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Contrib Committee Review for August, 2017

by Damien McKenna
September 28, 2017

As the (Northern hemisphere's) summer came to a close, and those of us with children started to get ready for another school year, we eked out some good work during the month.

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August saw the Decoupled Dev Days event land in NYC. After months of planning by Matt Davis, Bob Kepford, Mark Casias, Phase 2's Annie Stone, Acquia's Preston So and Matthew Grill, NBCUniversal's Alexander Ross and Major League Soccer's Brian Azna, the single day conference was a huge success. The day covered many interesting topics, from virtual reality, to building administrative interfaces, to various distributions available to build from, and on, everyone had lots of great things to share and learn from. We're excited to see future events from this group as the technologies and capabilities expand, but to keep us "contenta" (do you get it?) they've made videos of the day's presentations available for all.

Until next time

That's it for this month. I hope you all had an excellent summer if you live in the north, an excellent winter if you live in the south, and if you live in the tropics - well, just be careful with those tornadoes and typhoons!

Meet team member, Damien McKenna

In his role as Community Lead, Damien directs internal initiatives that strengthen Mediacurrent’s commitment to open-source principles, collaboration, and sharing knowledge to strengthen the Drupal community. Regularly ranked as one of the ten most active contributors on, Damien has been a significant member of the Drupal community since 2007. In addition to writing documentation, writing & reviewing patches and mentoring others, Damien maintains Metatag, Views, Date and several other SEO-focused modules.

Prior to Mediacurrent, Damien spent five years building content management systems and frameworks using multiple languages (PHP, ColdFusion, Ruby), before he was first introduced to Drupal in 2007. A year later, he delved deeper into Drupal 5's architecture while migrating two popular skiing sites off a proprietary system. While becoming increasingly involved in his local Drupal community, Damien led the development of several successful content-rich platforms including a US radio station network spanning ten individual sites. Damien joined Mediacurrent in 2012 as a Lead Drupal Architect and has been involved with planning the architecture of new sites, project estimates, lots of hands-on development work, and guiding the company towards Contrib First processes.

When not working with Drupal, Damien enjoys exploring and kayaking with his family throughout NH and the wider New England region.

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