DrupalCon Paris wrapup

I took a few days off from work to spend some time with my family -- I haven't had more than a 3 hour break in the last 4 weeks and was away from home during the weekends. DrupalCon Paris ended about 48 hours ago, so I'm sitting here with post-DrupalCon blues, staring at the waterfront, thinking about how fun and exciting the conference was. As usual, I wasn't able to attend more than a couple of sessions, but nothing beats talking to Drupal users and brainstorming together. And I talked to many Drupalistas ...

Looking back at DrupalCon Paris, it struck me that sometimes we can generate ideas faster when we work alone, and that sometimes creativity happens best in groups. The same is true for solving problems. The time leading up to the conference, the time at the conference, and the weeks after the conference provide a unique blend of individual and collective idea creation and problem solving that is so important for Drupal. Let's not underestimate that. I certainly value the retrospective that seems to be part of the post-DrupalCon blues (and the waterfront Mojitos that help fuel it).

With 850 Drupalistas attending DrupalCon Paris, I wasn't able to talk to all of you -- I feel sad about that because we have such an amazing community. To those people who I have been able to talk to and brainstorm with: thanks for inspiring me!

As always, DrupalCon is largely driven by volunteers, and many of them have a full-time job. It takes a lot to coordinate an event like this and it is not something we should take for granted. Everyone involved -- from the local volunteers to the Drupal Association to the event planning staff -- has my thanks! Great times!

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Comments

Bart Braem (not verified):

We have missed something not being there... Will there be a wrap-up of the "State of Drupal" talk?

September 08, 2009
Jake Strawn (h… (not verified):

@Dries,

I've got to say, that after 3-4 years using Drupal this was my first Drupalcon, and my first presentation at one as well. It was a humbling experience that I will never forget. Thank you for all the work you've done on Drupal and the community, and thanks to the entire community for continuing to help Drupal mature.

I also attended the D4D in Boston back in June, so that event, and Drupalcon Paris were the first interactions I've really had with the community on a large scale. I'm completely taken aback by the people in the community, and the amazing atmosphere that is generated anytime that a group of Drupalists get together, and have a chance to go into nerd mode, and talk about their passions.

For me, these events are all about the networking, and not as much the sessions for me. While some sessions can spark a new idea for me, or a new approach to something I may or may not have tackled in previous projects, the ability to mingle during the day picking brains, and enjoy beers at night with the community while furthering discussions on our topics of choice is where it's at.

I can't wait to see everyone again in San Francisco!!!

September 08, 2009
John Coonen (not verified):

Great event! Love the photos by Jeff Eaton too.

September 08, 2009
Kars-T (not verified):

Finally I could shake your hand even if I had nothing much to say ;)

This was my first time at such a big con and it was just great. A gigantic meet up mixed with power learning sessions. Meeting all that people and getting my questions answered was so resourceful.

Downside was that the sessions about D7 make it hard to work with D6. It was always "Yay look at it it's wonderful. Besides this is what it was like before. But lets forget about it and see how marvelous it's now!". I stopped going to the D7 sessions because I have to focus on my work now.

I am really looking forward to the San Francisco Con and hope we can manage to go there.

September 11, 2009

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