Global Training Days is a quarterly event to introduce new users to Drupal. Axelerant participates with the Drupal Association for these events. From the Global Training Days page on drupal.org, “Drupal Global Training Days is an initiative by the Drupal Association to introduce new and beginning users to Drupal. The Drupal Association is partnering with training companies to make this happen. Once a quarter, free or low-cost training events will take place around the world.” This quarter, introductory training sessions were organized at Srinagar and Bangalore.

Team Srinagar at DGTD

Team Srinagar at Drupal Global Training Day

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Team Bangalore at Drupal Global Training Day
The training at Bangalore was organized by – Malabya, Mantesh, Vishnu & Hussain and the training at Srinagar was held by – Aliya, Bassam, Junaid & Sabreena. While the Srinagar event looked good a month in advance, the Bangalore event was confirmed barely a week before the training day. The event was promoted on meetup.com and Axelerant’s Facebook page, and we worked to spread the word to all interested as much as possible.

While Srinagar saw a full house with 12 attendees curious to learn, Bangalore location saw two trainees and made the best of it by giving more focused attention and answering all of their questions.

Hussain at DGTD

Trainees at Bangalore’s Drupal Global Training Day

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Trainees at Srinagar’s Drupal Global Training Day
‘What is Drupal?’ began with an overview of Drupal, what it is, what it can do and trying it out on simplytest. Participants installed Drupal on their laptops and worked on building necessary parts with blocks and views. Mantesh worked with the members and gave hands-on guidance in developing the site and answering specific questions on how to use blocks, menus, views, etc…. The basics were covered within a span of 3 – 4 hours.

The event was well received, and we are hoping to reach out to more people by the next training day at the end of August. If you are interested, keep following Axelerant’s Facebook page & follow us on Twitter @Axelerant to receive updates for the training day as well as the monthly meetups.

Trainee feedback:

It was really good overall. I knew most of the topics because I created a couple of websites, but It was like a brush up for me since it had been a while since I used Drupal. I am excited and want more of it. I will surely come for the coming meetups. I am looking for slightly advanced topics and also it would help me if the teaching was use case driven or if we tried to mock some existing sites. I am excited about drush which Hussain was speaking about and want to learn it, it would be nice if you taught that in the next meetup.
— Sushanth Raikar

The training was great for all beginners and enthusiasts. These kind of workshops should be done more to build a stronger community of open source technologies.
— Mufaddal Barwaniwala

Ref blogs: Drupal Global Training Day – May 2014 by Hussain & Drupal Global Training Day – Bring Drupal to the masses! By Aliya

Photo Credits: Mantesh, Vishnu, Hussain, Aliya, Bassam, Junaid & Sabreena.