About DrupalCamp LA

Note: this is an archived site. The current site can be found at http://drupalcampla.com.
Group photo
Photo credit: John Romine

DrupalCamp LA is the annual FREE conference for the Drupal community in Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Greater Southern California Area.

The conference will be held the weekend of Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the conference center of the University of California, Irvine (same location since 2011), hosted by The UC Irvine Henry Samueli School of Engineering.

What is a DrupalCamp?

DrupalCamp LA is an unconference-style Drupal training, founded in the style of BarCamp. While there are some differences (DrupalCamp does more pre-planning on the sessions), they have the common goal of bringing smart people together in an environment that is accessible to everyone.

Since this is a free+cheap event and on a weekend, we also get to welcome folks who can't usually take the time or money to go to commercial conferences - so it's a lot of fun with fresh faces who have all come here with something to share and a desire to learn.

Since this is a free event and entirely volunteer run (and no, this is not our day job), we also expect active participation from everyone when it comes to running the conference. This is as simple as picking up after yourself or actively fixing something if you see it's broken, but please feel welcome to take an active role in making this a great event. We set the stage, but all of you make this happen!

General Schedule

Friday, July 12

Saturday, July 13

  • 8am: setup
  • 9am: first session
  • 12pm: lunch with fellow campers
  • 1pm: keynote session
  • 6-10p: AntHill Pub Party Sponsored By: KWALL

Sunday, July 14

  • 8am: setup
  • 9am: first session
  • 12pm: lunch with fellow campers
  • 6pm: camp end

Note: This is subject to change; the final schedule won't be set until a few days before the camp.

Sessions and Topics

Current plans are to have five tracks with extra rooms on the side for community gatherings (BoFs). Large rooms hold up to 500 people, while small rooms hold more than 25 attendees with laptops.

Just like BarCamp, our sessions are proposed by community volunteers. The official schedule will be based on the sessions chosen by members attending the camp! In other words, YOUR camp will be two days of kick-ass sessions chosen by YOU. Pick ONLY the sessions you plan to attend when compiling your own ultimate schedule. If you can only attend one day, pick eight instead of fifteen. We'll keep an active tally. The sessions with the most picks will make the cut. See something you like? Add it to your schedule! What if a session doesn't make it? Don't worry... we'll have lots of room for BoF's too!

After we have a *final schedule* - sometime in the week before camp - we'll need you to update your personal schedule from the sessions that made the cut.

Updating your schedule is super important for two reasons:

  1. So we can schedule the presentations in the "right-size" room.
  2. Secondly, you can view your own schedule on the camp site.

Volunteer an hour

If you have a gap in your schedule, please consider signing up for our help/information desk. You can self assign your name here.

Drupal Install-fest

Do you need help installing Drupal on your laptop? Or want someone to review your setup? Do you have questions regarding configuration of your site or how to name a template file? We are planning an install-fest for Saturday and Sunday morning.

Are you an expert in setting up Drupal? Come help us. We need volunteers that know at least one OS platform very well.

What to Bring

  • Your computer (and power adapter)
  • A surge protector or extension cord (labeled with your name)
  • A notebook
  • Business cards
  • A water bottle and snacks if you want to avoid the vending machines
  • Cash for parking ($10/day) and eats if you don't bring snacks
  • Sunblock and a hat
  • An unhealthy love for all things Drupal

Bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades are allowed on the campus but only bikes are allowed on the Ring Mall road (PDF) during weekends. There are dedicated bike lanes throughout the campus, all of which are illustrated in the UCI Irvine Bike Map (PDF). See the Skateboards and Skate Devices and Bicycle FAQ and Guidelines pages for more information.

Also allowed

  • A camera or video camera
  • Podcasting gear
  • Your cell phone, set to vibrate please

What NOT to Bring

  • Alcohol or illegal substances of any sort
  • Firearms, fireworks, etc.
  • Pets
  • Small children (or anyone who doesn't intend on participating in the conference)


To ensure that DrupalCamp is a safe, enjoyable event for all comers, we have devised the following baseline code of conduct.

The following will not be tolerated and will result in immediate dismissal from DrupalCamp. Please review these rules carefully, there will be a zero tolerance policy in place at the event:

  • Excessive Alcohol Usage, or ANY alcohol usage outside of the venue. This is disrespectful and the possible legal ramifications could jeopardize the event for everyone.
  • Use of illegal drugs in or anywhere near the venue. As in #1, not only is this disrespectful to other DrupalCampers, it could also lead to the event being shut down. This is unacceptable.
  • While healthy, participatory discourse is encouraged, we will not tolerate abusive, badgering, or baiting arguments, whether during a session or otherwise. Likewise, disrupting the presentation of any individual, either through excessive interruptions, loud talking through a session in close proximity to a session, or attempting to take the stage (or similar presentation area) during another individual's presentation will be grounds for immediate dismissal.
  • Aggressive behavior towards other DrupalCampers, whether physical or verbal, will not be tolerated. This covers, but is not limited to:
    • Threats of violence
    • Excessive personal insults
    • Sexually aggressive behavior
    • "Stalking behavior" of any sort
    • Harassment of any person present at DrupalCamp or surrounding conventions

We want to make DrupalCamp a safe and comfortable environment for everyone involved, which is why we believe these very basic ground rules are necessary and non-negotiable. Feel free to contact any of the organizers if you have any questions on this matter and we will be happy to address your concerns.

Violations of the code of conduct will be dealt with swiftly. Please report any issues to the event organizers.

Staying in Touch

Follow us on twitter for updates before and during the Camp: www.twitter.com/ladrupal.