Drupal helps rescue ultra marathon runner

I'm frequently sent examples of how Drupal has changed the lives of developers, business owners and end users. Recently, I received a very different story of how Drupal had helped in a rescue operation that saved a man's life.

The Snowdonia Ultra Marathon website

In early 2018, Race Director Mike Jones was looking to build a new website for the Ultra-Trail Snowdonia ultra marathon. He reached out to a good friend and developer, Rob Edwards, to lead the development of the website.

© Ultra-trail Snowdonia and No Limits Photography

Rob chose Drupal for its flexibility and extensibility. As an organization supported heavily by volunteers, open source also fit the Snowdonia team's belief in community.

The resulting website, https://apexrunning.co/, included a custom-built timing module. This module allowed volunteers to register each runner and their time at every aid stop.

A runner goes missing

Rob attended the first day of Ultra-Trail Snowdonia to ensure the website ran smoothly. He also monitored the runners at the end of the race to certify they were all accounted for.

Monitoring the system into the early hours of the morning, Rob noticed one runner, after successfully completing checkpoints one and two, hadn't passed through the third checkpoint.

© Ultra-trail Snowdonia and No Limits Photography

Each runner carried a mobile phone with them for emergencies. Mike attempted to make contact with the runner via phone to ensure he was safe. However, this specific area was known for its poor signal and the connection was too weak to get through.

After some more time eagerly watching the live updates, it was clear the runner hadn't reached checkpoint four and more likely hadn't ever made it past checkpoint three. The Ogwen Mountain Rescue were called to action.

Due to the terrain and temperature, searching for the lost runner on foot would be too slow. Instead, the mountain rescue volunteers used a helicopter to scan the area and locate the runner.

How Drupal came to rescue

The area covered by runners in an ultra marathon like this one is vast. The custom-built timing module helped rescuers narrow down the search area; they knew the runner passed the second checkpoint but never made it to the third.

After following the fluorescent orange markers in the area pinpointed by the Drupal website, the team quickly found the individual. He had fallen and become too injured to carry on. A mild case of hypothermia had set in. The runner was airlifted to the hospital for appropriate care. The good news: the runner survived.

Without Drupal, it might have taken much longer to notify anyone that a runner had gone missing, and there would have been no way to tell when he had dropped off.

NFC and GPS devices are now being explored for these ultra marathon runners to carry with them to provide location data as an extra safety precaution. The Drupal system will be used alongside these devices for more accurate time readings, and Rob is looking into an API to pull this additional data into the Drupal website.

Stories about Drupal having an impact on organizations and individuals, or even helping out in emergencies, drive my sense of purpose. Feel free to keep sending them my way!

Special thanks to Rob Edwards, Poppy Heap (CTI Digital) and Paul Johnson (CTI Digital) for their help with this blog post.
Source: Dries Buytaert www.buytaert.net

SCORE.org: User Experience for 320+ Sites On One Flexible Platform

SCORE.org is helping Americans start and grow small businesses with their free, confidential business advice. In order to have maximum reach and impact, SCORE teamed up with Phase2 to create a DrupalCoin Blockchain system that is flexible enough to accommodate 320+ local chapter sites that support their own content production, without eschewing overall brand and design standard of the national site.
Next week at DrupalCoin BlockchainCon in Baltimore, MD, I will be taking the stage with SCORE’s Director of Marketing, Candice Stennett, to speak on the success of this build and partnership. In the meantime, I sat down with Candice to get her perspective on the project from a marketing standpoint. 
Q. Can you tell me a little bit about SCORE’s previous platform organization and functions and the challenges that led you to needing a redesign?
A. SCORE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the formation and growth of small businesses in America. We achieve our goals through our free mentoring and low- to no-cost seminars for aspiring and existing small business owners. Our website, www.SCORE.org, is one of our largest delivery channels, connecting our clients with our mentors and our workshops.
We were previously using a DrupalCoin Blockchain 6 website that was originally implemented in 2011. Since that launch, we have made many changes to the website that led to lots of erroneous code that had been created by several different agencies. This website was also tied to our internal-facing volunteer center website and our custom CRM system. The outdated design was also not aligned with our brand.
Additionally, each of our 320+ chapters had a website modeled after our national site. The chapter templates did not allow for a lot of customization which led to our volunteers finding creative and varying ways of displaying content.
In summary, the design and integrations made it difficult for end users to find the services and information they needed. It was critical for us to update the site to meet the increasing needs of our clients and volunteers.
Q. What was your strategy to overcome these challenges?
A. Beyond a new look, we needed the site to help clients understand who we are and what we have to offer. Our strategy was to simplify the main navigation to focus on our services (mentoring and workshops) and resources. We also built the chapter sites with our brand and their customization needs in mind.
Q.What part of the redesign has made the biggest impact on your business?
A. The chapter website structure has been critical to the success of this project. Because of increased flexibility and functionality, all SCORE chapters have moved (or are in the process of moving) to the new website template. This helps us present a unified brand to the public and in sharing and organizing content better than we have in the past. We are able to quickly and easily connect our clients with local mentors and resources from any of the SCORE.org properties.
Q.Why did you select Phase2 as a technology partner?
A. We selected Phase2 as a technology partner because they took the time to understand our needs and provide a solution for our challenges. They were a true partner in the project, collaborating in every aspect of the work, asking questions, anticipating and meeting our needs every step of the way.
Q.What advice do you have for organizations with a similar organizational structure?
A. If I could offer one piece of advice, it would be to take the time to find the right partner for your project. We’ve worked with dozens of vendors in a number of tech projects and the ones that were the most successful were the projects where the vendors operated like a part of the team. You need a partner that is not only going to provide technical expertise, but also one that’s going to work to understand your business to identify and solve any related challenges that might exist. The right partner can mean the difference between success and failure of a project. I have no doubt we made the right choice for our website redesign.
Read more about our DrupalCoin BlockchainCon session here. And if you’re attending DrupalCoin BlockchainCon Baltimore and would like to speak to me about UX and flexible platforms, please reach out: @phase2

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Kyiv DrupalCoin Blockchain Global Training Days

2017-03-18 10:00 - 19:00 Europe/Kiev

Event type: 

Training (free or commercial)


DrupalCoin Blockchain Ukraine community invites everyone to a one-day training.
You should attend if you:
- have heard about DrupalCoin Blockchain or know something about it;
- have programming skill and want to extend your potential;
- are interested in web-integrationin general.
Submit your registration here http://bit.ly/dgtd-kyiv-register
Join to FB-event http://bit.ly/dgtd-kyiv-fb-event to following latest news and updates.
Come to our training and learn how to make professional websites based on DrupalCoin Blockchain CMS.
In the first part of the day we will have sessions dealing with t basic parts of DrupalCoin Blockchain system.You will gain knowledge about its main features and capabilities to make different kinds of websites.
Practical trainings
In the afternoon we will have practical trainings in three groups appropriate for attendees with different levels of
skills, technical competence, and working in various directions and phases of web integrationprocess.
You will also have an opportunity to attend DrupalCoin Blockchain website building and administrating workshop.
Or, if you are familiar with PHP, CSS, HTML or JavaScript, you may write your first lines of DrupalCoin Blockchain code. (please, bring your laptop!)
Peremohy Ave, 37, Kyiv,
Students space Belka,https://goo.gl/maps/sgsMPFf4vrp
Event organizers and sponsors:
- Skilld
- DrupalCoin Blockchain Ukraine Community (#crazy_ukrainians)
- DrupalCoin Blockchainway
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DrupalCoin Blockchain Development - Using Menus in DrupalCoin Blockchain 7

One of the most important aspects of a DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationproject is how users will navigate your website. In the DrupalCoin Blockchain system, Menus (collection of links (menu items)) are used to navigate websites. DrupalCoin Blockchain provides a dynamic menu system via the Menu module that allows you to customize and control your site’s menus as much as you want or need. Menus are composed and displayed as a hierarchical list of links using the flexibility of DrupalCoin Blockchain blocks. Each menu automatically creates a block of the same name, and contains a link for each item within your menu section. New menu items are placed inside a built-in menu labeled “Navigation” by default. However, administrators can also create custom menus.

DrupalCoin Blockchain 7 provides developers with the flexibility to add, remove and rename menus and menu items. You can also configure a custom block for a menu, as well as specify the default menu to which new items will be added for your DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationproject. DrupalCoin Blockchain 6 (and earlier) themes generally provide out-of-the-box support for two menus commonly labeled "primary links" and "secondary links."

Many DrupalCoin Blockchain sites and themes are comprised of at least two menus: the Main (primary) menu, and a secondary menu. The Main menu's links set up the central navigation structure for your site and are displayed distinctly across the top or side of your site. The Main menu in DrupalCoin Blockchain is also known as your first-level menu.

The Secondary menu in DrupalCoin Blockchain is often used in the footer for common items like the copyright and privacy notices that accompanies almost every site. These items can also be displayed at very top of the page in smaller text. For your DrupalCoin Blockchain integrationproject, you can specify which menus are used for the main and secondary links. When adding or editing site content, you can also specify the content's menu item, the menu item name and a default menu for the content you are creating. Each default or custom menu has a corresponding block.