This year, DrupalCon will again be providing room for "Birds of a Feather" sessions, or BoFs as they are more commonly known (it is commonly pronounced 'boff'). These sessions allow ad-hoc groups to meet and discuss a particular interest, how to scratch a particular itch, or really any topic that is on their mind. The format is unstructured and the topics are all over the map. This is what makes them great.
BoFs are really an excellent way to address issues that may have a more narrow interest than regular conference sessions, or to get together a group of like-minded individuals to talk about common problems. For instance, the museum and library BoFs have always been popular places to hash out industry-specific issues and vent about internal struggles. The LGBT BoF has in the past provided the opportunity to address common concerns. We won't say that no topic is off-limits, but it is safe to say that any topic within the bounds of the Drupal Code of Conduct is safe for discussion.
In Chicago we will have six rooms for BoFs. Three of the rooms will have whiteboards and round tables with a capacity of around 50 people, while the other three will be setup more classroom style with projectors and large sticky-pads and a capacity of around 30 people. Best of all, the BOF rooms will be open 24 hours a day throughout the entire conference! Perfect for those late nights when your group stumbles back from the bar itching to write some novelty modules.
You’ll be able to sign up to schedule rooms and timeslots at the conference. If you are constrained to a particular time you will want to get your requests up early! However, you can get a head start on planning by posting a discussion in the BoF forum on the DrupalCon website.
With so many rooms available for so many hours, no topic or interest is too narrow. We could see "Sam Boyer presents Rocky Horror Picture Show as a one-man show every night at midnight." I hear that my colleague Johan Falk is interested in discussing "Using Rules, Views and Panels to feed your cat while on vacation". The options are unlimited and we can't wait to see what everyone comes up with. BoFs are what YOU make of them and if there is one thing we can always rely on, it is that the Drupal community never disappoints.