Come to the Midwest Drupal Developer Summit and DrupalCamp Wisconsin!

by George DeMet

Building a cutting-edge Web platform is a lot of work. It took a thousand developers three years to build Drupal 7. And, while it isn’t scheduled for release until August 2013, the plans for Drupal 8 are even more ambitious.

This means that if you’ve ever been thinking about getting involved in Drupal core development, now is the time!

Midwest Drupal Developer Summit

That’s why we’ve teamed up with a bunch of other interested folks in the Midwest to help put together the first-ever Midwest Drupal Developer Summit, which will be held July 26 and 27 at the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, Wisconsin.

This free two-day event will bring together key core and contributed module developers, Drupal 8 initiative leads, and others interested in helping build the next version of Drupal.

The Developer Summit will include:

  • Sessions similar to DrupalCon core conversations
  • Drupal 8 code sprints
  • Mentoring for new Drupal core contributors

In order to make sure this summit is as productive as possible, both Drupal project lead Dries Buytaert and Drupal 8 co-maintainer Angie “Webchick” Byron will be on hand to help coordinate and oversee efforts.

In addition, several Drupal 8 initiative leaders and leading Drupal contributors will be in attendance, including Larry Garfield (Crell), Greg Dunlap (heyrocker), Kris Vanderwater (EclipseGc), Earl Miles (merlinofchaos), Karoly Negyesi (chx), Karen Stevenson (KarenS),
James Gilliland (neclimdul), Dave Reid (Dave Reid), and Jess (xjm).

If you're an existing Drupal developer or community member who wants to take your involvement to the next level, the Midwest Drupal Developer's Summit is the place to be!

And if you’re a company or organization that wants to show its support for the Drupal project, sponsorships are available; thanks to the generosity of the University of Wisconsin, the bulk of proceeds raised from sponsorships will go toward scholarships for leading Drupal developers to attend.

And, if you’re new to Drupal, or just want to learn more about it before diving into the deep end, Saturday, July 28, is DrupalCamp Wisconsin, a free, community-organized event where Drupal experts share their knowledge and experience through both scheduled sessions and “unconference” content.

Find out more about both events at - we look forward to seeing you there!