Open doors for open-source at City
City University London has become an important location for Drupal open-source enthusiasts. Drupal operates over a million websites for a variety of high-profile users including the Cabinet Office, the World Economic Forum, the Grammy Awards, the University of Oxford and The Economist. Belgian computer scientist Dries Buytaert started running Drupal software on an online message board in 1999. By 2001, drupal.org had become a popular open-source platform. The Drupal community gained further momentum in 2005 with several collaborative coding sessions and conferences. Thanks to a relationship developed two years ago by the Professional Liaison Unit in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, DrupalCamp London has twice selected City as the venue for its annual jamboree.
DrupalCamp London 2014, held at City at the beginning of March, welcomed 650 DrupalCamp community members, including established tech businesses, start-ups and City computer science students. There were more than 50 sessions for attendees to choose from, including "How to Release More Code"; "What the ECK!"; "I want my MTV: Inside the guts of a global publishing platform"; and "A gitworkflow for Drupal core development."
Commenting on the success of the event, Professor Roger Crouch, Dean of the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, noted that events such as DrupalCamp London 2014 reinforce City's reputation as a major provider of computing talent.
We are delighted that City was selected for two consecutive years as the venue for such an important gathering of digital experts. Events such as this offer excellent exposure and opportunities for our computer science students. DrupalCamp London 2014 also underscores City's emphasis on an integrated approach to mathematics, computer science and engineering which makes our students highly desirable in the very competitive field of technology.