Session Tracks

The session selection committee will make their decisions by early June and speakers will be notified in mid to late June.

Sessions will be selected based ONLY on the title, experience level and description of the proposed session. In the past, we have given preference to sponsors and/or previous speakers before anyone else.

After much discussion, we've decided this isn't the fairest approach. We discovered we were selecting sessions based on criteria that didn't always get us the best content, and this year we're determined to do it differently.

Sessions are organized by track (see below), and experience level (beginner, intermediate, advanced).

Here are some tips to maximize the potential for your session acceptance:

  • Tell a Story
    A high quality speaking proposal isn’t just about what information you are going to share, it’s about how you plan to share it. Telling a story can make a conference proposal very powerful as it changes the perspective from “I’m an expert telling you how to do your job” to “I’ve been where you are and have felt your pain. Let me share what I learned.”
     
  • Share the Takeaways You Will Be Presenting
    Often, talks answer questions that start with “how”, “why”, “when” and so on. Make sure that you demonstrate what your audience will walk away having learned.
     
  • Proofread your Proposal
    This may sound like an easy and silly thing to call out, but it is in fact a very important step that many don't pay too much attention to. Double-check your spelling, your links, your grammar - you're presenting yourself with these words, so make sure you put your best foot forward.

Session Tracks

*excerpts take from BadCamp and Usability.gov

Session Tracks

We are very interested in sessions pertaining to how you run your Drupal focused business. How you market, manage, and deliver Drupal services and products should be the focus of these non-technical sessions. A community session focuses more on the people that make all this happen. Could include lessons from other open-source projects, historical perspectives on the Drupal community, sprint/camp/user group planning tips and lessons learned.

With core Drupal 8 now in full swing and the contrib space rapidly maturing, now is an excellent time to get more deeply involved with one of the world’s largest open-source development communities. The Coding and Development track is focused on educating developers on the latest...

Content strategy focuses on the planning, creation, delivery, and governance of content.  Content not only includes the words on the page but also the images and multimedia that are used. Ensuring that you have useful and usable content, that is well structured, and easily found is vital to improving the user experience of a website. 

Design, Theming and User Experience (UX) form the foundation of all interactions on the web and requires consideration beyond the web. These interactions include off-screen/non-web interactions the user may have had with your company or product or environment.

DevOps culture is building agile relationships in organizations of all sizes allowing them to build web sites and applications faster and better than ever before. From automating processes to creating dashboards, we see DevOps practices becoming critical to operations ability to keep.

Good management is an integral component to successful projects, and this track aims to discuss and innovate on the practices, principles, and tools that make projects run better and faster. We hope this content will speak to project managers/directors, scrum masters and other “PMs”.

The “site builder” audience creates websites using the Drupal UI and contributed modules. Presentations in this category should focus on what comes “out of the box” with Drupal, and less about what can be done with custom code. The power of Drupal lies not just in the core platform, but also in powerful contributed modules that allow one to build sites quickly and efficiently. This track is designed to teach you ways to let Drupal do the hard work without needing to write code.