Voices of Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria 2013
by Jeffrey A. McGuire
Here are the highlights from a few of the conversations I had with attendees of the 2013 Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria, held in April in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The camp was a wild success and attracted a large, international crowd. I'll post a couple more interviews I did at this event in coming weeks.
I asked Josef about his plans as a DrupalCon Portland Drupal Association scolarship winner: "The people that are working on mapping projects or contributing to the mapping space in Drupal ... are going to have a mapping session at DrupalCon." Should Have Made a Left Turn at Albuquerque: Building Maps in Drupal will be a panel-style discussion so everyone can exchange their ideas, knowledge, and plans for creating interactive mapping applications with Drupal. I'm hoping to be there.
When asked "Why did you organise this camp?" he replied, "It was obvious we needed to organise a Drupal Camp in Slovenia." Given that they planned on perhaps 80 people coming, and something like 135 turned up on the first day alone, I guess he was right!
The 2012 Drupal Business Days in Vienna made a lasting impression on Iztok. It was the first time "where I could talk to people about business, but in an open source way. It really surprised me that people are open about 'exposing' their business ideas with other people," the idea that Open Source businesspeople who are technically competitors can still be transparent, and share best practices and more, "That was mind-blowing for me."
He came to Drupal 6 years ago because he needed accessibility in his CMS. He chose one of the only two table-less systems that were around at the time. I guess it was a goo choice, since he went on to say (with a huge grin on his face) "I did the project and now I live working on Drupal ... it's beautiful."
Please welcome one of the newest members of the Drupal community, Didka Birova from Bulgaria, a student at the Faculty of Computer Science in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As you can hear in the podcast, her first exposure to Drupal seems to have been a positive one!
Voice of Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria 2013
Left to right, top to bottom: Iztok Smolic, Branislav Bujicic, jam, Didka Birova, Josef Dabernig, two "Drupal Camp Angels".