Conference Tracks

DrupalSouth Wellington will feature four distinct tracks, covering a wide range of topics from core development to business strategy. 

Do you have a session idea? Register on the DrupalSouth website now and submit your session!

Business and Strategy

Track Chair: Robert Wood

How is Drupal solving real-world business problems?  What can it do for you and your business or project? How do you manage risks and ensure success?

The Business and Strategy track will explore how organisations are using Drupal to enhance web experience - and to captivate, engage and convert visitors. It will cover critical success factors in delivering business benefits and ROI - including effective needs analysis & user-focused design, managing risk during project execution, measuring results and optimising growth.

Main Themes:

  • Creating the best web experience - with Drupal
  • Integrating Drupal with the world
  • Selecting and adopting Drupal as a platform for your project or organisation
  • How best practices in project management and software design can be used to minimise risk
  • Analysing results to inform growth strategies
  • Directions in Open Government
  • Dispelling the myths around Open Source vs. proprietary software

Audience: Business, project and product managers, as well as anyone interested in making informed technology decisions in their organisation or about delivering better Drupal solutions.

Coding and Development

Track Chair: Dave Hall

How do you code and deploy Drupal projects?

Whether you build custom modules, contribute to core, or create complex integrations for your Drupal projects, dive deep, share your tools and techniques and show how you’re preparing for Drupal 8.

Main Themes:

  • Leveraging Drupal 8: What new options and capabilities are available now that haven't been before, and how do we do amazing things with them?
  • Provisioning and deployment: Tools and techniques to make life easier for developers, system administrators, and module authors.

Audience: Coders, hackers, architects, dev ops and those wanting to learn more about Drupal development. This track is for those of all levels of experience with a basic understanding of PHP and the basics of Drupal and web development.

Front End

Chair: Bevan Rudge

How do you craft Drupal for your website’s visitors?

A great user experience (UX) is at the core of any successful Drupal website.  UX design includes interaction, usability, accessibility, branding, aesthetic, art and creativity.  Designing and implementing user experiences for Drupal requires an understanding of Drupal’s theme layer and the expanding range of platforms used to access the web today and tomorrow.

Main Themes:

  • User centred design:  Understanding your users and their stories
  • Interaction:  Javascript, JS frameworks, CSS3+
  • Theming:  HTML, CSS, templates, twig & Drupal
  • Platforms:  Cross-browser compatibility, mobile, TV, … the fridge?

Audience:  Themers, UX designers, site builders, developers

Site Building

Chair: Chris Ward 

How do you build and manage a Drupal site through administration tools and module configuration without any coding?

Do you build your project module by module or start with a pre-configured Drupal distribution? Showcase your own site-building toolkit and the modules that help you create great sites time after time.

Main Themes:

  • Best Practices. The tools and modules that allow you to best create and maintain your Drupal site.
  • Build Better. Building better Drupal sites with contributed modules and distributions.
  • Key Concepts. The foundations of Drupal site building and contributed modules.
  • Optimisation. How to improve the performance of your site from within Drupal’s admin tools and contributed modules.
  • Sharing and Integration. Sharing content and integrating external data with your Drupal site.

Audience: The Site Building track is targeted at attendees of all skill and experience levels, however it is expected some sessions will be intended for advanced site builders.