A triumph of the human spirit - DrupalCon Portland
As DrupalCon Portland celebrated a record breaking attendance, I sat 4751 miles away realising there were 80,000+ others who couldn't make it either.
Fortunately with session recordings being published same day, an explosion of social media activity and the proliferation of blog posts, code sprints via Google Hangouts - you didn't need to be in Portland to feel part of it.
Between the headline news I witnessed remarkable acts of kindness, generosity, life changing moments and bucket loads of fun. Below is a medley of images which portray some moments which resonated with me, what were yours?
Vincent Rubano savours taking part in the largest ever Drupal code sprint, held on Friday of DrupalCon Portland. Vincenzo Rubano's road to Portland is a remarkable story. As a blind developer he chose become involved in work to improve Drupal 8 accessibility. With encouragement form Mike Gifford and an outpouring of generosity from around the globe, Vincents' Indiegogo campaign to fund his trip to DrupalCon soon achieved its' target.Hear Vincenzo Rubano talk with Jeffrey McGuire about his experiences at DrupalCon. Photo by Pedro Lozano
11 year old Gaelan Steele, DrupalCon Portland 2013's youngest attendee asks a question at the Drush session. Hear Jeffrey McGuire speaking with him about his experiences. Gealan attended the conference with assistance from a Drupal Association grant. Photo by Ezra Gildesgame
Monday evening @Alex_ua hosted Drupal Do-Gooders Event to Benefit Aaron Winborn who made a virtual appearance. Long time Drupal contributor Aaron has a terminal illness and continues to be involved with the project. Read Mark Newhouse's blog about the event
Connecting people who need help with people who can give help. On May 20, 2013, a tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma. The next day volunteers at Drupalcon Portland reached out to FEMA to find out how we could help. Within 24 hours 100 volunteers contributed to the Drupal for Oklahoma, #Drupal4OK, effort and launched Help4OK.org. The code has become a Drupal project which you can contribute to. Watch a short film about the initiative shot during DrupalCon.
Many Drupal friendships a created in issue queues, over IRC or in Google Hangouts and often across continents. File Entity module co-maintainers Devin Carlson and Dave Reid meet for the first time atfter a Media BoF at DrupalCon Portland, 2013. They live in Sudbury, Canada and Omaha, Nebraska, respectively. Thousands of similar friendships are formed though Drupal contributions. Photo by Ezra Gildesgame
When the official coder lounge closed at the end of DrupalCon .... the devs take up residence in the hotel lobby. That's dedication. Photo and quote Michael Schmidt
@shyam_raj joins the the largest ever Drupal code sprint via google hangouts. This image is her view from Chennai, India.
An early and essential highlight for regular attendees is the Jeffrey McGuire and Robert Douglass introduction to DrupalCon. This years proved to be a classic. Head over to youtube to see the inevitable Haarlem Shake.