This is a quick poll to decide which city to put forward in our proposal for a UK DrupalCon. Poll will finish at 9 p.m. today as the proposal deadline is 1st October and we'll need some time to put together the information for the chosen city.
Please read comments below before making a choice, and feel welcome to leave your own comments on the merits of each location.
London's too big. We need a smaller place that makes it easy for folks to bump into each other. Put a DrupalCon in a big city and you lose a lot of the vibe/random meetups/general good times that makes DrupalCon so worthwhile.
This isn't a normal conference we're talking about here. DrupalCon is something special.
Small is good.
Held in London, DrupalCon would be a lot like Paris; London is a large, spread out city. DrupalCon would most likely be held in a single building - a conference centre or university. London is a world transport hub, with hundreds of flights a day, and the Eurostar train to the continent. London is famous for being the capital of the UK, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, and thousands of other attractions.
Manchester is a vibrant city in the northwest of the UK. It's smaller than London, but a lot bigger than Cambridge. Drupalcon would most likely be held in a conference centre or a university. Manchester is 2 hours from London by high-speed train, and has its own international airport. Manchester is famous for Man Utd, music, including Oasis, and being the birthplace of acid house.
.. but that doesn't make it intimate. Or cost effective.
More importantly - and feel free to call me a hopeless romantic - I think for our foreign visitors that Cambridge is a much more attractive prospect. They, in many senses, are the customer.
So in their shoes, would you be drawn to the 'heartless, samey metropolis’ of London, or Cambridge the ‘font of learning’??
And so much more fun to cycle or row than to take the tube. Really didn’t enjoy the distances or metro metro metro of Paris.
Maybe I would feel different if I already lived in Cambridge, but for me Cambridge is much more appealing.