For those that might not be aware, we're having a celebration for Drupal's 13th birthday on thursday. We'll also be making plans for events and activities for 2014 that could really use your input. http://www.meetup.com/drupalsydney/events/144624412/
Please take 2-3 mins to fill out this short survey http://drupalsydney.webform.com/form/10312
Drupal drinks and beers networking and catch up. This is just a casual night and will involve a group of us meeting at the pub and chatting about Drupal and talking about some recent problems etc faced. Please feel free to bring your problems if you have one to discuss otherwise please come to just drink and chat Drupal.
We will be at the King Street Brew House at a table at the front in the outdoor section, I will be there and have a Tux Penguin on the table as a marker for people. If you get lost please message on this board and I will continuously check. We will be there around 6:30pm feel free to come from then or earlier and save us a table.
Look out for the blue domo beanie :D as my TUX is at home tonight
A Weekend of Drupal education, one full day of building a website with Drupal and the next Day we will then look at how we create a custom theme in Drupal to place on our site. This will run over a weekend and will be announced at a location in Sydney
It's that time of year - time to loosen the tie (and the belt) and share the silly season together. Everyone is welcome!
As a rare annual exception we won't be meeting on the third Thursday this month. We'll gather on Friday 14 Dec to celebrate the holidays and the end of 2012 (and maybe the world!).
*Important:* We are putting together a showcase of all the Drupal work done this year and we need to include yours! Please submit as many sites as you like https://drupalsydney.webform.com/form/4180 by noon on the 14th. (One site per submission) If we get enough submissions, we'll nominate a few leaders across different categories and I'm working on some prizes.
As the group continues to grow and evolve, it's really important to get your feedback so our efforts are focused on the most valuable areas for the community. Please take a few minutes to share your ideas at https://drupalsydney.webform.com/form/4180 (feedback can be anonymous if you prefer).
Day: Friday, 14th Dec
Time: 6:30pm - until the Drupal runs dry
Where: Tao Lounge @ Mr. B's Hotel, 396 Pitt St. (near corner of Goulburn) - map link
There will be:
Sponsored bar tab (which historically runs out quickly...)
Nibbles (Dinner is available upstairs)
All your favourite Drupal friends and plenty of Drupal talk
Everyone is welcome, please join us even if you haven't been to an event yet. Although there won't be our usual set of presentations, there will be plenty of Drupal talk and many opportunities to get your questions answered or meet other Drupal users. Of course, you're also welcome to kick back, relax and avoid the shop talk.
We'll be rockin' the house from 6:30pm at the Tao Lounge at Mr B's Hotel, located near the corner of Pitt St and Goulburn St. We'll be downstairs, but there will be signs.
396 Pitt St
Sydney NSW 2000
Hope to see everyone there!!
Please make sure you RSVP on http://goo.gl/PBKR6 or at http://groups.drupal.org/node/272073
Let's thank our generous sponsors who are funding this event:
Open Source Developers Conference will be hosting the CMS Expo Evening at the King St Brew House in Darling Harbour Sydney from 5pm to 10pm. This will be an evening of food, drinks, networking and discussions on Content Management Systems and the tools around them?
We plan to start the evening at 5:00pm for registration drinks and nibbles and then go into talks from 5:40pm to 9:00pm, with an hour for networking after the event. There will also be door prizes during the evening as well as drinks and nibbles served. The cost of the evening will be $15 and this will cover your food and bar tab for the evening, to attend you will need to register and pay at;
We have arranged talks from some of Sydney's key business contributors within the area of Content Management Systems. The aim of the night is to provide an overview of some of the current work happening in the CMS MarketPlace in Australia at the moment. Obviously we can not represent all Content Management Systems however we have tried to provide some different view points for your consideration.Talks start at 5:45pm and end at 9:30pm, networking will continue through the evening. Bar Tab will open at 5pm Nibbles (Vegetarian Options provided) will be served staggered between 5:00pm and 8pm, ticket sales will end at 5pm on the 4th of December.
"Brief overview of the Content Management System Market in Australia"- Aimee Maree Forsstrom - Learning Drupal Sydney Organiser
"Accelerate your Agency on Windows Azure" - Cory Fowler - Microsoft
"Why Drupal" - Owen Lansbury - Previous Next - DrupalCon Lead Organiser
"Looking Good and Making Money with Drupal" (Drupal Commerce Case Study) - Ryan Cross - Cross Functional - Drupal Sydney Organiser
"Extending your CMS with a CRM" Chris Ward - Civi-CRM Melbourne Organiser
"Why Governments love Plone" (Plone CaseStudy) Dyan Jay - PetraWeb - Plone Contributor
"Templating with Diazo" Dyan Jay - PetraWeb - Plone Contributor
"Powered by Joomla" (Joomla Case Study) - Peter Bui - PBWeb Development- Joomla Day Sydney Organiser
Please visit http://cmsexpo.net.au/ for further details on the evening and schedule.
For regisgtration visit http://www.eventbrite.com.au/event/3991538800?ref=ebtnebtckt&ebtv=C
A look into the coming changes for Drupal8 and just what does it mean for Drupal with the adoption of Symfony mean for the future of Drupal development.
We also have a look at the proposed architecture and Drupal Spark the new distribution from Acquia that highlights some new changes mainly inline editing.
We chose two websites on the night to dissect from a backend site building perspective looking into how things where done and why a certain approach was taken, and discuss some other options that people have taken to achieve the same level of functionality.
Looking for suggestions on the sites to dissect, I have some we can use but I am up for using two people's sites as long as we have backend access and you are willing to discuss your approach taken. The discussion will be constructive and aim to help people learn new approaches and discuss why certain approaches are better suited to certain sites.
With the proliferation of Drupal there has become a large need in the marketplace for Drupal developers, project managers, producers, site builders, architects. We will discuss the changes seen in the Australian market over the last few years and get some tips from Drupal experts.
You will need to RSVP in order to receive a bar tab band, you can also RSVP as guest but please let us know the name for sign in.
There will be just over an hour of presentations from speakers and then we will break into a pannel discussion with some of our business speakers, the night will continue with networking. There will be a bar tab provided by our sponsors Acquia and Cross Functional, if you would like food you can order your own from the bar, there will be tables provided in the meet-up area.
Drupal in the Marketplace
Look into how Drupal has grown within the web marketplace and also the adoption of local government'sand businesses.
“Drupal Growth” - Aimee Maree Forsstrom
Present some statistics on the growth of jobs for Drupal development since 2008 and new areas of growth project management, site building and content editing. Discuss the current need in the marketplace for more Drupal developers as well as expected growth from the rapid adoption of Drupal.
AimeeMaree, is a Drupal Solutions Architect focused on levering Drupal and Linux web solutions within the Enterprise.
Drupal as a Career Choice
A common thread you hear from people is "We started using Drupal in the workplace". Look at how people have stumbled into Drupal within their day to day workplace and how has it helped people in their career progression.
"Nurturing Drupal developers in Suncorp" - Choung Vu
Drupal is a strategic web content management framework for Suncorp. It powers sites such as AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Suncorp Bank, Apia, Bingle, Just Car Insurance, Asteron Life, Vero and many more internal, external and mobile sites. We now have a core team of over 22 people across Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne supporting all our sites and this number is growing every year. A large proportion of our team was developed and nurtured in-house.
Chuong, is Team Leader of BT Onlne New Media at Suncorp with a major focus on developing and supporting the Group's websites and online presence.
"How I became a Drupal Developer" - Magda Kostrzewa
Magda was working at the ABC when she was introduced to Drupal. She fast became a part of the Drupal Sydney User Group and contributed to presentations and discussions. Magda now works as a Drupal Developer at Cross Functional and is growing a reputation for being a documentation wizard. She will discuss how her career has changed with Drupal.
Magda, is a Drupal site builder and theming specialist for Cross Functional.
Drupal as a Business Choice
Look at why companies are choosing to use Drupal as their main web delivery platform. How can Drupal grow your business and help to gain market advantage.
"7 years of evolution" - Ryan Cross
Ryan will share his story about his journey with Drupal which started as a student and university and saw him go on to run the Sydney Drupal User Group and start his own successful Drupal development house servicing government, education, no for profit and corporate sectors. Cross Functional is a Web Development house that focuses on Drupal, WordPress, Mobile and e-commerce solutions.
Ryan, is the Managing Director and Senior Solution Architect for Cross Functional servicing all sectors of business, and runs the Sydney Drupal Users Group.
“The PreviousNext Story" - Owen Lansburry
Owen will discuss the "Previous Next" story and how they came to use Drupal and went on to become the largest Drupal specific development house in Australia. Look at why companies are choosing to use Drupal as their main web delivery platform . How can Drupal grow your business and help to gain market advantage.
Owen, is a co-owner of Previous Next a Drupal focused web development agency serving the corporate and government sectors.
Drupal Support Network
How can Drupal business collaborate more efficently and help to grow the marketplace. Just what services and support are available around Drupal and how will Acquia's presence help support Drupal within the region.
"Drupal as a commercial eco-system" - John Kennedy
Drupal is rapidly becoming a mature web-technology, this has many scrambling to find Drupal talent and capitalise on its strong network. As other open-source technologies have launched into this phase many small business have been lost in the frey. A strong local collaborative commercial eco-system will enable the Sydney community of Drupal focused businesses to thrive.
John, runs a web-development agency Evelops and is active in the global conversation to foster Drupal Focused Businesses.
“Acquia driving Drupal adoption in APAC” - Chris Harrop
Providing a short overview of how Acquia fits in to the Drupal community, and then looking at how the local team will be focused on driving adoption at enterprise and government... creating more demand for Drupal resource across the region!
Chris, has a strong background in building business partner relationships and is the Acquia Regional Pacific Manager for the Asia Pacific Region.