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by Jeffrey McGuire
The best part of my job
At Acquia, I get to help make Drupal Camps and other Drupal community events successful, with financial sponsorships and other, material support. I'm proud to work for a company that truly puts its money where its mouth is in terms of helping to grow and nurture the wonderful open source project we all live, breathe, and love.
I became Community Affairs Manager at Acquia in July 2011. I'm responsible for supporting Drupal Camps and other Acquians who attend, present, code, and otherwise contribute at these events. Running our engagement with community events in the last 6 months or so has allowed me to give away free Drupal camp tickets to needy students and others, free Drupal hosting to help Drupal devs do more business, and lots and lots of swag! I also got to help send many colleagues to events where they shared their knowledge with the community, ran and participated in code sprints, got patches out the door and generally made the world a better place to live in.
There's a lot more that I am excited about in my job, too, like building Drupal awareness and community in Europe, preparing community marketing materials, and more, but those are topics for another day.
Here's a little info around Acquia's involvement with grassroots Drupal events. I put together a map of it all in the last couple of days. It is likely that I have left out an event here or there, but it is enough to give you an idea of what I have been up to and paint a picture of Acquia's involvement in global Drupalism. In 2011 Acquia sponsored 71+ Drupal Camps, Drupal summits, DrupalCons and other community get-togethers in North America, Central America, South America, Asia, India, Europe, and Africa.
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Trends in 2011
- Specialist Drupal Communities - One of the big trends in 2011 is that specialist communities - designers, business owners, government - are starting to host Drupal events of their own. These really let folks get their geek on about their little corner of Drupal, life, and the web–without all the noise from the rest of us.
- Global events - It is also great to see community events popping up in exciting places outside Europe and North America, too! Africa, Central- and South-America, and Asia all had a few and I expect more to come.
- Repeat offenders - Some places are holding multiple Drupal Camps in a single year–personally, that much work twice a year would kill me, but we should thank those who dedicate so much time and effort to the cause! Well done, thank you all!
2011 has been a wild ride!
Acquia sponsored 70+ community events in 2011 financially, covered travel and accommodation costs for dozens of Acquians to contribute in person to the success of these events around the world. We also supported two 2011 DrupalCons, a number of Drupal-Community-Business cross-over events, and gave material support ranging from free training to free Drupal hosting, "swag", community marketing materials, and more.
As Ahhnold said, "We'll be back!" I am looking forward to another stellar year of community growth and activity; a lot of code, a lot of projects, and a lot of great Drupal Camps! If you have any ideas and suggestions about how Acquia could help grow the Drupal project and community in 2012, whether fun, serious, viral, whacky, "more Druplipets", or otherwise, send me your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org.