Drupal Enthusiasts to Converge in Washington DC in March 2009

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Registration opens today for Drupalcon DC 2009

Drupalcon is the premier event on the Drupal calendar and we are excited to assist the organizing team as they put together what will be an outstanding event for the community in Washington DC.

Registration opens today for Drupalcon DC 2009. DrupalCon is the bi-annual conference/unconference for developers, users and enthusiasts of the popular open source platform Drupal, used by tens of thousands of sites worldwide including Universal Music, Lifetime Television, France 24, Popular Science, The Onion, Harvard Medical School, and NASA. Drawing participants from around the globe, DrupalCons provide a forum for Drupalers to learn about, discuss and advance Drupal.

The conference will take place at the Washington Convention Center March 4 - 7, 2009. Organizers expect more than one thousand attendees. To register for the conference or for more information go to http://dc2009.drupalcon.org.

Drupal is a popular social publishing system that blends web content management and social software capabilities with a massive library of powerful extensions - all supported by a thriving open source community. More information can be found here: http://drupal.org/.

The last Drupalcon in Szeged, Hungary in August, 2008 had over 500 participants and featured keynotes by industry thought-leaders including Drupal project founder, Dries Buytaert.

Building on Drupalcon's tradition of excellence, Drupalcon DC will feature panels on important technology trends and in the latest advances in web development, as well as address Drupal-related design, strategy and business topics. In addition, there will be hands-on code-sprints, a job fair, an exhibit hall, Birds of a Feather gatherings and plenty of time for networking with peers.

The Washington DC metro area is one of the largest technology hubs in the United States. The unique blend of government, media, non-profits and associations make it a natural for a rapidly growing open-source community. Drupal's ease of use and extensive content management capabilities make for enormous popularity in many of the area's major industries.

"DrupalCon is about bringing people together. The local Drupal community is incredibly active and engaged and is leading up efforts to organize it. This will also be great exposure for the many international development organizations, nonprofits and media groups based in the city that use Drupal," said Eric Gundersen, Drupalcon DC organizer and President of Development Seed, a DC-based strategy firm that focuses on technology solutions for progressive organizations.

Also announced today are Drupalcon DC platinum sponsors including Acquia, Trellon, Commonplaces and Calais, powered by Thomson Reuters.

"Acquia is proud to be a platinum sponsor of Drupalcon DC 2009," said Jay Batson, CEO of Acquia, a commercial open source provider of technical support and network services for Drupal. "Drupalcon is the premier event on the Drupal calendar and we are excited to assist the organizing team as they put together what will be an outstanding event for the community in Washington DC."

Trellon is an Internet strategy and development firm specializing in web portals, integrated CRM systems, widgets, social networking applications, strategy and strategic consulting services for a variety of clients.

CommonPlaces e-Solutions is a full-service web firm offering custom Drupal development and theming, and specializes in seamlessly combining strategy, design and technology into one successful package.

Calais is a Thomson Reuters initiative that supports the interoperability of content and the company's mission to deliver pervasive, intelligent information. The Calais Web service enables publishers, site owners and content consumers to automatically metatag the people, places, facts and events in content. Thomson Reuters is the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

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