Drupal Science Camp Cambridge 2012: A Brief Recap
First off, a very belated happy new year to any visitors to FiveRDesign.co.uk!
I've been meaning to write this blog for a couple of weeks now, but late is certainly better than never. A couple of weekends ago I was fortunate enough to attend the Drupal Science Camp event at the Milton Science Park on the North outskirts of Cambridge. Cambridge has had a fairly active Drupal community over the last couple of years, of which I have been an appalling inactive member when it comes to attending meet ups and socialising with my Drupal peers so I was determined to put this right beginning with going along to the Science Camp event. People had come not just from Cambridge and the surrounding Cambridgeshire areas but seemingly from all over the country, to the point where there were more than double the expected attendees and the organisers had to close registrations, so it was almost as if Cambridge got its own mini Drupalcon.
I met some very nice people from all over the country who were all using Drupal to achieve different goals or using Drupal to power very specific projects, from Churches and online based worship to event booking and management to CRM Integration with the lofty goal of developing a purely Drupal based CRM without the need for a separate system just to give three examples. The sessions ranged from the good to the excellent, particularly the session at the start of the day on responsive design by Tim Davison and Will Hall (who i'm pleased to say I was able to meet in person at last after months of talking occasionally on Twitter) gave a very insightful and humourous talk about how to use the migrate module (and how to take pictures of your cat when pretending to moving house - but that's another story).
There were sessions aimed at Drupalista's of all experience levels, from beginners who'd just come to see what all the fuss was about to the hardcore developers. It was also nice that some of the sessions werent completely Drupal centric but from a wider perspective, such as the aforementioned session on responsive design as well as Anthony Albertyn's session on Less CSS.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend the round table and BOF type sessions on the Sunday as I had prior commitments but I hope people got as much out of that as I did out of the Saturday, it sounded like there was going to be some excellent topics covered (maybe anyone who attended the Sunday and reads this post would be kind enough to post a recap of any interesting sessions that might be useful for fellow readers and myself - I would be very grateful). A huge thank you to Neil and Rachel for organising what was a fantastic day/weekend and hopefully this may become an annual or regular event. A big thanks as well to all the session presenters for being informative and often entertaining in equal measures.
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P.P.S - Some of the sessions were recorded thanks to the kind efforts of one or two people who donated equipment for this to be done - I will put the links on here to those sessions as soon as I can dig them out.