As part of the DrupalCon Denver Distributions Sprint, several people got together to help update COD to Drupal 7. The process for updating COD to Drupal 7 is multifaceted and requires a range of expertise to complete. Luckily, we had an amazing turnout of skilled people at the code sprint. We even started one of the hardest parts of the upgrade process: evaluating architecture for the event/attendee management system in Drupal 7!
With several flagship conference sites in a range of industries and amazing list of features added to COD 6.x, 2011 was an amazing year for COD.
As we begin 2012, it’s time to provide an update on what’s new with COD and what you can expect to see coming up.
The immediate answer is it's that at least Ezra plans to continue working on COD as part of his "gardening" (community) time at Acquia.
Some relevant details and likely scenarios:
Following the extensively feature-packed release of COD Beta1, we are happy to present the more aesthetically pleasing COD Beta2.
Conference attendees need to have quick and easy access to their conference's schedule of sessions and activities. Printed schedules are still popular, but at many tech events it's common for there to be 2.5 wifi-enabled devices per attendee, such as a laptop, a phone, and tablet.
Therefore, it is a huge service to provide your event's content to mobile devices in an easily consumable way. During the event, the schedule, speaker bios and other details need to be quickly available and easily digestible, with current and upcoming information most prominent.
We are excited to announce the first beta release of COD, the Conference Organizing Distribution.
COD Beta1 is packed to the gills with great features that make managing and attending a conference easier for organizers and attendees.
New features include automated sponsorship sales, a more flexible event schedule, and various enhancements to the registration workflow.
You can download COD today.
Back in February of this year Scott Berkun unleashed on conference organizers an open letter giving them some great tips about how to create an environment that would make speakers more successful.
He just followed up with an Open Letter to Conference Speakers which is enormously valuable. If I had to summarize it in two concepts, they would be: practice and be humble.
As recently posted, the San Diego Drupal user group recently put together a sprint to get COD upgraded to Drupal 7. Here is an account of what went on and what we accomplished.
On Saturday May 7th, the San Diego Drupal user group will hold a local sprint to port COD to Drupal 7. The sprint is sponsored by Transparatech and Kohwork'n and will be attended in person by Joel Ferris, Andrew Root, and many members of the local community, in addition to Jerad Bitner from Colorado, whose attendance is sponsored by Lullabot.
Thanks, Dave and Mediacurrent for sharing your experience with everyone!
GVS: Can you tell us a little background about MediaCurrent, Pega, and the
As we think deeper about COD's features, visual design and UX, we can't help but notice what makes a good conference/event site.
All of these sites could be built with COD, but are all non-Drupal examples. It's important to look further afield for learning and inspiration.
Below is the video from the DrupalCon Chicago presentation on COD, with Ezra Gildesgame, Ben Jeavons and Lisa Rex. You can also view the slides on Google Docs.
Thanks to everyone for the great questions at the end of the session. We also had a great time at the birds of a feather (BoF) session. If you were there, add your name to the wiki of folks who attended.
We are pleased to announce the Alpha 3 version of COD, the Conference Organizing Distribution, was released on 27, January 2011 and is available for download.
Notable improvements include:
Join us for the next free COD Support hour on IRC in #drupal-cod ! Learn about Drupal's Conference Organizing Distribution, ask questions and provide feedback to other folks using and helping to build COD!
That's Thursday, 20 Jan at 11am ET.
Another great milestone in the life of COD, it's now live on the Chicago DrupalCon site.
In particular, we discussed
The Drupalcamp Atlanta website uses many of the COD features
In their opening remarks video Dave Terry mentioned COD:
We really tried to upgrade the website considerably. There's been a big movement in the Drupal community with something called COD, Conference Organizing Distribution. And Brent Ratliff deserves a lot of credit for his work with that. I think for those who attended last year I think you noticed a big upgrade in the website.
Ezra made a presentation at the New York City Drupal meetup on 3, November, 2010 following the COD Alpha2 release. Thanks to Forest Mars for the video!