In Portland, I participated in the Friday sprints. Here in Prague, I will be leaving at 4 am on Friday to get back to business. Frankly, the only reason I came is that I felt I needed to be on the ground at DrupalCon Prague to truly experience the content that our team selected for the event and to experience the reaction from the Drupal community. It was not cheap in terms of out of pocket costs or time away from the business of running Monarch Digital, but, hey, we're using "free" software, right?
Twice the contributors. In the Driesnote, we're almost at twice the number of core contributors for D8 as D7. Code IS gold. Like Lisa Welchman observed, our community has grown to the point that we must value ALL contributions to the project. Of course, I trumpet that song. That is where I live. Herding amazing volunteers to put on ever-better DrupalCons.
Local content leads. As someone who attends a DrupalCon, you don't really know the time, effort and, well, worry, that goes into the session selection process by the lead track chairs (formerly known as local track chairs). These folks were the go-to women and men who assumed the responsibility for picking the best sessions from a huge, high-quality portfolio of submitted sessions. My standing joke is that everyone is your best friend... until you choose the sessions. Then, you are either an insightful hero or a less-than-ignorant dolt.
If I can, I will insert a picture of our local and global track chairs here. (Did I tell you that I am leaving at 4 am on Friday morning?)
If you think of it, thank your local track chairs for DrupalCon Prague. The globals are our organizational memory and go-to's for speaker references and past performance. These unsung heroes and heroines provide the support to the locals and help vote on the sessions. I am proud to call all of the locals and globals my respected friends.
So, on to DrupalCon Austin to future DrupalCons that will continue to grow Drupal, the community and each of us individually and personally.