This is one of the hardest blog posts that I've had to write. Regrettably and with much consternation we have decided to cancel DrupalCon Sao Paulo due to a low level of sponsorship support, fewer than expected session submissions, and higher than expected costs.
Over three years ago long-time Drupal community members and leaders of the Latin Drupal community Fabiano Sant'Ana and Fernando Paredes García came to the Drupal Association looking to host a DrupalCon in South America. Over the next three years these two worked diligently to grow their community by hosting meetups, camps, and launching Drupal Summit Latino. After years of work we all felt the time was right to expand DrupalCon into South America. With the full support of the Drupal Association board and staff, countless hours have been dedicated to planning, promoting, and organizing this event. Association staff and local community members have worked tirelessly to secure the venue, find sponsors, negotiate with vendors for Internet and other conference essentials, and rally the global community to help bring DrupalCon to a new audience.
Despite these efforts, it has become clear that moving forward with DrupalCon Sao Paulo at this point would not only result in a major financial loss, but also threaten to undermine the Association’s larger mission of promoting and supporting the global Drupal community.
Although this is a step back it is not deterring us from expanding Drupal around the world. We will continue to work alongside leaders of the Latin America Drupal community as we do with all leaders within our community. We have asked our sponsors to support upcoming DrupalCamps in South America as well as the next Drupal Summit Latino and we would like to encourage community members from around the world to attend these two upcoming events.
|Drupalcamp Centroamerica 2012 - Panamá
Panama, Ciudad del Saber
11-13 October 2012
|Drupal Summit Latino - Loja 2013
13-15 March 2013
I want to personally thank everyone that has dedicated their time to this event particularly the following individuals that went above and beyond for this community.
Fabiano Sant'Ana (Founding organizer)
Fernando Paredes Garcia (Founding organizer)
Josè San Martin (Content lead)
Felix Delattre (Community lead)
Dustin Boeger (Website Content lead)
Joaquin Bravo Contreras (Website Systems lead)
Ricardo Chang (Design Lead)