As you might have noticed, in recent weeks comment spam got out of control. Unfortunately on a scale that didn't allow us to review comments or user accounts on a case by case bases.
Due to the fact that this site revolves around a March 2009 event, I allowed myself to bulk unpublish comments posted after May 1st, 2009 and block users who created an account after March 10th, 2009.
Wondering what happened at DrupalCon DC? Or what you might have missed? Now the video of almost every session from the conference is embedded into this site and available to watch at no charge. The website is now an archive of the conference, so if you missed a session, missed the whole conference, or didn't even know what Drupal was until last week, you can still learn from the knowledge shared at DrupalCon.
This is great for anyone like me who couldn't go to all the sessions I wanted to at the conference. On Wednesday morning when I arrived at the Convention Center for the first full day of DrupalCon, I opened up the program booklet and noticed a huge problem. How would I split myself between Building APIs the Rock and What's New in Web Development? They were both slotted to run simultaneously at 9:00 that morning. I talked with several other people who had the same problem with sessions throughout the week. And this wasn't even the worst DrupalCon conundrum... For me, DrupalCon was in the same city as Development Seed's headquarters and it was easy for me to be there. What about all those people who couldn't even make it to the conference?
Videos! Nearly all of the DrupalCon DC sessions were recorded and were online before many attendees returned home. Now that DrupalCon's over (until Paris, that is), we wanted this website to serve as a timeless resource for everyone in the community. We just finished reworking the DrupalCon DC website to make it easy to find all of the videos.
You can browse over 100 sessions by topic, or start with the original schedule and find the video you want that way. Thanks again to the team who worked on recording all of these sessions and getting them online so quickly! It should make this site an incredible resource for the community for a long time to come.
The number crunching from DrupalCon DC is done, and we wanted to share the results.
- 1,422 people came to DrupalCon DC.
- 130 people presented 109 sessions.
- That doesn’t include the people who led the 100 birds of a feather sessions that we know about (and we know we don’t know about all of the ones that took place).
- 9 people helped record the 109 sessions, and they’re all online now.
- 75+ people volunteered their early mornings, weekends, and conference time to register people at DrupalCon, stuff those green bags we all got, monitor IRC and twitter to make sure questions were answered and issues were dealt with, point people to where they wanted to go, and generally make sure DrupalCon DC rocked. Thank you : )
- 55 shops, companies, and organizations sponsored DrupalCon.
- 91 individuals sponsored DrupalCon as well.
- 100s of blog posts were written and 10,000s (and maybe more) of messages were tweeted that helped us all learn from each other and let people follow along from home.
Revenue was more than a half million dollars at $542,350.
Our expenses came in at $356,569.31.
The Drupal community made a profit of $185,780.69 from DrupalCon DC.
A Closer Look at Where the Money Came From
Ticket sales for DrupalCon DC brought in $230,750.
Sponsorships of DrupalCon DC brought in $311,700.
- 91 Individual sponsors raised $9,100.
- 23 Bronze sponsors raised $57,500.
- 17 Silver sponsors raised $85,000.
- 10 Gold sponsors raised $100,000.
- 4 Platinum sponsors raised $60,000.
How We Spent It
Videos of all the sessions that were recorded at DrupalCon DC – all 102 of them – are now available to watch online. So if you missed a few sessions you wanted to see or couldn’t make the conference, take a day this weekend to sit back with a big cup of coffee to watch some amazing Drupal presentations.
You can access the videos in several ways. You can browse the session descriptions on the DrupalCon site and find links to videos in the comments, you can review the list of sessions on Drupal.org and in Archive.org, or you can check out the Wall of Videos that Aaron Winborn created. We’re also working on integrating the videos into the DrupalCon DC website, so stay tuned for more on that.
We want to say a huge thank you to Ron Mulero and the entire video crew for the amazing work they did in recording more than 100 sessions and making them all available online just five days after the conference. Here’s how fast they moved:
- 76 sessions were online within 24 hours of when they were presented
- 83 sessions were online within 48 hours of when they were presented
- 102 sessions were online within 5 days of the conference
Curious as to just how they did it? Ron explains the plan behind the video recordings here and gives more details on how it worked here.
There were a few sessions that were not recorded. We know a lot of you were doing your own video recordings, so if anyone captured any of these sessions – or any of the BoFs – please post links to the videos in the comments so we can add them to the archives.
- Going Live: Content Scheduling with Slot Machine by Marco Carbone (video recording corrupted)
- Acquia Update: Supporting Customers and More by Dries Buytaert, Jay Batson, and Tom Erickson
- Using Intelligent Web Services for Semantic Drupal Sites by Frank Febrarro and Tom Tague
- Optimizing Your LAMP Stack for Drupal by Eric Mandel
- Boosting Our Raw Capacity to Provide Drupal Training by Sean Effel, Allie Micka, Lee Hunter, and Alex Urevick-Ackelsberg
- Advanced Search with Lucene by Chris Pliakas
- Project Flow and Tracker by Victor Kane
- Multilingual Panel by Jose Reyero and Gabor Hojsty
- Rich Text, Poor Text: Content Editing Options in Drupal by Dan Kurtz
So far 90 sessions that were recorded at DrupalCon DC are online and ready to watch. You can watch them at archive.org, and you can find them in the comments of each session the DrupalCon website. We’ll also be tweaking the DrupalCon site to make the videos more accessible in the coming week.
How is it possible that 90 sessions were recorded, edited, and uploaded in just six days? The credit goes entirely to the video crew, headed by Ron Mulero, who worked very quickly to produce high quality videos and get them online. Ron, a member of DC Drupal community who recently transplanted to Boston, coordinated the entire effort, including devising a plan for how to get almost 100 sessions recorded and online in a just a few days, recruiting videographers from local universities and from the Drupal community, supplying equipment and instructions on how to convert and upload the videos, working at DrupalCon to convert and upload the videos, and coordinating it all. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Ron for his amazing work on this. Ron posted his plan here if you’re interested in knowing how he organized this.
We’d also like to thank the individuals who recorded the videos: Alan Doucette, David Lanier, Chris Rowe, Robert Nelson Vance, March Espedido, Marc Tan, and (UPDATED) Prameya Bhandari. You all did a fantastic job – thank you.
In all, 93 out of the 106 sessions presented at DrupalCon were recorded by this crew. We know that many people were shooting sessions with personal video cameras – if you have a recording of any of the sessions not recorded by the video team or of any of the BoFs, please pass us the links! We’d love to share these with the community.
Another big thank you to Ron and to the entire video team. Check out the videos of the sessions you missed, or the ones you want to see again.