While it may be a few months away, it’s never too early to start getting excited about 2019’s iteration of DrupalCon. This year’s show will be held in Seattle from April 8-12 and will attract members of the Drupal community from over 200 countries.
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For those interested in attending, regular registration ends on February 28, with late registration available from March 1 to April 7 and on-site registration open during the show.
“The best part of DrupalCon is learning how other people have solved problems that we run into all the time,” Duo front-end engineer Michael Girgis says. “Either by discovering a module that you didn’t know existed or how people go about building modules, you always learn something about how to do things differently."
But DrupalCon Seattle 2019 has more to offer than just content for coders. In addition to developers and designers, the Drupal community includes marketers, project managers, editors, end-users and content strategists. DrupalCon Seattle 2019 has content for all of these groups. For leaders of Drupal-based organizations, there are tracks dedicated to selling Drupal, team-building and customer experience. On the content side, sessions topics include publishing accessible content, internal CMS management and content personalization. There’s even one session on what the roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons can teach marketing teams.
Each session promises to be informative and engaging, but for attendees looking for more hands-on activities, there will be more than enough opportunities in Seattle. Each day features time dedicated to sprints, where contributors work together to create working software. In fact, all of Friday, April 12, is designated as sprint time.
While non-developers may be nervous about jumping in, DrupalCon’s site points out that everyone is encouraged to join in. Just like in a real project, project managers, QA testers, documentation writers and a host of other essential roles are needed to help ensure success. Mentors will be on-hand to help guide new contributors, making DrupalCon Seattle 2019 a perfect environment for community members of all kinds to join a sprint.
And if you’re looking for a broad overview of the Drupal landscape, there’s no better place than DrupalCon. Each year, the show features a keynote from Drupal founder Dries Buytaert, affectionately known as a “Driesnote.” You can see his presentation from DrupalCon Nashville 2018 here:
That this year’s DrupalCon is so accessible is no accident. As outlined in a blog post on the event website, the show’s organizers have taken extra effort to make their outreach efforts more inclusive. These efforts began in 2017, when DrupalCon set goals to increase Diversity. At that year’s show in Baltimore, 33 percent of sessions were from speakers in underrepresented demographics. For this year’s iteration, that number has risen to 50 percent. Concurrently, DrupalCon has also allocated $20K toward inclusion funds, enabling more members of underrepresented groups to attend.
These efforts to encourage everyone to participate highlights what makes DrupalCon special to begin with: the community. Drupal has one of the largest open source communities in the world and getting as many of those people in one place is a wonder in itself. DrupalCon has been compared fondly to the Grateful Dead community. In both cases, fans drive a collaborative and playful culture that make gatherings more than the sum of their parts.
“DrupalCon is a great way to connect with people that are as obsessed with Drupal as I am,” Duo senior front-end developer Jason Thompson says. “It’s cool to see what is next for Drupal, and the all the ways it is being used. I always walk away with a few new tricks and tools to incorporate into my daily work.”
Just as the Dead wouldn’t be the same without Deadheads, Drupal wouldn’t be the robust platform that it is without its committed community. But don’t take our word for it – come to Seattle and see why DrupalCon is so special yourself.
As in years past, Duo will be attending the event. If you’re planning on attending and want to connect, feel free to reach out!