Last weekend, I attended DrupalCamp Köln in Germany. It was great to put my feelers out in the German Drupal community and to talk with so many Drupal users and developers. Executive summary: the German Drupal community is going strong. Thanks for your hospitality!

Welcome note
The welcome note with Thomas Narres (Narres Open Web Solutions), Robert Douglass (Acquia) and the main sponsor Mr. Hecker (GFU).
We raised a good amount of money for the redesign sprints. Thank you Germany!
Robert on apache solr
Robert Douglass talking about Apache Solr and Acquia's upcoming hosted search offering. The room was packed!


Alexander Lang… (not verified):

As I said yesterday (but only in German, mea culpa) DrupalCamp Cologne was my first real life open source event and it's been a great experience, that not even brought parts of the German Drupal community closer together but even tought guys like me (and girls as well) some lessons about how the community works and how it all fits together.

Now I have a much better feeling and understanding of what it means to be part of the community and how giving back not only helps others but also helps me, because the stronger the Drupal community gets the more attention it draws and the brighter the future looks for Drupal and everyone who uses it, works with it and makes a living out of it - just like you and me.

It was great to have you and we all hope this was just the beginning of a new self-conciousness of the German part of the community.

danielnolde (not verified):

Wow, this has been the first ever german DrupalCamp, and it was about time <:))
The organizers and many many helping hands from cologne and the whole german Drupal community did a great job and everything worked out well, imho... and cologne's been a quite nice spot for the event ;)
It's also been the first event where one could get a glimpse of how big Drupal is here in german-speaking countries - you're right, Dries, the community's really getting stronger, and i've got the impression that after Szeged and now with this first DrupalCamp 'at home' as a booster, the Drupal-community here in german-speaking countries will grow together more and more.
Even better, the many scattered german-speaking Drupalers will hopefully be fostered into a strong community by ongoing regional group development and the german 'drupal initiative' association being founded just a few days ago (can't wait to sign up as a member :) - so keep on organizing local meetups and events ... and let's join forces for the next Camp!

Alexander Lang… (not verified):

No need for flame war here, but I cannot resist to say, that I don't see any use of a German association and I know I'm not alone in this. "e.V." is so typically German but at the same time, it's so 20th century...

It's like trying to fly a stealth fighter in rugs with a flintstone..

Robert Douglass (not verified):

Hi Alexander,

thanks for coming to the camp! I'm very happy with how it turned out.

DrupalCamp Cologne would not have been possible without the e.V. No individual can organize events that involve handling thousands of Euros of expenses and liabilities using their own bank account. This includes approaching sponsors and asking for donations. It's just too difficult under German law, not to mention it wouldn't easily stay transparent and not for profit (ie would 180 people have felt the same about handing me €20 if it were a "for the profit of Robert Douglass" event?) These are lot of the same issues that come up whenever anybody decides to organize a large Drupal event, and is in fact the same set of issues that led to the creation of the Drupal Association. So while I agree with you that it's too bad we need such formal tools to do something that could just be easy and fun, I also know that the e.V. will lead to more great events like DrupalCamp Cologne in the future.