DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023: A Thrilling Journey of Innovation and Community Support

John Doyle
John Doyle
CEO, Technical Architect, Drupal SME, Open Source Champion
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DrupalCon Pittsburgh has been an exhilarating experience! It is great to step back into the vibrant world of Drupal at the DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023 conference. The event served as a powerful testament to the strength and resilience of the Drupal community, reaffirming its position as a leading force in open-source content management systems. The energy, the people, and the extraordinary initiatives left us feeling inspired and optimistic about the future of Drupal. Here are some key highlights from the conference as we wrap up the final day:

Community Reunion and New Connections

One of the greatest joys of attending DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023 has been the opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with old friends from across the Drupalverse. The sense of community was palpable as we shared our Drupal journeys, exchanged ideas, and forged new partnerships. It was a reminder that the Drupal community is not just a network of individuals, but a real community that embraces diversity, collaboration, and collective growth.

The Driesnote: A Source of Inspiration

One of the highlights of the conference was the much-anticipated Driesnote, presented by the visionary behind Drupal, Dries Buytaert. Dries' presentation was a captivating journey through the past, present, and future of Drupal. It shed light on and helped frame the current state of Drupal and where we need to go. The message was clear: we need to continue to find new ways to enable the community to innovate and experiment with new features and ideas.

Commitment to Community Innovation

Dries and the Drupal Association emphasized the importance of community-driven innovation and highlighted the commitment to fostering and supporting new ideas. The Drupal Pitchburgh initiative was a prime example of this commitment. Through Drupal Pitchburgh, over $70,000 in funding was provided to new innovative community projects that showcased the true spirit of Drupal innovation. The initiative's success demonstrated the strength of our community and the collective belief in nurturing creativity and pushing the boundaries of what Drupal can achieve.

Renewed Strategies for Growth

The Drupal Association unveiled its renewed strategy to propel the Drupal community forward. This forward-thinking approach encompassed several initiatives aimed at promoting inclusivity, expanding outreach, and fostering collaboration. It was invigorating to see the Drupal Association's commitment to driving initiatives that focus on growing the community, finding ways to bring new talent and ideas into Drupal, and broadening the adoption of Drupal through education and marketing. 

The Future Looks Bright

As we bid farewell to DrupalCon Pittsburgh 2023, we carry with us a renewed sense of enthusiasm and excitement for the future of Drupal. The conference demonstrated that our community is resilient, adaptable, and ready to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. The collective passion and dedication to Drupal's open-source ethos continue to fuel innovation, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in the digital landscape. Together, we will continue to shape the digital world and drive positive change to #BuildABetterInternet.

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