DrupalCon Portland 2013 Opens to Record Attendance

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Event features keynote by Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert; substantial content focused on upcoming Drupal 8 release.

The Drupal Association, the nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the Drupal open source CMS project flourish, today announced that DrupalCon Portland 2013 has set a new record for attendance. The event opens today with more than 3,300 attendees, including a mix of individual developers, designers, IT managers, agencies and Fortune 100 companies. The event takes place at the Oregon Convention Center.

“The amazing global community that powers Drupal continues to grow in energy and numbers,” said Holly Ross, Executive Director of the Drupal Association, which produces and hosts annual DrupalCon events around the world. “DrupalCon is where the community comes together to share and grow technical and design skills, network with friends, exchange best practices and drive the Drupal project forward.”

As always, DrupalCon kicks off with Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert’s keynote address followed by three days of keynotes, technical sessions, training and networking events. Speakers include renowned user experience expert Karen McGrane and Silicon Valley author and engineering leader Michael Lopp.

Drupal 8 Technical Sessions
DrupalCon Portland will feature a long list of technical sessions focused on the highly anticipated upcoming Drupal 8 release. Drupal 8 will include several new features and capabilities including improved support for HTML5, Web services and mobile support with responsive design capabilities out of the box. Drupal 8 sessions will cover a variety of topics including the new field API, upgrading modules to Drupal 8, improved multilingual capabilities, and the new unified plugin system. There will also be full-day training workshops focused on Drupal 8 at DrupalCon and at the co-located Symfony Live event.

High School Students to Attend DrupalCon
Twenty students from Wilson High School in Portland will attend the “Build a Module” training at DrupalCon where they will participate in a self-guided course focused on extending Drupal’s core functionality. Later in the week they will attend a live coding session with more than 800 Drupal developers where the students will have the opportunity to build their skills and professional relationships. The students are building an app and corresponding Web presence that will provide the Portland Police Department with a new way to communicate with citizens. Promoting student involvement in Drupal is a shared value of the community.

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 900,000 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 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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