Drupalcamp, How to and Q & A session notes
drupalcampNYC - eric goldhagen
drupalcamps and barcamps - people getting together and being productive a lot of good coding came out of it
how to guide to drupalcamps
what is a drupalcamp
why a camp not a con
how many people
how much $
where are they held
how often are they held
drupalcamps grew out of barcamps -> barcamps.org/HowToGetStarted
created by people for the people
loosley organized - 100 - 150 ppl, within 1 or 2 hours, you can define 2 days of sessions
great way to engage the community!!
traditional cons take time and have a reputation
discover your community
why drupalcamps? because they are easier
opportunity to give back
chicago - 250 and 350 peeps
san fran, la, 350, 450 people
nyc, 6th in 4 yrs... on a 6 month schedule,, at a university, with a waitlist,, 100-150 showing up, 150-200 signing up
denver 60 - 80 people
cost are minimal
venues can be donated
food and drink - actual hard costs.
la 2007 150 people - 2 days brekky, and lunch, and coffee, printing office supplies, 1500$ or so
convention ctr in la was free but wifi cost them 4000$ -- they were charging per IP addy, whole thing cost 5200, they werent allowed to provide food
eric g - uni sponsorships, look into community, find a space in community
nyc costs range from 3500$ - janitorial fees, double pay on sundays
drupalcampnyc on sat, buttons, stickers, schwag, tshirts, far too much money, not much value to camp, 1000$ to print tshirts
better spent on stickers.... 1 day camps are more accessible,
schools have projectors, otherwise yuo have to rent them
stickers are best bang for buck, 100$ for 500 stickers
drupalcamp stickers on laptops can get you jobs
core of organizers - was there a leader? mailing list?
google docs for registration? sure but for us? nah, drupal baby? but noone controls the website. wiki pages for suggestions, ideas, volunteer to do lists
use webform module... or anything for ppol to register
of people in a room - between 20 and 40 ppl
of rooms - at least 2 rooms, always start with at least two rooms
a charging room, all rooms will get used if you have em
charging room is a sweet idea
planning for capacity with wifi
universities are the best for quality wifi
food. costco is your friend... friend with a large truck
at least some beverages of some sort
water and soda for 300 for 2 days is an enormous volume, DONT FORGET COFFEE
dont send people out to eat coz that'll eat up time
convention ctrs are not unionized, the workers are and they have a deal with the ctr
BARCAMPS ARE FREE! if you charge something people will show up if they reserve, nominal charge might work
beginners vs advanced - an unconference, unorganized, do some outreach to possible speakers
nominal charge - who gets the money, where does the money go
leftover $ can be donated to drupalcamp.... someone setup a local llc for this, own bank acc and stuff.
try not to handle money if possible, get ppl to pay for stuff directly, or just be transparent about the money
make sure there is transparency with the money... a expenditure report, financial report that is posted online
drupalcamp boston? can we do one at encuentro5?
JUST DO IT!
it's the sponsors duty to support and give back!
business is sorta important too, a lot of resistance to no marketing here !!