Sep 10 2019
Sep 10

DrupalCon Minneapolis 2020 is now accepting session proposal submissions! For 2020, we welcome a wealth of perspectives and a vast knowledge base as presenters in Minneapolis for DrupalCon North America.

Jul 16 2019
Jul 16

Shape the exciting lineup of community-driven, educational sessions by serving on the Program Committee!

Jun 24 2019
Jun 24

We’re looking for training partners to propose quality, in-demand trainings for the DrupalCon Minneapolis lineup!

May 09 2019
May 09

What an event this last DrupalCon was! Thanks to all who joined us in April for DrupalCon Seattle 2019.

In planning this event, more funds than ever before — 30 percent more, to be exact — were allocated for grants and scholarships. This tied in with the overall aim of having a cross-section of attendees, all of whom play a part in contributing and advancing the Drupal Project. Funding for grants and scholarships is from the support of our conference partners, as well as conference registrations.

Apr 05 2019
Apr 05

On behalf of the Drupal Association, we’re excited to welcome you to Seattle, DrupalCon, and the Washington State Convention Center. Your week will be packed with opportunities to learn, network, collaborate, and most importantly, have fun... Drupal style!

To add some listening enjoyment to your travels, download the Drupal Seattle Spotify playlist by Kanopi Studios.

Mar 20 2019
Mar 20

New to DrupalCon? We’re glad you’re joining us in Seattle!

Here are ideas to help you prepare for this exciting week among thousands of other Drupalers, while hundreds of sessions, summits, trainings, just-for-fun events, and more are all happening—some simultaneously. We have tips for during the conference and afterward, so make the most of this new experience! 

Mar 18 2019
Mar 18

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and fun facts to help you get to know your community.
 

Mar 01 2019
Mar 01

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and fun facts to help you get to know your community.
 

Feb 06 2019
Feb 06

Drupal contribution events are opportunities to join existing initiative teams and further the Drupal project, our processes, Drupal.org, various themes and modules, and more. 

Feb 06 2019
Feb 06

The backbone of every DrupalCon is the community of people who come together at the event, and in particular the involvement of community volunteers who collectively influence and shape the experiences of others in attendance. In short, Mentors!  

Sign up to Mentor

Feb 01 2019
Feb 01

The hotels we chose each offer an ideal hub—connecting you to a rewarding DrupalCon community experience. 

Jan 30 2019
Jan 30

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and fun facts to help you get to know your community.
 

Jan 14 2019
Jan 14

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and fun facts to help you get to know your community.
 

Dec 20 2018
Dec 20

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and fun facts to help you get to know your community.
 

Dec 18 2018
Dec 18

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights some of the individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and some fun facts to help you get to know your community.

Dec 17 2018
Dec 17

DrupalCon Seattle is looking different than the DrupalCons of years past.

The overarching goal when planning DrupalCon Seattle 2019 was to expand both outreach and accessibility so that attendees would be representative of the community as a whole. The value of the conference is in the perspectives, energy and diversity of experiences participants share.

DrupalCon began setting goals to overtly increase diversity starting with DrupalCon Baltimore 2017. This continued in the planning of DrupalCon Nashville 2018, and is prioritized for DrupalCon Seattle 2019.

Dec 04 2018
Dec 04

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse! This Q&A series highlights some of the individuals you could meet at DrupalCon. Every year, DrupalCon is the largest gathering of people who belong to this community. To celebrate and take note of what DrupalCon means to them, we’re featuring an array of perspectives and some fun facts to help you get to know your community.

Nov 19 2018
Nov 19

We extend a hearty congratulations to our 10 scholarship and 12 grant recipients. A global team of community members were given the green light to award more funds than ever before, aiming to have a cross-section of contributors in attendance at DrupalCon Seattle 2019. As a result, we’re awarding aid to people from nearly every continent: six attendees from Europe, nine attendees from the Americas, two attendees from Africa, four attendees from South Asia, and one attendee from Australia.
 

Nov 13 2018
Nov 13

We’re featuring some of the people in the Drupalverse!  This Q&A series highlights some of the individuals you could meet at DrupalCon.

First up, Everett Zufelt. 

Oct 17 2018
Oct 17

As you’re performing a cost-benefit analysis about attending DrupalCon Seattle- we have valuable feedback from DrupalCon attendees to share.

Each year, it’s the largest Drupal gathering in the world, which lends an air of excitement as people converge within a convention center, and often see name badges of people they’ve only met online in open source, thus transposing online interactions into interpersonal connections.

Oct 05 2018
Oct 05

The latest Lullabot podcast features the Drupal Association’s Senior Events Manager, Amanda Gonser, speaking about DrupalCon Seattle 2019.

Amanda answered compelling questions from hosts Matt and Mike, who are both Drupal developers. The podcast serves as informative and fun insight about how the "new format better serves the community." 

Sep 25 2018
Sep 25

DrupalCon gathers a range of citizens of the Drupal ecosystem to learn, share, and collaborate together. The value of the conference is in the perspectives, energy and diversity of experiences participants share. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re invited to participate in DrupalCon

DrupalCon began setting goals to overtly increase diversity starting with DrupalCon Baltimore 2017. This continued in the planning of DrupalCon Nashville 2018, and is a priority for DrupalCon Seattle 2019. 

Aug 31 2018
Aug 31

Is collaborating with the largest open source community at the go-to event of 2019 on your radar? You’re invited to participate in the next North American DrupalCon, hosted in Seattle on April 8-12, 2019. 

Apr 02 2018
Apr 02

If you are getting ready to attend your first DrupalCon, here are a few ideas to help you prepare for an intense week of open source software community from @horncologne. Watch the interview video for more tips and inspiration from my Drupal friends.

Mar 23 2018
Mar 23

We're excited to welcome back the DrupalCon Developer Contest - our first since Los Angeles.

Mar 15 2018
Mar 15

Show up to the Drupal Association booth and you'll find some smiling faces, fun activities, and more. Make sure you do these things....

Feb 06 2018
Feb 06

Our full session list will be announced on February 21 - but we just couldn’t wait to tell you about a few of the sessions.

Nov 28 2017
Nov 28

We want to hear your voice at DrupalCon

Nov 27 2017
Nov 27

First introduced at the DrupalCon Baltimore closing session, we're very pleased to announce that the new brand for DrupalCon is now live. Take a look to see how the new brand evokes all aspects of the Drupal project and community - from the technical to the human.

Nov 27 2017
Nov 27

Looking for the perfect way to celebrate Cyber Monday - you could be one of the first to buy tickets to DrupalCon Nashville!

Nov 27 2017
Nov 27

Thank you to the 1,670 people who joined us at DrupalCon Vienna!

So many volunteers! So many sandwiches! We had a wonderful time in Vienna and can't wait to see you all for DrupalCon Europe 2019.

Until then - we hope to see you in Nashville 2018.

Sep 15 2017
Sep 15

Everyone is welcome (including you!)

With just about two weeks to go until DrupalCon Vienna we are anticipating an amazing week of learning and collaborating ahead! There will be code sprints all week, but Friday is our dedicated sprint day when anyone and everyone can come contribute to Drupal core and participate together in guided sprints.

Sep 08 2017
Sep 08

At DrupalCon Vienna One Shoe will host the very first Drupal Marketing Sprint on Thursday, 28 September 2017. The goal is for Drupal businesses and agencies to work together to create marketing materials that promote Drupal as a whole. Come prepared with examples of Drupal marketing material that has caught your attention so you can start the sprint with something to work with. Read more in the following blog from Michel van Velde, One Shoe CEO.

Community code sprints are a vital part of the open source ecosystem. Developers come together to develop new features, solve issues or write translations. But there are more ways to contribute to the success of Drupal. Michel van Velde introduces the first ‘Drupal Marketing Sprint’ at DrupalCon Vienna on Thursday, 28 September 2017.

As Drupal is open source, it has no dedicated marketing team, like closed source solutions as Adobe and Sitecore. In order to promote Drupal, agencies rely on their own public relations and marketing efforts and the work of the Drupal Association. In order to increase the outreach and PR Marketing Value of Drupal, Michel van Velde, CEO of One Shoe came up with a new form of Sprints: Drupal Marketing Sprints. This Sprint takes place for the very first time at DrupalCon Vienna.

Good marketing is critical for Drupal

Michel van Velde: “Drupal has seen little news coverage in the Netherlands and Germany. I guess this is the case everywhere around the globe. I came up with the idea of Drupal Marketing Sprints when I attended DrupalCamp Frankfurt last year. As with other DrupalCamps, DrupalCons and other Drupal related events, it was mostly visited by developers. Developers love to code and often join code sprints during these events. The delivered code is beneficial to Drupal itself but it has no news value for the media. I strongly believe that good marketing is critical to Drupal businesses and organizations all over the world. Unknown equals unwanted, after all.”

The Drupal Marketing Sprint

During Drupal Marketing Sprints people from different Drupal business and agencies work together for a set amount of time to discuss and create Drupal related content. The goal is to produce whitepapers, blogs, infographics or other marketing materials that can promote Drupal as a whole, and that can be used by the whole community. Anyone who likes to discuss, brainstorm, write or design can attend a Drupal Marketing Sprint. Also, developers who like to share their expertise on subjects.

Creating valuable Drupal content

“By organizing a Drupal Marketing Sprint, we sit down with people from different Drupal agencies and businesses to discuss and create valuable Drupal content. We then start writing materials such as press releases and white papers. Challenge of the Drupal Marketing Sprint is to deliver an X amount of content pieces (depending on the time given for the Sprint). Examples could be: ‘X reasons why Drupal is beneficial for…” “Everything you want to know about this new Drupal update”, “What should I do with my Drupal 6 website” and so on. “More publicity for Drupal attracts new clients, new projects and new developers to the community (and thus more contribution to Drupal). It brings pride to those who are working with Drupal.”

First international Drupal Marketing Sprint takes place at DrupalCon Vienna

DrupalCon Vienna will be the first event where a Marketing Sprint will take place, but Michel van Velde encourages other people to start organizing more Drupal Marketing Sprints. “I want to make an appeal to national Drupal communities and local agencies to start working together and organize a local Drupal Marketing Sprints themselves. A large number of organizations and developers out there have no understanding of what Drupal has to offer them. Let’s combine our cooperative effort with creating Drupal content. I have a step-by-step guide available for those who want to organize Drupal Marketing Sprints themselves.

Join the DrupalCon Vienna Marketing Sprint on Thursday, 28 September 2017! You can send an email to [email protected].

About the Author: Michel van Velde – CEO One Shoe

Michel van Velde has been working in the digital landscape for more than 15 years. He's the founder of advertising and digital agency One Shoe, one of the leading Drupal agencies in The Netherlands and Germany. His clients include organizations such as DHL, Sanofi Genzyme, LeasePlan International, the Dutch Government and many others. Michel van Velde is a renowned speaker at digital conferences around the world and is the initiator of many international Drupal community initiatives, like Drupal CEO network, CXO days, Dutch Drupal Business Foundation, German Drupal Business Foundation, Drupal CEO dinner etc.

Sep 05 2017
Sep 05

An Interview with Justin Rhodes | Freelance Sitebuilder and Project Manager

Oh! Hey there, my name is Piyush Jain and as a new staff member at the Drupal Association I wanted to learn what the community likes so much about DrupalCon. Community is what cements Drupal as a leading technology world over, and many community members meet at DrupalCon year after year to learn, share experiences, and bond. So I reached out to a few community members to find out about their experiences. This is the sixth conversation in my series. If you haven’t been to a DrupalCon, here is a little more about our events.

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This week, I spoke with Justin Rhodes (TheJustinRhodes). Justin has been part of the Drupal community for four years, and has attended four DrupalCons.

Piyush: Tell us about your first or best DrupalCon.

Justin: DrupalCon New Orleans was my most memorable DrupalCon. Not only was the location enjoyable but I truly felt like I was a part of the community and able to contribute. I was able to help organize the first North American Project Management track. This gave me a huge feeling of confidence and pride in my ability to support the Drupal Community without being a technical asset pushing code.
 

Piyush: What was your favorite food this DrupalCon?

Justin: This past DrupalCon in Baltimore I enjoyed many meals off the reservation. About a half mile from the conference center there was a small market. Inside this market there was a place called Faidley’s Seafood with the best crabcakes I’ve ever had.

Piyush: What has your experience been like with the Drupal Community at DrupalCons?

Justin: DrupalCon is like a big family reunion. It’s a chance to see my extended family from all over the world. I enjoy learning and growing along with other driven people who bring their experiences to DrupalCon to share openly. This is the type of community that I really enjoy.

Piyush: Share with us your most memorable moment/ conversation at a DrupalCon?

Justin: DrupalCon after hours is always filled with catching up and networking. I’d have to say that finding places to talk with influential and excited Drupalers during the organized after parties is a lot of fun. It’s hard to choose just one moment, but the Drupal Trivia night was quite a lot of fun!

Piyush: How has DrupalCon given you an edge at work?

Justin: DrupalCon and smaller Drupal events have made my career what it is today. Without the friendships and connections I've made while diving head first into Drupal by attending these events, I would not have been able to learn and grow into the business person I am today.

Piyush: Tell us about a time you were able to incorporate your learning from DrupalCon.

Justin: I’ve learned a lot about Agile project management from DrupalCon sessions and videos from the past. I built a project management career off of those teachings and then began speaking about Agile philosophies at smaller events around the US.

Piyush: How has DrupalCon helped grow your business?

Justin: Instead of reinventing the wheel, DrupalCon allows me to hear the successes and failures of the people in my same role around the world. This gives me a huge opportunity to find mentorship and catharsis amongst my peers.

Piyush: What do you see yourself gaining out of future DrupalCons?

Justin: I believe that I will continue to learn and grow through more DrupalCons. Networking is also a huge point of going to events like this, in order to find more clients and forge more strategic partnerships with like minded entities that value great Drupal work.
 

Piyush: How has DrupalCon helped you develop and evolve your team and your peers?

Justin: DrupalCon has always been a great team building opportunity as well as an educational experience. I’ve had a lot of really good mind-meld sessions with co-workers and as a company we’ve always walked away from DrupalCon with a renewed sense of pride and dedication.

Piyush: Why do you think is DrupalCon important for the Drupal Community?

Justin: It is important for the Drupal Community to come together in a face-to-face format instead of being completely digital. The amount of interactions that we have at a DrupalCon with people that we would have never met is the key to success for any member of a community.

Aug 29 2017
Aug 29

We know you’re going to be very busy learning and sprinting, but we hope you take some time and enjoy the incredible history and entertainment Vienna has to offer.

DrupalCon is located near the Prater, and is easily walkable to many incredible attractions. There are a lot of things to do in this city of music, art, culture.

Here are our top picks for things to see in Vienna:

Baroque Palace Schönbrunn

“The former summer residence of the Habsburgs impresses with imperial ceremonial rooms and magnificent gardens. Maria Theresa, Emperor Franz Joseph, Empress Elisabeth and others once resided here.”

Giant Ferris Wheel

“The Giant Ferris Wheel in the Prater is one of the city's symbols. Almost 50 meters tall, it offers a breathtaking view of the city on the Danube.”

Madame Tussauds

“The world-famous waxworks museum Madame Tussauds is the highlight of the Prater, with over 80 wax figures and an interactive experience based on Sisi.”

Prater Museum

“The Prater Museum shows mementos of the old Wurstelprater amusement park, which was destroyed in 1945 during the last days of World War II. A local Viennese historian, Hans Pemmer, amassed a huge collection of memorabilia and donated it to the City of Vienna.”

The Belvedere

“The Belvedere is not only a magnificent Baroque palace but also houses one of Austria's most valuable art collections – with key works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.”


 

We can’t wait to see you at DrupalCon and hope you are able to find some fun in Vienna while you’re here. A big thanks to our friends from the local community for having us in their city.

Aug 21 2017
Aug 21

An Interview with Chris Shattuck | Founder BuildAModule

Oh! Hey there, my name is Piyush Jain and as a new staff member at the Drupal Association I wanted to learn what the community likes so much about DrupalCon. Community is what cements Drupal as a leading technology world over, and many community members meet at DrupalCon year after year to learn, share experiences, and bond. So I reached out to a few community members to find out about their experiences. This is the fifth conversation in my series. If you haven’t been to a DrupalCon, here is a little more about our events.

This week, I spoke with Chris Shattuck (chrisshattuck), who has been part of the Drupal community for 10 years, and has attended 7 DrupalCons.

Piyush: Tell us about your first or best DrupalCon.

Chris: The DrupalCons I’ve been to have all been pretty amazing. The first one I went to was in Washington DC and it was fascinating to see so many different kinds of people all working with the same tools. By that time, I had become a fan of a number of contributors and it was humbling and exciting to meet them in person. I had only recently met some other Drupalists in my area, so to see that I was part of such a vast community made me feel connected.

Piyush: What has your experience been like with the Drupal Community at DrupalCons?

Chris: Over the years I’ve developed a number of important friendships through the DrupalCons. Just the opportunity to be around the same folks at least once a year for a few days in a row gives it a summer-camp-style vibe. I missed this year’s DrupalCon and feel like I missed a chance to be with a lot of great people. Hopefully that won’t happen again. ;)

Piyush: Share with us your most memorable moment / conversation at a DrupalCon?

Chris: Every DrupalCon, I’ve had conversations that have changed my professional direction. One year, I talked to a couple of people doing Drupal training and decided that would be something I’d like to do. Another year, I talked with someone who sat down and talked me through the logistics of expanding my company, which I ended up doing. There is no way to pick a ‘most memorable,’ but I know that every year I have at least one conversation that changes the course of my professional life, and others that help me grow as a person.

Piyush: How has DrupalCon given you an edge at work?

Chris: Being able to connect with people working with Drupal in a huge variety of ways has helped my develop a diverse network that I have leveraged for advice and inspiration in nearly every stage of my professional growth. I have had the opportunity to meet existing customers to get feedback and make a more personal connection. I have also developed relationships that have resulted in future customers, though I see that more of a positive side-effect than a goal.

Piyush: Tell us about a time you were able to incorporate your learning from DrupalCon.

Chris: A lot of the learning that I do at DrupalCon is not about techniques as much as it is about building a broader picture of what is going on in the Drupal community, how the market for Drupal-related services and products are changing, and how to organize more complicated events, like trainings. At the first DrupalCon I went to, I watched a session by Josh Koenig about handling asynchronous data, and I’ve used techniques from that session for multiple projects through the years. Thanks Josh!

Piyush: How has DrupalCon helped grow your business?

Chris: DrupalCon provides a physical location for anyone who is interested in Drupal to congregate at one time. That’s unique and has been a huge factor in developing partnerships and touching base with people who are important to my business.

Piyush: What do you see yourself gaining out of future DrupalCons?

Chris: I suspect that what I gain from future DrupalCons will be very similar, with the added benefit that the bonds I’ve made with people through the years will continue to grow stronger, and I will value even more the opportunity to see them all in one place.

Piyush: Why do you think DrupalCon is important for the Drupal community?

Chris: Going to DrupalCon initially gave me the sense that Drupal and the people that build it had fostered a living, global, vibrant community. It made me feel like there was more meaning in the work I did, and it fueled my enthusiasm for months afterward. I suspect the same kind of experience is important for anyone who is transitioning from just using Drupal to really owning their relationship with it.

Over time, DrupalCon has helped me feel connected and interested in participating in the Drupal community. Continuing to foster enthusiasm in the community.

Piyush: What was your favorite food this DrupalCon?

Chris: There was a DrupalCon where the catering brought in a kind of buffet and I remember thinking that this wasn’t the typical boxed sandwich lunches. That was the best.

To find a DrupalCamp or DrupalCon near you visit Drupical. Keep yourself notified about DrupalCon, sign up for DrupalCon news.


Read the previous story about Enzo’s experience.

Aug 11 2017
Aug 11

We're looking forward to  our community keynote in Vienna, and here's why.

Joe Shindelar is a developer, artist, and snowboarding enthusiast who has been building Drupal sites and participating in Drupal core development since 2006. Joe is also very active in the Drupal issue queues where he has helped to develop and improve Drupal's image handling and manipulation features, contextual links, and various other bits and pieces.

Learn from Joe’s keynote, Everyone Has Something to Share, as he reflects on 10 years of engagement with the community - the successes and the failures. Learn to help others discover what they have to share, and the benefits to everyone of doing so. Sharing is important because it:

  • Creates diversity, both of thought and culture

  • Builds people up, helps them realize their potential, and enriches our community

  • Fosters connections, and makes you, as an individual, smarter

  • Creates opportunities for yourself and others

  • Feels all warm and fuzzy

Wondering how Joe’s session turned into a community keynote? Well, here is how: It was submitted as a regular session, but it rose to the top as an overarching message that the selection committee felt everyone would benefit from hearing. The track team agreed that making it a community keynote was a great way to share the message with the entire audience in Vienna.

We hope to see you at the community keynote, 27 September, 9:00 to 10:15 in Room Strauss.

Aug 08 2017
Aug 08

An Interview with enzo aka Eduardo Garcia | Drupal Trainer/Consultant, weKnow | CTO, Anexus

Oh! Hey there, my name is Piyush Jain and as a new staff member at the Drupal Association I wanted to learn what the community likes so much about DrupalCon. Community is what cements Drupal as a leading technology world over, and many community members meet at DrupalCon year after year to learn, share experiences, and bond. So I reached out to a few community members to find out about their experiences. Here is another conversation in my series. If you haven’t been to a DrupalCon, here is a little more about our events.

This week, I spoke with Eduardo Garcia (-enzo-), a Drupal Console core maintainer. Eduardo has been part of the Drupal community for 9.5 years, and has attended 6 DrupalCons.
 

Piyush: Tell us about your first or best DrupalCon.

Enzo: The first DrupalCon was the best for me, the experience was new for me, it was in Portland, USA. I never felt this level of community integration in one place. I learnt a lot, people were really welcoming, the spirit and everything was completely awesome. Even though I have been participating in Latin America, in many events the spirit of having your first DrupalCon is really, really overwhelming. You have a lot to learn in terms of working for community, and for business, and for yourself, because there are a lot of people to who can try to help you learn new things.

Piyush: What was your favorite food at a DrupalCon?

Enzo: Mumbai! My first time in India was in Mumbai for DrupalCon Asia and everything smelled like ‘okay this is going to be hot for my tongue’ but I tried everything, and the good thing is I didn't get sick, but the taste and flavors and smells were so so different. It was really amazing.

This is what I am talking about DrupalCons, each are in a different location and you can leave your comfort zone and be a part of a different culture for a few days and food is one of the things you can enjoy in a culture. I remember another thing about DrupalCon Mumbai, the best prenote I have been to, the bollywood dance was the best. The preparation was amazing, this was a cultural engagement.

Piyush: What has your experience been like with the Drupal Community at DrupalCons?

Enzo: Well, I have been seeing for many years that the spaces to try to be integrated as a community member have been undergoing a transformation in a good way. For instance, in the first DrupalCon we did not have a track to talk about how to be a good human. In the cyber community, because obviously we are computer-oriented people, sometimes we forget that we are humans and this kind of conference is a relief for people because it is a big umbrella as it integrates gender, race, religion, and change is coming with time.

Piyush: Share with us your most memorable moment / conversation at a DrupalCon?

Enzo: I am a Drupal Console core maintainer, so I remember conversations, not just with one person but several people during DrupalCon Los Angeles. In that DrupalCon we got a lot of feedback, both positive and negative about the direction we could move in. We got a lot of endorsements and a lot people who did not like what we were doing. Definitely, all these inputs provided us a way to define a roadmap for our community, to try and deliver to the people what we think they are asking for.

Also do you know how it is when you are working in digital environment sometimes and you have disagreement with certain people that you've never met in person? So having the opportunity to talk with these people in person and understand their feelings, because sometimes you read an email and you put thorns in your mind, but talking with people will defeat all the preconceived notions that you might have about that person, and you also get to provide your point of view.

Piyush: How has DrupalCon given you an edge at work?

Enzo: Yes, totally it does! The knowledge you receive is really big and it's really difficult to try to learn everything by yourself. DrupalCons allow you the opportunity to test in a short period of time many trends in our industry and obviously that will increase your productivity in terms you don’t need to test all by yourself. You could see the birth or edge of the technology in one place and that will definitely give you a better position among your competitors.

Piyush: Tell us about a time you were able to incorporate your learning from DrupalCon.

Enzo: Usually everything that is presented at a DrupalCon in terms of sessions I can use in less than 3 months, almost always, because there are some subjects for which I keep on saying I want to try, I want to try, but I never have the time. And then I see how someone showcased it in DrupalCon and then I come back and I want to apply it as soon as possible. In fact, all the information provided in DrupalCon is usually very relevant for the current moment of the technology.

Piyush: How has DrupalCon helped grow your business?

Enzo: Definitely there is a big pull in our business. My company provides outsourcing consulting in the USA and DrupalCon provides us a space to meet a lot of people and showcase who we are, what we do, and what is our experience with the work we have done. DrupalCon allows us the opportunity to do this in person instead of doing it over a call or a cold email.

Piyush: What do you see yourself gaining out of future DrupalCons?

Enzo: During the last changes in Drupal community, I am interested in seeing more integration with other communities like Node.js or even other products. I have been seeing some integrations such as Drupal with artificial intelligence. We have been creating a lot of this kind of stuff. I think these will be sideline subjects for the next or the following years of DrupalCons.
 

Piyush: How has DrupalCon helped you develop and evolve your team and your peers?

Enzo: Yeah, well more than passing it on in our organisation every year, we try to bring a couple from our team and they learn first-hand, the level of professionalism that is required to work for international companies and this has helped changed the mind of our co-workers and employees and to be able to understand what is the process behind attending and acquiring business through DrupalCons, and it’s not all in your computer. I think DrupalCon allows you to define and increase the vision about what is around the Drupal business and Drupal community.

Piyush: Why do you think DrupalCon is important for the Drupal Community?

Enzo: I think that DrupalCon allows us to build an ecosystem. Without it we will not be any different from any other community. DrupalCons allow us to create an identity, and it is good to have this meeting point where we could state ourselves as a community, where we are learning what duration are we going on and what is the rest of the environment doing, in favour of this project or this community.

To find a DrupalCamp or DrupalCon near you visit Drupical. Keep yourself notified about DrupalCon, sign up for DrupalCon news.

Read the previous story about Rachel's experience.

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.

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