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Drupal CxO Day

Drupal CxO Day is a one-day business event which will be held on Friday, 28th February at the City University London. This event is primarily aimed at business leaders who provide Drupal services (i.e web development agencies, training companies etc). Join us for a candid peer discussion and networking with other Drupal executives.

We'll share best practices, tips for staying relevant in a fast moving market, how to collaborate and compete, and tools for generating value for your business.

To ensure an interactive meeting on which all participants can get to know all other participants, we are limiting the number of participants. For this reason, only 2-3 people from any single company or organization may register.


About the speakers

Megan Sanicki is the Associate Director at the Drupal Association, where she develops and manages community programs such as DrupalCons, educational webinars, and Global Training Days. Additionally, Megan creates and oversees revenue programs such as the Supporting Partner Program and Hosting Listings, which fund the community programs and improvements. Previously, she held Marketing and Business Development roles at the NJ Transit, Hewlett-Packard, Bluestone Software, and Microanalytics. Megan holds an MA in Professional Studies, Applied Communications, Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Denver and a BA in Economics and Business from Lafayette College.


Gábor Hojtsy is an open source enthusiast and contributor, most active as a Drupal developer, working with and on the open source project itself at Acquia. He started off contributing to Open Source in 2000 when he became an active contributor to the PHP Documentation team and became the lead to that team and the website team for years. Technical edited the first Hungarian PHP developer book, led courses on web technologies and co-organized various PHP and generic web development conferences. Started working with and on Drupal in 2003, and became devoted to the multilingual functionality and sometimes the lack thereof. He is an active contributor ever since, was the co-organizer of the international Drupalcon Szeged 2008, he is the active maintainer for Drupal 6, the initiator and lead of, Drupal's software localization site and lead to the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative.


Acquia Open Source Evangelist Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, has a longstanding passion for the Drupal project and its community. This has led to him being active at the intersection between open source software, business, and culture. Increasingly in demand as a speaker, he is regularly featured at events around the world, talking about open source, digital disruption, Drupal and more. This helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.


Giles Colborne is author of ‘Simple and usable web mobile and interaction design’ and Managing Director of UX design agency cxpartners. He’s actively involved in the UX community – as co-chair of IA Summit 2013 and formerly as President of the UK Usability Professionals’ Association. He has worked with British Standards Institute in developing guidance on web accessibility and is a popular speaker at conferences around the world. His new book, ‘Simplicity in the details’ will be published in February.


James Dodd is the technical product lead for Drupal at Cancer Research UK – one of the biggest charities in the UK – who have recently rebuilt a large proportion of their sites in Drupal. James has worked for the charity since 2011. Prior to that he focussed on business analysis for CRM and web projects. He recently completed an MSc in Computer Science at Birkbeck, specialising in object orientation for PHP, and also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Liverpool.


Ed Weatherby is a Business Analyst at Cancer Research UK, where he has worked since 2012. Previously, he spent over five years at St. Catherine’s Hospice, where he held Business Analyst and Systems Admin, Analysis, Training and Helpdesk Support roles. Ed holds a ISEB Diploma in Business Analysis from the British Computer Society.


Intended Audience

Anyone from a company or organization whose main activity is Drupal.

Freelancers and smaller companies are welcome to attend.

This event is primarly for organisations already using Drupal, not for evaluators of the platform.


CxO Day Schedule

9am - 9:30am: Registration and Breakfast
9:30am - 10am: Gábor Hojtsy, Office of the CTO, Acquia - "Getting your teams ready for Drupal 8"
10:15am - 10:45am: Giles Colborne, Managing Director, cxpartners - "Integrating user experience (UX) feedback into projects"
11am - 11:30am: James Dodd & Ed Weatherby, Cancer Research UK - "The role of the Business Analyst"
11:45am - 12:15pm: Megan Sanicki, Drupal Association - "The benefits of supporting the community"
12:15pm - 12:25pm Paul Johnson - "Code Club"
12:25pm - 1:15pm: Lunch
1:15pm - 3:15pm: Un-conference on a topics that keep CxOs up at night
3:15pm - 4pm: Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, Open Source Evangelist - "Selling the benefits of Drupal to business, not the goddamn features"
4pm onwards: CxO drinks reception (open to all)


Why should you attend

This event will focus on the specific issues and opportunities that Drupal business owners face in their companies. You should attend this event if you want to:

Become part of a global network of Drupal shops that want to work together Learn and share best practices in Drupal business development Create the framework for more intense collaboration with some of the key players in other Drupal markets


Event Format

We will be asking attendees to share the things that keep them up at night. We will collect these responses and structure the day with the right people who will help get your issues resolved and questions answered. In the morning, the event will kick off with ~3 guest speakers, who will share advice, tips and their unique views with the group. Lunch will be served to all attendees. Following lunch, the structure will change to a loosely structured open-discussion format, which we hope will encourage all participants to contribute to the discussion. Our moderator(s) will help guide these lively group discussions to identify and facilitate solutions.


Event Information

Time: Friday, 28th February · 09:00-16:00
Room: Northampton Suite, City University London
Cost: £95 per attendee; £25 per attendee, concessions*

*Concessions are for charities and small organizations/freelancers with an annual turnover of less than £60k Register










City University London
Northampton Square