Announcing the Midwest Drupal Summit, a Drupal 8 Power Sprint

by George DeMet

Update, July 12: Registration is now open at http://mwds.eventbrite.com/. The event is limited to 100 attendees, so register early. Registration closes August 12.

Last summer, several dozen Drupal developers and other motivated individuals got together in Madison, Wisconsin for the first Midwest Drupal Developer Summit, an event designed to help accelerate the development of Drupal 8. A year later, a lot of progress has been made, but there’s still a lot of work left to do before Drupal 8 is ready for release.

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This year’s Midwest Drupal Summit (MWDS) will be held August 15-17 at Palantir’s offices on Chicago’s North Side and will consist exclusively of well-organized sprints focused on breaking down remaining release blockers and helping to ensure that Drupal 8 is the best and most polished version of Drupal yet.

Unlike a traditional DrupalCamp, MWDS will not have any regular sessions, just focused working groups organized around specific topics. All attendees will be asked in advance to commit to a specific sprint for each day they attend. We anticipate that there will be at least one sprint track for non-technical contributors as well as a track designed to onboard new Drupal contributors.

Confirmed and anticipated attendees include Drupal project lead Dries Buytaert and Drupal 8 co-maintainer Alex Pott, as well as other Drupal 8 initiative leaders and key Drupal contributors including Larry Garfield (Crell), John Albin Wilkins (JohnAlbin), Karoly Negyesi (chx), Jen Lampton (jenlampton), Dave Reid (Dave Reid), Cathy Theys (YesCT), and xjm.

We’ll be opening registration to the public in mid-July, but in the meantime, we’re looking for volunteers who are willing to step up to help out with the event and to lead various sprints. If you’re interested in helping out, please let us know by filling out the form at http://www.palantir.net/mwds-volunteer

While Palantir will be donating the venue, we’re also looking for sponsors who can help fund scholarships, as well as food and refreshments for those in attendance. Our goal is for MWDS to be a free or near-free event for all attendees. If your company is interested in sponsoring, let us know.

This is a great opportunity to give back to the Drupal project and help ensure the success of Drupal 8!

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