DrupalCon London Announces Prominent Keynote Speakers And Last Call For Early Bird Discount

May 27

August event to feature empowering keynotes from The Economist’s Tom Standage and Web Standardista’s Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson

LONDON – 26 May, 2011 – DrupalCon London, an international event that brings together the community that utilizes, develops, designs and supports the Drupal platform, announced today keynote speakers, sponsorship packages, training sessions and additional content for the upcoming event taking place 22-26 August at South London’s Fairfield Halls. The conference will showcase some of the leading minds in today’s evolving new media landscape, with keynote presentations from Dries Buytaert, Tom Standage, Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson.

“With just three months until DrupalCon London, the event is shaping up to be a stellar line-up of influential keynote speakers with tremendous training sessions and networking opportunities, along with an exciting schedule of soon-to-be-announced sessions and panels,” said DrupalCon London’s Robert Castelo. “Thanks to the overwhelming support of our sponsors, DrupalCon is one of the lowest priced conferences in the technology industry, allowing the community to come together for a valuable and jam-packed four-day event.”

The conference is offering Early Bird pricing until 31 May for a savings of 30 percent on the ticket price, which covers admission to the main conference, post-conference Code Sprints and a ticket to the DrupalCon London party.

Keynote Speakers

President of the Drupal Association, Dries Buytaert, will kick-off the conference with a keynote presentation on Tuesday, 23 August.

  • Buytaert, who is best known as the original creator and project lead for the Drupal Open Source Web publishing platform, is also the unofficial father of Drupal. In addition, Buytaert is co-founder and CTO of Acquia, a venture-backed software company that offers products and services for Drupal and is co-founder of Mollom, a web service designated to identify content quality and stop website spam.

Tom Standage, the digital editor at The Economist will present a keynote address on Wednesday, 24 August.

  • Standage is the author of five history books, writes the video-game column for Intelligence Life, The Economist’s lifestyle magazine and is a regular commentator on BBC radio. His presentation will examine the pre-history of social media over the past two millennia and place the construction and use of today’s publishing tools in their full historical context.

Rounding out the keynote presentations on Thursday, 25 August, will be Christopher Murphy and Nicklas Persson of Web Standardistas.

  • Murphy and Persson, authors of ‘HTML and CSS Web Standards Solutions: A Web Standardista’s Approach,’ are also lecturers in interactive design at the University of Ulster at Belfast, where they have been active in promoting a web standards-based curriculum. As practicing designers and digital artists, their work has been featured in a variety of design books and magazines. In this keynote, they will lead a discussion on the role design has to play and how “fundamental and timeless design” principles are profoundly important throughout the evolution of a project like Drupal.

Pre-conference Training

Pre-conference training courses and workshops for every level are available for attendees to gain additional hands-on experience on a variety of topics related to Drupal development. Sign up for training when you register; these sessions have limited seats. Review the available courses here: http://london2011.drupal.org/conference/training.


Leading companies and organizations within the Drupal community will be attending DrupalCon London as sponsors and key participants at the event. Sponsors include: Acquia, Adyax, Axis12, Ausy/DataFlow, Amazee Labs, A Small Orange, ActiveState, Bluespark Labs, Chapter Three, Commerce Guys, Cameron & Wilding Ltd, comm-press GmbH & Co. KG, CivicActions, data In transit, The Deeson Group, Evolving Web, Exove, i-KOS, Koriolis, Linux Journal, Mearra, Microsoft, Nascom, New Digital Partnership, NodeOne, Phase2 Technology, SubHub, Tigerfish Interactive, undpaul, Voxel dot Net, Webcurl, Web Spiders, and Wunderkraut.

If your company is interested in sponsoring DrupalCon London, please visit http://london2011.drupal.org/sponsor-now.


Registration for the conference is open now. To find out more and purchase tickets today, just go to: http://london2011.drupal.org. The Early Bird registration rate of 230 GBP (+VAT) is available through 31 May. Starting 1 June through 1 August, ticket prices will increase to 280 GBP (+VAT). Late registration will cost 320 GBP (+VAT) from 1 August – 20 August and tickets can be bought onsite for 340 GBP (+VAT). You can also keep up-to-date with the latest information about DrupalCon London by following @drupalcon on Twitter.

About Drupal

Drupal is an open source content management platform powering millions of websites and software applications. Used to build everything from personal blogs to enterprise applications, Drupal is free, flexible, robust, and constantly being improved by a community of hundreds of thousands of passionate people from all over the world. For more information on Drupal 7, visit http://www.drupal.org/drupal-7.0. In addition, information on becoming part of the local Drupal Community can be found at http://www.drupal.org.uk.


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