Dear DrupalCon SF organizers, Dear San Francisco
The organizers of DrupalCon San Francisco are doing an awesome job. Their work appears effortless and they look like they're having a good time. When the organizers make their work appear effortless, you know they know what they're doing. It must be that the team who are putting this together have a whole lot of experience in event organization.
Let's use a metaphor. At DrupalCon SF, I'm the user, the DrupalCon SF event is the application and the event organizers are the developers. My objectives for selecting this application are: learn, share and network. My experience with the application so far has been outstanding - and I have not started using it yet! Everything to this point has been preparation for me to use the application.
Some of my preparative tasks were
- registering for the conference and creating a conference profile for myself
- submitting a proposal for a session
- purchasing my ticket for the conference
- reviewing sessions and the people presenting them and then voting for sessions I liked most
- selecting sessions I would like to attend
- communicating with the community attending the conference
- volunteering to assist at the conference for specific tasks and time slots
- learning information about the conference and venue
- receiving information related to volunteering
All these tasks were completed using Drupal, customized for DrupalCon events. Thousands of people completed similar tasks like me. The work-flow for each task was pleasurable. I got things done without having to think about it. I have an easily accessible conference schedule, clear information related to my volunteer activities, recommendations for great eating places for all tastes - and suggestions on after conference social events.
Generally users want to achieve their objectives and not bother too much about the work and magic that went into making the application such a pleasure. I'm having such an awesome time with this application and let me repeat, I have not started using it yet.
Dear DrupalCon SF organizers, thank you so much for the awesome work. If I were new to Drupal, my interaction with the DrupalCon SF and the organizers up to this stage would have me sold on Drupal. I'll report back on how the actual application stood up - and I would like to report back on some of the behind the scenes magic that made the application such a pleasure.
Dear San Francisco, WOW! SF is a wonder. Since I got here on Thursday night I've made friends with a few homeless people, a seal and a street violin virtuoso. I've cycled the city in search of wild parrots, been offered medical marijuana, seen many of the vistas (Alcatraz only from a distance mind you), listened to the blues and an oriental street performance - and had a major endurance workout cycling across that red bridge to an island type town called Sausalito (and back which was an olympic endurance experience) and to the top of Telegraph hill in search of parrots. Still no parrots, but I'm loving the search.