Jan 24 2019
Jan 24

When I joined the Drupal Association over 4 years ago, I didn’t ‘do Drupal’ and I didn’t have the faintest idea of what ‘the community’ was. These were things I read about in the job description for DrupalCon Coordinator, but didn’t mean anything to me yet. Now, as I prepare to leave Drupal - the Association, the community, the Con, the project - I can actually ‘do Drupal’ (albeit it on a Drupal 7 site, tsk tsk I know) and have such respect and care for the people that I have been lucky to work with from the community.

The journey from Point A to Point B, has been just that - a journey, with many steps in between.

My first DrupalCon was DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015 and it was full of firsts: the first time I met the Track Team who I had seen on the planning calls for months and who were surprised how short I was ‘in real life’; the first time I walked farther than a marathon in one single building; the first time I waltzed to the front of a session room to introduce myself to one of the many volunteer speakers to thank them for contributing; the first time I gained the understanding of how big, how passionate, how special this community was and how important DrupalCon was to all of them.

Since that Con, I have done my best to serve the community that makes Drupal so successful and special. There have been many volunteers, multiple Cons, too many emails to count, and a lot of smiles. As I prepare to step down from my role at the Drupal Association, there are many moments/projects that I am proud that we achieved together:

  • We’ve gone from not tracking diversity of our speakers at all to having our DrupalCon Seattle 2019 lineup be comprised of 50% speakers from underrepresented groups.
  • We held our first DrupalCon in India to serve an incredibly enthusiastic and growing community in what was one of my most memorable Cons ever.
  • We’ve taken the challenge of creating a sustainable and productive DrupalCon Europe and approached it with new eyes and ideas, to craft a new model that is community-driven and on course to be a great event to serve our European contributors.
  • We’ve continued to open our community to new and different audiences, working to create a welcoming environment along with relevant and compelling content for anyone who Drupal impacts- from the CTO to the content editor and marketer.

There are countless other moments that I also consider special - the hugs, the thank you notes that I’ve received, the inside jokes, the staff retreats, the volunteer dinners - thank you for those. In addition to the magic I have felt within our larger community, I also am grateful to the truly fantastic team at the Drupal Association who works to serve the community every single day; I am grateful to have worked with such talented, driven, and fun teammates.

My last day will be February 1, and between now and then I'll be reaching out to all the volunteers involved in the upcoming event to put you in touch with the great team that will succeed me. I am more than confident that the Association, the community, and the project will continue to grow, change, and prosper. Thank you for letting me be part of that, it has been a true privilege to serve you.

In my time here, I learned that to do well in my job, I needed to do my best for all of you. So even though I won’t see you at DrupalCon Seattle 2019, imagine me whizzing by you at speed-walk pace with a smile, shouting lovingly at you to squeeze in the group picture, or receiving a handwritten card from me thanking you for contributing to the Con.

Jan 17 2019
Jan 17

When we say DrupalCon, the upcoming DrupalCon Seattle 2019 event is probably what first comes to mind. But while we have been selecting sessions, setting up BoFs, and letting you know about the additions to our Con, we at the Drupal Association have also been looking ahead to DrupalCons of the future. We are excited to share those with you now.

In the past, we used to announce the next DrupalCon location during the closing session of the previous Con. This was a lot of fun, but created some logistical problems for the events team, and made it difficult to do all the work we need to do to secure our next con locations. It is a multi-year process to secure a venue for DrupalCon, so we've made some changes that help us coordinate with venues, hotels, and partners without relying on a veil of secrecy.

You first saw this change during the DrupalCon Nashville Closing Session, where we announced both 2019 (Seattle) and 2020 (Minneapolis).

We're taking these changes a step further by looking far into the future to announce the North American DrupalCons for 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. We're thrilled to announce the selected cities, as well as share the process that went into making these selections.

Where DrupalCon is going

Together with each of our partner cities, we're excited to announce the upcoming locations for DrupalCon North America:

  • DrupalCon Boston 2021 (April 12-16)
  • DrupalCon Portland 2022 (Oregon, April 25-29)
  • DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023 (June 5-9)
  • DrupalCon Portland 2024 (Oregon, May 6-10)

Want to understand the process that goes into city selection? The search for each location starts four or more years before the event, and you can read on for the inside scoop into how this plan came together. Wondering why all the selected cities are in the USA? We encourage you to read our prior blog about why the sustainable choice for North American locations is in the United States for the foreseeable future.

How we got here 

Planning for the future

Historically, DrupalCon locations have been contracted a couple of years before they happened, in a city where we were excited to host the community, that we revealed in a fun fashion at our Closing Session the prior year.

However, announcing the new event only a year in advance—and selecting new cities for every event—created some logistical problems; conference center venues large enough to host DrupalCon are often booked four or more years in advance. This has meant that cities we would love to visit have often simply been booked during the dates that would work with our community needs, or are too expensive because we couldn't make multi-year commitments - which took a lot of options off the table.

In benchmarking ourselves with comparable conferences (in size, audience, and program), it became clear that many established organizations were booking multiple years in advance. This is in part due to the availability of desirable cities, but also that securing locations in the future equates to more competitive pricing.

As the Drupal Association matures and starts leading change in the community and in the open source world, we determined it was best to look farther into the future for our largest annual conference.

Creating a location pattern that the community can count on

We took a serious look at data from past attendance, the locations we're trying to reach, and where we see the most traction from the community.

In analyzing data from DrupalCons dating back to DrupalCon Austin 2014, we were able to deduce some high-level insights about our attendees:

  • 88% of attendees at DrupalCon North America come from the United States
  • In hosting a DrupalCon in a coastal city in the USA, attendance from the regional community local to those cities can be 13-17% higher than the regional attendance we see in other cities (not counting those who travel greater distances).
  • Conversely, when hosting a Con in the center of the country, attendance decreases significantly from the coastal audiences and does not significantly increase from the hosted-area region.

With the majority of our conference attendees in mind, we set out to host our conference in coastal cities, where, by ‘showing up’ our community has proven they want to go. This led us to primarily work on sourcing East Coast and West Coast cities for the upcoming years.

With our upcoming DrupalCon Seattle 2019 on the West Coast, and DrupalCon Minneapolis 2020 in the middle of the USA, we aimed to host DrupalCon 2021 on the East Coast, and from there, jump between the coasts for the foreseeable future.

The benefits of repeating cities

As we did with timing and location, we also stepped back to ask ourselves, why do we move this conference every year? The logical answer is that it makes the conference more accessible to new audiences in different areas. But our past attendee data doesn't support this conclusion. So we asked ourselves again: If it isn't bringing in large numbers of new first-time attendees, why do we search for a new city every year?

We had heard anecdotally that it was because ‘Drupalers like to go on vacation in new cities’ and that ‘it helps grow the community in a new city,’ but these answers aren't well supported by the data, so we decided to re-evaluate our strategy.

When we release our RFP to the world, we work internally with the Drupal Association Board to determine our Selection Criteria. A lot of this hasn’t changed because the Con hasn’t changed drastically in a few years. The top 5 things that we evaluated in each city’s bid were:

  • Large/versatile venue - Could the venue fit our 150+ sessions, 3,000 people for lunch, and the breadth of programming offered at our Cons?
  • Popular tourist area - Do people want to go there? Is there a wealth of activities for them post-sessions each day?
  • Strong business community - Do we already have partners in the city? Is it a place our sponsors have expressed as a city where they’d like to do business?
  • Tech-focused city - Is the city supportive of tech and open source? Are there businesses and organizations that may participate in our event because we are in their city?
  • Large and strong Drupal community - Does this city have a community that has hosted a successful camp in the past? Is there a solid community that regularly meets and would help support the planning of a Con?

It had been a few years since we selected new DrupalCon cities, so reviewing and updating the criteria seemed prudent. We added and changed the following criteria:

  • CHANGE: In the venue criteria, we included the ability to change the program around, since as the community grows and changes, we want to be able to flex our program.
  • ADD: Welcoming to all attendees. We wanted to make sure that topics such as legislative actions, political climates, and inclusiveness of the cities were taken into account to ensure that we were placing our Con in a city where all members of our community would feel welcome.
  • CHANGE: When DrupalCons were mostly managed by the community, the need for a large and strong community was imperative to the success of a Con. Since the Drupal Association has taken on the bulk of planning, pricing, and executing of the Con, the need for the community to be of a certain size is no longer a qualifying factor. In fact, by changing the focus, we could look at cities that didn’t have large community groups at the time, but maybe a Con could inspire one.

When we examined our search criteria and started matching it up with real cities that we could reach out to, the list became short. With that reality, it became apparent that we would need to begin repeating cities. We seized the opportunity to proactively address that reality.

In speaking with tech event leaders from other communities and organizations, it was helpful to get a fuller understanding regarding the benefits of repeating a city location:

  • Time: Securing multiple years can save an organization time, money and peace of mind. By doing this, you eliminate the need to do site visits and RFP gathering again the following year.
  • Staff Capacity: By hosting an event somewhere you’ve already been, the staff does not need to learn a new floor plan, crew, process, regulations, etc. It is estimated that in eliminating these normal challenges of a new venue, that the staff capacity can be reduced by 25%, freeing them up to focus on the event itself.
  • Negotiation: Planners can gather information on the facility once and focus on strategic negotiating, which translates to consistent concessions and commissions with minimal increases in rates/pricing annually.
  • Cost Savings: Event budgets can be determined early, giving the planner more time to focus on the important things like planning for the success of the event. And, if you have done all of this well in the beginning, you will have the peace of mind to know that you are prepared for surprises that inevitably come along.
  • Relationships: Multiyear contracts require a partnership. Planners, venues, and hotel partners can create a strategic plan to build the event and their services. In working with a crew for more than one year, improvements can be made and the crew is better prepared to serve the attendees the next time around.

Getting from ideas to contracts

We released our RFP on August 13, 2018, on the Drupal Association blog. It was also sent to multiple cities that met our criteria. Within our RFP, we shared our tight timeline, with the goal of signing contracts for 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024 by the end of 2018. Below is a glimpse into the work that transpired between launch date and sign date.

  • September 4, 2018. Is the date that we requested cities submit their detailed bids. Per our RFP, we had multiple questions about space needs, catering, AV, diversity and inclusion, internet, hotels, and more.
  • September 5-11. Partnering with our fantastic production partner, Groundswell Marketing, we reviewed the proposals to see if any questions arose initially about the information provided. Most proposals were 30+ pages of information with pricing grids, proposed hotel blocks, and ‘why our city’ info. We ask each city for some hard numbers on regular items like a gallon of coffee or the hourly rate of an AV technician. This helps us immediately get a picture of a Con cost.
  • September 11 - September 17. For cities we hadn’t been to before, the next step was to interview the city via a Zoom call to better understand how they were a good fit for our conference. Questions like ‘how would attendees be made to feel welcome in your city?’ and ‘How easy and affordable is it to get from the airport to the Convention Center?’ are asked in our initial determination.
  • September 18 - 21. Once we determined cities that met our criteria, we dug a bit deeper into each city’s numbers. We laid out the entire Con on their floor plans to determine if we could fit and how. We inquired about real quotes for line items like our AV and our internet. We costed out catering estimates and space rental.
  • September 24 - October 26. With our list in hand, we did our due diligence visiting possible future Con locations. In these meetings we reviewed the space and discussed how the attendee experience would feel. We met representatives from various departments of the Convention Center’s team to negotiate pricing and discuss pain points. We also did a whirlwind tour of the city to get a feel of what attendees would see/do after the Con each day.
  • October 29 - November 14. We reviewed all of this information with the Drupal Association leadership team and collaboratively determined the priority of cities based on our search criteria. Going further, we then included data points on pricing, incentives, conference dates, etc, to come to a final recommendation for each year.
  • November 15 - December 3. Built a working budget with concrete numbers for each preferred city to get an accurate future picture of finances. This involved getting future pricing on catering, network, hotel rates, etc. Worked back and forth with the city to negotiate down pricing.
  • December 5. Presented recommendation to the Drupal Association Board for buy-in and support.
  • December 6 - 27. Requested contracts from our preferred venues and hotels. Each city has one Convention Center, and at least 5 hotels, so in asking for these hotels, we had about 20 contracts to review. By looping in our legal team and our insurance group, we were able to further negotiate terms that make committing to future years smart, sustainable, and safe.
  • December 28. Signed the last contract and sent it off to the cities. Signing before the end of the year met a contracting deadline that gave us a lot of financial benefits.
  • End of December. CELEBRATED the end of this intense and action-packed process, and the future of sustainable and secured DrupalCon programming.

Serving our community

We aim toward growing adoption, one of the Drupal Association’s main goals. In planning ahead and setting ourselves up for a sustainable and fiscally responsible future conference plan, we can allocate our resources better to focus on creating a successful event that drives to this goal. By making these decisions now, we work to strengthen the foundation of the Association in order to continually work to serve our incredible and growing open source community.

We appreciate the questions and interest that community members have had in this process and were happy to do a deep dive to show you the planning, strategy, and work involved in selecting a city for a future DrupalCon. We invite you to share your thoughts and comments below, and we look forward to seeing you at a Con in the future.

Sep 12 2018
Sep 12

For past attendees of DrupalCon North America, the 2019 event is already looking slightly different due to content for new audiences, program add-ons, and new classification of the previously used terms “tracks” and “tags.” We are working to make these changes clear on the website, but in the meantime I’d like to help clarify what’s new, what your ticket gets you, and what’s the same ol’ DrupalCon.


A track now refers to the audience in one of the four areas of focus we’re offering, much like four mini-conferences under one big DrupalCon umbrella. The new areas of content are for non-builders—primarily end-users—who are emerging audiences but important members of our community.

We’ve divided audience registration into tracks that reflect this change. If you’ve always come to DrupalCon, you probably belong in the Builder Track, which is specific to your ticket. Those registering for Content & Digital Marketing are marketing teams who will explore things like customer journeys and how Drupal fits in to that; those selecting Agency Leadership will look at the business of Drupal as used by agencies for their business growth. The Executive Summit is tailored for C-level executives who are evaluating or embracing Drupal.


Within each track, there are sessions—those sessions are categorized by “tags”—similar to what we used to call tracks, except tags are much more flexible.



What it is



Builder sessions used to be segmented out by "track" and there were a lot of them. But it was very isolating for content. What if a session was both "UX" and "design" —both "performance" and "big ideas"? It was limiting to have to choose just one.

Now we have tags, and each session can have up to 3; attendees can see how how content cross-references between topics.

Now, you can choose from more content options than ever before at a DrupalCon; this is where tags come in, and you can choose sessions with content topics ranging from UX to design to content strategy to business; 37 tags in all.

With more than 125 sessions in the Builder track you’re likely to find compelling content relevant to your Drupal experience—without being pigeonholed.  Whether that means exploring javascript, processes, or decoupled Drupal (or all three in one session) we are confident that there will be many tag combinations that will speak to you.

This is a generalization of having four tracks in one DrupalCon looks like in practice:

To view larger, scroll to the bottom of the post and click on the png file.

Who goes where?

The largest program in terms of sheer size of the event space, attendees, and offerings is the Builder track, which will be full of attendees who have likely been to a DrupalCon before. You’re also given the option of many summits and tailored trainings on Monday and Tuesday of the conference, for additional fees. Wednesday and Thursday of DrupalCon will be full of sessions, BoFs, and keynotes, lasting until early evening.  Instead of closing early on Thursday as in the past, we will be extending both session and exhibit hours so that your days will be chock-full of content options in order for you to experience the different topics of your choosing.


In short, the track you’re in means “conference within a conference” co-located as DrupalCon, with opportunities to interact with those in other tracks.

DrupalCon continues to serve as the venue where cross-track interactions, networking, and relationship-building can happen, particularly at co-mingled events. All attendees’ tickets include: keynote speakers, the opening reception, social events, exhibit hall access, complimentary coffee all day (in fact, all day long is a new bonus!), lunches, and DrupalCon swag.  

Join us

We’d love to have you at DrupalCon, and right now, there are a few ways to make that happen:

  • If there’s a particular topic you’d like to present, our Call for Papers is open.  We are accepting sessions for all 3 of the tracks and suggest submitting early.
  • We’re also accepting applications for our grants and scholarships program. For this DrupalCon, we’ll be allocating more funds than ever before and encourage you to apply.
  • Early bird registration continues through October 31 for DrupalCon Seattle, so get your ticket now, at the lowest price.
Aug 13 2018
Aug 13

We are excited to open our RFP process for DrupalCon North America and are currently looking at locations for 2021-2024.  

If you've attended DrupalCon in the past, you know that it is a special event, bringing together 3,000+ people from across the globe and across roles and industries to build Drupal, outline the future of the project, learn skills, teach others, and propel open source forward.

If you are eager for your city to host a DrupalCon, we recommend you send this link to your city's Convention Center or Tourism Bureau. We have begun outreach to cities that our DrupalCon team has identified as a good fit. 

Our RFP needs are outlined in the documents in this folder. Note: the documents are different file formats, however the contents are identical. All proposals must be submitted by September 4, 2018 at 8am PST.

If you are a convention center or tourism bureau and have any questions, feel free to reach out directly to us.

We appreciate your interest in DrupalCon and look forward to announcing where our future DrupalCons will be.

Aug 01 2018
Aug 01

DrupalCon is evolving and improving to better meet your needs and those of the Drupal market. The goal of the project and the Drupal Association is to grow Drupal adoption and its impact in the world, and based on your feedback, we’re segmenting DrupalCon’s offerings -- which we affectionately call “tracks” -- to achieve this. This also comes with a different price point.

While the programming, speakers, sessions and more still make up the core of DrupalCon, for the first time, we’re retooling and creating more value to serve everyone in the Drupal lifecycle; builder/developers, agency owners, sales teams, content editors, marketers, end-user decision-makers….

The Backstory and Evolution

Growing adoption means inspiring and educating all decision-maker personas, so we’re creating programming and experiences uniquely tailored to each personas needs so that they can all find ways to participate in the continued evolution of the project.

Over the past few years, through surveys, evaluation forms, in-person comments, attendance data and meetings, the community provided valuable feedback and ideas about how DrupalCon North America could best target each of the differing attendees.

While making changes, we also want to make the experience for our alumni attendees even better. We pinpointed common themes and requests; namely more in-depth content, learning opportunities, and concentrated time for networking.

Serving Drupal's Personas

DrupalCon’s overall programming is now a siphoning of who you are and how your role uses Drupal. We’ll carve the Seattle conference center into 4 distinct areas; one for each persona track:

  • Builder Track
  • Agency Leadership Track
  • Content and Digital Marketing Track
  • Executive Summit

These tracks can better inform each group, allowing attendees’ time to be targeted and well-spent at DrupalCon as a whole. Each of these tracks will have their own space, their own journey and their own content -- with opportunities to come together in keynotes, social events, and the hallway track for the cross-pollination, community building, and DrupalCon’s culture of collaboration, which remain core benefits of attending the conference.

More About the Builder Track

As mentioned, in addition to expanding who DrupalCon serves, we also want to create a more valuable experience for returning attendees. The Builder Track will be for people who make the software and create the experience, with job roles including but not limited to: back end and front end developers, themers, QA specialists, technical leads and architects, site builders and other technical personas.

Here’s what’s new and different for this track, so that it better serves you:

  • Sessions will include multiple topic tags; content will be more accessible to attendees instead of in strict silos; no missing out!
  • Due to feedback, we have expanded our one-day programs to run on Monday and Tuesday, and our session, BoF and keynote content to full days on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Adding new summits to provide expanded vertical networking opportunities in strong and emerging industries.
  • Increasing our offering of hands-on trainings and labs throughout the week to up-level knowledge.
  • We will work to provide more meaningful interactions at Drupal Association hosted social events.
  • More featured speakers -- offering new and relevant information from both inside and outside of Drupal.
  • Additional grants and scholarships so that a cross-section of contributors can attend.
  • An increase in the Speaker Inclusion Fund to ensure diverse voices and perspectives on our stages.
  • All-day free coffee (you read that right!)

In Dollar Terms

With all of this value comes another change that we haven’t made in three years, even as our costs to hold and host the event have escalated year over year: ticket prices. After careful consideration and analysis, the prices for 2019 have increased. Prices now align with industry standards in the North American market, yet remain the most affordable across the board. For context, Linux Open Source Summit starts at $950 and O’Reilly’s conferences start at $1,795. DrupalCon remains at or lower than similar events.

New Ticket Pricing:

Supporter Price

Conference Price

Early-Bird $595 $795 Regular $695 $894 Last Chance $795 $995 On-Site $1,095 $1,095

Supporting Partners’ organizations do a lot financially for Drupal, Drupal Association and DrupalCon. We recognize that many are also sponsors of DrupalCon and send numerous employees to attend every year. As a thanks for funding Drupal.org and the Engineering Team, we’re providing Supporting Partner organizations with a lower pricing tier on DrupalCon tickets moving forward.

To learn more about becoming a Supporting Partner, how fees fund Drupal.org, and how to get the supporter rate, click here.

Easing the Transition

While we are creating more value for DrupalCon attendees, we know it can be a challenge when pricing increases, so for 2019, we have an Individual Alumni Rate. If you have attended DrupalCon twice or more in recent years -- self-funded -- you have the opportunity to register with a different pricing structure. Those who attended both Nashville and Baltimore (or Nashville and Vienna) -- and who have provided us with their email contact information and opted in to our communications -- will be emailed this offer. If you are not opted in to DrupalCon communication but believe you qualify, you can go directly to https://seattle2019.drupal.org/registration. If you are logged in and you qualify, your Drupal.org username will allow you to access the registration button.

Supporting Partner organization employees who are sponsored by their employer to attend are not included in this rate; their early-bird rate is on par with the alumni rate.

Alumni registration opens Wednesday, August 1; General Registration opens Saturday, September 1 -- as does the Call for Papers.

Mark Your Calendars

We are committed to DrupalCon as the go-to event that accelerates the creation of Drupal digital experiences, and the place to collaborate with the largest open source community. The Drupal Association invites you to share what changes about the Con you're most excited about. Watch for our news outlining new programming, and we plan to see you face-to-face in Seattle, April 8-12, 2019!

Jul 26 2017
Jul 26

One of the most exciting aspects of preparing for a DrupalCon is selecting its sessions. It’s always incredibly impressive and humbling to see the great ideas that our community comes up with—and they’re all so good that making the official selections is definitely not an easy process!

This time, the Track Chairs had over 500 sessions to evaluate, and only 108 hours worth of time to select. With the addition of the 25-minute talk option, we were able to accept 132 sessions to fill our programming time.

Four tracks—Being Human, Coding and Development, Business, and Site Building—were our most competitive. With 60+ sessions each, this really shows the diversity of content to which our community can talk, and wants to share.

After reading through each session, we're happy to present our selected sessions. We are happy to share that of the 132 sessions, 42 of them include at least one speaker who self-identified as part of one or more underrepresented groups (based on the Big Eight social identifiers question we had in our CFP). There will be voices from almost 90 companies. We're also excited to announce that a little over 37% of the sessions featured will include a new-to-DrupalCon speaker to provide new and different perspectives. 

See the Selected Sessions

Sessions will be presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of DrupalCon, along with daily morning keynotes and exciting sponsor activities in the Exhibit Hall. Make sure to purchase your ticket at the early-bird price by 4 August 2017 before prices go up.

Join us at DrupalCon

Jul 26 2017
Jul 26

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Built on COD v.7, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design by sixeleven.

DrupalCon Vienna is copyright 2016. Drupal is a registered trademark of Dries Buytaert.

Jun 27 2017
Jun 27

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Built on COD v.7, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design by sixeleven.

DrupalCon Vienna is copyright 2016. Drupal is a registered trademark of Dries Buytaert.

Apr 18 2017
Apr 18

A week at DrupalCon is a fantastic way to level up your skills and bring new knowledge back to your work. We have had such high interest in these training courses, that many have sold out!  We know there are still people out there who want to learn these valuable skills, and we want to be sure you have that chance, even if it's not at DrupalCon. 

Some of the awesome companies who lead training courses at DrupalCon, also offer courses elsewhere - at different upcoming events, online, or through different resources. Below we have listed some alternative training options for those who didn't make it into our Monday DrupalCon training courses. Check them out to make sure you stay on top of your Drupal game.

Absolute Beginner's Guide to Drupal 

Message from the trainers: We are sorry you weren't able to attend this class. However, we hold online and live trainings. If you're interested in Drupal training, please click here to contact us.

Content Strategy for Drupal

Message from the trainers: Although this course is sold out, it will run again online via video conference May 3-5. You can sign up on our website or get in touch with us for more information.

Theming Drupal 8

Message from the trainers: We're sorry, but this workshop is currently sold out. You can sign up to access the tutorials on our website, or join our mailing list to be notified of other opportunities to attend this workshop at local camps/conferences throughout the year. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Mastering Drupal 8

Message from the trainers: Although this training is sold out at DrupalCon, you can sign up here for additional training opportunities. Use the promo code DrupalCon to get a discount of $100 in your training registration (expires 04/29).

View all available training courses

Mar 23 2017
Mar 23

It's that time of year again when everyone starts getting excited about DrupalCon.  People are getting geared up to attend sessions, meet up with team members and clients, and let's not forget, load up on as much swag as possible.  But an important piece which often gets overlooked are the Summits that happen the Monday before the conference begins.  These events are happening again in Baltimore, and the Media and Publishing Summit is one you should consider attending.

Media has always been a weakness in Drupal.  Dries, Drupal’s founder and fearless leader, has long mentioned that he saw better media handling being critical to Drupal’s continued success and survival in the future.  Because of this, Dries announced at DrupalCon New Orleans that there would be an official Media Initiative to improve media handling in core.  At DrupalCon Baltimore, the Media and Publishing Summit will highlight what's new in Drupal for media and where the future is headed.

Here are the top agenda items of the day:

Update on Media initiate

Much of the work that is going to move into Drupal core already exists in the contrib workspace.  Modules like media_entity, entity_browsers, and entity_embed allow for a much better way to handle your media in drupal.  Creating, searching and attaching videos and files has become much easier and more intuitive in Drupal 8 than it was in past versions of Drupal. Dries will be giving an update on where these modules stand, what functionality is moving into core as a result of the Media Initiative, and what work still needs to be done.

Panel discussion

The Media and Publishing Summit will also feature a panel discussion that will include industry leaders discussing how they are using Drupal to enhance the digital experiences they provide.  They’ll discuss benefits, problems they’ve run into and the types of things they will need Drupal to be able to do.  You will be able to participate in the conversation which will allow you to use their experience to help improve your own site or brand.

Case studies

Specific case studies will give us all insight into how some of the biggest brands in the Media space have leveraged Drupal to create powerful media experiences for their users.

Future of digital media

Chuck Fishman, Director of Industry Marketing and Development at Acquia, will share trends in the Media industry and will discuss where these trends may go and what we may see in the industry in the future.  We will discuss how we may be able to position Drupal to be able to take advantage of these trends and remain relevant in the media space.

Round table discussions

We will also break out into smaller groups to discuss more targeted subjects.  We will have leaders from different parts of the industry head these discussions.  Sports and Entertainment, Print and Publishing, and Broadcast/Cable will be some of the sectors represented.  This will give you the ability to discuss issues and ideas that are more relevant to their specific aspect of the industry with your professional peers.

This will be an engaging day filled with great information from industry leading professionals, Drupal core media developers, and hopefully you!  Be sure to sign up for the Media and Publishing Summit and grab your tickets now!

Date: Monday, April 24th
Time: 11:30am-5:00pm (lunch and afternoon coffee included)
Cost: $199 advanced | $250 on-site

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Mar 17 2017
Mar 17

Annnnnnnd we are back for round 2! Last year’s Government Summit was such a success that we offering it again, and this year we have managed to pack even more content and conversations into the day for y’all! We are still catering to the same government audience, so if you find yourself working for the government in some capacity (fed, state, local or contracting), then this Summit for you!

We are working hard to put together an even more engaging one-day Government Summit than last year that will dig deeper into best practices and ideal ways around the government red tape that you so often find yourself faced with.

We have changed our line up to better suit your desires! We have sought out people from near and far, gathering up the greatest Drupal government minds and have worked tirelessly to factor in your feedback from last year. Here are some of the ways we are kicking up into the next gear this year:

  • We have added event more breakouts which you loved so much last year to discuss topics that are relevant to you in real time.  Throughout the day we will have many discussion opportunities for you to interact with your peers  and one we are really excited about is Mass.gov’s Bryan Hirsch.
  • We will have a dedicated space for case studies from our sponsors Accenture and New Target so that you see some awesome government solutions in action
  • We will open the day with a panel all about D8 in the Government - a topic we all know you're interested in hearing about and seeing
  • We plan to feature a special lunch time speaker, Kendra Skeene from the State of Georgia talking about Drupal PaaS!  

Who should come?

The Government Summit is intended for anyone who uses Drupal in the context of government, whether it be at a local, state or federal level. All skill levels and roles are welcome. You’ll meet site builders, developers, themers, project managers, support specialists, and more.

Join the Government Summit

Although the Government Summit is part of the DrupalCon program, it (along with the other Summits) is a separate event and requires a separate registration. On your registration form, there is a section to select which topics pique your interest most, as well as an “Other” field where you can -- and should! -- suggest any other topics about which you are interested.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Date: Monday, April 24
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $199 advanced | $250 on-site

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Mar 14 2017
Mar 14

DrupalCon will begin before you know it. But you can plan your schedule today! There'll be more than 150 sessions, three keynotes, an unforgettable pre-note, and some important community conversations happening all week.

Check out the schedule

Build your own schedule

To start building your own schedule, choose a session. Then choose the “Add to my schedule” option.

Adding a DrupalCon Dublin session, screenshot Adding a DrupalCon Baltimore session

To review the sessions by day of the week, check out the main schedule. There, you can sort sessions by day and track. As you build your agenda, we'll pull the sessions together for you on your own schedule page.

Find Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather sessions (BOFs) are informal. They're a chance for you to meet people with shared interests. Topics aren't limited to Drupal; they're up to you. People discuss ideas like working with other open source projects and improving community management. There's even been a roundtable about knitting.

To claim a BOF, pick a day and time on the daily schedule. Choose the "Create a BOF" option and add a description. We just ask that you don't claim more than two BOFs (so other people have space to meet too).

DrupalCon Baltimore BoF creation, screenshotCreating a DrupalCon Baltimore BoF

You can sign up online until April 1, 2017 at 23:59pm EST. But because those spots can fill up fast, it won't be your only chance. While most BOF spots will be gone by April 1, we're setting aside space you can reserve once in Baltimore.

We are also featuring some important community conversations, happening in BoF room 313 - check them out and join the discussion! Check out the BoF schedule now and begin adding them to your schedule.

Get your ticket

Have you been waiting until now to register? Get them now while tickets are still discounted from the door price.

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Mar 12 2017
Mar 12

One of best things about DrupalCon is sharing ideas with and learning from other Drupal users who are facing similar challenges in their work. The Nonprofit Summit will be a chance to connect with technologists, from small and large organizations, to share best practices, ask questions, and get advice about common themes such as CRM integrations, fundraising and campaign management, web accessibility, and how and when to transition to Drupal 8.

Jeff Eaton will keynote the Summit by sharing what he has learned over the last year of working on three mid-sized Drupal 8 migrations and from-scratch builds for small organizations.  The aim of his talk will be to help small to mid-sized nonprofits think strategically about how to approach Drupal 8 projects, and what they can do now to improve existing Drupal 7 sites that will make it easier to move them to Drupal 8 later.

The program is still being finalized and the schedule will be updated in the coming weeks. Taking inspiration from past nonprofit summits at BADcamp, NYCcamp, and past DrupalCon BoFs for social good, co-facilitators Molly Byrnes of Phase2, and Johanna Bates of DevCollaborative, and Michael Haggerty of Trellon are focusing on creating opportunities for learning and networking by offering a mix of case study presentations and small-group breakout discussions.

Case study presentations will include:

  • Robert Dodd of Cycle for Survival will talk about the organization’s work creating brand and user experience consistency across Drupal and a CRM peer-to-peer fundraising product.
  • Accessibility expert Mike Gifford will talk about the importance of building sites that accommodate one of the largest donor demographics, people over 60, who struggle with age-related disabilities, but who may not think of themselves as disabled in the more traditional sense.
  • Staff from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and ForumOne will share their experience thinking outside the usual boxes to build the innovative FCPS.edu site in Drupal 8.
  • During lunch, Summit sponsors Aten, Brick Factory, and Message Agency will present case studies that demonstrate the Drupal as a powerful tool for nonprofits.

Breakout sessions will be an opportunity to get up from your seat and deep-dive into a topic of your choice with industry experts and other nonprofit technologists.  Among additional conversations, we are excited to feature the following discussion topics for you to partake in: Jess Snyder, senior web systems manager at WETA public broadcasting, will lead a discussion about how and when to plan to transition sites or build from scratch in Drupal 8; Anne Stefanyak of Kanopi Studios will lead a breakout about how to do affordable and meaningful user research on nonprofit budgets; Gordon Withers of FreeFlow Digital will share strategies for wrangling stakeholders; and Ruby Sinreich, developer at the advocacy organization MomsRising, will be facilitating a talk about the all-important topic of digital security.

The event has limited capacity and registrations are going quickly, so please register now if you want to be a part of the first-ever DrupalCon Nonprofit Summit.  

Join the Nonprofit Summit

Date: Monday, April 24
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $150

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Mar 07 2017
Mar 07

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Powered by COD, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design and implementation by Cheeky Monkey Media.

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Feb 24 2017
Feb 24

One of the most exciting aspects of preparing for a DrupalCon is selecting its sessions. It’s always incredibly impressive and humbling to see the great ideas that our community comes up with—and they’re all so great that making the official selections is definitely not an easy process!

This time, the Track Chairs had over 600 sessions to evaluate, and only 139 hours worth of time to fit. With the addition of the 25-minute talk option, we were able to accept 161 sessions to fill our programming time.

Four tracks—Being Human (a new track), Coding and Development, Business, and Project Management—were our most competitive tracks. With 70+ session each, this really shows the diversity of content to which our community can talk, and wants to share.

After reading through each session, we're happy to present our selected sessions. With our focus on diverse speakers at this conference, we are happy to share that of the 161 sessions, 55 of them include at least one speaker who identified as diverse. There will be voices from over 90 companies. We're also excited to announce that a little over 47% of the sessions featured will include a new-to-DrupalCon speaker to provide new and different perspectives. We look forward to providing you additional details soon about our effort to increase diversity in our speaker line-up and how we feel our CFP went.

See the Selected Sessions

Sessions will be presented on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of DrupalCon, along with daily morning keynotes and exciting sponsor activities in the Exhibit Hall. Make sure to purchase your ticket at the earlybird price of $450 by March 3, 2017 before prices go up.

Join us at DrupalCon

Feb 23 2017
Feb 23

Thirsty for Drupal knowledge? Want to dive deep into a topic and learn from the best in the field? Like to get hands-on with your learning material? We are excited to offer 10 full-day training classes at DrupalCon Baltimore that will turn you into a Drupal superhero. No matter if you are an absolute beginner or Drupal expert, our classes cover all experience levels.

Our world-class Drupal trainers are eager to share their knowledge in what may be our most diverse line-up yet. Check out brand-new classes like Evolving Web's Content Strategy for Drupal or explore how to build interactive applications using Drupal 8 data in Four Kitchen's API First training.

Not surprising, a strong emphasis will be placed on what you need to know about Drupal 8. For example, get up to speed on Drupal 8 Module Development with DrupalEasy. But "in with the new" doesn’t necessarily mean "out with the old." We’re happy to have Zivtech returning with an all-time favorite, the Drupal DevOps training. Check out the full line-up to find the right class for you.

View All Training Courses

All courses are held on Monday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Trainings are not included in a regular DrupalCon ticket and require a separate registration. You can save $50 if you purchase your training ticket at the early-bird rate of $450 by March 24. Light breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks are included with every training.

Our training courses are small by design, to provide attendees with plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors. However, each class must meet a minimum number of attendees by April 10 in order for the course to run. Help ensure your training class takes place by registering before April 10 - and remind friends and colleagues to attend.

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Feb 23 2017
Feb 23

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Feb 02 2017
Feb 02

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Jan 20 2017
Jan 20

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Powered by COD, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design and implementation by Cheeky Monkey Media.

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Jan 18 2017
Jan 18

Project management is often the unsung hero in our work. When a project is completed on-time, on-budget, and in-scope, the wheels of innovation keep moving. However, when poor project management takes hold, the work, creativity, and excitement can come to a screeching halt.

As project managers, we’re always looking for ways to increase a project’s effectiveness and efficiency. These practices, principles, and tools refine our craft. Join us to discuss how to strengthen a team’s ability to execute projects and to meet every client’s need. Help us share experiences, best practices, and new ideas. We want to motivate and inspire colleagues, who like you, get energized by creating schedules, managing budgets, and allocating resources.

We’re seeking sessions which align with the following topics:

  • Project Planning Techniques: Sprint Planning, Resource Allocation, and Backlog Grooming
  • Scope, Timing, and Cost: Managing the Triple Constraint
  • The Agile Movement
  • Leading Virtual, Remote, and Dispersed Teams
  • Project Management Offices (PMOs)
  • Managing Team Members and Clients
  • Quality Assurance: How your workflow and checklist help to ensure project success.
  • Stress Management and Coping Techniques: How you help your team, project, and client manage stress.
  • Lifehacks: Collaboration Tools, Platforms, Tips, and Tricks for Project Managers
  • The Future of Project Managers/Management
  • Case Studies: Managing a Drupal 8 project. How it affected your client’s business.

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions: Justin Rhodes, Shannon Vettes, or me (Aaron Bickoff).

Submit a Session

Aaron Bickoff
Project Management Track Chair
DrupalCon Baltimore

Jan 13 2017
Jan 13

When I was a kid, my siblings and I used to play with Mad Libs. If you aren’t familiar with them, Mad Libs are basically one-page stories or vignettes, with various words missing. Where those words should be are blanks, and each blank is labeled “noun” or “verb” or whatever type of word should be filled in.

One of us would hold the story and call out “noun?” - and write down the agreed-upon answer; “verb?”, and so on. You can imagine what kinds of words a bunch of kids would fill in the blanks when adults aren’t present, and you can also imagine the kind of hilarity that ensues when the person holding the story would read it out loud. A tame version might be something like:

When we look up into the sky on a SMELLY summer night, we see millions of tiny spots of light. Each one represents a SIAMESE CAT which is the center of a PURPLE POLKA-DOTTED solar system with dozens of CHOCOLATE CAKE DONUTS revolving IRONICALLY around a distant sun.

The problem with the original/paper version of the game was that whoever was calling out for words was reading the story while they called out for words! The surprise was ruined for them. And even with pencil and eraser it was hard to re-use a story more than a few times.

At some point we got an Atari 800, and we decided to write a Mad Lib program in BASIC. The program basically just concatenated a bunch of strings, and the stories (initially just three, if memory serves) were hard-coded but randomized. When the program was run it would just spit out: “noun:” and wait for the word to be entered. Once submitted, it prompted for the next word, and so on until it had all of the variables it needed and could construct the story. What was beautiful about the BASIC program is that we didn’t know which story we were entering words for, so all of us could be surprised and delighted together.

Quite a few years have passed since that first collaboration, and technology continues to evolve by leaps and bounds. I’m not writing code that surprises and delights me on a daily basis, but I am definitely inspired and awed regularly by what we’re able to achieve so easily, and how rapidly the tools are evolving.

When we develop web applications or other programs we are engaging in activities that make humans really amazing. Not only are we making things work better (and entertain us more!), we are leveraging the work of others in the extreme. In Drupal our work is building on top of decades of knowledge - web technologies, the internet, computers and on down the line of human knowledge. We are learning from and working with each other to take things to the next level, something that is palpable and inspiring on pretty much a daily basis.

Coding and development is about workflow, collaboration, learning from others, assisting others; more than just crafting code. The Coding and Dev track description has a list of suggestions to start the conversation, but please don’t feel constrained by those examples! If none of those resonate with you, there’s always the second-to-last item: Anything innovative, interesting, exciting, or useful that we haven’t listed! Did you write something that surprises and delights you? Did you figure out a way of doing something that nobody has done before? Did you leverage somebody else’s work in a way that takes things to the next level?

Feel free to reach out to us with any questions: Jon Peck, Mike Nielson, or me (Rebecca Bartlett).

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Rebecca Bartlett
Coding and Development Track Chair
DrupalCon Baltimore

Jan 09 2017
Jan 09

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I coded weak and weary, poring over content theory, I asked myself “can users find what they are looking for?”

“Yes,” it told me, “yes.”  Startled, I was surprised to see a raven perched on my cubicle.

“UX.” The raven cawed, cackled and clenched its claws.  “Content.” He muttered only this and nothing more. And so began my journey to investigate user experience and develop content strategy that led me to call all UX practitioners and content strategists to DrupalCon Baltimore.  

Join your colleagues in submitting a proposal to one of the most invaluable tracks at DrupalCon.

‘Cause what other track brings together two fascinating areas like UX & Content Strategy?

User Experience (UX) is the foundation of user web interactions and content strategy is the cement that fortifies the site architecture - it is the glue between the code and the message.

This track will address tools and techniques for understanding a user’s mindset, needs, pain points, and capabilities. Device and browser choice, offline interactions, culture, language, and familiarity with technology are just several aspects of human behavior that shape user experience with digital products.  

Successful content strategy prioritizes and leverages content that supports organizational business goals. It helps users have a positive experience and achieve their goals on a site. It’s inherent in all aspects of production - from strategy and content creation to design and development, site maintenance and efficient governance of live web products.

Spin your stories, refine your rhymes and submit your prose here.

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Michelle Jackson
UX and Content Strategy Track Chair
DrupalCon Baltimore

Jan 06 2017
Jan 06

As Gene Kim, American entrepreneur and founder of Tripwire, says, DevOps is “not yet a precise collection of practices, descriptive or prescriptive.”[1]  Similarly, as Drupal enters its own era of philosophical movement towards Drupal 8, what more fitting time to focus around how we can bridge the gap between Developers and Operations to further improve our DevOps workflows.IMG_2037.JPG

In the DevOps Track Description, we drew comparisons between Development and Operations being like Peanut Butter and Chocolate.  Some people might think this analogy is stretching the limits or just an easy way to justify having a bunch of Peanut Butter Cups on my desk but the correlation between Peanut Butter and Chocolate is the same sort of philosophical relationship we look for between Development and Operations teams.  This philosophical relationship is what we hope to explore during the DevOps track at DrupalCon Baltimore.

When we say DevOps (or Peanut Butter Cups) what are we talking about?  We’re talking about having conversations around the use of Composer in Drupal projects.  We’re talking about having conversations around the use of Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery.  We’re talking about having conversations around automated testing and “push on green”.  And we’re talking about having conversations around containers, Docker, Kubernetes, and more.  If any of this interests you, come checkout the DevOps track at DrupalCon Bawlmer or even submit a session.

You can reach out to Joe Stewart, Ashok Modi, and me (Brian Thompson) with questions, suggestions or  for assistance about the track and session proposals.

Submit a Session


Brian Thompson
DevOps Track Chair
DrupalCon Baltimore

Jan 03 2017
Jan 03

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Dec 21 2016
Dec 21

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Powered by COD, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design and implementation by Cheeky Monkey Media.

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Dec 15 2016
Dec 15

DrupalCon is brought to you by the Drupal Association with support from an amazing team of volunteers. Powered by COD, the open source conference and event management solution. Creative design and implementation by Cheeky Monkey Media.

DrupalCon Baltimore is copyright 2016. Drupal is a registered trademark of Dries Buytaert.

Dec 14 2016
Dec 14

Last spring DrupalCon North America in New Orleans was attended by 3,102 Drupal community members, in the fall 1,787 of you came to Dublin for DrupalCon Europe. That's a whole lot of human beings getting together to talk about the Drupal software, development processes, tools, business strategies, future directions and more. All of which are important. But, I want to talk about all of those human beings. What makes you tick?

The Being Human track was first introduced at DrupalCon Dublin earlier this year. The hypothesis: attendees wanted a place to set the software and tools aside and put the spotlight on the human beings that make it all work. The track was well-received and we’ve decided to continue to make it a fixture and bring the Being Human track to DrupalCon Baltimore in 2017. And Emma, Jason, and I will be your track chairs. (Hint: That means you can reach out to us with questions about the track and session proposals.)

Being human as a topic is pretty broad. So I thought it might be a good idea to give you a little more background on the kinds of topics we're interested in hearing about. Of course, you're the humans, and this track is for you, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. Just a little something to get the ideas flowing.

Mental health

I've always said that I write my best code while riding my bike. I can't tell you how many times I've sat at my desk for what seemed like countless hours. Frustrated, sore from sitting, tired from stress, and essentially just changing lines of code to see if something, anything, works. After giving up for the day, and hoping on my bike to head home the stress of the day melts away. In that moment, as my brain is allowed some space to relax, it's not uncommon for the answer to the hard problem I was working on to suddenly reveal itself.

  • What do you do to relax?
  • How do you cope with stress?
  • What kind of environment is best for fostering mindfulness?
  • If burnout is an issue in our community what can we do to help people say “no” before they burn out?

Without us humans there would be no Drupal, so let's make sure we know how to take care of ourselves and one another.

Diversity and Inclusiveness

Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages the search for novel information and new perspectives, leading to better decision-making and problem-solving. Diversity can lead to unfettered discoveries and breakthrough innovations. Research has shown that being exposed to diversity can change the way you think. But even in communities where the dialogue of inclusion is relatively advanced, just the mention of the word “diversity” can lead to anxiety and conflict.

  • How do you foster a culture of inclusiveness?
  • What techniques are helpful for reaching consensus in a diverse group?
  • What are the challenges facing the Drupal community when it comes to diversity?
  • Tell us about your experiences with diversity and the impact they've had on you and your work.

As a whole, the DrupalCon Baltimore programming team is passionate about increasing the diversity of DrupalCon, and the Drupal community. I challenge you to help us figure out how to challenge ourselves and make Drupal a safe, fun, and welcoming place for everyone.


How many times have you gotten an email from a co-worker, or read a 140 character message on Twitter and immediately jumped to a conclusion? Then came back later and realized that had you only understood the whole picture you would have reacted in a completely different way?

Language, both the one we use to communicate with each other and the ones we use to provide instructions for computers, are nuanced. Each of us has a different background, associates with different cultures, communities, and has a unique experience that has led us to be who we are today. All of those factors come into play every time we're asked to use language. So it should be no surprise when our emails, or the code we write, take on a different meaning when interpreted by someone other than ourselves. It's part of being human.

  • What can we do to improve communication?
  • How do respond to conflict in the workplace?
  • Teach me how and when to say no, or when to ask for help.
  • What are the challenges of high-quality communication in a virtual community? What role does empathy play in communication?

Now Go Submit a Session

Got a story about being human that you would like to share? How about some advice for the rest of us that you've learned through your own experiences? Submit a session and tell us about it.

Submit a Session

The Being Human track seeks to provide a space for all the humans that make Drupal awesome to focus on making themselves, and those around them, a little more awesome, too.

Joe Shindelar
Being Human Track Chair
DrupalCon Baltimore

Dec 07 2016
Dec 07

The Drupal Association and the volunteers that contribute to DrupalCon strive to make our conference an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who come. We're actively seeking to increase the diversity of our speakers, attendees, and sponsors at DrupalCon Baltimore.

We are starting this effort by consciously working to increase the diversity of the speakers who take to the stage at DrupalCon to ensure that they better represent the Drupal community.  We are working together between the Drupal Association, Program Selection Team, Drupal’s Diversity Group, and interested community members towards our goal.

For DrupalCon Baltimore we would like to focus our resources on the following to make strides in increasing diversity among speakers:

  • Communicating our intentions to a more diverse audience
  • Providing resources (both monetary and supportive) to those from marginalized groups that are looking to submit
  • Continuing support and communication with all selected speakers

Communicating our intentions to a more diverse audience

In working to increase our diversity, we understand that setting the intention does nothing unless you get that message out.  We want to reach beyond the group that is already tuned into DrupalCon.  We want to reach out to marginalized groups that might not know about DrupalCon or who have never been invited to speak at DrupalCon.  We want to share our message with organizations that serve marginalized groups so that they can share the opportunity with their communities.

For our conference purposes, we are actively seeking submissions from individuals who identify with one or more communities that is under-represented in the following categories: Ability - Mental and/or physical, Age, Ethnicity, Gender, Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, Socio-Economic Status/Class.

We have chosen these categories based on the Big 8, which is a list of cultural identifiers.  If you feel that we have missed something or would like to give feedback on this process, please contact our Program Manager.)

Providing resources (both monetary and supportive) to those from underrepresented groups that are looking to submit

We also are aware that even if a person from a underrepresented group is invited to speak at a conference, there are possible barriers that make it impossible for them to attend and share their session. To lower these barriers, we are doing our best to communicate what we offer speakers.  We are also opening up a need-based inclusion fund that is available to selected speakers who  identify with a marginalized group.  We are committed to offering up to $350 to each of these individuals.  When submitting your session, we would ask that you please identify which underrepresented group you identify with and if you would like the inclusion fund assistance to speak at our conference.

Continuing support and communication with selected speakers

Offering support aside from financial support is also important to us, and we will be providing speaker mentoring, session coaching, and an open line of communication with speakers who would like to participate.  We want to ensure that you have the resources and support needed to make your session a success.

Ways you can help increase diversity of speakers at DrupalCon:

  • If you’re a person from a marginalized group, submit a session!
    • Please identify which marginalized groups you identify with during your session submission so we have an accurate idea of how many people are submitted from different groups so that we can provide more resources in the future.
  • Recommend appropriate speakers and/or program committee members to the conference chairs. You may also send an email to our Program Manager.
  • Forward our call for proposals to relevant affinity groups with the message that we are looking for a diverse speaker roster.
  • Suggest to potential speakers that they submit a proposal during our Call for Proposals conference phase.
  • If you’re from a marginalized group, please identify as so, but if you don’t need the inclusion funds, please don’t request it so that we can spread the fund further and include more speakers.
  • Provide feedback!  If you have thoughts about this initiative you can email our Program Manager, comment below, or submit your feedback through an anonymous webform.

This is the first time that we have made this dedicated effort to increasing diversity and we know that we won’t get it 100% right the first time around.  We would love to hear your feedback on how we are doing, and how we can improve.  Send our Program Manager an email with your suggestions or feedback on how we can do it better next time.

Dec 03 2016
Dec 03

It is with great excitement that we officially invite you to join us at DrupalCon Baltimore!  Our website launches today, and there are already many ways that you can already get involved.

Reserve your ticket

Whether it's to grab a ticket at our lowest price, use up your 2016 conference budget, or gift a DrupalCon ticket during the holidays, purchasing your ticket before the year ends is a great way to take advantage of our Early Bird Prices.  The current prices will last until March 3rd, so plan accordingly. Starting today, you can buy your conference ticket and Monday Summit tickets too.  We will announce our Monday Training options on February 27th.

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Check out our new Monday activities

While Monday is already full of sprints, trainings, and awesome Summits, we heard your feedback and are excited to offer you even more ways to interact and engage with your Drupal peers.  We are proud to announce two new Summits to add to our line-up and better serve our community.

  • Nonprofit Summit - From overflowing BoFs at previous Cons, Drupalers at nonprofits around the globe now will have a space to learn from each other about best practices, new trends, and generate ideas together! Learn more about this Summit.
  • Large Drupal Agency Summit - As Drupal continues to grow, so do the incredible agencies who sell it to the world.  This Summit will serve leaders of these agencies as they expand their networks and take on unique challenges.

Propose a training course for DrupalCon

The day before sessions kick off is the time that hundreds of Drupalers come to learn what's new in Drupal and to level-up their skills. If you have a company that has a training course that you'd like to partner with the Drupal Association to offer to attendees, we'd love to see your proposal.

Propose a training

Submit your session proposal 

With a record-breaking session submission count last year, we are looking forward to hundreds of proposals from a diverse set of speakers. With 12 tracks, we are looking to fill our conference with forward-thinking sessions that will inspire and educate our attendees. Make sure to read up on what each track is looking for to increase your chances of getting selected.  Check our our speaking page for information about what's involved with speaking at a DrupalCon.

Become a Speaker

Help us spread the word

Beginning with DrupalCon Baltimore, the Drupal Association and the volunteers who organize the event are beginning an initiative to increase the diversity of our speakers, attendees, and sponsors. We are beginning this effort by focusing on efforts that we think will increase the diversity of speakers who take the stage. More details will be coming soon on this initiative. In the meantime, we would be grateful if you could help us promote our Call for Content far and wide.

Get the Word Out

We look forward to bringing you more updates on DrupalCon Baltimore and are excited to see you there!

Nov 08 2016
Nov 08

Come for the code, stay for the community. That’s the mantra of the Drupal community. It’s the reason many of us are here. It’s why we contribute in our spare time, spend our weekends organizing Drupal events, attend week-long DrupalCons. As a community we are continuing to grow and change, just like the project. DrupalCon programming should be changing too.

In particular, we at the Drupal Association want to make sure that the community programming at DrupalCons best serves the community it is made for. And that means that we need fresh voices, more support, and new ideas. We are asking for a new crop of community leaders and leading companies to step in and help us move community programming at DrupalCons forward.

How community programming got here:
Originally, community conversations at DrupalCon took place in sessions for the community track, running alongside all the other content at DrupalCons. The community track allowed for presentations on topics related to our community and although it was valuable to raise the topics, there were concerns that the session format made it difficult to continue the momentum after the Con. Further, the community track was not well attended.

At DrupalCon Prague in 2013, we launched the first Community Summit, a day-long event, on the Monday of DrupalCon week. Morten DK, Addison Berry, and others (thank you all - you have been great collaborators) ran the program and led a number of very useful conversations.

At the past few DrupalCons, Donna Benjamin has stepped up to lead unconference-style Community Summits open to anyone who wants to join, contribute to, or lead a local community. Through the unconference format, the Summit has been able to foster conversations about nonviolent communication, camp budgeting, public speaking, local community activities and more. Unfortunately, unconferences seem to stop once the Summit is over, and continuing conversations and action plans prove difficult with a community spread across the world.

Where is community programming headed?
As we continue to grow as a project and community, we recognize that we need to make sure we have the right format and space for our community to continue to grow and learn from each other.
Community programming needs some new faces to help move us forward into a world of Drupal 8, new camps, project-wide discussions, etc. We are a community full of incredible leaders and we are putting out a call for some of you to stand up and help us design the future for our community.

Community programming also needs a fiscal champion - a sponsor who fully recognizes the importance of investing in our community. Our community leaders are volunteers and e want to minimise barriers for participation. To date, the Community Summit has been free to attend. We’d like to keep it that way. But we’d like to provide attendees with lunch, and workshop tools like post-it notes, markers and flipcharts. Because we offer the Summit at no cost, we have needed to limit the space available which has meant it has booked up early, and many who would have liked to attend, have missed out.

We need you to contribute to community programming
We need you. And we are asking - can you contribute? We would love a team of community organizers to work with the Drupal Association on community programming at DrupalCon Baltimore and beyond. We need a sponsor or two to financially support the Community Summit and allow us to continue to grow it.

We are close to finalizing our space at the Baltimore Convention Center and are also nearing our online registration launch. We need to determine what the Community Summit will be so we can allocate the appropriate space and include tickets on our website. If you can help, take action now by contacting us at the Drupal Association before November 21, 2016. There are a few ways to get involved:

Are we supporting new initiatives like Drupal Diversity in the best way that we can? Are we providing our Camp Organizers with the opportunity to convene and share tips and tricks to running amazing camps around the globe? What other programming can we be providing?  Comment below to let us know what you’d like to see from community programming at DrupalCons.

Thank you for your endless support of this amazing community.

Oct 28 2016
Oct 28

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Sep 24 2016
Sep 24

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Sep 16 2016
Sep 16

As part of our series of showcasing what Drupal is doing in Ireland, we are happy to bring you another awesome online experience that Drupal has created.  

Project 5 - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Monsoon Consulting worked with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to build the next generation of DLR websites and internal intranet platform, using Drupal 7 as the content management system. 

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is the local authority responsible for delivering high quality services and infrastructure for its population, ranging from housing and libraries to local tourism and planning. The existing website presented several problems as it was built around County Council Departments rather than citizens, and used multiple platforms with inefficient content delivery. Our project team took a strategic approach to produce a user-centred and easily managed, public service website. The responsive new website better showcases the wide range of services and activities offered to DLR residents, visitors and businesses. 

Drupal was chosen as the content delivery platform for this project for a number of reasons. This open source software served as a fully customisable, scalable solution to cope with a content-heavy platform. DLR were already using Drupal for its Libraries and Events websites and were happy with its highly flexible and responsive features. A group structure with permissions and roles was defined, within which content editors could easily publish SEO friendly content.

Several Drupal modules were implemented to refine site navigation, performance and content retrieval. Solr Search improves the speed and relevancy of search results, while Scald Library enables effective document management. Other Drupal highlights include page content feedback, Organic groups for editors, term related map pins and a news publication workflow. 

Overall, Monsoon Consulting delivered an end-to-end solution to a local government that will improve the access to information for all the website visitors, and the content management process for the DLR internal web team.

Project website:  Dún-Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council

Agency: Monsoon Consulting

Sep 15 2016
Sep 15

As part of our series of showcasing what Drupal is doing in Ireland, we are happy to bring you another awesome online experience that Drupal has created.  

Project 4 - Lámh

Lámh is a manual sign systems used by children and adults with intellectual disability and communication needs in Ireland. Lámh signs are used to support communication - they act as a stepping stone to communicating with the world. 

The signs are learned by families and staff at training courses, certain signs are learned at different training levels and the signs are not learned by rote, but rather by grouping signs for use in different scenarios.

Fluidedge was chosen to address the challenge of producing a responsive, private access online library of videos clips of tutors demonstrating the Lámh signs. Collaborating closely with our client and with a videographer, 800 video clips were produced, covering the entire Lámh vocabulary. Certain signs were filmed from different angles and close-up.

Fluidedge chose Drupal as the content management system, predominantly for its taxonomy capabilities, its user access control and its ability to integrate with third party video hosting services. The information architecture encouraged learning groups of words used in real-world scenarios, rather than by rote. Drupal allowed us to meet our client's nuanced training organisational structure - displaying specific video clips depending on which training course the user had attended. If the user completes additional training courses, they can access more Lámh signs to learn and review.

The private library is used successfully by families, staff and tutors and the resource has expanded to include tutor training materials for use during the Lámh training courses. Subsequent to this project, Fluidedge rebuilt the public-facing website for Lámh using Drupal at www.lamh.org

Client website: Lámh
Agency: Fluidedge

Sep 14 2016
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Sep 13 2016
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Sep 12 2016
Sep 12

The Irish Drupal community is delighted to welcome you to DrupalCon Dublin and offers you a “céad míle fáilte” - a “hundred thousand welcomes”!

We hope you are looking forward to DrupalCon Dublin as much as we are. It's looking like it will be a fantastic event with lots of great sessions lined up, Trivia Night and of course, the Drupal Ireland Welcome Party!

Many of you know some of us from past events and from our involvement in the community (and of course from our infamous Trivia Nights!). However, Drupal is more than a hobby for us. With Drupal we're able to create amazing online experiences, that deliver so much more than just a website to our clients. With it we've been able to help people learn sign language, go back in time, and get involved in our country's centenary commemorations.

This week, we will be sharing some of the cool projects we've been doing recently with Drupal in Ireland.  

Project 1 - Ireland.ie

It’s very rare that you get to develop your country’s national website for the centenary year of one of the most pivotal events in the country’s history, yet this is what Annertech had the privilege of doing. In this case, www.ireland.ie –  the official website for commemorations of the 1916 Rising – was going to be no small task.

Along with our partners ZeroG and BigO Media a website, beautiful in design, scope, and execution was born, raised, released, rinsed and repeated – iteration upon iteration. Whilst ZeroG and BigO worked on information architecture, content and social media strategy, and design, Annertech worked on making the designers’ dreams a reality. 

We developed a ‘co-lingual’ website, placing Irish and English content side-by-side wherever possible to give equal prominence to the display of both languages. We did the same on the backend, so editors could edit both languages in tandem and keep perfect track of where they stood in the translation workflow. Layout made heavy use of masonry, transition effects, and hover/focus states to allow for the maximum of information to be presented in small spaces in a beautiful, intuitive manner. In effect an events listing website (though so much more besides), we utilised Apache Solr for lightning fast results and supplemented the events search implementation with a beautiful date picker user interface.

Are we happy with the results? You bet. So much so that we can’t wait to discuss some of the implementation during one of our DrupalCon sessions. Was the Irish government happy with the results? With this being their response, we certainly think so: “Their work was very thorough, expertly executed and often required working under tight deadlines and under extreme pressure. No task was too difficult and they also approached every challenge with a positive solution focused approach."

Project website: Ireland.ie

Agency: Annertech

Sep 08 2016
Sep 08

Dublin is a great place to eat out.

You probably won’t be surprised to learn that Dublin has a pretty good selection of bars and restaurants and selecting just a few is a difficult task. This is most certainly not a comprehensive list of venues, but here is a selection of our favourites.

Let us begin with that most important institution: the full Irish breakfast!

1.- Breakfast, Lunch or Coffee

These places are not only recommended for their Irish breakfasts or brunches: they are amongst a myriad of cafes in the city where to also enjoy a cake and a cup of Irish tea to keep you going through the day.

Top Two:

  • Hatch and Sons - 15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin Southside, Dublin

  • Dolce Sicily - 43 Dawson St, Dublin 2

If it’s a traditional Irish breakfast you are after, we could recommend no other than Hatch and Sons. Located underneath the Little Museum at St Stephen's Green, (one of the finest parks in Dublin) they have what we believe is the best breakfast in town. They are famous for their brunches. One of the things you may discover is that there is such a thing as a “family breakfast”, it is easy to find three generations reading the Sunday paper (that’s why the have so many supplements) gathering around the table. They all will have a slight variation of their breakfast (a poached egg here, a fried egg there) but it is a very tender scene to see the sharing of supplements while they treat themselves at slow pace with a genuine breakfast experience. Ah, and their coffee is really really good! There is a saying that one should start the day as a king, have lunch as a prince and dinner like a peasant. Well, Hatch and Sons is the king of breakfasts in town.

You might be more into the the ‘prince’ side of cafes, enjoy a proper cake and a cup of coffee during the day. Dolce Sicily, just a few meters away from Hatch and Sons, is the place for desserts in Dublin’s Fair City. The place it pure Italy. They are famous for their Sicilian Cannelloni but it is their cakes what makes this place an amazing experience, not to mention their amazing coffee. In a place like this, the original Italian pastry, a cake a day keeps the doctor away!


  • The Fumbally - Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

  • Sister Sadie - 46 Harrington St. in Dublin 8

  • The Cake Cafe - The Daintree Building, 8 Pleasants Pl, Dublin

  • 3fe - 32 Grand Canal Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • Queen of Tarts - Cow's Ln, Dame St, Dublin 2

  • The Phoenix Café - Ashtown Castle, Nunciature Rd, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Co. IE

  • Brother Hubbard - 153 Capel St, Dublin 1

  • The Bretzel Bakery & Cafe - 1A Lennox St, Dublin

  • Lemon Crêpe & Coffee Co. - 60 Dawson St, Dublin 2

  • Pepper Pot - Powerscourt Centre, Powerscourt Town House Centre, South William St, Dublin 2

2.- Fish and chips

Fish and chips is something that all my visiting friends wanted to try and considered as typically Irish. The traditional way to each fish and chips is in the street, sitting on a park bench or in any sun-trapped spot of the city. Locals like to add loads of salt and loads of vinegar. I personally prefer them with loads of lemon. Ah, and remember to ask for tartar sauce: delicious!

There are two typical places for fish and chips is Dublin:

  • Leo Burdock - 2 Werburgh St, Christchurch, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin

  • Beshoff Bros - 12 Harbour Rd, Howth, Co. Dublin

Leo Burdock has traditionally been the place to have fish and chips in the city. Located just outside Christ Church, you can kill two birds with the same stone and have them in the ground of the aforementioned church. I remember the first time I went there having scampi served in newspaper papers. I thought for a moment they were just photocopies or some other sort of promotional feature, but no, they were real, just the day before paper with a page for the fish and a page for the chips. The first thing that surprised me was the queue outside, very very long, but once I got my portion it was certainly worth it.

The other traditional chipper of Dublin is not in the city centre but in the seaside town of Howth, just 9 miles away from Dublin’s GPO, it easily accessed via the dart, a sort of metro that doesn’t go underground and that more or less follows the coast of Dublin Bay. Beshoff Bros is a must for fish and chips lovers, again recognizable by a queue outside unless you go first thing on a Tuesday Morning. If going during the day, I would recommend having an “Oh My Cod”, consisting of cheaply priced battered goujons of fresh cod and chips. It is have price than a normal portion of fish and chips and, although a bit smaller, it is more than sufficient to fill you up. The tradition in Howth is to eat the fish and chips sitting at the beginning of the pier and then go for a walk to help with the digestion until the lighthouse at the end of the pier.

Both places have recently opened new spaces in city centre locations, (eg: Beshoff in71 Dame St, Dublin 2 or Leo Burdock in Liffey St.) but if possible I would recommend going to the original spots.

If it is a fancier version of fish and chips what you are after, you could always take a dart to Howth and have them there rather than going to the chipper and sitting on the pier wall, you could relax on a table, with knife and fork and ideally a pint of Guinness.. There are plenty of restaurants that have fish'n'chips on their menu:

  • Catch 22 - 28 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

  • Bloom Brasserie - 11 Upper Baggot St, Dublin 4

  • Fish Shack Cafe - 1 Martello Terrace, Sandycove, Co. Dublin

  • Abbey Tavern - 28 Abbey St, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • King Sitric - E Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • Crabby Jo's - 14 West Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • The Brass Monkey - 12 W Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • Aqua - 1 West Pier, Howth, Dublin 13

  • The Oar House - W Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • Beshoffs The Market - 17-18 W Pier, Howth, Co. Dublin

  • The Purty Kitchen - 3-5 Old Dunleary Rd, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

3.- Take Away

But fish and chips are not the only take away options that the city has to offer. We have the whole wide world cuisine at our feet.

  • Umi Falafel 13 Dame St, Dublin 2

  • Zaytoon - 14 - 15 Parliament St, Dublin 2

There is no competition. Umi Falafel is the place to get the finest falafel in Dublin, perhaps anywhere. Other than their main falafel sandwiches, various middle eastern salads and sides are on offer.

A small place in Dame Street, they are very well know for their take aways. It is not only that their service is very quick but most importantly that the quality and freshness of their Lebanese falafel wrap with spiced potato wedges is simply fabulous. All their food is vegetarian and vegan but we would recommend this place to absolute everybody, even if you are the most dedicated meat lover, you will not resist to this middle eastern cuisine gem.

Another great place for take away food is Zaytoon, their speciality being their Persian kebabs. Located in the heart of Temple Bar, a part of Dublin city that will appeal both to art lovers during the day wanting to try amazing Persian Cuisine and party goers during the night looking for a donner kebab after the last orders. Try their fish kebab, delicious!

4.- Traditional Irish Pubs

There are currently over 750 pubs in Dublin! Yep, seven hundred and fifty. So, here are just a few that we can recommend you try while you are in Dublin.

Top Two:

  • The Long Hall - 51 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2

  • Mulligan's - 8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin City

The Long Hall is located in South Great George’s Street. This the old style bar is easily recognizable because of its red and white canopy, it is supposed to be the place the have the best guinness in town. The experience is almost like a travel in time, no tv, no music, just a (very comfortable) stool, haunting atmosphere, friendly staff and a pint of the black stuff in front of you. That’s all you need. No doubt the place is Bruce Springsteen favourite pub, he religiously come here for a pint, and it is quite often mind you, he seems to be coming to Dublin almost every year.

We would recommend to go during the day, we couldn’t recommend anything else for a quiet pint!

Mulligans is a rustic, old style Dublin pub. It is renowned for the quality of its pint of Guinness making it the perfect next stop if you have enjoyed a meal next door.

The pub has a rich history of over 200 years and has hosted famous guest such as James Joyce, John F Kennedy and Judy Garland.

Stepping into Mulligans is like stepping back in time. This is a no-nonsense 18th century establishment. The pub is deceptively large and has multiple rooms and plenty of seating.

Sit by the bar and chat with the colourful cast of regulars who frequent this watering hole.

You will find Mulligans on Poolbeg St. Around a 15 minute walk from The Convention Centre.

But there is more! Our recommendation would be to have a pint on each of the following pubs... not necessarily the same day, but these place range from the traditional pint of Guinness to all the more fashionable craft beers of which Ireland is so proud.


  • Whelan's - 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2 is the venue for live music in Dublin.

  • Grogans - 15 South William Street, Dublin 2

  • Devitts Pub - 78 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin City

  • McDaids - 3 Harry St, Dublin 2

  • Kehoe's - 9 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

  • Mulligan's - 8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin City

  • Arthur's Pub - 28 Thomas St, Dublin

  • The Brazen Head - 20 Lower Bridge St, Dublin 8

  • Lord Edward - 23, Werburgh St, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

  • The Palace Bar - 1 Fleet St, Dublin 2

  • Toners - 139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • John Kavanagh - 1 Prospect Square, Dublin 9

  • The Flowing Tide - 9 Lower Abbey St, Dublin, Co. Dublin City

5.- Pubs with Food

Although traditionally a pub was place for enjoy a pint and conversation, some of them have very fine food on offer

Top Two:

  • The Ferryman Hotel - 35 Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin

  • The Bernard Shaw - 11-12 Richmond St S, Dublin 2

The Ferryman is Located on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay across the river from the Convention Centre, The Ferryman is comprised of two restored Georgian buildings on the banks of the River Liffey. This one is just a four minute walk from the Dublin Convention Centre.

It is a traditional, old style Dublin pub with that old world feel. There are three individual bars in this pub, each with its own charm. The main bar greets you as you enter from Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. It is a traditional style bar decked out with all manner of memorabilia from a time past.

Down the stair is the Cellar Bar, steeped in tradition and adorned authentic décor, this bar is lovely and cosy. The third bar is call the Living Room. Slightly more grand in terms of décor, this bar feels very rich and comfortable. It harks back to the Georgian roots of the building.

The Ferryman serves a lunchtime menu from 12:00pm - 2:30pm. The food is traditional Irish fare. You absolutely must try the Beef and Guinness Pie.

The pub is located around the corner from both Google and Facebook HQ’s so it is frequented by staff of both companies on a regular basis. You can be sure to find some tech conversation going on here.

The Bernard Shaw. This place was hipster before hipster was a thing!  Don’t be put off by the graffiti on the walls outside or the relatively small front bar. Venture all the way inside to discover the hidden gem that awaits you. Once you are inside it is actually a surprisingly big pub and it is absolutely brimming with character.

It’s difficult to describe it. Niall Harbison of LovinDublin described it as “an eclectic mix of a Berlin nightclub, old Dublin bar, Amsterdam coffee shop with an outdoor art gallery thrown in for the craic”.

Lunch is served up by a team of mad Italians who bring even more character to the place (if that’s possible). The food is simple but of an exceptionally high standard. Make sure you try the soup.

Out the back of the pub there are more surprises. Since the 2004 smoking ban, Dublin pubs have been steadily improving their outdoor areas. This beer garden is one of the best. It’s a huge space punctuated by The Big Blue Bus with is a double decker bus parked the back of the beer garden which has been converted into restaurant serving fantastic pizza.

This one is a little further away so, you will need to take a taxi or the 15A or 15B bus.


  • O’Reilly’s - Tara Street Station, 2 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2

  • Beer Market - 13 High St, Dublin 8

  • The Brew Dock - 1 Amiens Street, Dublin 1

  • Against the Grain - 11 Wexford St, Dublin 2

  • The Ferryman Hotel - 35 Sir John Rogerson Quay, Dublin

  • Harbourmaster Restaurant & Bar - 1 Custom House Quay, I.F.S.C., Dublin 1

  • Ryan's & F.X.BUCKLEY Steakhouse - 28 Parkgate St, Dublin 8

  • L. Mulligan Grocer - 18 Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

  • The Bank on College Green - 20 College Green, Dublin 2

  • Irish Film Institute - 6 Eustace St, Dublin 2

  • JW Sweetmans - 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

  • Market Bar - 14A Fade St, Dublin 2

6.- Casual Restaurants

Dublin has many restaurants to eat in a casual way. Camden Street is not short of places to eat. Within a couple of hundred meters you have arguably Dublin’s best burger joint in Bunsen, Brazilian cuisine at Sabor Brazil, The very funky Green Nineteen, some of the best kebabs around in Zaytoon and of course the awesome Camden Exchange.

Top Two:

  • Vintage Kitchen - 7 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2

  • Neon (Asian Street Food) - 17 Camden Street, Dublin 2, Dublin

Right next door to the Mulligans pub you will find The Vintage Kitchen

A restaurant with an excellent reputation. One of the most happening spots in Dublin right now. The Vintage Kitchen operates a BYOW (Bring your own Wine) policy and does not charge any corkage fee.

Expect a relaxed and casual atmosphere at this restaurant with exceptionally high quality Irish Fare.

The staff are friendly and welcoming which adds to the homely feeling you get when visiting this restaurant.

A lovely feature of this eatery, is the old school vinyl record player which serenades patrons with a variety of music. If you have something from your own record collection at home, bring it along. They will usually be happy to give it a play.

Neon delivers delicious Asian street food while also offering exceptional value for money. The setting is cosy with a long table and benches running down the middle of the restaurant.

Service is always quick and friendly. There is a choice or wines as well as craft beers on office. The best part is the free dessert. In Neon you are given an ice-cream cone with your meal. Once you are finishing the main course you can then go and pull your very own Ice-cream.

Of course you can walk to Camden St but, it’s around 3km from the Dublin Convention Centre so, you make want to try a taxi or bus. The 15A or 15B will get you there.


  • Hanoi Hanoi - 100, 102 Capel St, Dublin 1

  • Silk Road Café - Chester Beatty Library, Castle St, Dublin

  • Musashi - 15 Capel St, Dublin 1

  • Green Nineteen - 19 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • Fallon & Byrne (downstairs) - 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2

  • KC Peaches Cafe and Catering - 28-29 Nassau St, Dublin 2

  • Dunne and Crescenzi - 16 Frederick St S, Dublin

  • Saba - 22 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4

  • Las Tapas De Lola - 12 Wexford St, Dublin 2

  • Zakura Noodle & Sushi Restaurant - 13 Wexford St, Dublin 2, Dublin

  • Carluccio's - 52 Dawson St, Dublin 2

  • Salamanca - 1 Andrew Street, Dublin 2

7.- Vegetarian Eateries

Like most cities, it's pretty easy to eat out as a vegetarian in Dublin. You don't have to look too far for great food and almost all places will have at least one vegetarian option available.

As the already mentioned Umi Falafel in the take away section, some of the best places to dine out with an exclusive or extensive vegetarian menu are:

Top Two:

  • Cornucopia

  • Yamayori izakaya

Cornucopia is Dublin's most recognisable vegetarian eatery, particularly good for breakfasts and lunches. In the morning you can get a huge, hot cooked and fresh veggie breakfast followed by an extensive lunch menu which includes freshly made soups, salads and main courses. Worth a visit while in Dublin if you're a vegetarian, the place is quite casual, so drop in anytime.

For dinner we recommend Yamayori Izakaya. While not a dedicated vegetarian menu, there is an extensive range of veggie japanese dishes on offer. From sushi to their unique veggie burger it's definitely worth planning a night within a group in this vibrant restaurant.


  • HappyFood - YogaHub, 27 Camden Place, Dublin

  • Blazing Salads - 42 Drury St, Dublin 2

  • Sprout & C0. - 5 Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • Govindas - 4 Aungier St, Dublin 2

  • 777 (dinner) - Castle House, South Great George's Street, Dublin 7

8.- More Formal Restaurants for Foodies

A little more expensive but probably worth it.

Top Two:

  • Fallon & Byrne (Upstairs) - 11-17 Exchequer St, Dublin 2

  • Coppinger Row, Coppinger Row, Dublin 2

A bit hard to find this one. Fallon & Byrne from outside looks like a supermarket: a bit of a posh supermarket where sometimes I wonder if I am in a food museum, In no other place can I find brown peppers or black tomatoes. Then, on one side of the supermarket is this cafe/deli where they serve really amazing cheapily priced food. But it is really upstairs where lays the treasure of this place. I don’t know why, but the first time I was at Fallon & Byrne I thought I was in the Titanic. The atmosphere, the furniture, their wooden floors, the waiters, and most importantly, the food. Classic! Timeless! Just wonderful!

Coppinger Row is (funnily enough) located at Coppinger Row, a pedestrian street just beside Powerscourt. If you wish you can sit outside and dine al fresco with a fine glass of wine in one hand and great food on the other. Their mediterranean style food is excellent and really well priced considering its quality. This is a place you could come any time during the day, Their brunch is well known in the area, their lunches are fabulous and the dinner great too. It is one of those place you find hard to choose from the menu because they are look great.

We recommend choosing something from their specials board. It is probably something you haven’t tried before (at least that’s the my case) and most likely just perfect!

It is the only place in Dublin where I was able to find a “bombón” coffee, which is made with condensed milk. That brought memories from my past all right. Delicious!


  • Winding Stair - 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

  • L'Gueuleton - 1 Fade St, Dublin 2

  • Forest Avenue - 8 Sussex Terrace, Dublin, Ireland

  • Camden Kitchen - 3A, Camden Market, Grantham St, Dublin 8

  • Delahunt - 39, Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • ely wine bar -  22 Ely Pl, Dublin

  • 101 Talbot - 100-102 Talbot St, Dublin 1

  • The Pigs Ear - 4 Nassau St, Dublin 2

  • Chez Max - 1 Palace St, Dublin 2

  • Il Baccaro - Meeting House Square, Dublin

  • Il Posto - 10 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2

9.- Cocktail Bars

Our top two recommendations for Cocktails bar in Dublin caters both for the “exclusive” and the “underground”.

Top Two:

  • Vintage Cocktail Club - 15 Crown Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

  • The Blind Pig - 18 Suffolk St, Dublin 2

Vintage Cocktail Club is super and is proud of calling themselves Dublin’s “exclusive” cocktail and dining experience. They are located in the heart of Dublin city.

They cater for the refined audiences and it is recommended for intimate gathering. A favourite spot for a gathering of glamorous ladies for a fun filled cocktail & brunch extravaganza, this joint will not fail to appeal.

“Underground” Cocktail Bar The Blind Pig quotes punk rock band Dead Kennedy’s Jello Biafra and his “FOR EVERY PROHIBITION YOU CREATE, YOU ALSO CREATE AN UNDERGROUND”, as it is named after the police who turned a blind eye to the liquor rooms of the 1920s prohibition era. The place couldn’t be cooler,  they even have live music and have rooms for private events.


  • Fade Street Social - 6 Fade St, Dublin 2

  • Sophie's - 33 Harcourt Street, Dublin

  • ely bar & brasserie - CHQ Building ISFC, Georges Dock, Dublin 1, Co. Dublin

  • The Marker Hotel Dublin - Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2

  • The Woollen Mills - 42 Ormond Quay Lower, Dublin 1

10.- Very very formal (for very very special occasions)

Sometimes good isn’t good enough. Sometimes classy needs to be outdone and new bars need to be reached. Sometimes, you need something extra special. Enter the world of fine dining.

  • Sabor Brazil - 71 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

  • Chapter One - 18-19 Parnell Square N, Dublin 1

Sabor Brazil is one of those elegant places you might think twice about before venturing into their door because of price. I consider eating experience in a place like this as “an investment”. Your memories will bring you back to this place. It is not about eating food and leaving: no. This is an experience that will live with you for the rest of your life. A bit like buying a ticket for your favourite musical act, it might look a bit overpriced at first glance, but the the memories come back every time you listen to your already favourite tracks. Priceless.

We would recommend their tasting menu, consisting of non-sharing 7 courses. Be warned that it is 100 euros per person, which is typically the price of a top of the range concert. If you have something special to celebrate or someone to impress go to Brazil, its taste will be with you ever after.

Chapter One is a Michelin Star awarded restaurant located in the basement of the Writer’s Museum at the top of O’Connell Street. Again, you might need a special occasion to venture yourself into this A1 exceptional experience, but once you are, you are in. As a former home of John Jameson, it retains authentic granite walls and sash windows and has been carefully and stylishly renovated to create a wonderfully sumptuous and comfortable restaurant. And the food just speaks by itself.

Recommended for the pre-theatre menu if you are going to the nearby Gate Theatre.

See them on a map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=14wcG-3h-BQiKvZFU7v9jPcV3AdU

Photo credits:  Image 1: http://www.pauloconnell.photography/  Image 2: http://www.theferrymantownhouse.ie/gallery.php?pageid=3&g=14
Image 3: https://cloud.lovindublin.com/images/uploads/2014/03/Screen-Shot-2014-03-06-at-09.51.42.png
Image 4: http://sublounge.ie/
Image 5: http://www.neon17.ie/gallery.html
Aug 29 2016
Aug 29

We added a new summit to the DrupalCon line-up this year: the DevOps Summit, on Monday, 26 September. It's a day filled with keynotes, an industry leaders panel, open discussions, and networking.

DevOps is a popular part of DrupalCon. There are 12 sessions dedicated to DevOps topics like continuous integration and serverless architecture. But we're excited to add more programming for DevOps fans far and wide. With the summit, we've dedicated time and space to offer networking and collaboration activities.

The DevOps Summit is a hands-on experience, the perfect way to start the DrupalCon week. It'll be a lot like one of the DevOps Days Conferences held all over the world. But we want to build upon the classical conference format. There'll be great presentations, and Open Space discussions.

Who's speaking?

We’re happy to welcome the following speakers who'll be sharing short presentations:

  • Jochen Lilitch; Developing resiliency under relentless pressure
  • Janne Koponen; Holistic development and operations environment
  • Pablo Fabregat; The (fragile) art of deploying a project
  • Ashleigh Tevenet; HolaCRAZY: adventures in building a kick ass self-governing company (and why Holacracy isn’t enough)

What's an Open Space discussion?

Open Spaces are a self-organizing part of our Summit. Everybody gets to propose a session. The more you give, the more you get.

Open Space discussions rely on four principles:

  • Whoever comes is the right people
  • Whatever happens is the only thing that could have
  • Whenever it starts is the right time
  • When it’s over, it’s over

We hope you’re as motivated as we are to run the Open Spaces at the summit!

Getting the most out of the summit

Come with questions, ready to discuss the presentations and connect with your peers.

We have room for all questions and ideas and are looking forward to your involvement. Here are a few ideas we imagine will come up during the summit:

  • How do you deal with being a night owl, and how does that affect your team?
  • How do you make sure your engineers get weekends off, and what’s the best on-call rotation?
  • Ever struggled with setting up a redundant Galera MariaDB Cluster?
  • How do you create a more resilient infrastructure, and how do you deploy when GitHub is down?
  • How are you monitoring your systems?

We look forward to joining you at the summit!

Register for the Summit

Aug 24 2016
Aug 24

Thinking of coming to DrupalCon Dublin this year? Why not extend your trip by a few days and stay a bit longer to take in some of the fabulous things you can go do and see in Dublin?

Here's our recommended list of things to do and see while here:

1. Guinness Storehouse

Guinness barrels

Recently awarded the best tourism attraction in Europe accolade, the Guinness Storehouse tops our list of places to visit in Dublin.

At the Guinness Storehouse you can explore each of the seven floors in this pint-glass shaped building to see how Guinness is made, before finishing the tour at the Gravity Bar where you can enjoy a complimentary pint of the black stuff while overlooking panoramic views of the city.

2. Kilmainham Gaol

Kilmainham Gaol

Interested in history? Then be sure to stop by Kilmainham Gaol during your stay here. Leaders of various nationalist rebellions since 1798 were imprisoned here, and in some cases, executed, such as the seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

This year we're commemorating the 100 year anniversary since the 1916 Easter Rising and Kilmainham Gaol is holding a special “1916 Portraits and Lives” exhibition.

3. Trinity College Dublin & the Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin and the Book of Kells

Trinity College Dublin, one of Ireland's most well known third-level education institutions, is located in the heart of Dublin city. Founded by Queen Elizabeth in 1592, it contains a lot of history and many beautiful buildings. This includes the fabulous Long Room, a library containing many old and rare books, and inspired the Jedi Archives in the “Star Wars Episode II” movie.

Trinity offers many campus tours, which cover the Campanile and the Long Room but also includes admission to see the Book of Kells. The Book of Kells is a beautifully hand-illustrated manuscript of the four Gospels dating from around 800 AD.

4. Art Galleries

National Gallery of Ireland

There are a number of worthwhile art galleries in Dublin, most notable among which are the National Gallery of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The National Gallery of Ireland houses more than 12,000 pieces of art, from paintings to prints and sculptures. It features work from Jack B. Yeats, Van Gogh, Monet and Caravaggio.

Meanwhile, the Irish Museum of Modern Art is Ireland's leading institution collecting modern and contemporary art. It is located in the former 17th century Royal Hospital building in Kilmainham, with its beautiful grounds containing a formal garden and medieval burial grounds.

Like many of the national museums, admission to both of these art galleries is free.

5. National Museum of Ireland

National Museum of Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland is split across four main campuses in Dublin and Mayo. Of these we would highly recommend the Decorative Arts and History museum in Collins Barracks. As the name might suggest, Collins Barracks was an army base for nearly 300 years before being renovated to become part of the National Museum. It is itself a historical place of interest and played a key base for the British troops in the 1916 Easter Rising. These days it showcases Ireland's economic, social, political and military progress through the ages.

Also worthwhile is the Archaeology museum campus on Kildare Street. It contains many excellent examples of Celtic and medieval art, including the Tara Brooch and Ardagh Chalice.

Again, entry to the National Museum of Ireland is free of charge.

6. Dublinia


Dublinia is fast becoming one of Dublin's most popular attractions. Located at Christchurch, it has four exhibitions on offer, which include learning more about Vikings and the Battle of Clontarf, life in Medieval Dublin, how archaeology works and a 96 step climb to the top of the medieval St. Michael's Tower for spectacular views over the city. This is worth a visit, and will keep kids entertained too.

7. National Leprechaun Museum

National Leprechaun Museum

So yes, this really does exist, and no, it's not as bad as you might think! The National Leprechaun Museum dedicates itself to Irish mythology and explores the world of Irish folklore and old stories. It offers an interactive and engaging experience for kids and adults alike, and offers visitors a deeper understanding of Irish culture and imagination.

8. Little Museum of Dublin

One of the newer museums in Dublin, the Little Museum of Dublin is worth a visit. Located in a Georgian townhouse on St. Stephen's Green and focusing on the 20th century, it should take you less than an hour to wander around. It contains 400 pieces of art, photography, letters and other artefacts from the era, offering unique insight into the life and changes in Dublin throughout the 20th century.

9. Cathedrals of Christ Church and St. Patrick's


Two of the most iconic cathedrals in Dublin are located a stone's throw away from each other, namely St. Patrick's Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral.

St. Patrick's Cathedral, named after Ireland's patron saint, is one of the last remaining medieval buildings in Dublin, built between 1220 and 1260 AD and is the largest cathedral in Ireland. A number of well known people are buried on the site, including Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, who was also Dean here for a while. Try and visit during one of the choir's daily performances if you can.

Christ Church Cathedral on the other hand is Dublin's oldest building, with the oldest parts dating from around 1030 AD. It contains beautiful floor tiles and a distinctive archway (over what is quite a busy road these days). However, one of its most renowned features is its 12th century crypt, one of the oldest and largest in Ireland and the UK.

10. Dublin Castle

Dublin Castle

If you're after the classic castle, with moats, drawbridge, turrets or crenellations, then this is not the castle for you. While Dublin Castle dates back to the early 13th century (and is probably built over a much earlier defensive fort), much of what remains today is from the 18th century. The Record Tower is the only remaining building from the original medieval structure which has somehow miraculously survived.

If visiting the castle, be sure to take in the State Apartments, the Chester Beatty Library and the Dubhlinn Gardens, which cover the area where there was once a black pool or “dubh linn”, where is Dublin gets its name.

These days the castle is mainly used to host grand ceremonial or state functions, but is open to the public if no event is on.

Photo credits: ccharmon, Joe Loong, Rob Hurson, William Murphy, Ana Rey, Jolin 2013


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