DrupalCamps are important
Just came back from DrupalCamp Vienna and I am still quite excited about what a great event it was. As always at Drupalcamps (+Drupalcons) I met some really interesting people. I gave two presentations, the first about the 960.gs grid system. The second was a bit of experiment for me. The presentation was almost completely drupal free (it was one of the final sessions on saturday) about the process we used while developing a website for an NGO (on Drupal of course) from a business and designers point of view.
What I really like about Drupalcamps is the sort of people that come to these events. Because Drupal communities around Europe are blooming , you can meet people that are interested but haven't yet experienced our community. I first saw this when we were doing the recent Drupalcamp in Prague. There were loads of locals that never even considered attending a Drupalcon but they were interested in Drupal for sure. Following this great response we are now organisng local meet-ups every month and some of those people that were at camp attended our first meeting and already becoming a real part of the Czech Drupal community.
And that isn't the only thing why Drupalcamps are important. For example Drupalcamp Prague, we had quite a lot of slovakian guys coming. They first organised a slovak meet-up in Prague and talked about what next with their .sk drupal site. And that led not only to re-design of drupal.sk but also yesterday they announced Drupalcamp Slovakia happening in February. And actually there was a strong Romanian community visiting us. The same happened for them. DrupalCamp Romania 2010?
So that's why the title says DrupalCamps are important. The very main purpose of the camps is to bring people together from nearby countries and locations. And these people are coming back home with ideas including that we all can make this happen back at our home cities too.
Here's a big UP for the organisers of such camps and the presenters who are sometimes traveling hundreds of miles and doing all these things for free as in beer.
Attaching my "From conception to realization: A journey through the creation of a website" slides.