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With a fresh spring in their step, Mumbai's Drupal community and open source enthusiasts from across India gathered together for the year's first DrupalCamp in India. The region's biggest DrupalCamp till date saw over 400 registrations, with Day 1 playing host to 300+ attendees and Day 2's code sprints and hackathon witnessing 100+ participants.

DCM Event Day

On February 8th, near-perfect weather greeted crowds swarming into the TCS venue for DrupalCamp Mumbai for what would turn out to be a fantastic experience. Sponsor companies, TCS, Axelerant, Blisstering Solutions and Iksula were all there in full force at the registration hall, meet and greet section, with attendees mingling with and getting to know what various companies are working on.

What was special about DrupalCamp Mumbai

DCM Keynote Collage

The crowd soon moved to the TCS Induction Center Auditorium, where Acquia's Jeffrey A. “jam” McGuire was all pumped up and gave event's keynote 'Connecting Open Minds' via a hangout on air. The hour long introductory talk saw “jam” share reasons why Drupal's succeeding world-over and how the platform and community can grow even bigger in the years ahead. You can view the keynote recording here - http://goo.gl/GtxgSE

Following the keynote were two exquisite panel discussions.

DCM Open Governance and Open Source Panel

The first panel, moderated by Vinay Dora, 'Open Governance and Open Source' discussed technology in governance and how Drupalers can contribute more actively. The panelists included an open source advocate in Gujarat-based IAS officer M Nagarajan, avid drupalers Ankur Gupta from Halabol.com and Sumeet Pareek who developed the AamAadmiParty.org website as well as GetRTI technologist Harish Krishnan and renowned business journalist and founder of Mumbai based firm IndiaSpend.com, Govindraj Ethiraj.

There was something in the air for everyone

DCM Understanding Drupal and Communities Around

The second panel, moderated by Ani Gupta, 'Understanding Drupal and the Communities Around' had some of the most popular names and developers of the open source community in India, they included Aakash Dharmadhikari from c42.com and co-organiser of RubyConf India, Dipen Chaudhary, passionate drupaler & founder of qed42.com, Gobinath Mallaiyan, DCM event organizer & solutions architect with TCS, Amit Singh wordpress community organiser and Prashant KV, curator of Devthon.org.

DCM Day 1 Collage

These tracks in the auditorium were followed by a range carefully-picked sessions. The sessions included ones on Drupal security, Agile in Drupal, Pervasive computing with Drupal, Drush, MongoDB and Node.js for Drupal applications, Angular.js integration with Drupal and much more. We also had some unique presentations in Devops Culture and the introduction of the Women in Drupal community. The sessions rooms saw packed audiences, with standing room only crowds! Very cool.

Simultaneously alongside the sessions, CXOs from large companies as well as startups pursuing Drupal and other open source technologies got together at the roundtable to share learnings and together brainstorming the route-map ahead.

For the young and entrepreneurially-minded NENGlobal.org, the country largest organization fostering entrepreneurship, organized a Business Model Canvas workshop.

DCM After Party

The day ended with a high-decibel After Party to celebrate with new and old friends and unwind after months of hard work, stress and determination to bring it all together. Some of us continued till the wee hours in the morning, with the sun peeking above the horizon urging us to get ready for Day 2 ;).

Hackers & the community showed what they can do together

DCM Day 2 collage

Day 2 saw several open source enthusiasts and hackers get hands on and in style. The day had a special Hackathon organized by excellent folks from Codeniti/Codegurukul. The hacks there included working on a social app that combined Github and Twitter, a to-do app with IMDB integration with Tumblr, and another which would never let one miss a game while on gmail, as live scores are streamed right into their inbox.

The Drupal code sprint on the other hand saw a lot of focused and planned effort that saw over 10 Drupal 8 issues attempted to be fixed. The patches created have now moved on to the next steps and are under review by peers. We hope to contribute them back to Drupal.org in the true spirit of the Drupal community.

All in all, this event was one amazing value-driven, dynamic, fun-filled and meticulously organised DrupalCamp and a great start to the year for the burgeoning Drupal community across India. We are determined to stay connected with all that participated and together build an even larger community of awesome drupalers and open source enthusiasts.

Keep tuned. There will more exciting announcements to come from us in the weeks forward.

This is but a beginning!

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-Team DCM

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TIME & DATE: 11.30AM-1PM 8TH FEBRUARY 2014
VENUE: TCS MUMBAI INDUCTION CENTER AUDITORIUM, YANTRA PARK THANE

TIME & DATE: 10-11.30AM 8TH FEBRUARY 2014
VENUE: TCS MUMBAI INDUCTION CENTER AUDITORIUM, YANTRA PARK THANE

JAM, or Jeffrey A. McGuire as he's rarely called, will be keynoting on the topic CONNECTING OPEN MINDS via Hangout on Air. A Community Affairs Manager with Acquia Inc, JAM has great passion for the Drupal community and its growth, evident for the many events he frequents and activites he's involved with.  While he wouldn't be in Mumbai in person, we're sure his thought-provoking and fun presention over video will be just the awesome curtain-raiser for what's going to be a one helluva Drupal Day in Mumbai. It's time to brace up, and maybe spruce up like JAM, in time for the keynote on February 08th 9am. See you there!

 

DRUPALCAMP MUMBAI EXTRA

BUSINESS MODEL CANVAS WORKSHOP
Organized by NENGlobal.org, the largest organisation in India fostering entrepreneurs and business growth hacking, it could kickstart your entrepreneurial ambitions. If you are already an entrepreneur or part of your company's management it could help give you another perspective to doing things. Rest assured after the workshop it will not be business as usual.
 
UUNDERSTANDING DRUPAL AND THE COMMUNITIES AROUND
The panel discussion will include some of India's well-known Open Source events organisers. This unprecedented assemble will look at the open source culture in India, including the Drupal communities and their activities. If you are an open source enthusiast or are keen to learn about the developments around various tech communities this discussion is not to be missed.

OPEN GOVERNANCE WITH OPEN SOURCE
The 2014 election season will see some distinguished thought-leaders from governance and social activism platforms converge for a panel discussion. They will discuss and share some their exciting recent works, be it on policy-making, political parties or social change initiatives. If you are interested in contributing to the society and its governance using technology, this session could well be the spark you needed.

The event's diverse audience will include a mix of students, professionals, drupal experts and CXOs from top companies, consultancies and thriving startups. From Expert Sessions, Codesprints, CXO Roundtable, Drupal Training, the Job Fair to a Workshop, Featured Panel Discussions and an After Party, DrupalCamp Mumbai will have something in it for everyone.