When we first heard the Gold Coast would play host to this year’s DrupalSouth - the largest annual conference in Australia and New Zealand dedicated to the Drupal content management system - it’s safe to say there was more than a few volunteers in the office, eager to attend.
Luckily we didn’t have to resort to drawing straws as we assembled the majority of our Drupal team, grabbed our laptops and jetted off for 3-days of golden beaches and warm tropical sun… with the odd bit of work mixed in.
Running from October 26 to 28, we joined a diverse Drupal community from all over the world in the Q1 Resort - Australia’s tallest residential building. Situated less than one block away from the iconic Surfer's Paradise beach, we couldn’t have asked for a better location.
Not to be outdone, we decided to make the most of our time on the Gold Coast by hiring our own waterfront house right on the canal. With 12 of us all crammed in under one roof, we’d be working closely – and living even closer – over the next few days.
As Gold Sponsors of this year’s conference, sponsoring our own room in the process, we were excited to have two of Doghouse’s very own in Jeremy Graham and Simon Fryer presenting on two of our current Drupal projects.
Doghouse Lead Developer Jeremy Graham enjoyed a break from Melbourne’s dreary weather to give a presentation on Drupal CKAN – a module we developed in collaboration with Acquia and the Commonwealth Department of Environment.
Jeremy explained how the govCMS CKAN module was built from the ground up to create the first ever digital "State of the Environment" report, as well as discussing the challenges of architecting and building the solution... he even went on to demonstrate how to get started with the module for use in your own projects.
View Jeremy’s CKAN talk in full here.
Our second team member to present was Doghouse Digital Producer Simon Fryer, who teamed
up with Flight Centre’s James Cole, for their talk, "When Dogs Fly - How Flight Centre and Doghouse make outsource work".
After new projects stretched and a hefty backlog had stretched the in-house Flight Centre development team, James explained how Doghouse’s team of skilled developers – who were already familiar with the flight Centre code base – became their outsourcing answer.
Simon and James went on to discuss how - despite being at separate ends of the country - inter-team communication led to a streamlined project process, and how this approach can be applied to other large corporations in a similar environment.
Simon’s full presentation can be viewed here
As much as we enjoyed the presenting side of this year’s event, 3-days of work without at least a little bit of play just wouldn’t seem fair. So outside of the training sessions, code sprints, Acquia summits, keynote speeches and presentations, we made the most of our time on the the Gold Coast soaking up some sun and getting to know other members of the Drupal community - many of whom had travelled across the globe to attend. As one of the largest open source communities in the world, it’s always exciting meeting people who are as passionate about Drupal as we are.
We also tried our hand at fishing in our spare time, and after hooking a mud crab from our jetty, our confidence was high. Unfortunately, the next few hours saw us reel in just a couple of undersized bream – which we released of course – and it soon became clear that fish and chips was the closest thing to a seafood dinner we’d be getting that night.
Overall, DrupalSouth 2016 was a massive success which we look forward to continuing our partnership for events to come. A massive thank you must go to the wonderful team of volunteers, led by their trusty leader Vladimir, who worked so hard to make DrupalSouth 2016 one of the best yet.
Check out the snaps from the weekend
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