We were proud to sponsor and participate at BADCamp 2017 – an inspiring four days of sessions, sprints, and networking by the bright minds of the Drupal community.
The energy at BADCamp was exuberant. Everyone seemed pumped about the high quality talks, the diverse topics … and that killer waffle and espresso bar!
CivicActions presents on open data + science
CivicActions’ Adam Bergstein, Stefanie Gray, and Elizabeth Raley led a discussion highlighting how the DKAN open data platform (powered by Drupal) has been used for publishing scientific data and fostering collaboration in science communities.
Panelist Gerard Lazo, a genetic scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, explained how a DKAN-based project is empowering efforts to consolidate agricultural data from federal repositories, universities, and industry to solve problems faster and drive more efficient research – in addition to sharing this information with the public.
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There was great diversity in the other sessions at BADCamp – so much to choose from and to learn. Here are a few we loved:
“Drupal 9 and Backward Compatibility: Why Now Is The Time To Upgrade To Drupal 8”
Angie Byron explained the mind shift in the Drupal community that has allowed people to focus on innovating instead of waiting for features and updates. The move from Drupal 8 to 9 will be more productive than from 7 to 8 – which is good news for all of us. (Watch the video)
“From Homelessness to Winning Drupal: How a Community and Tech Companies Can Improve Lives”
John Oullet inspired everyone by explaining his journey from homelessness to management level positions in Drupal companies. He showed how the open source tech community values acceptance, mentorship, and self-learning.
“A Look Into A Possible Future For All Of Us: React, GraphQL and Drupal”
Amazee Labs’ Michael Schmid blew many of our minds with his fast-paced, informative, and truly inspiring introduction to his company’s approach to headless Drupal development. He demonstrated an innovative, fully decoupled front- and back-end system that uses React and GraphQL to drive a suite of twelve individual websites from a single codebase. Using React to deliver the front end and GraphQL to connect with Drupal, the sites load remarkably quickly. And Michael’s enthusiasm for his craft is infectious!
“Building Components: From Design to Development”
Mario Hernandez, senior front-end developer at Mediacurrent, was a constant presence at this year’s BADCamp. He taught the full-day “Component-based Development in Drupal 8” on Wednesday, and spent much of Friday helping front enders wrap their heads around pattern libraries at the Front End Summit. In this session, Mario encapsulated his broad knowledge of the subject in an informative session, seamlessly bridging theory and practice while walking attendees through one possible workflow incorporating components from conception through completion.
We appreciated the lively, day-long BADCamp summits, created for attendees wishing to focus on specific topics. Organizers took an agile, “unconference” approach to laying out the agenda, allowing all participants to suggest, vote on, and attend discussions on a variety of interesting topics.
The Nonprofit Summit brought together developers, agencies, and organizations to discuss problems and brainstorm solutions specific to work in their areas of interest, from effective communication with clients and stakeholders to roundtables on effective devops and front-end strategies. The day ended with a workshop on visual storytelling, using the innovative “mandala” approach.
Behind the Screens: Interview with Lullabot
Adam Bergstein was asked for an interview at BADCamp by Lullabot’s Behind the Screens podcast. He chatted about the recent acquisition of the DKAN Project by CivicActions, and discussed some of the technical aspects of open data in regards to Drupal and other platforms.
We’re grateful to the BADCamp organizers and sponsors who help make this event great, and for the inspiring stories and constructive insights of the open source community. We help make each other great! See you next year in the Bay Area.