Connecting at DrupalCon Munich

by George DeMet

It’s time once again for the annual European DrupalCon, which is being held August 20-24 in Munich, Germany. As usual, Palantir will be there, presenting sessions in several different tracks for both developers and non-developers alike, as well as participating in Core Conversations that will help guide the development of future versions of Drupal.

The theme of this year’s conference is all about connecting people and systems using open standards and technologies. We’re very excited to share some of the ways that we’ve used Drupal to bring together people and information, and to participate in efforts to make the next version of Drupal even better at tying together data from diverse sources and enabling people to view content no matter where they are and no matter what kind of computer or device they have.

Business and Strategy and Day Stage

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Tiffany Farriss will be giving a featured session on Negotiating Open Source about how you can make sure that work done on client projects can be contributed back to the community. If you’re a Drupal business owner, project/program managers, strategists, or anyone else involved in selling Drupal solutions and negotiating contracts with clients, this one is a must-see.

Ken Rickard will be presenting a case study on Environment America: Running 60 Affiliates on Drupal. He will also be co-presenting Migrating to Drupal: Who? What? Why? and How? with Phase2 Technologies’ Nicole Lind, exploring the process of migrating large sites from legacy systems into Drupal.

I will be presenting Preserving History for Future Generations: The King Center, a case study on the work we did to help make thousands of documents associated with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., available online for the first time.

You’ll also be able to find me on the exhibit hall’s Day Stage, moderating a panel on Comparing the Drupal Cloud Providers in the Market that includes Pantheon, Acquia and Microsoft.

Coding and Development and Sitebuilding

After years of convincing the Drupal community to adopt object-oriented programming, Larry Garfield will discuss the possibilities offered by a functional programming approach in his session on Functional PHP. Larry will also be presenting a session on Multi-headed Drupal, based on part on his popular blog post.


John Albin Wilkins will be participating in a panel discussion with Acquia’s Alex Bronstein and Drupal developer extraordinaire Jen Lampton titled, A Designer-Friendly Theme System in Drupal 8?. This session will look at improvements already underway for Drupal core and how people in the community can help out.

Core Conversations and more!

In addition to the following Core Conversations, we’ll also be participating in the pre- and post- conference sprints, Birds of a Feather sessions, and other DrupalCon activities.

There are still a few tickets available for DrupalCon Munich, but they won’t last long. Register today, and we’ll see you there!