DrupalCamp Austin goes mobile

With DrupalCamp Austin coming up this weekend, the web chefs have been working overtime to make things a bit easier on everyone at the camp. We’ve relaunched the website so that it works on everyone’s mobile devices while they hustle about between sessions. Instead of building a separate app, we’ve baked this mobile friendliness straight into the website using responsive web design.

Double website, all the way

Talk of responsive design has been all over the web lately because it allows us to deliver really diverse user experiences within one package. This is especially handy for DrupalCamp sites because there are two main audiences: desktop users who want to learn about the event or register, and mobile camp attendees needing easy access to timely information, especially the schedule.

I expect more and more DrupalCamp sites to start building responsive themes to improve their camp-goers’ experiences. If camps aren’t big enough to convince you, look no further than DrupalCon Denver to see a well-designed responsive conference site.

Where can I learn more?!?

I’m so glad you asked! DrupalCamp Austin is offering many training sessions this year, including a Responsive Drupal theming and design training on Sunday by myself and Todd. On Saturday we’ll have some fantastic mobile-oriented sessions:

Mobile sprint before the camp

We’re also hosting a Drupal Mobile sprint on before the camp at the Four Kitchens office. I’ll be there working on D7 mobile modules and anyone is welcome to come! Grab more details on groups.drupal.org

Chris Ruppel is a frontend developer who makes websites load fast and shrink on your phone. Although he’s a native Texan, Chris currently lives in the beautiful town of Freiburg, Germany

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Did you leverage local storage at all? I’m interested in storing the session schedule in case the WiFi goes down attendees will still have access.

No local storage this time around, although I would have liked to try it out. It would be a great fallback if people lost connectivity.