Dries Buytaert, The Web Standardistas and Tom Standage will be appearing as the keynote speakers for DrupalCon London. As some of the leading minds in today’s ever-expanding new media landscape, these speakers will inform, engage, and inspire DrupalCon attendees.


Dries Buytaert

Drupal Project Lead

Dries Buytaert is a man of many interests. He holds a doctorate in computer science and engineering. He is a photographer. He is a husband and father. He is Belgian. However, you may know him best as the original creator and project lead for the Drupal open source Web publishing platform or “the reason there is a DrupalCon in the first place”.

In addition to serving as the president of the Drupal Association, he is also the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a company that offers hosting, technical support, and services for the Drupal platform, and the co-founder of Mollom, a web service that helps identify content quality and stop website spam.

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Tom Standage

Tom Standage

Digital Editor & Writer of Historical Analogies in Science, Technology and Business Writing

Tom Standage is digital editor at The Economist, overseeing the magazine’s website,, and its mobile-phone, tablet and e-reader editions. Before that he was business affairs editor, running the back half of the magazine (business, finance, economics, science and technology), and he previously served as business editor, technology editor and science correspondent. He has been the editor of the Technology Quarterly supplement, which covers emerging technology, since 2003. Tom is also the author of five history books, including “An Edible History of Humanity” (2009), “A History of the World in Six Glasses” (2005), a New York Times bestseller, and “The Victorian Internet” (1998), described by the Wall Street Journal as a “dot-com cult classic”. He writes the video-game column for Intelligent Life, The Economist‘s lifestyle magazine, is a regular commentator on BBC radio, and has written for other publications including the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the New York Times and Wired. He holds a degree in engineering and computer science from Oxford University, and is the least musical member of a musical family.

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The Web Standardistas

The Web Standardistas

Lecturers, Writers & Practising Designers and Digital Artists

In addition to their role as The Standardistas, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson teach interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum.

As tweed-clad duo The Standardistas, they write regularly on standards-based web design and the importance of improving web design education. Their first book, which extols the virtues of A Web Standardistas' Approach, has received widespread praise for its practical and hands-on modus operandi. In addition to this they have been invited to write for, amongst other publications: 24 Ways (, The Manual (, and .net magazine.

In addition to speaking regularly at conferences worldwide, they run workshops and master classes, teaching the principles of design, both on and off the screen.

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