Drupal Camp Chennai was held on the 7th and 8th December 2019 at IIT Madras in Chennai. This was the first camp ever to be held in Chennai.
Axelerant was lanyard sponsor as the event. And we had several team members volunteering and attending.
This was the first Camp in Chennai and a major Drupal event in the region. I got the chance to interact with people, understand their culture, learn how the community works there, and hear their thoughts on Drupal as well as work in general.
— Parth Gohil, People Operations Manager
This camp set itself apart from others with its focus on welcoming women to Drupal, culture and local languages, and the environment. These aspects turned this camp into a truly unique experience. Our team particularly liked the eco-friendly initiatives, like paper-based ID cards, cloth-based tote bags for giveaways, bio-degradable disposable plates and stalls from non-profits (like KPCT foundation) selling their products.
The camp introduced Her Second Innings, a non-profit that works collaboratively with women professionals returning from a career break, helping them achieve financial independence. A recruitment drive for second career women was conducted at the event.
The range of non-Drupalist keynote speakers, keynote topics, and initiatives like Her Second Innings were a big attraction.
— Rahul Shinde, Software Engineer
There was also a Drupal India Association (DIA) board meeting at the camp.
At the meeting, the DIA committed to becoming the largest quality makers of Drupal 9. They’re inviting organizations and individual contributors to pledge contributing hours to Drupal for the next six months. Contributors can make the pledge here.
The DIA is also working on setting up a Project Manager to coordinate this activity, among others, like setting up a DIA website and social media presence, as well as publishing camp and meetup calendars.
Through the camp, I was able to learn about the DIA, the current level and quality of contributions from Indian Drupalers, how we can work with the DIA moving forward, and the benefits of doing so.”
— Binny Thomas, Software Engineer
Our team members in Chennai chose to volunteer to learn more about Drupal’s capabilities, listen to speakers and network with local Drupalers.
Volunteering was fun and I got to dabble in areas that were outside of my comfort zone. For instance, I helped organize the recruitment drive for second career women and handled social media during the event. These were things I would not have had the opportunity to pursue elsewhere.
— Sujatha Varadharajan, QA Analyst
We were excited for the opportunity to give back to the community, network and learn from fellow developers. For Axelerant team members who volunteered, this was a huge learning experience, and it was fulfilling to see the fruits of everyone's teamwork and collaboration.
Other members of our team joined them from different Indian cities. For some of us, it was the first Drupal Camp, and a highly anticipated event. And for seasoned Drupal community members, it turned out to be an experience like no other.
Sessions that our team members found particularly memorable included the keynote by Ranga Srinivasan, President and CTO at Ameex Technologies Corporation, on “The Rise of #Martech and What it Means for the Drupal Community.”
Other sessions we enjoyed included presentations on “Drupal 8 Internals or the Story of How to Tame the Dragon” by Vimal Joseph, Senior Manager Technology, Zyxware Technologies, and Drupal as Catalyst in Artificial Intelligence by Chaitanya A Kulkarni, Technical Architect, Globant India.
Our favorite moments included meeting community members and earning certifications. The camp enabled team members to meet industry bigwigs like Shyamala Rajaram and work closely with them as volunteers.
I enjoyed meeting fellow Drupalers and Axelerant team members from outside Chennai. I was also able to benefit from the camp’s initiative offering the Acquia Certification Exam for $99—something I had wanted to do for a long time.
— Preethi Prabhakaran, Software Engineer
And of course, our team members got together for a meetup, which is always a cause for excitement among us!
It’s clear to us that the community in Chennai is driven by a strong set of values, and headed towards a bright future. We’re looking forward to attending the next Chennai camp!