Travelling to Twin Cities Drupal Camp



September 04, 2014

The Awesome Room from TCDrupal's Sprint RoomAt DrupalCon Austin I was asked by Barry Madore of Triplo to talk about Drupal & Accessibility at TCDrupal 2014. In 2013, a team of people had done some great usability and accessibility work on Drupal 8 at the University of Minnesota. This seemed like an excellent opportunity to follow-up on that.

This year Twin Cities Drupal Camp took place from August 7-10. I spent a bunch of my time there in the Awesome Room, which was where the sprints were taking place on Saturday.<--break->

I couldn't get there in the week unfortunately, but was able to present my first session about ATAG & Drupal 8 on Saturday afternoon:


This was reasonably well attended, but led to some interesting discussions about how a CMS can help produce more accessible content.

Sunday was a Code Sprint was generously hosted by the Nerdery. It was really interesting to spend a day in a reasonably large tech company that was working hard to live their values. The day was productive and quite a lot of work was done by the 40 or so developers who participated. It's great to have new people participate in accessibility issues because they are identified as part of a sprint.

On Monday, Barry brought me to Intermedia Arts which is a neat co-working space with an art gallery and lots of great atmosphere. It's definitely great to see how others are sharing space and ideas.

We also met with the web accessibility team at the University of Minnisota about involvement with the Drupal community.  Like so many universities around the world, the UofM is moving more of their sites to Drupal. It was really good to think about how Drupal could be used in different ways, even simply as a front end to tools like PeopleSoft which might be difficult or impossible to make accessible.

All in all it was a great trip and the best DrupalCamp I've been to in years! I posted pictures from my trip to Flickr as usual. Thanks so much to Tim Erickson for driving me around, and Barry & Wilbur for hosting me.

About The Author

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

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