2017 Conference Review

Posted on Sun, 01/14/2018 - 14:49

2017 has been incredible and a year of both personal and professional growth. Events like camps and conferences are critical for me to be active in the community, as I don’t have a local group or regional meetup. In 2017, I gave more presentations than I ever expected to. I travelled to many awesome cities. I had a personal goal of giving a keynote/featured talk. I ended up giving three. I went to many places I had never seen before (both at work and through community events). I’m astonished by how much effort and care volunteers put into these events. I shared meals, craft beers, and locally roasted coffee with countless amazing individuals. I’m incredibly fortunate to have a supportive family and to work for a company that truly cares about participation and contribution to free and open source communities, like Drupal. Not only was I able to share things I’ve learned with the community, but I was able to spend time with old and new friends. I’ll have many fond memories looking back on this time and am just as excited for 2018.


I wanted to recap my adventures in 2017 (if I happened to forget some, please let me know so I can update this post). I recognize I won’t be able to share all of the awesome and fun experiences I had at each event, but please know I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity, people’s time and generosity, and all of the interactions I was afforded. Countless people provided me rides, hung out with me during and after events, discussed my presentations and communal work, listened, shared, and much more. Thank you, all.  


The following list of events and presentations provided in chronological order:


  • 2/17 - Drupal Camp Florida - Drupal 8 Security Tips and Tricks

  • 3/10 - Stanford Drupal Camp - Drupal 8 Security Tips and Tricks

  • 3/14 - Drupal DC Meetup - DevOps Evolution (presented virtually)

  • 3/18 - NERDSummit - Drupal 8 Security Tips and Tricks

  • 3/30 - MidCamp - Drupal 8 Security Tips and Tricks

  • 4/24 - DrupalCon Baltimore, Gov Summit - Drupal 8 panelist and group facilitator

  • 7/14 - Drupal Camp Asheville - KEYNOTE - The Unintentional Findings of a Honey Badger

  • 7/28 - Drupal Camp Colorado - KEYNOTE - The Unintentional Findings of a Honey Badger

  • 7/31 - Drupal GovCon, Open Data Summit - DKAN Product, Community, and Roadmap

  • 9/23 - Drupal Camp St. Louis - KEYNOTE - Restoring Our Lost Imagination

  • 10/20 - BADCamp - How the DKAN Open Data Platform Empowers Scientists

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