DrupalCampNYC 10

Saturday 12 · 10 · 2011

Frequently Asked Questions

Can/should I give a session?

You don't have to be an "expert" to have expertise. Perhaps you don't know how to build a module, but you are a whiz with configuring a site through the admin. Or you may have recently figured out the hook system and know just how to explain it to Drupal beginners. Or maybe you're a project management guru who, while new to Drupal, can share sharp insights into running successful Drupal projects.

Drupal presenters should hold expertise in the specific topic they are presenting, but do not need to be "Drupal experts." If you think you know something that others in the Drupal world will find useful, and you are prepared to put in the effort to create a well-organized session filled with actionable insights, then we encourage you to pitch your session. See what other attendees have proposed.

How are sessions chosen?

Session selection for DrupalCampNYC 10 starts with submissions from registered attendees. Session submissions will be accepted through November 1st. For the following two weeks, until November 15th, registered attendees will be able to vote on submitted sessions; this voting will give the organizing committee a better understanding of attendee interest in each session.

When voting closes on November 15th, the organizers will spend several days reviewing the submitted sessions and taking attendee votes into consideration. While session selection is not solely based on votes, this is critical feedback that will help the organizers to put together the Camp content program.

Each track will be populated with sessions, and the content program will be announced November 19th.

Selection criteria includes attendee voting results, uniqueness and/or demand for topics, speaker reputation, and overall well-roundedness of the program. Our goal is to create a program that balances content across skill levels and disciplines, and features expert speakers while providing opportunities for promising newer or lesser-known talent.

How can I submit a session?

The first step to submitting a session is to register as an attendee. Once you have purchased your ticket, you will see a "Submit a Session Proposal" link at the top right of your screen. Click that link, and fill out the form.

Please note: For this Camp, you should submit only sessions that you would like to give. If you have an idea for a session that you would like to see someone else give, we recommend posting a discussion to the NYC Drupal Group to see if anyone wants to take on the topic.

When submitting your proposal, you'll need:

  • A snappy title
  • A solid description of your session's purpose, audience, and content.

Submission tips

Here are some suggestions for putting together your session proposal:

  • Think about what you would have liked to have learned, before you knew it. What drove you nuts until you figured it out?
  • Remember that there's more to Drupal than modules. What do you know from the worlds of building, theming, project management, and so forth?
  • Give your readers a "So what?" What problem does your session solve, and why should they want to solve it?
  • If you have some idea of the specific subtopics your session will cover, tell us! This is the clearest way to express what makes your session special and what people will get out of it.
  • Do you already have content--blog posts, other presentations--on this topic? Post links to give examples of the kinds of information they'll be getting from your session.
  • Think actionable...is there something in your session that people will be able to walk right over to the Hacker Room, or into work on Monday, and use?

How can my company help sponsor DrupalCamp?

DrupalCampNYC 10 offers two levels of sponsorship. General sponsorship applies to donations of $250 to $499, and Premium sponsorships apply to donations of $500 or more. Each level has a set of sponsor benefits. See 'How to Sponsor' for details.

How many people are expected to attend?

For this camp, we are projecting attendance of 500 Drupalistas.

How much are tickets, and how can I register?

Tickets for DrupalCampNYC 10 are $20, which includes the full day of content plus a bagel breakfast and catered lunch. As of December 4th, registration for DrupalCampNYC 10 is closed.

During registration, you will have the opportunity to tell us your preferred tshirt size, dietary requirements, and any interests that you would like to share with other attendees. Payments are processed via PayPal.

This is a big Camp, but space is limited and we do expect to sell out. If you plan to attend, don't delay!

Is DrupalCamp for me?

If you have more than a passing interest in Drupal—and if you're reading this, we suspect you do—then the answer is yes!

DrupalCampNYC 10 is designed to provide a welcoming, enriching environment for professionals involved in all facets of Drupal. This includes everyone from expert-level developers to site builders just dipping their toes in, to end users looking for better ways to manage their site content with Drupal.

What is Drupal?

Drupal is an open source content management system (CMS) used by over a million sites around the world. These sites range from individual blogs to enterprise-level flagship sites for major corporations. Drupal relies on an active, dedicated global community to produce the core platform, contributed modules and themes, and documentation that are freely available to any who wish to use them.

To learn more about Drupal, visit Drupal.org, and join the NYC Drupal group for one of its multiple monthly events.

What is DrupalCamp?

DrupalCamps are like smaller, informal conferences centered on sharing Drupal knowledge and building stronger communities. Originally based on the Barcamp "unconference" model, DrupalCamps today can vary from a few dozen Drupal folks coming together for a day of sessions in a few rooms, to large-scale, themed multi-day conference-like events with major corporate sponsors and high-profile keynote speakers.

DrupalCampNYC 10 rests somewhere in the middle. This one-day Camp is projected to draw 500 Drupal professionals, with a content program created around a principle of inclusiveness. Our program seeks to provide a well-rounded collection of knowledge valuable to attendees across a spectrum of Drupal-related disciplines and experience levels.

Will there be special meal options?

Yes! When you register as an attendee, you'll be able to indicate your preference for Vegan, Kosher, or Gluten-Free meal options.

Will there be WiFi?

Absolutely!! However, there may be limited power outlets, so please consider either bringing your own power strip, or a backup battery. Also, please share power with other attendees when you arrive on premises.