Celebrate Drupal 8 - how it was done

As with many crazy ideas this all started in a bar. No ordinary bar, this was DrupalCon Barcelona Trivia Night. @BarisW said “so what are you going to do about Drupal 8’s release, we’re relying on you”. I was phased, but it set my mind in motion.

I am one of those people who, when faced with a challenge, believe the impossible is possible. How do I reach every corner of the globe and spread the word of this amazing new Drupal 8 thing? This is the story of how Celebr8D8 came to be, and I didn't do it alone.

Which countries have contributed most to Drupal 8?

For some time I have been using official Drupal social media channels to champion individuals and communities in countries beyond USA and Europe. To recognise that Drupal is a truly global community, where all are welcome and do take part. Now I have some interesting and fascinating evidence that this is true, read on.

Drupal Core & Contrib Sprints Manchester UK

Mike Bell announced last week that he's organising monthly Drupal Sprints here in Manchester, UK. Mike hopes to replicate the success of the London Drupal Sprints organised by Robert Castello. This is a perfect opportunity for those already developing in Drupal looking for opportunities to meet and collaborate with others on Core and contrib modules.

How will you celebrate Drupal 8 launch?

Drupal 8 will land November 19th 2015 but with it rock onto the global stage triumphantly? You have the power to make it happen. Back in 2011 when Drupal 7 shipped there were over 200 release parties around the globe. The Dutch community certainly made sure D7 arrived with a bang. A massive Druplicon shone from the KPN building in Rotterdam nearly 100 metres tall ....

... and Bert Boerland has thrown down the gauntlet again.

Help Drupal8 happen - GitTip Alex Pott

Back in April 2013 Dries Buytaert appointed Alex Pott as a Drupal 8 co-maintainer. Having recently quit his well paid job, in accepting this key role Alex made a huge time commitment to Drupal and significant personal sacrifice.

In March, I quit my job to work on Drupal 8 and then Dries asked me to be a maintainer. Since then I've spent over £15,000 of my own savings and I've relied on my partner's maternity pay as well

- Alex Pott

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