Present Like a Pro: Level Up Your Presentation and Moderation Skills

If you've noodled around with the idea of giving a presentation on a topic, but 1) get nervous thinking about talking in front of people, 2) feel like you couldn't possibly have enough know-how to give a presentation, and/or 3) are intimidated by the thought of putting together a slide deck, then this session is for you. The good news is that YOU have something important to contribute, and you don’t have to be an expert.

How Drupal as a Service Can Save Our Livelihoods and our Lives

Drupal is better than ever, but whether it is more successful is questionable. A pincer threatens Drupal. One side, Drupal's own power and complexity, discourages new users and contributors. The other, proprietary platforms, increasingly squeeze out custom web development through sheer economies of scale. Retreating into Drupal's new fortress, the enterprise, leaves many of us on the outside— and it doesn't escape the pincer, which will continue until there's nowhere left to hide.

How do I become a (good) web developer?

As a recent bootcamp graduate, I will discuss the multiple stigmas surrounding bootcamps (and their awkward socioeconomic role), their various implications, and finally my experience learning Drupal independently after completing my program. This analysis will support my ever evolving answer to the question, "What am I learning and why?"

The Ethics of Privacy and Technology

As developers, we are capable of many amazing feats. We can create experiences that touch the lives of millions, brings aid to the corners of the world, empowers new businesses and bring a voice to the voiceless. But just because we can, should we? Additionally, with this capability, we must also take on the responsibility for the people, and data, we interact with. This isn't something we should take lightly. We are building the sites, the systems and the communities that future generations will inherit.

Euthanizing Drupal: Archiving, Migrations, Transformations

The "end of the line" is getting closer for Drupal 7 sites, particularly those created by individual researchers with digital scholarly projects. Drupal 8(+) development of key modules for these sites has stalled-- or never begun. What should these researchers do with these sites, some already in various states of disrepair after years of inconsistent maintenance? This talk reflects on work done at Stanford University, and within the broad digital humanities community, to steer researchers towards an honest reckoning about their Drupal sites.

CommYOUnity - Fostering Healthy Contribution

A healthy “you” is the best contribution one can make.  For us to thrive as a community, we have to take care of ourselves. Explore self-care within our community, mindfully, in this session. Fostering a healthy environment of contribution includes providing self-care support and guidance for the members in the community. The Drupal software project and its supporting ecosystem is supported by individuals donating their time and skills. Donating. For free.

Backdrop is Drupal 7. You know where it came from. Come see where it's headed.

Backdrop CMS is now nearly 5 years old. Since its first release on Jan 15th, 2015, what has changed? Is Backdrop substantially easier to use than the Drupal it was forked from? Is it more affordable to support? Are the APIs you know and love, still stable and functioning as they were? Is the community growing and healthy?