We went to the Drupal Developer Days 2015 in Montpellier


From the 13th to the 19th of April, the Drupal Developer Days 2015 were celebrated in Montpellier (France).  People from all over the world came to the event to contribute their part, whether that be through sprints, sessions or bofa.  La Drupalera was able to experience it all first hand.

This year I was without my companion Diego Marrufo, with whom I went to the first Drupal Developer Days.  This event is dedicated, as its own name indicates, to the Drupal developers, where people from all corners of the globe meet to contribute to the development of this content manager.

The event took place in the Montpellier University of Sciences, where the people were distributed in rooms with different themes, so that you could get together somewhere comfortable and sit down.  The dedicated rooms were: Multilingual & Rules, Frontend, Critical Issues, Search API, Documentation, Performance, etc, which formed part of the event.  We did this without forgetting the Mentoring initiative, where the individuals involved helped and motivated people trying Drupal for the first time.

We had Drupal 8 just around the corner and it was impossible to avoid that fact.  It was the hottest subject in sprints rooms and some of the other Bof sessions for all levels.  On Thursday the 16th, a Keynote by Angie Byron initiated a stage where, in addition to sprint, the attendees were able to attend sessions, including workshops, in order to better their knowledge in a non-stressful environment.  

The Variety of Food at the Event

During the Drupal Developer Days 2015, the food was a remarkable detail, to the extent that the organization was in charge of making sure we could try a huge variety of dishes.  Many of the offerings were French staples, with cooks serving meals to order instead of buffet style catering.  They also included special menus during all this for vegetarians or people with other eating restrictions.

Picnic on Wednesday

On Wednesday, just after the talks, we organized a picnic in the Peyrou park remembering that not everything is sprinter, which also allowed us do a little ‘networking’ where we were able to get to know each other through more diverse subjects.  The fun and pleasurable journey was a good excuse to eat away the day.

Saturday, in the closing session, they showed us a presentation with a slide with the following reference: "Only 36 left!" which they told us was the number of issues that remained a critical issue through the Drupal Developer Days.  Additionally, they showed us the stats of the week and gave a big thank you to the organization.

Next stop, DrupalCamp Spain!

After the success of the Drupal Developer Days, the next stop on Europe’s Drupal calendar brings us to Jerez de la Frontera, where DrupalCamp Spain 2015 will be celebrated from the 22nd to the 24th of May.

I can´t wait to see you there!