This Monday, we held the first-ever Open Social Summit at the FH Technikum in Vienna. During this event, the day before the yearly European DrupalCon, we wanted to meet other people that use Open Social and to see how they use it as a foundation for their communities.

The event was opened by Taco Potze, one of our founders. In his opening talk, he spoke about the history of Open Social, the way we develop and market Open Social and how some of the implementations for our customers were achieved. Check out Taco's presentation by clicking the image below.

Link to Taco's presentation
From Taco Potze's presentation, click for full version (Google Slides)

After this introductory session and a healthy lunch break, the summit continued with a demonstration by Peter Grond, owner of Triquanta. He showcased Joost, an intranet that was built using Open Social. This platform has multiple additions and changes from the default Open Social installation. For instance, the theming was completely different and not a subtheme of the base theme provided by our core team. Next to several layout-changes, a nice search function based on Apache Solr has been implemented which includes search suggestions and categories. Check out Peter's talk by clicking the image below. 

Peter Grond of Triquanta talking about 'Joost' intranet.
Peter Grond of Triquanta talking about 'Joost' intranet, click for full presentation (SlideShare)

After Peter’s session, Jaap Jan Koster, VP of Product at GoalGorilla, started a discussion about if Open Social is a full-featured product or a starterkit for other developers. Jaap Jan came up with arguments for both choices, which started a nice discussion on what the Open Social actually is versus what it should become. The discussion had two different angles; on one side, we want communities to be started without any technical knowledge (like our SaaS version), but simultaneously we also want to deliver a nice toolkit for developers to design and customize their community software. If this will result in a split between a full-featured product and a starter-kit is to be decided in the future.

In the breakdown following this session by Jaap Jan, the roadmap of the next two quarters for Open Social was discussed. Taco explained how the priorities in this roadmap were decided and how we involve our customers in this process. Afterwards, we had a discussion about for instance the priority of analytics and inviting users to a closed group. “How should we manage permissions and visibility of content posted in closed groups?” was one of the questions publicly asked.

At the end of the summit, an example was given by Hiroshi Takeuchi, Managing Director of Genero how he plans to use Open Social to connect people with creative ideas. Open Social will help these people managing their projects.

The Open Social team post summit.
Dinner and drinks with the Open Social team and attendees.

All in all the Open Social Summit was a great day for Open Social as it was the first summit held. The day ended great with food and a few drinks with some of the attending people!

New insights were gathered by the team from experiences of other agencies and Drupal developers. Now tell us, how do you use Open Social and what do you think has a high priority on the roadmap?

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