With the presence of DrupalCon DC 2009 attendees coming from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela, and with the participation of Greg Knaddison (Drupal Association General Assembly member who has travelled extensively in South America) and other Drupalistas with ties to South America, an historic meeting of the South American DrupalCon Organizing Committee, chaired by Drupal Association Board Member Cary Gordon, was held on Saturday March 7, at the DrupalCon DC 2009 venue, the Washington Convention Center. The clear intention of holding a DrupalCon in South America in June, 2010 was formally announced to the Drupal Association and to the world at large. In addition, a series of DrupalCamps were announced for this year: Sao Paulo, Brazil (April, 2009); Buenos Aires, Argentina (June, 2009); Lima, Peru (September, 2009).
For the full report, go to:
Report on the March 7, 2009 meeting of the South American DrupalCon Organizing Committee
DrupalCon South America 2010
A clear intention was registered and formally announced to the Drupal Association for the holding of a DrupalCon in South America in 2010, to be held in between the North American (March) and European (September) DrupalCon’s, which is to say sometime around June, 2010.
It was resolved to plan for a series of well-planned and strongly attended DrupalCamps in the course of 2009, in the context of strong interaction and cooperation between Drupalistas in the entire region, and in strong cooperation with the Drupal Association and leading Drupal sponsors.
- April, 2009: near Sao Paulo, Brazil
- June, 2009: Buenos Aires, Argnetina
- September, 2009: Lima, Peru
Cary Gordon stressed that each organization should plan to the best of its ability, but should not overload itself with unrealizable objectives. The DrupalCamps could be conferences, or the more informal “unconferences”, and in either case, the Drupal Association will put the local organizers in direct communication with experienced mentors who will walk them through the events. The recent New York DrupalCamp unconference is an example worthy of note, it was a great success with 170 signups and 130 attendees.
It was agreed that each of the drupalistas in each of the South American cities and their users groups would actively collaborate with each of the DrupalCamp’s to the fullest extent possible, by sending delegations and providing other support and assistance.
Needless to say, the meeting ended on a high note of enthusiasm, as can be seen in the “official photograph” (unfortunately Cary had to rush off to catch a plane):