We launched the Drupal Downunder scholarship with the goal of promoting learning in the Drupal community and extending its reach. The effort was validated quicker than we could've imagined, when Wayne Tsai submitted his first core patch during the conference-ending code sprint.
Wayne, a second-year student at ANU, attended Drupal Downunder in Melbourne as a scholarship recipient. He has been working with Drupal for about three years, with a focus on theming, but recently started building modules. He is currently working on non-profit student web site and will be sumbitting several modules from that project to drupal.org.
Before the conference, Wayne had limited involvement in the Drupal community, but was hoping that attending DDU would open the door to more participation. We hope he's been inspired to continue!
The recipients of the 2012 Drupal Downunder scholarships have been selected as Wayne Tsai and Shane McDonnell.
The scholarship program, sponsored by CrossFunctional, was created this year in an effort to promote learning in the Drupal community and extend its reach.
Tsai and McDonnell will each receive a ticket to the conference, which includes access to all events, as well as a t-shirt. In addition, they will have access to CrossFunctional's experienced Drupal team in a special informal session.
Drupal Downunder have announced a scholarship program for the 2012 conference, sponsored by CrossFunctional.
This program has been created in an effort to promote learning in the Drupal community and extend its reach.
Successful applicants will receive a ticket to the conference, which includes access to all events, including the pre-conference drinks and nibbles, plus a conference t-shirt. In addition, successful applicants will have the chance to pick the brains of CrossFunctional's experienced Drupal team in a special informal session.
CrossFunctional and Drupal Downunder are seeking applicants across all levels of expertise, from Drupal newbies who are interested in learning, to seasoned programmers who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend the conference.
Apply online here to be considered for a scholarship. The application deadline is Tuesday 27 December 2011 and the winners will be announced by 2 January 2012. Applications will be evaluated on merit and need for financial aid.
The University of New South Wales has relauched its web site on a Drupal 7 platform, developed in collaboration with CrossFunctional.
In addition to helping to architect and rebuild the site, CrossFunctional provided training and support throughout development. CrossFunctional team members worked closely with internal staff during the site build.
CrossFunctional also developed the Newsroom section of the site, which serves as a hub for all news and media related to UNSW. The Newsroom also features a 'Find an expert' section, a source for journalists seeking expert commentary. A customisable search allows users to quickly find relevant experts from UNSW's database of more than 2000 academics.
Before the new site launched, CrossFunctional performed a comprehensive site audit for best practices and security.
CrossFunctional is a gold sponsor of Drupal Downunder 2012, to be held 13-15 Jan in Melbourne.
Now in its second year, Drupal Downunder is the premier Drupal event in Australasia, drawing the brightest in the community for a weekend of collaboration and learning. The conference features presentations, code sprints, training sessions and more.
CrossFunctional was a gold sponsor of the first Drupal Downunder, held in January 2011 in Brisbane. After the overwhelming success of that event, organisers began planning the Melbourne conference almost immediately.
CrossFunctional team member Geoffrey Roberts will be giving a presentation at this year's event, focusing on responsive design. A web design philosophy, responsive design centers on designing and developing web sites that can be viewed on a range of devices without sacrificing functionality, depth of content, or beauty. Geoffrey is a theming specialist who has been working with Drupal for more than four years. Read more about Geoffrey's presentation here.