Higher-Ed Summit

Calling all college, university, and educational Drupalers! The Higher-Ed Summit will kick-off with a panel of your colleagues from several colleges and universities who will help set the stage for the day's BOF-style breakout discussions throughout the day as well as case studies from leaders in the industry. The Higher-Ed Summit is designed to provide supplemental education and networking to the full DrupalCon experience, which is focused more on increasing skills by role rather than industry.

Be Inspired

Drupal is a popular choice in higher education, and we are all using it in creative and inventive ways. With Drupal 8, the opportunities for exploration and experimentation expand even further - from headless Drupal to top-tier configuration management. Let’s showcase our successes and best-practices with Drupal 8!  And we know many universities are still on Drupal 7, so come to share what works for you and see wins from your peers.

Share your Experience

Have you launched a Drupal 8 project recently that you are proud of? Started a campus Drupal users group and have tips for others looking to create their own? Developed a great user support model for your content editors? Conquered decoupled Drupal with your front end stack? Share your awesome projects and lessons learned with your peers.

Meet New Friends and Colleagues

Meet Drupalers from all different skill levels, from beginner through expert, in a variety of roles -- site builder, developer, themer, project manager, support specialist, etc. If you are running up against a challenge, there’s a good chance others are too, and can offer advice. Let’s meet up and share our collective expertise!


We are still confirming featured discussion tables topics, but are happy to share our confirmed schedule.


8:30 am - 9:00 am

Registration, Networking, and Coffee

9:00am -9:15am

Welcome and Introduction

9:15 am -10:00 am

Keynote: Accessibility Standards (Gian Wild, Accessibility Oz)

10:00 am -10:15 am

Coffee Break

10:15 am -11:15 am

Accessibility Panel 

  • Max Bronsema, Western Washington University
  • Joel Crawford-Smith, Duke University
  • Nikki Massaro Kauffman, Penn State University
  • Nathan Stazewski, Pomona College

11.15 am - 11.20 am

Explain breakouts

11:20 am -12:20 pm

Roundtable discussion topics

  • Web governance
  • D8 conversions
  • Accessibility
  • Branding

Featured Case Study from Aten

12.20 pm - 1.:30 pm


1.30 pm - 2.30 pm

Roundtable discussion topics

  • Multisite Architecture
  • Content Strategy
  • Research Data Management
  • Security

Featured Case Study from Last Call Media

2.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Roundtable discussion topics

  • Project Management
  • Scaling design
  • Organic groups
  • UX

Featured Case Study from ImageX 

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Coffee break

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Top 10 Websites Discussion

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm

Closing Comments

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking Social

5:00 pm

Opening Reception (Exhibit Hall)


Event Information

Date: Monday, April 9th
Time: 9:00am-5:00pm (Coffee breaks, lunch, and cocktail hour included)
Cost: $199 advanced | $250 on-site

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