Philadelphia held its first DrupalCamp this week, and it went better than I think even the most optimistic of us expected. We had over 80 people, from all over the Mid-Atlantic region, in attendance, and all of the presentations seemed well prepared and received. The Hub at the Cira Center was a great location--directly connected to 30th Street Station, with nice rooms, endless drinks and Steven Starr catering--which helped to make it one of the most professional "camps" I've ever been to.
Jody and I helped with four sessions: on CCK and Views, Drupal Multimedia, Theming, and a Business BoF, which were co-presented by (in order) Rock River Star's Michael Crawford, Advomatic's Aaron Winborn (whose book--Drupal Multimedia--was just released), Canary's Mason Wendell, and Philadelphia Drupal superstud Nate Gasser from Rock River Star. Addison Berry from Lullabot (also the Drupal Document Lead) and and Jeff Miccolis from Development Seed, led a great discussion on the Drupal Community, which you can read about over at Steve Karsh's site.
Zivtech was proud to sponsor and help plan the event, but it would never have happened without the amazing generosity and leadership of Nate Gasser. We had hoped to hold the event at a local university, but we found out about a month prior to the proposed date that the space wasn't going to be available. Nate, who leads the Philly PHP/Drupal meetups and is an active leader in numerous other regional technology groups, didn't want us to lose the momentum we had formed around the event, so he located a new space, organized some sponsorship, and ultimately covered the majority of the costs. Nate definitely raised the bar for future DrupalCamps, and I'm really already excited about the next Philadelphia Camp, which will happen next spring! The one reservation I have is with the name--given the regional nature of this DrupalCamp it seems much more appropriate to call it the Mid-Atlantic DrupalCamp. MADCamp, anyone?