Drupal grew beyond the size where everyone knows who's who a long time ago. As one of the volunteers responsible for the social media channels of Drupal, I have become increasingly aware of the challenges in representing such a vast global community well. It is impossible for any one person to be across all the achievements, events, initiatives which are occurring around the world.
I realised the solution to this issue was the community itself. By providing a way for members of the community to easily make the social media team aware of something they thought merited a wider audience via Drupal official social media channels, suddenly we achieve better global representation.
I am delighted to announce The Drupal social media request form is now available.
By communicating news from your region you can help make the Drupal's social presence more globally representative of the 229 countries where Drupal is used. I encourage you to become our eyes and ears in your locality, tell us and we'll tell the world!
This is the first of several major improvements in social media which are being rolled out in the next week. These include changes to the way we present DrupalCon on Twitter. I recommend keeping an eye out on @DrupalCon or the Drupal Association blog for further announcements.
Today I am visiting Salford University to meet with the head of Computer Science, Software Engineering to discuss the proposal that Drupal and open source software appears on the undergraduate syllabus. Together with Mike Bell I intend to make this possible but I've been thinking it would be even better to open chances for younger people to experience coding.
Turns out I am far from being alone in thinking this. Both in the UK and US there are schemes to encourage children to learn coding. Most of the successful internet entrepreneurs started coding at home, why not let it be your child?
It's really not unlike kind of playing an instrument or something, or playing a sport. It was pretty humble beginnings. I think the first program i wrote asked things like "What's your favourite color"
Drew Houston creator of Dropbox
We all depend on technology to communicate, bank, information and none of us know how to read and write code
Whilst this site is based in the US, with the help of The Khan Academy you can learn to code from wherever you are.
Aims to give every child in the UK the chance to learn to code. It is our aim to have Code Club in 25% of primary schools in the UK by the end of 2015. Code Club helps volunteers and schools find each other and creates projects for volunteers to teach at club sessions.