Registrations open for DrupalSouth Wellington, the NZ Drupal event

DrupalSouth registrations opened a couple of days ago and there are already almost 30 registered attendees! Capacity is limited to 100 and it is expected to sell out, so get in quick!

Registration costs just $67.50 NZD including GST ($60 for non-NZ businesses) and includes lunch, coffee and tea on both days – not to mention access to a great line up of speakers and sessions on awesome topics. Here is the full announcement;

DrupalSouth logo: The DrupliKiwiFruitDrupalSouth Wellington 2010 is the New Zealand Drupal event. It will be NZ's largest ever gathering of Drupal developers, designers, contributers and business folk. DrupalSouth Wellington will be on Saturday and Sunday 23-24 January — just after Linux.conf.au Wellington.

DrupalSouth features some great speakers and attendees from NZ and abroad, including

  • Angela Byron (webchick); Drupal 7 core committer, Drupal community nurturer, and co-author of Using Drupal
  • Emma Jane Hogbin (emmajane); co-author of Front End Drupal, uber-documenter, Drupal evangelist/speaker and community all-rounder
  • Liz Henry (lizhenry), BlogHer.com developer — the largest community for women bloggers, built on Drupal since 2006

Registration costs just $67.50 NZD including GST ($60 for non-NZ businesses) and includes lunch, coffee and tea on both days – not to mention access to a great line up of speakers and sessions on awesome topics. The full schedule is coming soon!

Such a great price for such a high-quality event has only been possible thanks to our generous sponsors, including;

  • Xplain Technology Hosting; Web hosting optimized for Drupal
  • Sparks Interactive; Straight talking, successful work, simple equation.
  • .nz; .nz is our home
  • Em Space; Em Space is a web agency in Melbourne, Australia. We build Drupal websites for enterprise, government and not-for-profit
  • Catalyst IT; Specialists in Open Source Technologies
  • Egressive; Building superior computing solutions powered by Linux and Drupal
  • Open Query; Exceptional Services for MySQL and MariaDB at a Fixed Budget
  • Fuzion; connect : campaign : communicate.

DrupalSouth Wellington will be at the upstairs function room at Mac's Brewery Bar & Restaurant, on Wellington City's waterfront, and just a few hundred metres from Linux.conf.au at the Wellington Convention Centre.

DrupalSouth Wellington will be the second event of it's kind. The first was DrupalSouth Christchurch November 2008.

Last call for DrupalSouth sponsors

It is not too late to sponsor DrupalSouth. BUT, there is room for only a few more sponsors and sponsorship closes this Friday 27 November. So if you want to sponsor contact us now!

All sponsors get

  • Logo and link to company profile on sponsors page
  • Detailed company profile on the website
  • Entire team profile on the website
  • Swag in the attendee pack
  • 1 free registration

Platinum sponsors get

  • Largest logo on every page on the website
  • Flexible advertising options on the website and at the event
  • Large and prominent printed logo at the venue and on printed materials
  • Acknowledgement in all announcements and media releases
  • Featured article on the website, distributed to all attendees

Gold sponsors get

  • Large logo on randomly alternating pages on the website
  • Printed logo at the venue and on printed materials
  • Acknowledgement in some announcements and media releases

Silver sponsors get

  • Logo on randomly alternating pages on the website
  • Logo in most printed materials

There is room for just 1 more Platinum sponsor from $1000, 2 more Gold sponsors from $500 each and several more Silver sponsors from $200 each. These last sponsorship opportunities will be given on a first-come first-serve basis and are all in New Zealand dollars (NZD). Contact us about sponsorship!

Config To Code Module Is Like Features For Drupal 5

Config to Code module for Drupal 5 makes it easy to deploy new views and panels and to version-control changes to existing ones with a source code repository like subversion. It makes it quick and easy to move configured views and panels in the database to code, then safely delete the configured views from the database and finally, expose the views and panels in code back to their respective modules. It is extensible for other types of configurations that can be stored both in database and code.

Config to Code module solves some of the deployment issues that Features module also solves. Though Features solves an awful lot more problems than Config to Code does, and is more comprehensive. Since Features is only for Drupal 6, Config to Code is still a useful tool for Drupal 5 websites.

Here is a short screencast demonstrating Config to Code module.

Interview With Bevan Rudge For Lullabot Drupal Voices

Kent Bye interviewed me (Bevan Rudge) in early September at DrupalCon Paris about Drupal in New Zealand, CivicActions and some recent projects. Yesterday Lullabot released the podcast as Lullabot Drupal Voices 75. It was recorded 2.5 months ago and a couple of things are already out of date. Most significantly;

DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organizers Invite You to Participate

We are excited to announce the DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organisers group. DCAPO intends to lay foundations that will facilitate international Drupal Conferences (DrupalCons) in the Asia-Pacific region.

DCAPO welcomes and needs input and assistance from Drupal users and communities throughout the Asia-Pacific region. DrupalCons are a lot of work, and are only possible through the community's effort. Please join the DCAPO group to share your opinions and experience, volunteer your time, or nominate yourself or others for roles on the selection team.

DCAPO will later announce a call to the community to suggest and research locations for the first Asia-Pacific DrupalCon. Note that a lot of work goes into researching locations. The DCAPO selection team will only be able to seriously consider locations with suitable venues, dates and event management companies, financial estimates, potential audience and motivated local teams.

But first, as much of the Asia-Pacific Drupal community as possible needs to get involved. You can help by translating and reposting this announcement on other websites where Asia-Pacific Drupal users and communities are likely to find it. Don't forget to note any translations and reposts in the DCAPO group so that we can track progress and share translations with each other.

DCAPO is a result of the Drupal Association's new Events Plan (announced on Drupal.org) to have an Asia-Pacific DrupalCon every two years.

Thank you!
From the DrupalCon Asia-Pacific Organisers group

Conservation Strategy Fund Uses Drupal

Conservation Strategy Fund (CSF) recently launched their new Drupal website and the HydroCalculator Tool, both by CivicActions.  CSF's mission is to teach environmental organizations around the world to use economics and strategic analysis to conserve nature.  Their new website empowers them to do this with multi-lingual features, news streams and feeds, listings that can be filtered by continent, region, country or theme, tight integration with Salesforce.com for donations and newsletter subscribers and a range of detail about the training courses on offer, projects, and publications.

The HydroCalculator Tool was initially developed independently from the website then integrated before launch.  It empowers regular citizens, economists and environmentalists alike to analyse and compare Hydro-Electric power station projects.  It helps users of the tool to calculate the impact of the dam and reservoir on the environment (including CO₂ emissions), social impact to the people living in the region, and the financial impact (as total cost, and Net Present Value).

Conservation Strategy Fund recently announced the HydroCalculator Tool and the new website as well as several other important announcements, include the success of their work in Brazil to avoid forestation of the Amazon rain-forest, and the enourmous success and popularity of their training courses.  Find more details in the announcement.

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