We are excited to offer training courses at DrupalCon Nashville.

All trainings will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 9:00am-5:00pm. Trainings are not included in a regular DrupalCon ticket. Training tickets include lunch and coffee breaks.

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Certification


The Acquia Certification Program is offering a live test center to earn your credentials while you are at DrupalCon! Testing during DrupalCon makes you eligible for a free retake if needed. Tests will be given from Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 13. For more information and to pre-register for your test, go to

Every software development group tests its products, yet delivered software often has defects. Test engineers strive to catch bugs before a product is released, but they always creep in and they often reappear, even with the best manual testing processes. Automated software testing is the best way to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and coverage of your software testing. In this training, you will learn how important it is to do automated web testing and how you can save costs and time using one of the automated tools like Selenium.

NOT a typical team-building program! New techniques for techies to influence & shine!

Working on a cross-functional, cross-cultural, cross-location or cross-organization team can be a great experience - or a dreaded nightmare, where projects get bogged down by miscommunication, "difficult personalities," conflicting agendas, impossible timeframes, resource gaps and delayed decisions. Traditional methods of team building and team communication can be useful - but are just not enough.

This course will give you simple, practical tools and techniques that you can use right now to be able to leverage analytical skills and apply them to build effective team dynamics, be more influential with your stakeholders or constituents, and reduce the frustration and churn that often plague teams.


Check out the Business Summit page to learn more about this Summit and how to register.

Come help us close out a fantastic Con and find out where we are going next!

You voted and now's the time to see the Community Keynote presented by Michael Schmid: Your Brain Health is More Important than your Standing Desk.


Check out the Community Summit page to learn more about this Summit and how to attend.

Come collaborate in person with hundreds of other Drupal community members! This awesome day of collaboration is open to anyone; you do not need to be registered for the conference to participate in Friday General Sprints. We are currently collecting your sprint initiatives so we can list them here for others to find and get excited for.

This training course is sold out.

What magic happens between the start of a D8 request and the page being returned? How do routes and controllers fit in? Where are services useful and how are they built?

These questions are at the "foundation" of the new D8 architecture and of the Symfony framework itself. In this workshop, you'll get an intro into routes, controllers, services and events: the 4 concepts that most fundamentally drive the new Drupal. With these new tricks, we'll pull apart the layers of Drupal to see how things actually work. And ultimately, we'll uncover that it's really not all that complicated.

By the end of the workshop, D8 will look a whole lot less mysterious. And as a bonus, the Symfony framework will look simple. Go forth and build something amazing!

Belgium born Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert is a pioneer in the open source web publishing and collaboration platform space. Dries is passionate about technology innovation, social media and photography.

Master Drupal 8’s new Twig templating engine to create fun and fast websites with simple steps to help you move from concept to completion.

Starting from the bottom up we will walk thru setting up and configuring a new Drupal 8 website. Navigate the Admin interface, learn how to work with core themes and create new custom block layouts. Taking a look at a real world project, we will create a Twig theme that adopts best practices to implement CSS frameworks and JavaScript libraries. We will see just how quick and easy it is to create beautiful responsive Drupal 8 websites while avoiding some of the common mistakes many front-end developers run into.

All are invited to join the Drupal Association for our public board meeting. Lunch will be served in the room, so come on in! We ask attendees to please arrive on time to prevent disruption.

This training course is sold out.

If you are tired of wasting time tweaking servers or remembering how to properly get Drupal safely and stably working on a new system, then this is the training for you. Our hands-on workshop is a crash course on optimizing your workflow, using techniques refined over years of professional Drupal work. We share our preferred development setup (including a Vagrant project we will use to build a copy of our environment), show you how to automate tests, deployments, and other tasks with Jenkins, demonstrate best practices, and help you keep track of your code and Drupal patches in a way that scales to many developers.

Managing a Drupal project for the first time? Trying to figure out how to manage the project efficiently? This course provides a guide to Drupal from a project manager's point of view.

You'll learn the fundamentals of how Drupal works and get familiar with Drupal terminology. You'll also learn how to develop requirements for a Drupal project, how wireframes translate into Drupal elements, and what's easy and hard to do with Drupal. Pick up tips and tricks for working with open source projects, and working with Drupal developers, themers, and site builders. Know what questions to ask the client and what questions to ask your Drupal team at each step in the project.

Do you find that you're building a site around your organization's departments instead of your end users? If not your organization, then with your clients?

We’ll run you through a process for working with key stakeholders to create a website that focuses on end users while keeping the goals of the organization in mind. You'll learn how to approach your projects with the fundamentals of user experience & design through this all day course. We’ll introduce you to a few tools and techniques we use with our clients at Aten for finding the right tone and content balance, ultimately creating a successful web experience.

This course will explore the world of content entities in Drupal 8 by means of handcrafting a new entity type from scratch. Instead of basing custom website logic on nodes and node types it can be beneficial to create custom entity types that are designed for your specific application. With Drupal 8 this is no longer a daunting task; instead you can put together existing parts to fit your needs with a minimal amount of code - if you know how. In addition to being great practice for future projects where custom entity types might be of use, this will also yield a deep understanding of the Drupal 8 Entity API and the different components that it comprises.

To help ease newcomers into DrupalCon, we've put together an orientation designed to explain all DrupalCon's many moving parts and introduce you to a new friend or two. We think starting out the week with a buddy makes networking and navigating an unfamiliar event so much easier!

Our friends at Promet Source will be providing free refreshments, custom city guide name tags, ice breaker games and more. Be sure to come see what else they have in store for you and kick your first DrupalCon off right! 

Join this free workshop if you are familiar with Drupal but new to Drupal contribution. This hands-on workshop will cover the basics of contribution essentials like the issue queues and IRC, and optionally git and setting up Drupal 8 on your laptop.

If you want to try setting up a development environment ahead of time, try the tools installer. The individual tools we use at the sprint are listed on the Mentored Core Sprint page.

Come collaborate in person with hundreds of other Drupal community members from 9:00am-6:00pm on Friday, May 13th at the New Orleans Convention Center, in room 278-282. This awesome day of collaboration is open to anyone; you do not need to be registered for the conference to participate. There are also other sprint days available.

Themes make Drupal websites beautiful – and front-end developers (“themers” in the Drupal world) are the bridge between the science of code and the art of design. While Drupal markup isn’t the prettiest out of the box, it’s very flexible in how you alter it. A good theme will show off all the best aspects of your website, while maintaining the flexibility that Drupal brings to the table.

This training will familiarize front-end developers to the new workflow introduced by the release of Drupal 8. You will learn hands-on the process of building a Drupal 8 theme that will be easy to extend and maintain.

In this full-day training we'll cover development best practices to make your Drupal site fast, making the frontend as performant as possible. We will discuss how to set and maintain a performance budget, which helps prioritize site performance over the life of a project. We will cover the basics of workflow automation, which helps a team stick to a performance budget during development, and serves as a warning system when heavy, slow features are added to a site. Finally, we will demonstrate how many of these tools can be glued together as part of your continuous integration system, allowing performance to be tested at every step of the process, from development to deployment.


Check out the Government Summit page for information about this Summit and how to register.

No Con would be complete without the huge group photo that takes place right after the Driesnote!  Bring your best Mardi Gras wear to stand out in a sea of Drupalers as we celebrate DrupalCon New Orleans.


Check out the Higher-Ed Summit page to learn about this opportunity.

Module development for Drupal is more powerful than ever with Drupal 8. Object-orientation, the maturity of Drupal's various APIs, Drupal 8's new underlying Symfony (and other) components, and the emergence of Drupal Console means that developing for Drupal 8 requires some new knowledge for existing Drupal developers. This workshop is designed to introduce existing Drupal developers as well as (non-Drupal) PHP developers to some of the techniques and concepts for Drupal 8 module development. The workshop includes an overview of some of the main concepts and tools as well as several hands-on module development exercises designed to build knowledge and confidence.

Global communities like the Drupal world enjoy a huge diversity of contributors, but more people bringing in their unique emotional experiences can often mean more opportunities for misunderstandings. That’s why we’re pleased to announce our third keynote for DrupalCon: renowned content strategist and author Sara Wachter-Boettcher will talk to us on Wednesday morning in a keynote called Everybody Hurts: Design for Kindness.


Check out the Media and Publishing Summit page to learn more information about this Summit and how to register.

Date: Friday, May 13
Where: New Orleans Convention Center
Time: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Cost: Free to attend

Come collaborate in person with hundreds of other Drupal community members!

Come see what a couple of Monkeys and Koalas have done to make you feel right on Bourbon Street! Take photos in classic Mardi Gras costumes, drink from color changing glasses, grab all the swag you can, and see why these party animals have done to help welcome you to The Big Easy! 

Located in Exhibit Hall H of the New Orleans Ernest M. Morial Convention Center, the opening reception for DrupalCon promises to be a great time. Whether you spend the day in sprints, training, summits, or just showed up to get your badge early, our doors are open to you.


The Prenote!

Don't miss it! 8 a.m. Tuesday! Get a good seat for Dries's keynote!
A DrupalCon institution, Robert and jam's opening "Prenote" has been getting people out of bed early and excited about DrupalCon since 2010. What's not to like about an infotainment extravaganza featuring Drupal community stars and friends; music and sing-a-longs; bad jokes; technical tutorials on Git, yodelling, use of the alphabet, or proper beer pouring technique? Especially eye-opening if you've never been to DrupalCon or never gotten up early enough to see one of these yet.

Stop by the Hall G lobby to pick up your badge.

Stop by the Hall G lobby to pick up your badge.

Stop by the Hall G lobby to pick up your badge.

Stop by the Hall G lobby to pick up your badge.

Are you new to Drupal and to DrupalCon? If you are, the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Drupal 8 is the class for you.

This course will get you up-and-running with Drupal so that you are fully prepared for your week at DrupalCon. You'll learn all of the key concepts you need to understand, navigate and use a Drupal site. You'll learn how to build a Drupal 8 site, from content and user organization, to working with modules and themes. This training will be entirely hands-on. You'll have a Drupal site in front of you and will be actively working and learning throughout the course.

Do you know EVERYTHING about Drupal?

Well now it's your chance for you and your crack team of 4 buddies to prove it.

In the grand tradition of pub quizzes, there will be 6 rounds of 10 questions covering everything about Drupal, and a few more about general web topics. Your team will compete with the best of Drupal brains to capture the title of Drupal trivia champions. We'll have small prizes to keep things interesting.

Of course, you'll have to know it all in your head - strictly no use of mobile devices or laptops etc. allowed!

Make your TWIG experience recognized, become a TWIG certified designer! Take the exam to show the world your experience and knowledge on TWIG. SensioLabs, creator of TWIG, will organize a 1-hour exam on Thursday May, 12th from 1pm to 2pm in Room 298.

Online registration:

Price: $199

This course is specifically designed around teaching attendees how to use the views module. The program consists of 8 real world (and useful) views that are created with an increasing level of complexity. The views functionality covered will include creating pages, overriding system pages, working with different display methods, using filters and context filters, relationships, and more. By the end of this class, you will be able to take almost any display currently being used in Drupal, and override it, making it fit better with your particular admin style and needs.

Women in DrupalThe Women in Drupal team invite you to come, meet, and mingle with other women in Drupal. This year's Women in Drupal event will be held at the historic and wonderful Gravier Street Social. We will have light     appetizers available, provided by our wonderful sponsors and donators, and a cash bar will be available for drinks.