2 days of Drupal development, design, business

Southwest Drupal Summit - Jan 27-28, 2011 See what the Drupal Content Management System and Framework can do for you. The conference brings Drupal experts, novices, and business leaders together to share successes, explore opportunities, and learn more about why and how Drupal is making headlines across the world as a superior enterprise-level web application platform.

This regional event will provide participants with insights and techniques for building solid websites and applications. Attendees will hear from Drupal experts in the areas of Development, Design and Business Strategy in order to acquire new skills and hone best practices. Business leaders will share their success stories and implementation strategies, offering opportunities to learn from real-world examples.

Ask Dries

Dries Buytaert
Since a scheduling problem prevented the planned live Q&A with Drupal creator Dries Buytaert, we will instead collect questions here to be answered by Dries on a video to be posted here next week.

Please submit as many questions as you would like by Midnight CST on Friday, February 4, 2011, and we'll pass along the best questions for Dries to answer for us.

Thanks, Dries!

Of Course There's a Party

It wouldn't be a Drupal event without a good party, so we've reserved the Bronze Peacock Room at House of Blues from 8pm - midnight this Thursday.

It's just down the street at 1204 Caroline, so plan to be there!


Photo: Katharine Shilcutt

Apply for a Scholarship to the Southwest Drupal Summit

Our sponsors Phase2 Technology and Music City Networks have extra passes that they are generously offering to donate back to the event for the benefit of scholarship recipients. The scholarships are offered to any students or other aspiring Drupalers whose circumstances might otherwise prevent them from paid registration.

Please fill out the form below by Sunday, January 23, and we will notify the scholarship recipients by email on Monday, January 24th.

Drupal.org one of Mashable's 10 Websites to Watch in 2011

Why did Mashable.com name Drupal.org one of the 10 websites to watch in 2011? Come find out! Join us to find out what the people at Whitehouse.gov, Grammy.com, Examiner.com, Sony Music, and MTV UK already know. Did we mention that several of our speakers actually are some of the developers and business people behind these projects?

Pre-conference Training Opportunities

We are pleased to announce that there will be two training opportunities on Wednesday, January 26. You will be able to jump start your Drupal experience with a full day of hands-on training from our friends at Volacci and LevelTen, which should allow you to get even more out of your Southwest Drupal Summit experience.

Please check out both options to see which is best suited for you.

Q&A with Dries Buytaert

Dries Buytaert Southwest Drupal Summit is drawing near, and we have a very exciting announcement to share!

We are very pleased to announce that Drupal creator and project lead, Dries Buytaert, will join us remotely for a one-hour live question and answer session via streaming video. This will be a perfect time to get your questions about the future of Drupal answered by the authority on the subject.

More Speaker Announcements!

Narayan Newton

Our speaker line-up gets better by the day, and we're so pleased to announce that Narayan Newton will be joining us as a keynote speaker.

Narayan was introduced to Drupal during his tenure at the Oregon State University Open Source Lab where he was the co-lead system administrator, and served as their Database Administrator of over 180 MySQL databases, the Freenode Server administrator, and the Drupal.org Server Administrator. He is a permanent member of the Drupal Association as their Systems Coordinator, and is a member of the Drupal.org infrastructure team. He is also a co-maintainer of the Pressflow high performance Drupal distribution.

Outside of Drupal, Narayan has been deeply involved in the FreeBSD, Gentoo and Slackware communities. He was a contributing editor and system administrator of a popular Linux community website. As a Google Summer of Code student he developed the KDE front-end to the SUSE System Update server, and became a KDE core committer in 2007. He also ported and updated the XML-RPC system to KDE3 and KDE4.
More recently, he acted as infrastructure lead for the examiner.com 2.0 re-launch and infrastructure lead for the drupal.org redesign launch. Narayan is currently Chief Technology Officer at Tag1 Consulting.

James Walker

We're also thrilled that James Walker, better known as "Walkah" around the 'tubes, will also join us this January.

James is a long time leader in Open Source Software and a dedicated steward of Open Standards. He is currently the Senior Services Architect at StatusNet where he is one of the principle designers of the OStatus protocol for open federated social networking.

Since 2003, he has been a core contributor to the Drupal Project. Within the Drupal community, he has contributed countless lines of code to several of the most popular components. Additionally, he was a founding General Assembly member of the Drupal Association.

Outside of Drupal, James maintains a deep interest in the OpenID, Open Web and Jabber/ XMPP communities and frequently presents at conferences and events as an evangelist for these technologies. He is also a founding member of the Open Web Foundation.

Call for Session Proposals is Now Open

We're now officially accepting proposals for Southwest Drupal Summit, and we are looking forward to seeing your ideas! To submit a session, simply create an account and visit the sessions page to add your proposal to the list.

We'll open it up for voting in December, so please submit early! We'd love to see proposals on topics related to development, design, systems, and business, and we're particularly interested in proposals related to Drupal in the enterprise environment.

Mark Your Calendars!

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming Southwest Drupal Summit, taking place in Houston, Texas on January 27-28, 2011. We hope you'll join us in downtown Houston to learn how Drupal is helping shape the web by powering online communities, enterprise applications and some of the web's most important destinations.

As our first major announcement, I'd like to share with you that Drupal 7 core maintainer, Angela Byron, will be joining us as a keynote speaker. Angela is a passionate leader in the Drupal community, the 2008 recipient of the Google Open Source Award for Best Contributor, and one of the hardest working people attached to the Drupal project. We are so excited to welcome her to Houston!

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