The weekend of January 10 and 11 saw hordes of Drupalers in and around Delhi and from as far away as Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad converge upon the grassy lawns of JNU’s Convention Center, with a purpose. Yes! DrupalCamp Delhi 2015 has happened and witnessed record registrations and attendance.
It was no ordinary year, as Megan Sanicki, Associate Director, & Rachel Friesen, Event Manager, Drupal Association were also in town, to evaluate potential sites for a probable DrupalCon in India. Besides this exciting reason, DrupalCamp Delhi 2015 was special for Axelerant, because we had 13 team members attending from 6 Indian cities, out of which, 2 were part of this year’s DrupalCamp Delhi core organizing committee.
Kicking Off DrupalCamp Delhi 2015
Axelerant’s very own prankster, Parth teamed up with Mayank and gave possibly one of the best kick-offs to a DrupalCamp that we’ve seen. They got an impromptu slapstick show going on stage, warming up the crowd, giving a short history of Drupal, DrupalCamp Delhi, and introducing DrupalCamp Delhi 2015. The crowd loved the act, and the two refused to get off, but graciously allowed themselves to be dragged off stage for Megan’s keynote to begin.
A packed auditorium then settled in to receive the keynote address by Megan, who began by appreciating how DrupalCamp Delhi is the oldest and longest running camp in India. This year the camp received over 1,100 registrations on the website and actual attendance reached over 550 people. She also mentioned how India places second in traffic statistics for Drupal.org after USA. She further introduced the Drupal Opportunity Engine and how it creates opportunities for everyone to participate in the ecosystem created by this fantastic content management framework.
“We want to bring DrupalCon to you,” said Megan, invoking a loud cheer through the keynote hall. India loves Drupal and Drupal loves it back.
The day was then open to several interesting sessions by Drupal experts. Over 100 people attended the Drupal-In-A-Day training session, which was by far the largest training session hosted in india. Our training mentors made sure that at the end of the day, trainees had a website made in drupal. Rachel Friesen tweeted:
— Rachel (@PDX_Rach_88) January 10, 2015
There were two distinct session tracks on Day One, one dedicated to Drupal 8 and the other for generic Drupal / PHP related sessions. DrupalCamp also hosted Laurie from Finland who presented a session on TWIG and was a mentor for code sprints.
Axelerant team member Hussain also presented a session on PHP (PHP – Then, Now and Soon) which was a success in terms of numbers.
Other interesting sessions on Team Building and Data Mining were received well too.
The Drupal Trivia Quiz was a first at an Indian camp and went down well. It received good levels of participation with well over twenty teams and the awesome emcees in charge of conducting it made sure that there was not a single dull moment all through. Winners received various Drupal related merchandise.
Drupal events are known for their after parties and this one was no different. We saw a lot of dancing, a lot of drinking, and a whole lot of new friendships being forged. Without talking more about it, we’ll let you see all the crazy photographs we have.
Day Two – Code Sprints
Day two was full of Drupalers, Code, Pizza, Coke, and lots of fun! 38 issues were touched at the code sprint, which was mentored by Hussain, Chakrapani, Piyuesh, Lauri, Vaibhav, Amit, Ravindra, and Ashish.
People also worked on porting their modules from various Drupal versions to Drupal 8, apart from the 38 other issues that were worked upon. The organizers had fun going meta with photos like ‘Leaning Tower Of Pizza’ and ‘Domino effect’ with Domino’s pizza boxes, bringing the curtain down upon a landmark DrupalCamp Delhi 2015.