Article for conference booklet:
DROP, which stands for Drupal Really Open Participation, is a project designed for organizing short-term tasks for members of the community who are still getting familiar with the system. There are also a few harder tasks available for more seasoned developers looking for something to do when they're bored.
As GHOP (Google Highly Open Participation contest) ended, the DROP program was designed to capture the essence of the initial GHOP program - the small, bite-sized tasks aspect of it which made learning Drupal so much more approachable for newbies. DROP is a continuing program that lets anyone find a fast, easy way to learn Drupal while contributing to the Drupal community.
In the future, we intend to extend DROP to be a more active part of learning Drupal - it is sure to help speed up the initial learning process, or help learn areas of Drupal that you're not so familiar with: for example, you might learn the basics of jQuery from your awesome DROP mentor, or learn how to use a theming override from the documentation your mentor points you to. DROP is a wonderful resource for all those who are looking to learn anything about Drupal, from the complete Drupal newbie to the chx.
This session will cover what DROP has accomplished in the few months since its launch, as well as where we are now, how you can participate and/or help, and where DROP is going. Site maintainers can learn about custom module development and theming overrides; Drupal newbies can learn the very basics of installing Drupal; Drupal experts can have fun reworking complex administration pages to be more usable. DROP has something to offer for everyone, and if you attend this session, you will find out what it has to offer for YOU.
Bios for conference booklet:
Charlie Gordon is a 10th grade student and an enthusiastic Drupaller. Charlie began using Drupal one year ago, and quickly realized the awesomeness of Drupal. He has continued to work on Drupal, and is currently running the DROP program.
Daniel Wehner (dereine) started using Drupal 2 years ago after being frustrated with Joomla! and Typo3.
Today, he's very involved in the German Drupal community, as well as giving drupal support on IRC.
Angie Byron (webchick) began contributing to Drupal during Google Summer of Code 2005. She recently won the award for "Best Contributor" to an open source project.
Thomas Moseler is a web designer. He joined the Drupal community in 2006 and soon fell in love with the system. Being a passionate Drupal evangelist, he is very active in his local community.
Leslie Hawthorn held various roles at Google before joining the Open Source Programs Office in March 2006. She manages the Google Summer of Code and the Google Highly Open Participation contest.