Drupalcamp Ireland

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Three weeks ago, I attended the 6th Drupalcamp Ireland along with Martin Hrabovcin and Michael Haggerty. Together, we were there representing Trellon, which was a proud sponsor of the event.

Drupalcamp Ireland was held on the Trinity College campus over a weekend. Over 70 Drupalists showed up, and there were more than 20 sessions, ranging from introductory Drupal 101 to an advanced Drupal Security talk by a member of Drupal's security team.

It was an interesting time to be in Ireland, as the IMF probably arrived in the same planes as we did, but that didn't affect the mood of the Irish Drupal Community.

Drupalcamp Ireland itself was a very interesting event. It saw the birth of the Irish Drupal Association, which was created as an umbrella organization to facilitate the sponsoring and accounting of future Drupal events in Ireland. As a side note, I was happy to see that Ireland always referred to the island with that name and not only to the Republic of Ireland, as a previous Drupalcamp was held in Belfast. It is also curious to observe the trend of national communities creating their own associations. In addition to Ireland, I know that the Spanish Drupal community already has an association, and in our last meeting in Portugal it was also decided to head that way.

On the day before the camp, there was a training event using material that is intended to be freely available in the future. In order to spread the Drupal message, we need community resources to train other people in how to use Drupal, so I am looking forward to that release.

The camp was organized in two tracks: one for beginners and another for advanced users. In addition to sponsoring, Trellon presented three sessions in the camp: an Introduction to the features module, another on converting modules from Drupal 6 to 7, and an extensive overview on integrating CRM solutions and Drupal.

On a personal note, my favourite track was probably the social track. The organizers scheduled some great social events on Friday and Saturday night, and I got to make some friends among the Irish community. I would like to thank the organizers and specifically Edward O'Riordan for creating such a nice event. I'm sure I'll see them again at future Drupal events.