Case study: Drupal Con at the CCD

The Convention Centre Dublin hosted Drupal Con in September 2016, which saw 1,787 delegates gather for the convention's largest european event.

Drupal Con
Drupal Con

OBJECTIVES

The Convention Centre Dublin (the CCD) hosted DrupalCon Dublin in September 2016. Drupal is a content management software used to make websites and applications and each year its community meets for its largest European event, DrupalCon. The event attracted almost 1,800 delegates, consisting of developers, designers, strategists, coordinators, editors and translators, who came together for five days to learn, teach, network and work on their Drupal projects.

SOLUTION

During a series of detailed planning meetings with the venue, the Drupal Association emphasised the need for a strong wi-fi infrastructure to ensure its delegates could seamlessly work on projects, communicate online and share their ideas via their networks. The CCD provided a sprint lounge in Wicklow Hall 1 which accommodated up to 100 coders, who were provided with dedicated power outlets.

The CCD’s wi-fi infrastructure underwent a large-scale upgrade in preparation to almost double its capacity. The CCD worked with Kedington, the largest IT network infrastructure solutions company in Ireland, to ensure the CCD was able to offer its clients five-star wi-fi.

At the event, IT teams monitored the wi-fi via real-time reporting feeds to ensure it was constantly and consistently providing coverage, as well as fast uploads and downloads.

VERDICT

Rachel Friesen, events manager at the Drupal Association, said: "The success of DrupalCon is often measured on how well the wi-fi performs and we have had nothing but success here at the CCD. I think we set some records for how much internet we used."

FACT FILE

Client: The Drupal Association

Event: DrupalCon Dublin

Delegates: 1,787

Venue: The Convention Centre Dublin

Date: 26-30 September 2016

 

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