Announcing the Drupal Developer Days Brussels (4-6 Febr 2011)

After the awesome Drupal Design Camp in Prague where designers and themers from all over Europe gathered, it is now time to bring together Drupal developers for 3 days of Drupal geek madness!
The organising team is thrilled to announce that the first European Drupal Developer Days conference will take place on Saturday and Sunday February 5th & 6th, 2011, at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium. This two day event will be preceded by a code sprint on Friday the 4th.

The event will take place in parallel with the 2011 edition of Europe's largest open source gathering, FOSDEM. The Campus Etterbeek of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is located at a 15 minute walk or a 7 minute tram ride from the FOSDEM location, so that attendees can sample the best sessions from both events.

During the Drupal Developer Days you can expect sessions, ad-hoc meetings, code sprints and practical workshops about the latest developments within the Drupal ecosystem.

The Drupal Developer Days in Brussels are targeted at Drupal developers with varying skillsets: from beginners, who cannot distinguish a hook from a hack, to seasoned 100+ patches core contributors. However the sessions will be exclusively focussed around technical topics.

Registration for the event will open very soon. A call to submit sessions will be launched after that. The organising Belgian Drupal community hopes to welcome around 400 enthousiast Drupal developers in Brussels next February.

Be sure to check out the website at for news and updates, as well as @drupaldaysbxl on Twitter.

See you in Brussels!

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Following the OpenSpace concept, I participated in a few sessions that were of interest to me. This blog post is my summary on 2 interesting topics that were discussed during various sessions. I enjoyed these most because some real action points came out of them.

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Click read more to find the presentation slides of this talk, which was in Dutch.

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