Minneapolis: Hub of the Drupalverse?

As a native Bostonian, I'm pretty hesitant about calling something the "hub" of anything. I have to go reconsider my instinct as I look at the Drupal events scheduled for the week of May 5-11 in Minneapolis. That week, the Twin Cities will host two opportunities for training, the Drupal search sprint, and a the Minnesota Bar Camp (minnebar). For that week, the Hub of the Drupalverse has clearly shifted to the American Midwest.

Kicking off the agenda is the [Lullabot Training](http://www.lullabot.com/training), who will offer their theming and development workshops. Local Drupalers will be attending the [Advantage Labs Basic Training](http://www.advantagelabs.com/drupal_basic_training) which is in progress over four weeks starting this past Monday. These sessions provide excellent opportunities for getting started with Drupal whether your a developer, themer, or administrator.

Toward the end of the week, there's the [Drupal Search Sprint](http://groups.drupal.org/node/4102/minnesota-search-sprint) from May 9-11. Acquia's [Robert Douglas](http://www.robshouse.net) organized the sprint after the search BOF at DrupalCon in Boston. The sprint will bring together several key thinkers to work on improvements to search design and implementation. In preparation for the sprint, the the participants have started [working through the search issue queue](http://groups.drupal.org/node/4102/minnesota-search-sprint). From chatting with Robert, I'm expecting to see some great outcomes for improving search in Drupal 7.

Top off the week of Drupal goodness by attending the [minnebar](http://barcamp.pbwiki.com/MinneBar) unconference, which has so far signed up close to 150 participants. Add to this some out-of-town Drupalers and the mix will lead to some serious sharing and fun for the Drupal community.

Comments

Posted on by Allie (not verified).

Last Year's MinneBar was one of the most well-attended BarCamp's in history! This was largely due to David Heinemeier Hansson's attendance and a very active Ruby crowd, but this year Drupal will bring it and represent!

The Twin Cities has always had a very large and active - if unassuming - technical community. TCDrupal Has had healthy, regular attendance for almost a year and a half now, while TCLUG is one of the oldest and finest, and there was a time when googling for "PHP User Group" landed you at TCPHP for the first, second and third results! There's a list of Local groups here, too.

So, we've always been pretty darn active. I guess when you've got it, you don't have to flaunt it ;)

Posted on by James Walker (not verified).

The Twin Cities are definitely booming with Drupal activity! We're really excited to take part in the action. Here in Toronto, we get accused a lot of thinking we're the centre of the universe but when it comes to Drupal activity - the more the merrier!

Can't wait to see everybody in Minneapolis!