A panel of Drupal event organizers discuss their experiences with the challenges of organizing events, how becoming active in the community has affected their career, and what led them to becoming event organizers, and open up the floor to Q and A from attendees.
Michael AnelloDrupal trainer and developer @ DrupalEasy
Michael Anello (@ultimike) is co-founder and vice president of DrupalEasy, a Drupal training and consulting firm based in Central Florida. Mike has been one of the main organizers of the Florida Drupal Users' Group and Florida DrupalCamps for over ten years, is a member of the Drupal Community Working Group, and also helps manage the Drupal Association's Community Cultivation Grants program.
Michael has been developing Drupal sites for over 12 years specializing in module development, theming, and general site-building with a strong focus on best practices and sustainable development. Michael is also the lead trainer and curriculum developer for DrupalEasy's intensive, 12-week Drupal Career Online.
He can be heard interviewing fellow Drupal community members, talking about current Drupal news, and highlighting new and upcoming modules on the twice-monthly DrupalEasy Podcast. He is an Acquia Certified Developer and a Drupal 8 core contributor.
Kevin ThullFreelancer @ Blue Drop Shop
MidCamp Logistics Lead and 2020 Fearless Leader.
I build websites, push pixels, move type, make media, plan camps, tap mana, roll for initiative, eat like a boss, chase food trucks and like an #eggoneverything.
Sponsor my travel and I will record and post your camp sessions!
AmyJune HinelineOpenSource Community Ambassador @ Kanopi Studios
AmyJune Hineline is the Open Source Community Ambassador at Kanopi Studios. With a dual focus on both open-source community development and inclusivity, she is uniquely positioned to help individuals become more comfortable and confident as they contribute to their communities. She co-organizes various open-source camps and conventions throughout North America, empowering individuals to forge deep community connections that benefit the whole. As a self-described non-coder, AmyJune helps communities discover how they can contribute and belong in more ways than coding.
With five years of open-source community involvement behind her, she has had the opportunity to become actively involved in both the Drupal and WordPress communities: working to lower the barrier to entry in tech though the leadership of first-time contributor workshops at the local and regional level.
Her ongoing experience as a hospice nurse keeps her in touch with the challenges faced by many end-users. In her continued efforts to make a difference, she helps organize A11yTalks, an online meetup where they invite folks on every month to talk about all things accessibility - one of the core components of building an inclusive web.
Outside of her mission in the technology community space, she has a deep love for mycology, geocaching, and air-cooled Volkswagens.
April SidesDeveloper @ Lullabot
I am a backend Drupal developer at Lullabot and lead organizer of Drupal Camp Asheville. My super powers include picking up something new and running with it as well as connecting people with common interests or tech problem spaces. My curiosities include work culture, entrepreneurship and burnout.
Dan MoriartyCEO and Creative Director @ Electric Citizen
Dan is a co-founder of Electric Citizen, a Minneapolis-based and Drupal-focused web agency. He helped start Twin Cities Drupal Camp in 2011, and has been an active volunteer, sponsor and lead organizer every year since.
Dan has been working with Drupal since 2008, as a front-end developer and designer. He currently oversees business operations for Electric Citizen, while also managing discovery, UX and design for a variety of public-sector clients.