DrupalCamp London 2017

DrupalCamp London 2017 Keynote

Consult and Design headed to the capital this past weekend for the first UK DrupalCamp of 2017.

DrupalCamp London, now in its 5th year — celebrated in style with a huge birthday cake — welcomed over 400 delegates across 3 days to City, University of London.

The Consult and Design team joined up with the Drupal community on Saturday after our 277 mile car journey from our base here in the North East on Friday afternoon.

Matt Glaman of Commerce Guys got proceedings underway on Saturday morning with his keynote talk on how he went from delivering beers to speaking at DrupalCamp London in the space of 4 years. Following this it was then time for our team to enjoy a choice of 35 sessions across the weekend. Some of our highlights include:

“Virtual Reality on the Web”Wes Ruvalcaba gave us a quick overview of the VR landscape before a deep dive into VR technologies on the web, including how to build your first VR website and the potential applications and directions for these technologies in the future.

“Building reusable websites on Drupal 8” — This session saw Peter Vanhee, Tech Lead at Comic Relief, share his experience of using Drupal 8 to build a powerful platform product to create fast and secure fundraising campaign websites, as well as enable the editorial team at Comic Relief to create compelling landing pages without compromising the quality of the page.

Of course, DrupalCamps are as much about the people as they are the sessions, and on Saturday night we headed to The Blacksmith and Toffeemaker to catch up with friends over a few drinks and conversation. Official figures provided during the closing notes on Sunday showed that over £5000 was spent behind the bar the previous night, so it’s safe to say that everyone enjoyed a good evening!

After a hearty full English on Sunday morning, we headed back to City, University of London where Consult and Design Operations Director, Adam Hill, presented his first ever session at a DrupalCamp. As a member of the Drupal Community Working Group, Adam explored some of the root causes of contributor frustration and burnout in the community and offer some ideas for how to help improve the contributor experience moving forward.

As organisers of DrupalCamps ourselves, we know just how much time and effort goes into the planning of these events, and as such, we’d like to a say huge thank you and congratulations to the team of organisers and volunteers at DrupalCamp London on their most successful event to date.

A particular thank you must also be made for the making the event so family-friendly. Our team was slightly bigger this year with the Camp’s youngest attendee, Zuzanna, enjoying her first DrupalCamp experience at just five months old!

If you’re interested in reading more on DrupalCamp London, check out the #dclondon hashtag on Twitter.

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