Camping in the fall
There were four drupal camps for 2013 on my radar... three firsts in Lahore, Karachi, Dubai and Islamabad's second camp, and as with most plans.. things got skewed after Lahore!
Back in March at Drupal Camp Lahore we had the unpleasant experience of an individual announce himself as a contender for 'douche of the community' award! spewing out bigoted, racist opinions about fellow community members from Bangalore whilst we had the Bangalore community with us over Skype... you can read the details here.
Unfortunately that was not the last we heard from the 'Douche', instead of apologising and seeing the errors of his ways the 'Douche' having been taken to task by several members of the local community announced his own camps in Karachi and Dubai soon after, with dates to coincide to those organised by ourselves. So we called it a day in the summer and postponed Drupal Camp Karachi to November and Dubai thereafter.
Yes... I am venting, am a little annoyed for there has been malice at work from the very start to sabotage the efforts to nurture a single cohesive community in Middle Earth.Being the first in Karachi or Dubai was not the objective, doing it right was and remains! now on to the upside! Having my summer schedule blown wide open was great!
I spent August in the high Atlas in Maroc, summited Tizi Agouri and M'Goun and came back rested and with fire in'me belly for the fall camps! September was Drupal Camp Belgium in Leuven and then of course the highlight of all things OS for the year DrupalCon Prague and catching up with friends from all over the rock and making some awesome new ones!
October has been a month of careful planning and absolute frenzy! all good though.For Drupal Camp Karachi the local organising committee and I roped in P@SHA and together they have worked tirelessly to ensure Karachi camp would be worthy of Karachi's Drupal Community and the awesome city Karachi is (the economic hub of Pakistan and the third most populated city proper on the rock).
The venue is the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), folks at IBA jumped on board with epic enthusiasm from the get go! Karachi camp has a little under 400 delegates registered, 13 speakers from 11 different countries! Karachiites have been awesome! and the credit goes to P@SHA and the local organising committee.
I have no doubt Karachi Camp will be epic in proper Karachi style.. on the 2nd of November 2013.With Karachi sorted, well almost sorted it was time to turn my attention to Dubai, and little surprise the Douche was all over D.O with a Drupal camp in Dubai and had it been properly executed I would have conceded that my job has been done and any further efforts to that end redundant, but that was hardly the case.
So Ahmed from Acquia and I ignored the meetup dressed up as a camp and ploughed ahead with Drupal Camp Dubai. Once again the credit goes to local community members Massoud Al-Shareef, Hani Hejazi, Marwa Ezzat from KnowledgeWARE Technologies who have been epic! with neither Ahmed or me on the ground in Dubai the team from KnowledgeWARE came to our aid and stepped in where we physically could not! thank you for making it happen!