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Meet Balazs Dianiska: The “honorable” module and Drupal in the enterprise

Balazs Dianiska, Acquia Professional Services Consultant, has a lot of insight about the needs of enterprise businesses. Whenever he can, he shares that insight with the Drupal community at events and meet-ups.

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Solving Real-World Problems With Open Source Software [June 13, 2013]

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Thursday, June 13, 2013
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High Tech High

Tim McNamara
High Tech High Chula Vista

Open source software (OSS) is generally defined as computer software that you or I can download, use, modify, and distribute. Although some OSS projects do receive support from corporations, any given product, in order to thrive, must nurture and grow a community of contributors and followers—people who write the source code, fix bugs, train users, argue about next steps, and spread the word.

This necessity of survival has at least two important consequences for high school teachers like me (and perhaps you): 1) OSS communities organize and host open, ongoing, and frequently free or low-cost interactive events and trainings; and 2) existing community members tend to be kind, generous, and welcoming to newcomers of all ages.

In what follows, I will explain how a recent project of mine benefitted from working with OSS and OSS professionals in the hope that other teachers can use the project as a springboard or framework for helping students develop professional connections and tackle complex problems.

Let me summarize the project as quickly as I can: in January 2012, my team of 17 high school seniors at High Tech High Chula Vista (HTHCV) set out to address the parking and congestion problem on their campus. Three months later, after investigating the scope and source of the problem, attending an OSS training camp, learning Drupal (open source website building software), and spending many hours designing, building, refining, testing, and marketing, the team launched a community rideshare website at the school’s Festival del Sol Exhibition. With over 100 current users, the site has helped reduce congestion and facilitate ridesharing. The expertise and generosity of Drupal community professionals played a large role in helping the students succeed.

Here's What Civic Hackers Built at Random Hacks of Kindness Boston [June 3, 2013]

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Monday, June 3, 2013
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Boston Business Journal

About 110 software developers got together at the Back Bay office of Kantar Media over the weekend – a full house for Random Hacks of Kindness, aka organized in part by CrisisCamp Boston.

The list of projects and challenges ranged from NASA to natural disaster response to broadband bandwidth issues at hospitals and nonprofits.

Jamie Meredith, a technical account manager at Burlington, Mass.-based Acquia, was there with a handful of Drupal developers and a disaster response expert to work on help4OK.org, a project Acquia put together to connect people in Moore, Okla., with rides and housing after last month's massive tornado. They're trying to make it applicable to other disaster response situations.

"I need food. I need clothing. I need a backhoe. Whatever it may be, we want to make that application agnostic," Meredith said. "The challenge in doing that is you really have to go through a process of determining what are all the various possibilities and then building the application to address the lowest common denominator."

Drupal: A Global Army of Nerds

It's the DrupalCon Portland Floor Show! I went around the exhibitors' area and through the halls of the Oregon Convention Center asking two vital questions to our community: What is your favorite thing about Drupal? Why should other people come to DrupalCon?

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Vincenzo Rubano - Impressions of DrupalCon and Thank You

Short, but sweet this week in the Acquia podcast: Drupal 8 Accessibility Maintainer Mike Gifford, and accessibility contributor Vincenzo Rubano talk about DrupalCon Portland and say thanks for all the help that allowed Vincenzo to attend DrupalCon Portland and begin to make a difference in person.

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Gaelan Steele meets Dries - Perspectives on Drupal

Gaelan Steele was the youngest delegate at DrupalCon Portland. Since I had had the pleasure of meeting him and his father Douglas Urner while leading the Drupal Association scholarship committee earlier this year, I really wanted to meet this extraordinary 5th-grader in person. Dries himself showed up while we were talking and asked Gaelan how he uses and contributes to Drupal. The result of the interview hijack is really worth checking out!

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Voices of Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria 2013

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.

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Drupal Camp Scotland 2013 Double-Header

This week's podcast features two Drupal Scots: Duncan Davidson (recorded live in a back alley right after Drupal Camp Scotland 2013) and Brian Ward (recorded via Skype, post-event). Duncan is the Scottish regional manager and UK Professional Services Manager for i-KOS and Brian is a developer at heehaw.digital in Edinburgh.

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