Events Italy

Joomla World Conference 2017, Rome, Italy

I was in Rome at the Joomla World Conference. The stay wasn’t planned. I was the lucky winner of two conference tickets including all evening events. Thanks a lot to a company called Aesir who paid the tickets!
The other ticket I gave to Maryna Shandak

Because of the way I got this ticket I was thinking a lot about the sponsors of an event like Joomla World Conference. Who are they and what do they expect from their sponsoring? I mean, we are living in highly optimised times, so how to measure the success of an investment in sponsorship?

On hand I was interested in their products, on the other hand I always try to have a kind of personal contact to someone inside the company. For me it’s always helpful to connect faces, names, products, services, features , social media accounts of the employees all together in a “virtual landscape” in my brain.

Cars Ferrari Italy Maserati Modena

Museo Enzo Ferrari

Why Ferrari?
I know the name Ferrari since I was a child. Ferrari meant for me red painted racing cars. On the road (in Lower Saxony, Germany in the 70ties) I have never seen such a car. The first Ferrari I saw live was a Testarossa. I was in the red light district of Braunschweig while I was working as a taxi driver :)
I’ve heard sometimes of Enzo Ferrari, but was not really interested in his story and the history of the cars.

It was the first time that I went to a “real” car museum and the visit wasn’t planned. We came for the Balsamico and I just rembered that Modena was the hometown of Enzo Ferrari.

The company Ferrari runs two museums in Italy, the “Museo Enzo Ferrari” in Modena and the “Museo Ferrari” in Maranello. The Museum in Modena consists of the workshop of Alfredo Ferrari and a new futuristic hall with changing exhibitions. Enzo sold this workshop to have enough money to start the Ferrari company in Maranello.

The Workshop

There is a space in which Enzo Ferrari’s story is told as an animated comic strip, another room with his office and a hall full of unique Ferrari cars and engines. The most impressive piece for me was the first Ferrari (125 S). It was produced in 1947 and only two examples were built!
The car and of course the engine (V12) are pieces of art!

Ferrari S 125
Ferrari S 125
Ferrari 125S

The newest model in the room is the Ferrari Enzo. It was build 399 times between 2002 and 2004.

Ferrari Enzo
Ferrari Enzo

The engines in the background are made by hand and they really look like sculptures.

The futuristic Hall

I didn’t know, that Ferrari built wooden(!) speed boats too.
Ferrari Speed Boat
Ferrari Speed Boat

In the futuristic yellow exhibition area was a Maserati exhibition and I was blown away by the elegance of these cars!

1957 Maserati A6G 2000 Gran Sport

Maserati 300S race car

Maserati A6 Zagato

Maserati 150 GT Spider Fantuzzi
1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider Fantuzi

More photos (Flickr set)

Drupal Events Italy

DrupalCamp Italia, Crema

6:00 I leave the hotel in Milano. The day before I walked through Milano and was impressed. I have to come back for a closer look. See pictures. The Metro in Milano opens at 6am. I miss the bus at 7am. It is sooo cold and icy. I take the 7:45 bus to Crema. The distance between Crema and Milano is only 50 km but the bus stopped at EVERY busstop so it takes me 1.5 hours.

9:30 I arrive at the university campus in Crema. The Dipartimento di Tecnologie dell’informazione is a part of the university of Milano.

9:40 It starts with a small introduction (of course in italian language :-) )


9:40 Venice is using Drupal … :-)

A presentation from Paolo Cotti Cometti and Pietro Avanzolini (Drupal e Comune di Venezia: le esperienze innovative)

The city of Venezia started in 2009 with a project called “Amministrare 2.0”

At this time they had an old intranet. They used it from 2000 to 2008 with 150 authors/editors and 3800 users.

In 2009 they decided to use a Drupal based Intranet called Altana.

It is build by Paolo and Pietro, they are employees of the Comune di Venezia.

It took them 6 month to plan, build and switch from the old to the new intranet.

They use mainly these modules: LDAP, Node Access, Book Access, Calendar, Views , CCK, FAQ, Sitemap, homebox, webform

An important detail was the phonebook.

One problem was the design of backoffice. How to handle 150 authors?

Finally they used node access to set access rights on node level.

but anyway … drupal is the answer … see picture below

drupal is the answer



The room gets fuller and fuller :-) The last questionS were asked about the venice project.

10:35 my talk

There is a lot of interest in the different possibilities with prebuild modules afterwards.

11:45 How to build an image gallery in Drupal – Creare une photo gallery con CCK e Views – Riccardo Bessone

He shows the possibilities of ImageCache and builds a gallery using the usual subjects, cck, views, imagecache, imageapi and the modules custom pager, taxonomy redirect.

For the gallery names he used a vocabulary.

The view for the photos was triggered with tid parameters

galleries with drupal


12:45 Apache solr – Claudio Cicali

The presentation was very professional. I know the module, so I could follow the slides but I didn’t understand the hints and tipps.

But Robert, look … a tribute to you :-)

apache solr
13:45-14:45 In the lunch break I had delicious italian fastfood :-)


14:45 Social Network: quali sono I moduli necessary per relizzarne uno con Drupal – Michel Morelli

Many good module tipps for building a social network based on Drupal

The slides had so much italian text :-) … it was hard for me to follow – but as far as I have seen there was a good list of modules

building a community with drupal


16:05 Civic CRM – Francesco Moretto

He runs the website

February, 6-7th 2010 ist the first CivicCRM Developer Camp in Bruxelles – It’s again Fosdem time (how fast is one year gone? :-))

He talks about the history of the project since 2005, the core, that is available for Joomla and Drupal and lot of other useful things concerning civicrm.

He introduces the main modules and gives an overview about the new stuff



An now … 17:30 … the future arrives …

Drupal 7 presented by the drupalitalia team.

drupal 7

After the Drupalcamp Dario, one of the organizers, gave me a lift to the airport Bergamo – Thank you very much

My Impression about Italy and Drupal?

Drupal appears slowly on the italian horizon.

There are many interesting italian projects like the intranet of the Venice Community, which are completely in italian language and will not that much be known outside of Italy.

That’s a pity and I wish to see more european usecases on

There are many web agencies which start to think about Drupal. Mostly they try it in a small project.

The coolest project I have seen is a Drupal Implementation on IBM AS400, done by Jet, a company based in Seregno -> Congratulation.

As far as I have seen, Italy is not that “twitter- and web 2.0 compatible”, they are more focussed on mobile phones -> Pronto?.

I was wondering why there was no talk about the mobile possibilties of Drupal.

I am sure, when the right people will notice the real potential of Drupal the Italians will love it.

Hope to be at the next italian DrupalCamp too – may be a bit more in the south of Italy with higher temperatures :-)