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Drupalcamp Colorado 2014 Preview: Large Scale Drupal

This year, Drupalcamp Colorado is taking on the topic of "Large Scale Drupal" - a phrase that was popularized by Dries Buytaert. We're taking that phrase and using it in a generic sense to help set a focus for our event.

Matthew Saunders wrote a great overview of the camp, so if you're interested and need more convincing to come, read that. This is an update on our tracks and some great sessions that have been accepted already.

Tracks and session submission requests

We're taking that theme as inspiration for our sessions which will be across 4 tracks:

  • Business and Open Source
  • DevOps
  • Commerce
  • Design and Front End
  • Development and Site Building

Today we are excited to announce the first 9 sessions that have been selected. Session Submission is still open until July 11th. We've currently got too many sessions in /Development and Site Building/ and not enough sessions in the other categories. So...if you have something to say in those other areas, please submit a session (note, you have to login first, and you should register too).

First sessions that have been accepted:

There are some sessions we know we're going to accept because they come from great presenters on popular topics that match our theme. Below are the 9 sessions we knew we could accept now.

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  • Solution architecture: designing a strategy for project success by Diana Dupuis, Amazing CEO of Amazee Labs in the USA
  • Data Analytics and the Day After by Ron Lin, CTO and Co-Founder of CARD.com
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    The History of Drupalcamp Colorado

    • In July 2007 we had a Drupalcamp at an office in Boulder (photo) with about 15 people. This was intended to cover more advanced topics than we got into at a normal meetup.
    • In November of 2007 there was a last minute camp that turned into an issue queue tutorial led by ajk.
    • In 2008 the camp grew to about 100 people at Denver Open Media's facility on Santa Fe
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    Ice Cream Denver: Menus, Photos, Reviews, Locations

    I haven't written nearly as much on this site in the last year or two in part because I "blog" less and in part because I'm just doing it in more specialized places. I realized that by writing about all sorts of different things on knaddison.com I was creating 1 site with no focus when instead I could create 12 sites each with singular focus. The latter form is, of course, more useful to readers.

    Here's an introduction for one site Nikki and I have been working on that we really enjoy: Ice Cream Denver.

    Denver Ice Cream Review & Photo blog

    Nikki loves Ice Cream. I don't mind it ;) And especially with our little daughter we were looking for a new project that would be a fun weekend errand. We started the site in September of 2010 and immediately posted a bunch of store locations. Shortly after we started posting photos of the various shops.

    A few of my favorites:

    Chalk Board Menus

    Chalk board menus are common in the restaurant industry and definitely deliver a cutesy feeling at ice cream shops. For liks south it's painted on and cutesy, but not so practical (in spite of their hundreds of flavors). At sweet action it seems purely practical: they are often adding and removing items from their menu. Menus are a popular item on the site, so popular I created a listing page.

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    IKEA Denver opening July 27 2011! (Ok, it's Centennial Colorado which is close to Denver)

    And not a day too soon. Holy cow, after literally years of waiting and begging the IKEA in South Denver is finally opening on July 27th. I predict massive traffic jams. I plan to go there and sell tiny meatballs with tiny swedish flags in them accompanied by iced-lingonberry-juice-like-beverage.

    Map of US with colorado flag over colorado-ish

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    Drupal Security Report: Connect with Fans, Reason to Sponsor

    Recently our company worked with partners and sponsors to create a thoroughly researched, high quality document about the state of security in the open source Drupal project. You can download the report from DrupalSecurityReport.org, but right now I want to talk about the motivations, the audience, and the funding model behind the report because we feel that we've solved a tricky problem: funding expensive work in an easily copied medium (PDF downloads).

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    IKEA Colorado Set to Open Fall of 2011

    This just in: The PR folks for IKEA just sent out an e-mail blast alerting folks that plans are still on track for a fall 2011 opening of the IKEA store in Centennial.

    IKEA 2009 Plan: it will be a while

    Back in 2009 I gave a Construction on IKEA update that was a little depressing. And it seems like that still rings true.

    From the e-mail this morning:

    IKEA announced that contractors have been hired and a site-work permit
    is pending for its future Denver-area store. This progress allows for a
    Fall 2011 grand opening in Centennial, Colorado

    So...it will be no earlier than Fall 2011.

    Fall 2011 IKEA Opening in Centennial Colorado

    But, it seems that they've hired folks and are getting final permits to get the show on the road...

    Saunders Construction as the construction management firm. Other Colorado firms involved with this future IKEA store include: CLC Associates for civil design; Kimley Horn Associates as traffic consultants during the approval process; Ground Engineering providing environmental analysis and geotechnical services; Otten Johnson Robinson Neff & Ragonetti serving as local counsel; real estate brokerage firm Legend Retail Group assisting IKEA in the site selection process; Geothermal Systems of Colorado installing the geothermal component, and Miller Global selling the land. Atlanta-based GreenbergFarrow is architect responsible for store design, site planning and construction documents.

    The actual clearing and prep of the site will start "soon" - I'll definitely try to get some photo evidence of the progress. As they say, it's not started until it's actually started. Given the long history of attempts at progress in the state I really hope this is finally a true start but it may not be.

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