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DrupalCon Denver

Thousands of people will flock to Denver, Colorado on March 19th for a week of learning and networking with Drupal community members.

DrupalCon is the official conference of the Drupal community and draws an international audience. If you are not familiar with Drupal, it’s an open source content management platform that powers millions of websites—including opensource.com and whitehouse.gov.

Almost all the keynote speakers have ties to open source. Dries Buytaert, creator and project lead of Drupal and co-founder and chief technology officer of Acquia, kicks things off. In previous years, he’s given a state of Drupal-style address.

On day two, Mitchell Baker, Chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation, speaks. Baker frequently talks about the power of the participatory, open source model. The Drupal community is no stranger to this type of collaboration. Baker will also highlight Mozilla’s commitment to an open, innovative web and the infinite possibilities that presents.

DrupalCon goes beyond learning about the latest technology and its application to coding, development and site-building. Because the community has grown so rapidly, the conference has to appeal to more than just admins and developers. There is more emphasis on design and user experience, business strategy and the Drupal community. This year, there is a big focus on mobile platforms.

We took a look at the open source agenda for DrupalCon Denver. As you’ll see, open source has a significant impact at this years DrupalCon.

Some of the talks that should be on our must-see list there:

Drupal and Open Government

  • We the People & WhiteHouse.gov: Citizen Engagement Powered by Drupal by Tom Cochran, Director, New Media Technologies at The White House
  • The Story of Energy.gov: The Ins and Outs of Turning Energy-dot-Blah into Energy-dot-Awesome by Cammie Croft, Senior Advisor, Director of New Media and Citizen Engagement at U.S. Department of Energy
  • How Drupal is Transforming Government: 7 Case Studies by Jeff Walpole, CEO of Phase2 Technology

Drupal and the Community

  • The Drupal Community: Where Are We Going and How to Get Involved? By Angie Byron (Webchick), Drupal 7 co-maintainer
  • Open Source 2.0: The Science of Community Management by David Eaves
  • Community Management is the New Customer Service: Creating Community Happiness Using All Those Lessons You Learned During Your First Summer Job by Amye Scavarda, Client Advisor at Acquia and Leslie Hawthorn, Community Manager at Appfrog

Drupal and Open Source Solutions

  • Lessons Learned: Open Source Contributions - A Case Study of Workbench by Colleen Carroll, Director of People & Process at Palantir.net and Robin Barre, Senior Engineer and Team Lead at Palantir.net
  • Drupal Distribution Case Studies: Leveraging Open Source Solutions panel discussion with Marc O'Brien - VP Distro & Solutions, Acquia, Michael Shaver - Intel Open Technology Center, and Ezra Gildesgame - Technical Lead, Acquia Distribution team
  • Competing with Giants - How to Win with Drupal vs Proprietary Alternatives by Bryan House, Vice President, Marketing at Acquia
  • EFF + Drupal + CiviCRM = Great by Elly Jonez, Director, Non-profit Projects at Chapter Three and Micah Lee, Web Developer at EFF's
DrupalCon: Masterminds of Drupal Meet Under One Roof

DrupalCon 2010 takes place April 19-21 in San Francisco, with an experts day on the 17th and break-out unconference collaborative sessions on the 18th. This unique timeline offers Drupal experts a week of eye-opening events and allows those new to this powerful CMS three days to get their feet wet.

DrupalCon 2010 boasts six tracks of sessions dedicated to every facet of Drupal, from new users to administrators to business owners and everything in between. Here’s what attendees can pick from:

  • First Impressions: Get a comprehensive overview of each aspect of Drupal, including tutorials and video presentations. Learn all about Drupal processes, concepts and modules in a way that won’t leave you scratching your head.
  • Style and Substance: This track deals with the end-user Drupal experience from design to theme to usability. It highlights Drupal’s interaction with designers, usability experts and information architects. The focus here is singularly on enhancing the functionality and usability of Drupal sites.
  • Under The Hood: Do you know your way around the Drupal code in your sleep? This panel is for you. This is your chance to drive Drupal’s future development and learn all about Drupal 7. You’ll also share advice for best practices in all areas of Drupal, from building modules to deploying sites.
  • Code-free Success: So you’re allergic to code but you otherwise know Drupal inside and out? Learn how to use all that Drupal offers to set up and configure sites, manage content and best employ your users to expand your system.
  • Leveraging Drupal for Your Business: This track is for all those business owners who have harnessed the power of Drupal to grow their business. If you’ve just recently switched your business to Drupal for your CMS needs, you’ll discover ways to put Drupal to work for your bottom line.
  • Providing Professional Drupal Services: Here’s where to meet and mingle with like-minded professionals who have made Drupal the centerpiece of their business. Learn how to accelerate your growth, cope with process changes and prepare for the future.

DrupalCon 2010 promises to leave every Drupal user light years ahead of where they started, whether you’re a babe in the woods or an acknowledged expert. Meet in San Francisco to share old tricks and learn new ones.