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DrupalCampWisconsin was held all day on Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at MSOE in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I’d like to thank everyone who showed up and took part, and all of the sponsors for the care and feeding during the 12+ hour event. Thanks to Web414 for organizing the thing, Fresh Coast Ventures and 2XL Networks for providing beverages, and Cruiskeen Consulting LLC, EC Connection, and Palantir for keeping our bellies full so we could concentrate on Drupal.

Talking about Crell's presentation on IRC (by ashley_dryden)

This was the first real BarCamp-type event we’ve done which was not really a BarCamp. Since it was a smaller event, and just one day, and focused on one thing (Drupal!) it was a bit different. We had planned to settle in between 9AM and 10AM, and then kick right into it, but due to a few issues, we really got started closer to 11AM, and Larry from Palantir started with a good overview of the Drupal Ecosystem, and what makes Drupal what it is, not just code, but a community of good people doing good things. My note during this time was that you can’t just look at the code of an open source project you plan to invest in, you need to look at the people that make up the community. No matter how good a piece of software is, I don’t want to have to deal with jerks every time I use it. Drupal has a serious lack of jerks… What they don’t have is a lack of female involvement. Larry mentioned that the percentage of women involved in open source is typically low, and is lower than the percentage involved in just software development in general, but in the Drupal community, the number is pretty high. (KarenS was there, and I can tell you, she really knew her stuff! We had a handful of “Drupal Ninjas” and she was definitely near the top of that list.)

KarenS (by kev_walsh)

Like I said, slow start… After we asked the group for session ideas, we wrote them down and built a rough schedule. We then just talked generally about the Drupal Community until noon when lunch arrived, and then ate our subs and launched into the sessions. We ended up having two rooms, one for Beginner sessions, and one for Advanced sessions. We covered a lot of stuff including CCK, Views, Ubercart, and more… until it was time for dinner. Oh, we also put up a “who needs work/who needs to hire someone” board. After dinner we ended up combining the Beginner and Advanced groups into one and covered theming.

Drupalers (by ashley_dryden)

After the event ended, we headed over to Bucketworks for a party sponsored by Social Helix and The Fireseed Group. There was drink and merriment until we were too tired and went home to sleep.

Blake Hall (by kev_walsh)

Will we do it again? Definitely…


DrupalCampWisconsin is this coming weekend… On Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) we plan to geek out with Drupal for 12 straight hours.

DrupalCampWisconsin Shirts

One of the enjoyable parts of planning an event like this is the design aspect. Typically, I’ll kick out a logo design to get things going, and hope that others voice their opinion and maybe throw out some ideas as well. Well, the opinion part usually happens, but sometimes no one else presents design ideas, and we go with mine. (Or mine are just so awesome it intimidates people!)

For the DrupalCampWisconsin logo, I started out with an idea I used for BarCampMilwaukee2, using the outline of the State of Wisconsin…

BarCampMilwaukee2 Logo Ideas #1

I pushed it a bit, and ended up with a versions I (and others) seemed fairly happy with…

DrupalCampWisconsin Logo Idea #004

At some point, Bob asked about shirts, and from there Mike Rohde picked up the ball and ran with it. He tweaked and made adjustments, and took what I did and improved upon it, until we had what we have today… which I love.

It was really great working with Mike on the design process, and while I’m not paying him, I can honestly say that I’m sure his clients feel the same way.

So now that we’ve got a great logo, and the event is all set, you can buy the shirt from Goodstorm. (Oh, we did not markup the price, so all costs go to just covering the materials. Also, Goodstorm runs on Drupal. ;)


DrupalCampWisconsin is happening soon! Saturday, January 19th, 2008 at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We’ll be running from 10AM to 10PM and dealing with all things Drupal.


So far some of the topics to be covered are:

  • Drupal for Users
  • Building a group blog political site with Drupal
  • Druplash and Druplex: Content Managed Flash/Flex using Drupal
  • Building a shopping cart with Drupal and Ãœbercart
  • Build a custom Drupal theme on Yahoo UI

If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wiki page. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please get in touch with me.


Well, it’s as official as it’s gonna get… Or maybe we’ll officially announce it at this week’s Web414 Meeting, but DrupalCampWisconsin is scheduled.

Saturday, January 19th, 2008
10AM – 10PM
Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE)


There’s a page on with more info: and we’ll be adding it to a number of other sites in the coming weeks.

This is going to be much smaller than an event like BarCampMilwaukee2, since it is a 1-day event, with a specific focus, which is of course, Drupal.

If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the wiki page. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please get in touch with me.

(Oh, the above image is only the “official” logo if no one else bothers to create one, or I get a bit more feedback on it.)


This will be the first in a series of posts about BarCampMadison (now that it’s over.)

People who know me probably know about my skepticism/enthusiasm issues. I spend a lot of time worrying about how things will turn out, and the same time I get very excited about how they could turn out. I don’t know if this is wasted energy, or they balance each other out, but it’s how I am. That said, I think BarCampMadison was a great success. Could it have turned out better? Definitely! As for the numbers, I’ve heard estimates that we had 175 people participating throughout the event. We did not hit the 400-500 Ken had been hoping for. Honestly, I think this is a good thing. There were a bunch of people I wanted to talk to, but never got a chance. More people probably would have made this worse. Though maybe more free-time (as someone suggested) would have helped. More people also would have meant more sessions, and that would have meant missing more sessions that I wanted to participate in. Damn…

The good thing is, as we do these, we get better at them. We’ll take all the feedback, and do it better next time. I’m starting to wonder if we have too much going on at once. Perhaps there should only be 3 sessions going on at any one time. There were some scheduling issues again, but where it’s free-form and people come and go as they need to, that’s a tough one. I was there the entire time, so I could have done my session at 4AM if I wanted to.

I suppose in the long-run, it’s better to have too much interesting stuff going on at once instead of not enough. I think we succeeded in helping people teach, learn, and connect with others. I even ended up seeing people I haven’t seen in more than 10 years… Crazy!

I’m strongly considering trying to throw some smaller one-day *Camp events, like DesignCamp, MarCamp, and even DrupalCamp this year. If these sound interesting to you, let me know.


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