DrupalGov 2020 Tracks

Backend Development

Track lead: Lee Rowlands

Backend development is at the core of any Drupal implementation. It not only drives much of your application, it has to bring all the other pieces together. In your personal and/or organisation projects, we want to hear:

  • How does Drupal adapt to the changing landscape of modern web-development?
  • How are you improving the efficiency in which you develop Drupal applications?
  • How are you using backend development to deliver more value to your clients?
  • How are you integrating Drupal with other systems?
  • How are you using modern development techniques in your Drupal projects?
  • How are you developing and contributing to Drupal modules and Core?


Frontend Development

Track lead: Alan Cole

Frontend development is so much more than HTML, JavaScript and CSS, it's making your users feel welcome and making their experience delightful. We'd like you to share happy (and less happy!) stories and knowledge with your Drupal peers about:

  • How do you efficiently translate designs into theme implementation?
  • How do you optimise your web application for user experience, SEO, accessibility and performance?
  • How do you test, profile, diagnose and debug your frontend implementation?
  • How do you keep up with all the new frontend things?
  • How does headless Drupal benefit governments?  


DevOps & Security

Track lead: Nick Schuch

With high profile organisations embracing Drupal and open-source it's more important than ever to guard against the worst happening, whether that's a security vulnerability, a failure in deployment or an over-reliance on manual processes and human intervention.

In the DevOps & Security track, we will share success stories, tools and best practices in order to safeguard digital experiences and the processes behind them, including:

  • Establishing a DevOps Culture
  • CI/CD tools, integrated workflows, and testing frameworks
  • Performance benchmark tools (xdebug, kcachegrind, etc)
  • Security tooling
  • Cybersecurity and information security, i.e. IRAP
  • Vulnerability and penetration testing
  • Static code analysis
  • Risk
  • OWASP, WAF, and DDoS mitigation
  • Monitoring and logging


User Experience & Content

Track lead:  Kristy de Vries

Organisations frequently fall into the habit of taking a technology-first approach without consideration on the impact to the end user. However, by taking a user-centric approach to information architecture, interface design and content strategy, government organisations can establish a significant competitive advantage. We invite speakers to share their stories, strategies and tactics across themes including:

  • User Research, Strategy and Experience
  • Balancing Business Goals and User Needs
  • Design Systems
  • Content Strategy
  • Style Guides and Content Workflows
  • Accessibility


Project Management

Track lead: Geoff Dibley

Good project management hinges on the constant improvement of processes which enable the best quality of deliverables and human interactions in a technical world.

This track aims to focus on the practices and principles that make projects run better and faster. We want to encourage sessions that will speak to business leaders, project & product managers, scrum masters and implementation roles in order to share our skills and learn from one another, including:

  • Project management methodologies and experiences
  • Project estimation and planning techniques
  • Scope, risk, and change management strategies
  • Importance of Creating and following processes
  • Reporting
  • Leadership and coordination approaches
  • Human interaction and communication


Showcase & Horizons

Track lead: Suchi Garg

Learning from real world success (or disaster!) stories and understanding emerging trends helps us all make better decisions when using Drupal in government. This is backed by strengthening how we work together as a Drupal Community.

Topics we are looking for this track include:

  • Digital transformation case studies
  • Best practices for Drupal businesses
  • Emerging technologies and trends
  • Research projects
  • Drupal community leadership and initiatives