Group photo at MidCamp 2016

Recap of MidCamp 2016

MidCamp 2016: 4 days of Midwestererns training on, talking about, sprinting and breathing Drupal. The camp was held in Chicago at the University of Illinois Chicago's medical campus. To get the real midwestern feel, half of our team road-tripped down to the conference. Here's a recap of our time in the Midwest:


MidCamp kicked off with a day of trainings. We introduced 25 midcampers to Drupal 8 with our intro Drupal training. We had such a great time meeting all these friendly folks at MidCamp that we're coming back to Chicago May 19-20 to lead a Drupal 8 Theming Training.

Evolving Web training handout - Are you ready for Drupal 8?


I gave a talk for site builders about Migrating Content to Drupal 7. I've since turned that talk into a tutorial with a video and links to the session resources.

Suzanne leading the Content Migration talk

Our front-end developer Jorge Diaz provided a case study about Moving the Evolving Web Site to Drupal 8. And our senior Drupal developer Dave Vasilevsky presented our SiteDiff tool at his talk about Test-Driven Drupal Upgrades.

Jorge and Dave presenting at MidCamp 2016

One of the highlights of the camp was Project Management: The Musical, starring project manager Allison Manley, which leads you through the process of managing a Drupal project with musical flourishes. We also liked Dwayne McDaniel's Sales and Pricing Strategies talk and the entertaining DevOps and the Chocolate Factory about setting up a workflow with Ansible, Vagrant, Behat, and CircleCI. There were lots of other great sessions, all the videos are up on the MidCamp website.


Jorge participated in his first Drupal code sprint. He and Dave spent the day testing Drupal 8 and working on bugs in Bootstrap and working in the i18n node migrate issue queue.

Jorge and Dave sprinting at MidCamp

There were over 40 people at the sprints including a lot of core Drupal front-end maintainers: Lauri Eskola, JoelPittet, MortenDK, David Hernandez, and others.

Sprint task cards


Huge thanks to the MidCamp organizing team, especially Cathy Theys who recruited us to sponsor, train, and speak at the conference.