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Conference Program, Tracks, and Sessions

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The Boston Drupal conference will have tracks, planned sessions, as well as sessions from the community. We had 31 Drupal sessions at OSCMS, and 93 sessions at Barcelona. While both of these conferences were highly successful, this year the conference organizers are aiming to raise the bar even higher in terms of session quality.

Drupalcon takes place March 3-6, 2008 at the Boston Convention & Expo Center. On Friday, March 7th the Drupal Code Sprint is taking place at MIT’s Stata Center.

Registration and morning coffee is at 8am-9am Monday-Thursday with the first sessions of the day beginning at 9am. A mid-morning break happens at approximately 10:30am. There’s a one-hour lunch break 12:30-1:30 and a mid-afternoon beverage and snack break is at 3:30pm. The sessions wrap up by 6pm.

Drupalcon Boston session submissions have been selected! Browse the accepted sessions.

There is also a Drupal site showcase and case study contest. Submit your own site now for a chance at some great prizes.

The week at a glance schedule is posted in the forum as a PDF.

Conference goals

The conference has many aims, including planning, social networking, conducting business, sharing knowledge, and working on the Drupal project. We identified three new goals for this conference:

  1. Improve the user experience of Drupal
  2. Attract designers to the Drupal community
  3. Encourage organizations, not just individuals, to become part of the community

Tracks and sessions

This conference will have four tracks, with six 90-minute tutorials and ten 45-minute sessions for each track.

Marketing and business track

Previous conferences have had a healthy dose of showcases, case studies, industry discussions, discussions about the business of consulting, and the business of open source. This conference will as well. Proposed sessions and track details

Design and user experience track

The Drupal project leads have always demonstrated strong passion for design and user experience. This conference aims to lay out a big welcome mat for the world’s design and user experience contributors by providing a full track of sessions. Proposed sessions and track details

Site building track

Drupal’s popularity is primarily due to the ability to customize a website. The Drupal community is constantly building and experimenting. Whether you are a hobbyist, a professional site building consultant, or a web developer, this track is the best way to learn the latest techniques in site development. Proposed sessions and track details

Community and core

Drupal is more than just software, or communications, or businesses — it’s a community! No wonder 70% of the people who use Drupal consider their website a community site. This track will help you keep up with the latest activities, and plans for the future of the Drupal project. While many sites are getting bigger, we still rely on a common set of APIs and a few common modules. This track covers the development and future of the technology that has united so many people. Proposed sessions and track details

Showcase and case study contest

One of the challenges Drupal faces is to improve the marketing of showcase sites, and develop more case studies. Chris Bryant of Gravitek Labs will lead a series of showcase and case study contests through out the conference. Sponsors will donate prizes and site developers and designers will compete to win prizes. Submit your own site now for a chance to win.

Conference events

We’ve added several new events to the Drupal conference based on feedback from previous conferences. These changes address the needs of organizations to help them become stronger members of the community. In particular, we aimed to attract the customers and bosses of Drupal site developers. We encourage to invite your customers and bosses to attend the first day of Drupalcon Boston.

Job fair

On Monday, March 3rd, 2008 there will be a job fair from 4:15-6:00 PM. Conference sponsors will have tables at the job fair, but everyone is welcome to attend to try to find a new job or recruit your peers. This event is a great business opportunity for making deals and collaborating on projects.

Industry networking

On Monday, March 3rd, 2008 there will be events between 6:30-9 PM, providing networking opportunities for people in industries like education, non-profits, news, media, and intranets. The events will take place at hotels and restaurants within walking distance of the Boston Convention Center. These events are ideal to invite your customers or bosses who wish to meet others who have investments based on the Drupal platform. If you would like to volunteer or attend see the detailed information.

Community Social

On Tuesday, March 4th, Acquia is hosting a social event at FELT BOSTON. Acquia President (and DJ) Jay Batson will spin Progressive House & Trance and there’s a special performance by Orbit (sponsored by Lullabot). The party spans three floors with complimentary food, billiards, Wii and cash bar. This event is 21+ due to Massachusetts venue law.

Drupal Code Sprint

There will be a Drupal code sprint all day Friday, March 7th, 2008 at the MIT Stata Center. Attendees can expect a fun day working with your peers on Drupal 7, and making improvements to the Drupal project. Don’t miss these details.

Program Schedule

Sessions will be assigned specific dates/times/room locations soon.

The week at a glance schedule is posted on the forum as plain text. Once the sessions and tutorials are scheduled, additional calendar views will be available.