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City to host over 600 Drupal enthusiasts for fourth successive year

DrupalCamp London 2016 comes to City from Friday 4th to Sunday 6th March.

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

DrupalCamp London 2016 will take place at City University London from 4th to 6th March. The event, which is being held at City for the fourth successive year, is expected to attract over 600 open source content management system enthusiasts from across the world.

The event is the biggest Drupal conference in Europe and aims to introduce developers to the Drupal community and expand current users knowledge. Drupal is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) for online content and user communities and runs over a million web sites with users including the Cabinet Office, the World Economic Forum, the Grammy Awards, the University of Oxford and The Economist.

Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert, who holds a PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from Ghent University, created the software as a message board in 1999. Within a year or so, more people became interested in using and contributing to Drupal, so the project was made open source. came online in 2001, and the community gained momentum in 2005 with several collaborative coding sessions and conferences. Drupal is now used by more than two percent of the world's websites.

Ben Wilding, managing director of Cameron and Wilding Ltd, a Drupal CMS specialist and DrupalCamp London 2016 organising committee member said City students would find the event of great value to them. 

At DrupalCamp London some of the biggest names and most talented developers from the Drupal content management world will be descending on City to share their knowledge and open up doors to fantastic careers in design, development, project management and business analysis. This year we have had the release of Drupal 8 so it will be an ideal time for students to engage with the Drupal community and begin to learn a tool that will open up many job opportunities.

Alex Elkins, Entrepreneurship Education Manager, says this year's DrupalCamp London 2016 further cements City's position in attracting major players in the global digital arena to City.

We at City are once again delighted to be hosting DrupalCamp London 2016. The Drupal community has for the fourth time selected our facilities, students, academics and taken advantage of our proximity to Tech City and the digital industries. We are hopeful that our students will exploit the valuable opportunity offered by a global community such as Drupal to gain exposure to leading practitioners in the field of open source software development.

Stefan Haeflinger, Professor in Strategic Management and Innovation at Cass, will be giving a talk at DrupalCamp's business day exploring open source communities and business models.
For more in information and registration visit the DrupalCamp London 2016 homepage.
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