Higher Education Summit

We are pleased to announce that we are bringing the First Drupal Higher-Ed Summit to Mumbai on18th Feb 2016. The event focuses on the Drupal and Open Source in Education.

The Higher-Ed Summit 2016 will primarily focus on creating an awareness of Drupal and Open Source in the educational institutions across the country by getting several top academicians and university leads in IT under one roof to strengthen and promote Drupal Open Source Community while collaborating effectively on how Drupal and related technologies can be used and promoted in educational institutions. The event will provide the first of its kind platform in Asia pushing all boundaries of technology and innovation while enabling advances across an array of industries, functions and disciplines. A plethora of opportunities waits to be discovered and utilized to its optimum ability at the Summit.

The Higher-Ed summit is a part of DrupalCon Asia which is the largest gathering of Drupal developers sharing the latest and the best practices in web hosting. It will be attended by more than 1000 delegates which will include IT Professionals, Senior Executives part of the Open Source community, Government leaders, speakers from highly renowned organizations across the region speaking on pressing topics pertaining to the Drupal industry and engaging in panel discussions, etc.

Who Should Come

  • Faculty and IT managers from university / colleges interested in Open Source
  • Placement and training officers of universities and colleges
  • Recruitment head of placement agency and Drupal organizations
  • Admins and university staff who are involved in maintaining college web-infrastructure
  • Students working on Open Source and Drupal
  • Others who are related to the education industry and are using Drupal

Event Format

This event has four parts. The first three are each focused on a specific topic and follow this format: Two- 30 minute speech by experts from Educational Institutions and Industry. One - 45 mins Case Study showing how Drupal can be adapted. Three - One hour long group discussion periods during which the participants will propose topic-relevant discussions that the experts and other participants will engage in. All will work to improve their understanding of the topic or find solutions to the raised issue.At the end we will have 45 mins - Final reporting, knowledge sharing and Closing note.

Final Report

At the end of the event, the proceedings of all discussions will be made available for others to learn from.


Date - Thursday, 18 February 2016, 10:00 - 18:00
Venue - Room 12, Victor Menezes Convention Centre, IIT Bombay

10:00 - 10:30 Welcome Note
10:30 - 11:00 Keynote - State of Drupal and Open Source in Education - Zach Chandler, Technology Strategist at Stanford University
11:00 - 11:30 Keynote - State of Drupal and open Source in Software Industry - Vishal Mehrotra, Head of Open Source at TCS
11:30- 12:00 Tea/Coffee and Networking Break
12:00 - 12:45 Case study Presentation - How IIT Bombay is running it’s web infrastructure using Drupal - Prof. P Sunthar, IIT Bombay
12:45 - 13:45 Discussion Topic 1:How adopting Drupal How adopting Drupal can help Educational institutions to:
  • Improve the education system by embracing Open Source - Exposes Faculty and Students to latest trends in technology
  • Place students in reputed software companies with exciting career
  • Build Drupal talent pool
  • Connecting with Open Source Community
  • Contribute back to Open Source Community
  • Teaching Drupal as a course
13:45 - 14:45 Lunch break
14:45 - 15:45 Discussion Topic 2: Using Drupal to power University web infrastructure.
  • See how the leading Educational institutions are leveraging Drupal and learn about
  • Comparing Drupal with Other solutions for building department and University Websites
  • Migrating from other CMS to Drupal
  • Build cost effective and easy to maintain Web infrastructure
  • Drupal solution for Educational institution, Drupal Distributions for Education
  • Drupal Hosting Solutions
15:45 - 16:45 Discussion Topic 3: Content strategy and Managing Websites
  • Common issues Sys admins face while maintaining the College website
  • How to decide the right choice of Hosting for your University/Department site to host Drupal-PHP solutions
  • Maintaining the Server yourself - managing security and performance challenges
  • Managing content team and content strategy for University
  • How to Draw analytics out of Drupal Sites using some nice 3rd party tools
16:45 - 17:15 Tea/Coffee and Networking Break
17:15 - 17:45 Final Reporting, Share Learning
17:45 - 18:00 Closing Note

Want to Speak? Get in Touch

If you have a great story to tell about your university’s experience in any of the above or related topics, or wish to be a lead on a discussion topic, please get in touch with any of the organisers given below.


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