Last weekend was the first annual Drupal North Summit held in Toronto, Ontario. The effort was spearheaded by the Toronto and Montreal Drupal User Groups (DUG) and many of the surrounding regional user groups, including the Western NY DUG (Buffalo/Rochester NY region) of which I am apart. The goal is to make this event similar to a BADCamp (Bay Area Drupal) for north of the border.
Toronto and Montreal have been lobbying to get a DrupalCon North America event in Toronto or Montreal for the last few years. Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and has a vibrant Drupal community. Without a DrupalCon coming to the area, the two groups decided to band together with the other regional groups and put on our own event. Each year the event will move to a different city in the region. This year it was hosted in Toronto, next year it will move to Montreal and in 2017 it will be held in Ottawa.
The event was a great success. We had roughly 400 attendees at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto. It was a 4-day event that included 1 day of training (Thursday), 2 days of sessions (Friday/Saturday) and a day of Sprints (Sunday). We had many sponsors help us put on this event, including Appnovation Technologies who was a Silver Sponsor.
The main focus of the event was Drupal 8. The majority of the sessions were based on some aspect of Drupal 8 and the sprints on Sunday were entirely focused on Drupal 8. Our colleague Andrei Zvonkov here at Appnovation Technologies gave a great talk on front end theming in Drupal 8. You can check out his slides and session description here: http://www.drupalnorth.org/en/session/creating-a-drupal-8-theme-with-node-js-libsass-gulp-browsersync.
With a successful start to the Drupal North series, we look forward to putting on the event next year in Montreal.