This was sort of a large group for February, 2005. This gathering was in Antwerp, which I believe is counted as the first Drupal conference. Lesson: starting small can lead to big things!
Promote within NGO community Promote in Drupal community – need someone to build the site!
Like most camps – organise venue, rooms, power points, flip carts, projectors Good estimate on numbers attending Pick team leaders Have Drupal pre-installed with common modules Use drush! Provide access to server
Pick websites that are simple Limited features Use an existing theme and modify Be realistic If more than one site, choose similar groups, with easy to understand motivations
2 is good More get underfoot Get them to add content Good way to learn Initial introduction session Limit contact – everything must go through team leader
Hosting Meetups, Camps, Conferences, and Online Projects Building the Community that Builds Drupal
The Presenters <ul><li>Amye Scavarda, msamye.com
Conferences Conferences Conferences are what happen when your gathering gets too big for any space you can conceivably beg, borrow or steal. If we consider that camps are an order of magnitude more work than meetups (on different timelines), conferences are the next stage above this. (You already know this, you're at one.)
You run into various new problems: Space rental. You will no longer be able to get 'in-kind sponsorships' for a space that can hold 500 people. - Contracts with the space that lock you into vendor contracts. - Regulations requiring paying certain staff people: janitors, medical staff (events over 1000) Insurance requirements for said space. Wireless access (always an issue. You'll now have more people telling you it's not working.) Planning of afterparties, and attempting to figure out what percentage of your audience is likely to attend. (All of those amazing photos are an extra in community building.) Even more effective signage. Printed programs that go through a design and revision process. Printing the programs. Getting them to the event. Projectors. Lots of them. And screens!
All of these things take money on a large scale. (Use your imagination for the visual.)
The same principles for effective code sprinting apply: Break the components down into bite-size chunks for small teams. Designate mentors-leads-captains for various teams. Check in regularly with your teams. Plan in the beginning (like for calendar dates). Then, coordinate more than you plan. Keeping it real.
Virtual Communities Drupal.org and the assorted #drupal IRC channels. Drupal's Open Learning Initiative Drupal Kata – Learning how to make good projects. Drupal Dojo – Arising again, with a new fall/winter lineup * New Dojo Website * New Kata website, building off Open Atrium * Open Media Project - Integrating and extending the Open Media platform. Programs and Events * Drupal Master Class - Building a website from start to finish * Community Building - An ongoing roundtable discussion about community building