Editor's Pick | Vol. 2 | Issue. 19

Embracing the Community Spirit: DrupalCon Portland 2024

Newsletter: Special Editors: DrupalCon Portland 2024

Today is an exciting day as DrupalCon Portland kicks off. The Drupal community eagerly awaits this event for its wealth of sessions, interactions, and updates. From the highly anticipated Driesnote, where Dries Buytaert shares his latest thoughts and plans, to various featured sessions that delve into specific topics, there's much to look forward to.

At this year’s conference, we're seeing updates on various initiatives and a host of workshops and trainings from different organizations. We also have the Healthcare Summit and the Return of the Nonprofit Summit, a great opportunity for Drupal users working in the nonprofit sector to connect and learn from one another.

Recognizing the need to continuously attract new talents to the Drupal community, DrupalCon 2024 has made significant efforts to reach out to students. This includes targeted advertising to local student communities and focusing on the career-enhancing opportunities at the DrupalCon job fair. Mentorship programs, resume help, and a special student discount ticket priced at only $50 are also included.

Another exciting addition this year is the community-designed DrupalCon T-shirt. The Drupal Association ran a contest for the official T-shirt design, receiving many creative entries. The winning design will be announced at the event and featured on the free attendee T-shirt.

Now, let’s look back at what we covered last week:

Alka Elizabeth, sub-editor, TDT, sat down with Thor Andre Gretland, the dynamic Head of Sales and Business Advisor at Frontkom. They discussed the exciting synergies between Gutenberg and Drupal. Thor shared his extensive knowledge about the groundbreaking Drupal Gutenberg project. During this discussion, it was revealed that the Frontkom team has four updates for the community, including major enhancements that will be part of the Drupal Gutenberg 4.0 release, set to be unveiled here at DrupalCon Portland 2024.

Additionally, Alka Elizabeth talked with Angie Byron, the Community Director at Aiven and a highly respected figure in the open-source community. Throughout their conversation, Angie shared her experiences and the pivotal decisions that have shaped her career. She discussed her challenges and transformations, such as introducing automated testing in Drupal, her leadership roles in various community projects, and her advocacy for diversity and inclusion within tech communities. Dive into the interview here

Last week, I had the opportunity to share insights directly from the Drupal Initiative Lead keynote speakers at DrupalCon Portland. Among the speakers were Cristina Chumillas, Janez Urevc, Ted Bowman, Fran Garcia-Linares, Jürgen Haas, and Mateu Aguiló Bosch, who were all set to provide valuable updates and insights on various aspects of Drupal and its ecosystem.

LagoonCon Portland 2024 is set to take place on  May 6, 2024. Following its successful debut in Pittsburgh last year, this free event hosted by amazee.io is designed for developers and tech leaders to dive into discussions about Lagoon. Alka Elizabeth, sub-editor at The Drop Times, has penned an article featuring detailed discussions with the speakers of Lagoon Portland,  Toby Bellwood, the Lagoon Product Lead at amazee.io, Christoph Weber, Solutions Architect at Pronovix, and Bryan Gruneberg, CEO and CTO at Workshop Orange. 

Norah Medlin brings over two decades of software development immersion to Stanford WebCamp, offering a strategic blueprint for maximizing project success. In her session on forging high-value partnerships and driving transformative change, she unveils essential insights for navigating the complexities of modern project management. 

Linux Foundation has launched the 2024 World of Open Source: Global Spotlight Survey, designed to examine the nuances of open-source technology in different regions and industries.

DrupalCon Barcelona 2024 is calling for submissions of case studies highlighting exceptional Drupal website projects developed between October 2023 and September 2024. The Drupal Camp Pune 2024 organisers seek talented individuals passionate about technology and community building to volunteer and add a unique touch to the array of planned activities.

DevOps professionals on the making can take the Pantheon WebOps certification exam onsite at the DrupalCon Portland venue. The exam registration is free of charge. 

Additionally, Carlos O. launched the IXP Fellowship initiative to help aspiring Drupal developers bridge the skills gap. The program sought community feedback through a survey to define competencies for inexperienced developers aiming to become junior professionals.

Other generic updates are here: Maotic, for the first time, has become a mentor organization for the coveted Google Summer of Code project for 2024. Learn about their winning projects here. Drupal is introducing an experimental navigation module in version 10.3 prior to introducing it officially in Drupal 11. Selwyn Polit's online reference book, "Drupal at your fingertips" is now officially listed in Drupal.org. Last year's Drupal Pitch-burgh contest-winning project, Drupal API Client, has released version 1.0. A new Drupal podcast has begun. Platform.sh DevRel Team has started a new podcast series called 'ChangeMode'. Marine Gandy hosts the show. 

We acknowledge that there are more stories to share. However, due to selection constraints, we must pause further exploration for now.

Stay tuned with The Drop Times. We are here to ensure you don't miss out on anything happening at the event. Our volunteers are on the ground to keep you updated with interviews, featured articles, coverage of sessions, and short video interviews with attendees and speakers.

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Thank you,
Kazima Abbas
Sub-editor, The DropTimes.