I have the pleasure to organize the DrupalCon initiative keynotes now twice a year. The genius idea of this I believe came from Angie Byron, and ever since we include them, they are among the top rated sessions at each DrupalCon. The goals of this keynote are manyfold. First, we want to show the people who lead important work in core, humanising the software. While we do explain the state of each topic, the main thing we are looking for is to inspire and involve attendees at the event, which is possible by making connections between the presenters and attendees on the contribution day following the keynote. It is the humans that make it possible to create these amazing innovations in Drupal! DrupalCon Portland 2024 is coming up and this keynote is on again!
Currently in the topic gathering phase, it occured to me that we have a chance to use part of this keynote to highlight innovations in contrib projects, innovative (not necessarily new but could also be new and exciting) contributed projects. Project lead Dries Buytaert highlighted in his DrupalCon Pittsburgh keynote in 2023 the concept of "letting a thousand flowers bloom". Many innovations start off in contributed projects and can immediately be used by existing Drupal users. So depending on your input, this might change the direction of the initiative keynotes a bit. Let's see!
Do you have contributed project innovations of your own or are you a passionate user of an innovative contributed project, the leader of which should be getting prime time stage time?
DrupalCon Portland will be between May 6-9 2024. Early bird tickets are on sale now and various discounts are available!