LEP boss Paton hails Drupal event

Bob Paton, the interim boss of the North East LEP, has hailed the first DrupalCamp North event which took place in Sunderland last weekend.

Paton hailed the weekend of digital activities a success for the region, but encouraged more businesses to get behind technologies like Drupal to ensure the North East maintains a competitive edge.

Drupal – like other platforms such as Wordpress – is a website development platform, but it allows the build of more complex websites that can integrate into every aspect of an organisation.

The DrupalCamp event was held at the Sunderland Software Centre from 24-26 July to and attracted almost 100 attendees from across the UK and beyond, including Finland, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.  

Mr Paton, who is also head of Accenture's North East Delivery Centre, said: "It's important that companies in the North East know about Drupal and other innovative open source software in order to continue to thrive, and events like DrupalCamp North are helping make that happen.

"The Drupal movement is developing at such a fast pace through its approach of collaborating, contributing and sharing with each other and those values should be celebrated across our region."

DrupalCamp events run right around the world, and the UK has hosted them in Scotland as well as London, Manchester and Brighton.  The Drupal community includes 33,000 developers with over one million Drupal sites now live.

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of Sunderland City Council, said: "It’s fantastic for Sunderland to be the host city for an event that really does draw people from around the world. 

"Our flagship Sunderland Software Centre is home to a host of great technology businesses, so is fitting that this was the location for the Drupal community, developers who are very much at the forefront of their industry."

BQ spoke to Bob Paton in May when he outlined plans to create 100,000 jobs over the next ten years.

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