DrupalCon Seattle Nonprofit Summit 2019

Date: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $150 in advance (Coffee and lunch included)
Hashtag: #DrupalNonProfit

2019 Nonprofit Summit Agenda

Join us for an interactive day of learning and networking with nonprofit leaders and Drupal experts. This day-long summit is designed to bring together peers and experts to share knowledge and to network. The summit is open to all nonprofit staff, volunteers, and service providers who are using, or considering using, Drupal as part of their technology stack.

Using an interactive format of focused, informal breakout discussions on a variety of community-generated topics, the summit is an opportunity to connect with other nonprofit Drupal users and service providers, generate ideas, solve problems, and learn from each other about best practices and new trends. Whether you're coming just for the day, or continuing on for the rest of DrupalCon, you’ll leave feeling energized and ready to apply what you've learned!

Schedule for the Day

Summit Co-organizers: Anne Stefanyk / Kanopi | Johanna Bates / DevCollaborative | Molly Byrnes

Note: Draft agenda, subject to change.

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Introduction, Welcome, & Ice Breaker

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Panel: Planning & Shepherding a Big Rebuild Project in Drupal 8

Information architecture, content strategy, visual redesign, porting functionality, hosting requirements, ongoing maintenance, skills you need to retain… oh my! There is so much to think about in planning a website build in Drupal 8. Whether your site is straightforward, or whether it has integrations with CRMs and other systems, panelists who’ve been through a Drupal 8 rebuild share what they’ve learned and answer questions.
Featuring: Dan Weisbeck, Marketing Technology & Operations Director, YWCA Seattle; Pamela Lamon, Digital Marketing Manager, Seattle Aquarium; Karen Horrocks, Web and Database Developer, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

10:15 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. - Coffee break

10:25 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Planning for a Drupal 8 Rebuild
    Thinking about moving your organization website to Drupal 8? Let’s get our thoughts and fears out there and start brainstorming how to approach it! Dan Weisbeck of Seattle YWCA, Pamela Lamon of Seattle Aquarium, and Karen Horrocks of PCRM will continue the conversation from the keynote panel.
  • Accessible Content Entry in Drupal 
    This breakout will provide an opportunity to discuss how we, as nonprofit technologists, can leverage Drupal to preserve the accessibility of our content for people with disabilities. It's not as hard as you might think. Facilitated by Johanna Bates of DevCollaborative.
  • Stakeholder Management
    How do you balance the needs of, and communicate clearly with, all the stakeholders in your organization when shepherding website projects? Facilitated by Jess Snyder of WETA.
  • Content Strategy
    We will discuss best practices, tips and tricks to ensure that your content is on time and on target throughout the project lifecycle. Facilitated by Aten.

11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - A Lightning Case Study on Teaching Tolerance

Lev Tsypin & Natania LeClerc | ThinkShout, Summit Sponsor

How ThinkShout utilized Drupal and their in-house strategy team to create a digital product for educators, and why Drupal was the best choice for this project.

11:35 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Design Systems
    We will discuss best practices for design systems to create more effective and engaging user experiences. Facilitated by Jenn Johnson from National Kidney Foundation.
  • Getting started with Drupal
    Whether you're totally new to Drupal or you've dabbled, we'll go over the basics, from blocks & views to content types, modules, & themes. Facilitated by Clayton Dewey of Agaric.
  • Project Management for Nonprofits
    This isn’t an introductory session, but a breakout group for nonprofits to discuss best practices they are planning or have implemented as they move to Drupal 8. Facilitated by Val Newmark from Rootid.
  • CRM integrations
    We will discuss strategies for managing CRM and web platform integrations for the organizational planning standpoint. Facilitated by Message Agency.

12:20 p.m - 12:30 p.m. - Morning Re-cap

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch Sponsored by Heartland & Table Conversations

1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Overview of Afternoon

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Drupal 8 Initiatives: What Nonprofits Need to Know

Kara Gaulrapp | Message Agency, Summit Sponsor

Drupal’s landscape can be tough to navigate for non-developers and nonprofit staff. In this lightning talk, Message Agency’s lead front-end developer and accessibility expert, Kara Gaulrapp, will review the key initiatives in the pipeline for Drupal 8—explaining in clear language what they involve and how they might benefit you.

2:05 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Lightning Round Sketching

Joe Crespo | Aten Design Group, Summit Sponsor

For designers and non-designers alike, this will be a 15-minute exercise where you will sketch solutions to problems so many nonprofits currently face. Facilitated by Aten, this is a show-don't-tell lightning workshop on quick iteration and collaboration that explores different ways you can use Drupal to tackle some common issues.


2:25 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

  • Development Strategies
    Building a digital roadmap for your organization requires talent, planning, and resources. Facilitated by ThinkShout.
  • Everything You Need to Know About Drupal 8
    Drupal 8 has been out for a few years, and with Drupal 7 support ending in 2021, you might be wondering—is Drupal 8 right for me? This session will cover the information you need to know as an accidental techie evaluating the next version of Drupal. Facilitated by Spencer Brooks of Brooks Digital.
  • RFP Strategies
    We will discuss the strategic thinking that should go into the RFP process as well as a few do’s and don'ts that will set you and your partners up for success from the start. Facilitated by Anne Stefanyk of Kanopi Studios.
  • Planning for your Drupal 8 Migration. 
    Migrations can be a headache but they can also be wonderful things. We’ll talk about types, strategies, why-how-who, do’s and don’ts. Let’s learn from your own experiences! Facilitated by Alberto Rojas of Manatí. 

3:10 p.m. -  3:25 p.m. Coffee Break

3:30 p.m.  - 4:30 p.m.  -  Interactive Workshop

This workshop will be a highly collaborative and interactive experience where we explore ways to use creative thinking to create compelling stories and narratives that illustrate your mission and work in new ways.  Several Nonprofits in attendance will have an opportunity to select a strategic goal or initiative they are looking to achieve and work through the process and steps to execution in collaboration with other attendees. Facilitated by Molly Byrnes.

4:30 - 5:00 - Wrap-up of the Day & Head to the Opening Reception!





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