Last month I attended my second Drupal South in Canberra, the capital of Australia. Yep! the capital is Canberra, not Sydney.
In my first Drupal South in 2016 I was invited to present a keynote. I also did a Drupal 8 training and a regular session.
This time my experience was completely different, since I am a local resident in Australia now. I had the opportunity of presenting too, and enjoyed the conference from a different perspective. I definitely learned a lot from Australian colleagues whom now I can call my peers (plus, this time I get to understand the local jokes). Finding someone who knows Drupal in Australia is not that easy, and even more difficult in Tasmania. Events like this help train developers interested in adopting this technology.
What I Shared during Drupal South
The last few months in our company (weKnow) we have been working in projects involving what I call “Offline Headless Drupal”, where we use Gatsby to create a React Application using Drupal 8 as the source of content.
In this architecture, Gatsby blends all content into React and puts it into a CDN, which not only improves UX and accelerates performance but also serves as the starting point for new integrations with modern tools of third-party providers.
You can see my session slides here.
What caught my eye
This year I was very interested in sessions related to GovCMS. Here are a few I enjoyed:
- The story of GovCMS - Challenges, changes, and the journey ahead for our growing community. Help us write the next chapter. By Nathan Wall & Toby Bellwood
- Apps in GovCMS. By Nick Trembath & Alexis Cooper
- Getting the most from GovCMS8 and the UI-Kit Starter theme. By Murray Woodman & Toby Bellwood
- Streamlining multiple campaign website delivery from a single GovCMS SaaS instance. By Danny Marlow
- Editor Experience in GovCMS8. By Ian Humble
The future looks brilliant for Drupal in Australian Government and the number of Drupal sites in the next 24 months will increase significantly without a doubt. The new version supports Drupal 8 which has more features that make it possible to make better sites. Perhaps the biggest challenge for the community at this moment is to be able to find the talent to work on those new projects.
Hosting more events like this will definitely help local Australians with valuable training that will enable them to participate in projects both in Australia and overseas. Remote work is a solution that can benefit programmers all over the world, and we could take great advantage from it too.
Things are going south!
In Australia, this expression doesn’t necessarily have a negative connotation; after all, we are in the extreme south!
If you thought we could not go further down; yes we can and we will. I’m glad to be part of the team that will be hosting Drupal South 2019 in Hobart, Tasmania, the place that I call home nowadays.
We will put in all the effort to organize the best event we can. Come and enjoy Drupal, walk through the fantastic trails that Tasmania has to offer, and of course don’t miss the opportunity to meet the Iconic Tasmanian devil! See you there!