.
This past weekend, local Drupalers converged on the Blake Hotel in uptown Charlotte for Drupal Camp Charlotte. Organized by CharDug (Charlotte Drupal Users Group), the conference provided regional organizations and individuals the opportunity to contribute to and learn from the community.
The format of a DrupalCamp is, of course, community-driven. Session topics are suggested by and subsequently voted on by attendees. Chosen sessions are lead by the attendee that suggested it - This allows the sessions to cover topics that are important to other attendees and to provide help face-to-face help that Googling for answers can't always provide.
Drupal Camp Charlotte featured 15 sessions in 3 tracks, spread across 6 hours with topics ranging from beginner level to advanced experience level.
During the camp, I introduced to a few advanced techniques that we'll use in 2 projects currently in production, The Max M. Fisher Archives and National Air & Space Museum's History of Time & Navigation website.
Interactive Knowledge is an active member of the Drupal community was a proud sponsor of Drupal Camp Charlotte.
Photos courtesy of Flickr: Mark Shropshire.