Last week I attended LatinoWare 2011 in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, which also hosted, among a number of events, DrupalCamp Foz. There hasn't been a Drupalcamp in Brazil for some time already, so this was a really important event for the Drupal community in Brazil. The community is growing in Brazil and other Latin America countries. At the Drupalcamp, we had representatives from Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, and Mexico. We also had the presence of our dear Drupal creator, Dries Buytaert.
Wonderful Iguazu Falls - photo by Saulo Amui
I represented Trellon LLC, which was one of the Gold sponsors. Several other companies were also represented, contributing both with sponsorships and speakers. The community has also matured over time. The ecosystem now has all the key elements needed to succeed in increasing Drupal adoption in Latin America. We need, however, the support provided by the international community, such as the Drupal Association and global companies. To the latter, I would note that Brazil is a leading (and growing!) economy with a huge demand for powerful web solutions.
A bunch of Drupal nerds getting wet. Photo by Saulo Amui
Speaking on behalf of my fellow Latin American drupalists, we would like to expand the Drupal world out of the common North America-Europe axis. On the other hand, we would like to demonstrate this practically by first organizing a strong community here. There will be two scheduled events to foster this: Drupal Summit Guadalajara in Mexico and DrupalCon São Paulo in Brazil. Yes, we hope to bring the biggest Drupal convention to South America for the first time.
For more information and pictures check: http://foz2011.drupal-latino.org/pt-br/press