This year's DrupalCampMA will be taking place during the NERDSummit, scheduled for the 12th-14th September 2014 at the UMass Hotel and Conference Center, Amherst, MA 01003 with lodging available at the UMASS Hotel.

Attendance is free. Once registered you may submit session proposals or apply to give a Paid Training.

Sponsor options are available. You may contact us for more info or apply to sponsor once registered.


Proposed DrupalCampMA Sessions:

BOF - Why Drupal can save the Environmental Movement

Can it? Humanity is certainly at a crossroads. There is something universal about Open Source communities that unleashes human creativity, that drives people to late nights tearing down the barriers to their dreams and creating powerful change. What are the visions that Open Source people want for the world, and how does the Drupal framework bring that vision to reality?

20-min Presentation - Power + Parallels among Open Source Communities

How do I get started contributing to Drupal core?

This general overview of contributing to Drupal core includes discussion of:

  • who can contribute to Drupal core
  • what are the tools needed to contribute to Drupal
  • how can I find issues to work on
  • what role do mentors play
  • how can I contribute after today

This session will include helping participants set up a Drupal 8 development environment on their laptop as well as installing the other common tools used to contribute to Drupal.

A quick trip though Panopoly and Panopoly derivations

This will be an introduction to Panopoly and distributions based on Panopoly (notably OpenAtrium). Panopoly is a very rich distribution, giving you a lot of tools out of the box that don't exist in a Drupal Core installation. On the other hand Panopolly (and particularly OpenAtrium) can be very confusing to a new user. We will do a quick trip through the features of Panopoly, concentrating on using them from a site builder perspective. This will not be a session about development for Panopoly, but aimed more toward the site builder or end user. Topics will include

Mobile Apps Made Easy: Using HTML to create your app

You might not realize it, but creating a rich mobile app doesn't require learning complicated languages or understanding how to "compile" software. It's possible using tools you already know: HTML, Javascript, CSS and a CMS for a content repository. This session will explain how you can use Drupal 8, Apache Cordova, and the Ionic Framework to rapidly build and release your mobile app. In under an hour, we’ll walk through the background concepts required to go from web developer to mobile developer, and take you through the development cycle of a sample app.

The Flexibility of Drupal

No other CMS offers more flexibility then Drupal. If you need to implement a piece of functionality or change a piece of data, there are a million different ways you can go about it. However, this flexibility can also be daunting and frustrating. How do you know if you are going about your changes the “right" way?

The truth of the matter is that there is no “right" way - just the “right for me” way. Any method you choose will come with it’s own sets of drawbacks and benefits.

Distributions: Learning from Others

Drupal comes with some assembly required.  Drupal core itself is pretty bare bones.  Thanks to several thousand contributed modules, virtually any functionality is possible.  Distributions take those modules, combine them with configuration to serve a specific use case.  There are almost 500 distributions on drupal.org, so it is possible there’s one that might meet your needs, or a lot of them.

Distributions are also often big, enabling over 100 modules, and notoriously hard to update.

Nearly Headless Drupal

There are some things Drupal is great at, and some things it is, well, less great at. With years of hard work, Drupal has become a pretty strong content manager. You can build robust data models, easily enable content revisioning, and build out a publishing workflow complex enough for even the strictest of editorial standards. However, even the blistering speed of development on Drupal 8 appears glacial when compared with the rate of invention on the front-end of web development.


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