Today’s keynote was given by Fabien Potencier, the project lead of Symfony:
I’ve heard lots of good feedback about this keynote, with people saying it was a break from the norm and quite inspiring.
Frontend folk will have been happy with the schedule today. Jakob Persson presented a great session today on how to communicate the value of UX to clients and others who raise doubts about it. Jozef Toth spoke about the strategy for designing for a CMS, and Fabian and Vadym gave a session on making a Drupal website more smartphone friendly.
Larry Garfield ran a session tackling one of the issues most Drupal shops and clients face a challenge with at some point - what is the best way to host multiple sites from the same codebase? Another session that’ll be useful to many looked at configuration management in Drupal 7.
The core conversations track of the conference then finished with a talk by Dries.
A theme of today’s BoFs was meetups relating to particular countries. There were also meetups about marketing Drupal, learning to write simpletest tests.
There was also a BoF for Scald, an emerging alternative to the Media module that is gaining some momentum.
I’ve been talking to a range of people to get their views on the conference and the result is pretty unanimous that it’s been one of the best European Drupalcons. In many ways it’s felt like a smaller version of Drupalcon Chicago because it all happened within a big hotel. People praised the organisation because everything ran so smoothly, and a lot of thinking had clearly gone into every part. Delegates liked the relaxed nature of the opening party - just going for beers and food in a big place. The food at the venue was also praised highly - lots of choice, very short queues, and plenty of tasty food.
But also there was a really good mix of sessions, plenty of space to network and have meetings, and a really good atmosphere around the venue.
It’s been a great Drupalcon, and a model for how European Drupalcons should be.
At the end of the day today it was announced that the next European Drupalcon will be in Prague next Autumn.
In the meantime the next Drupalcons will be held in Sao Paulo in Brazil on the 6-8 December 2012, then in Sydney, Australia between 6-9 February 2013, and then the North American Drupalcon will be held in Portland, USA between 20-24 May 2013.