DrupalCon Amsterdam Opens With New Attendance Record

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Program includes Cory Doctorow keynote, more than 120 sessions and training courses

The Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization that unites a global open source community to build and promote Drupal, opens up DrupalCon 2014 today in Amsterdam. The event welcomes more than 2,000 developers, designers, IT professionals and business executives from all over the world. DrupalCon Amsterdam will be Drupal’s largest-ever event in Europe.

“The continual growth of DrupalCon events is a great indicator of the strength of the project and community,” said Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association. “DrupalCon events are a combination of learning, networking, fun, and a little bit of magic. The great city of Amsterdam is the perfect place to celebrate the project, the community and the bright future ahead.”

One immediate cause for celebration is the progress toward a Drupal 8 release. All critical “beta blocker” issues have been fixed and a beta version of Drupal 8 is the next step. Drupal 8 is the next version of Drupal and contains significant improvements for developers, site builders, themers, IT professionals and marketers.

DrupalCon Amsterdam will open with a keynote from Drupal project founder and lead Dries Buytaert on Tuesday, 30 September at 9 a.m. CEST. Buytaert will discuss Drupal 8, as well as new ideas for how project contributors can be recognized.

On Wednesday of the event, author and activist Cory Doctorow will take the stage to talk about net neutrality, privacy, and security. Doctorow’s keynote will be followed by a book signing.    

Drupal Business Summit
DrupalCon Amsterdam will feature a Business Summit where executives from Drupal businesses will network and exchange ideas for solving common challenges. A challenge that is sure to be discussed is the need for more Drupal skills in the employment market. In a recent Drupal Association study, 40% of businesses surveyed said they are “constantly” trying to hire Drupal talent and 92% said there is a need for more Drupal skills in the market.

About The Drupal Association
The Drupal Association is dedicated to helping the open source Drupal CMS project flourish. Drupal powers millions of websites and software applications, from personal blogs to the largest enterprises, media publishers, universites and government agencies, including The Economist, Examiner.com and White House websites. Drupal is constantly being improved by a community of more than 1,000,000 members in 228 countries, speaking 181 languages. More than 23,000 are registered developers. The Drupal Association provides the support, infrastructure and funding to grow the Drupal community, help with online collaboration at http://drupal.org, and produce and host DrupalCon events and other events around the world. Funds to support these programs come from memberships, sponsorships, events and donations. To learn more about the Drupal Association, the Drupal Project, and how to get involved and contribute, visit https://association.drupal.org/.

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