Keynotes Speakers

LJ RICH, BBC Click show presenter, musician, AI music artist,
NASA Datanaut, Host of the United Nations ITU #AIForGood Summits


Monday, 4 October at 12:30 p.m. CEST

Talk: Sound Ideas: Unlocking Creativity

World-renowned performer LJ Rich presents on the International Technology show BBC Click and is a musician. She’s also a NASA Datanaut and host of the United Nations ITU #AIForGood Summits. LJ’s interviewed founders, hackers, and artists across the globe, meeting everyone from Stevie Wonder to Steve Wozniak.

Since reading music at Oxford, LJ’s predicted consumer tech trends for over a decade for the BBC, with particular interest in AI, Music and the human/computer interface. She's also been interviewed by the New York Times and others about installations she's created inspired by her synesthesia, a neurological condition which mixes her senses together.

During the pandemic, LJ learned a few things at home during lockdown - like how to self-administer her own cancer treatments, how to take off in a virtual Cessna 172SP, and how to run AI Music neural network style transfers with OpenAI Jukebox and very little sleep. This year her team 'Smorgasborg' placed highly in the AI Song Contest audience vote. LJ's Instagram displays these and more music experiments like The Beatles singing 'Call Me Maybe' or Queen singing 'Let It Go'. She's recently taught herself how to solve the Rubik's Cube using music.





Tuesday, 5 October at 12:30 p.m. CEST

Talk: Build vs Buy - Pfizer and Open Source

A fireside chat hosted by Jeffrey ‘jam’ McGuire exploring the story of Drupal at Pfizer - how the build vs buy platform strategy has evolved and the opportunities and challenges involved in operating open source at enterprise scale in a highly regulated industry.

Dries Buytaert, DRUPAL FOUNDER & PRJECT LEAD, co-founder & cto of acquia


Wednesday, 6 October at 12:00 p.m. CEST

Talk: Driesnote

Belgium-born Drupal founder Dries Buytaert is a pioneer in the open source web publishing and digital experience platform space. In his traditional Driesnote he will present an update on the project and the development of Drupal.


Pierina Wetto, Evolving Web
Kaleem Klarkson, Blend Me Inc
Tearyne D. Almendariz, Drupal Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Frontend Developer
Lee Rowlands, Previous next
Griffyn Heels, Previous next
Emilie Nouveau, CivicActions
Cristina Chumillas, Lullabot
Chris Wells, Redfin Solutions
Tim Lehnen, Drupal Association
Gábor Hojtsy - Acquia


Thursday, 7 October at 12:30 p.m. CEST

Talk: Drupal Core Initiative Leads

Drupal’s initiatives form powerful teams that make great things happen. Core initiatives self-organize to get new improvements to the base system while community initiatives coordinate event organization, spread diversity best practices, collaborate on promotional materials, and so on. In the third instalment of this keynote, we’ll hear from a sampling of the key leaders in the community about what they are working on, what their challenges are and how you can get involved.

Pierina Wetto @pieriwww - Promote Drupal
Kaleem Klarkson @kclarkson - (He/Him) - Events
Tearyne D. Almendariz - Drupal Diversity and Inclusion
Lee Rowlands @larowlan - BugSmash
Griffyn Heels @Griffyn Heels - BugSmash
Emilie Nouveau @DyanneNova - Easy out of the box
Cristina Chumillas @ckrina - Easy out of the box
Chris Wells @chrisfromredfin - Project browser
Tim Lehnen @hestenet (he/him) - Gitlab