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We Built This City (On Decoupled Drupal 8)

by Zack Hawkins
August 23, 2019

Decoupled Drupal 8 and GatsbyJS webinar

How did the City of Sandy Springs, GA improve information system efficiency with a unified platform? Our webinar shows how we built this city on decoupled Drupal 8, GatsbyJS, and Netlify.

We explore how a “build-your-own” software approach gives Sandy Springs the formula for faster site speed and the ability to publish messages across multiple content channels — including new digital signage.

What You'll Learn

  • The City of Sandy Springs’ challenges and goals before adopting Drupal 8 

  • How Sandy Springs manages multi-channel publishing across the website, social media, and a network of digital signage devices. 

  • Benefits gained from Drupal 8 and GatsbyJS, including a fast, reliable site, hosting costs, and ease of development for their team.  

Speakers

Jason Green, Visual Communications Manager at the City of Sandy Springs, and Mediacurrent Senior Director of Front End Development Zack Hawkins share an inside look at the project.

Webinar Recording and Slides 

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Meet team member, Zack Hawkins

Zack has ten years of experience as a front-end developer. In his role as Director of Front-end Development at Mediacurrent, he specializes in front-end architecture, workflows and growing the front-end team. He's got a personal passion for building blazing fast, scaleable and maintainable web applications.

Zack graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Studio Art and a focus in graphic design. He was introduced to web design shortly afterward and snagged his first web-related job at the Athens Banner-Herald newspaper in Georgia. The Banner-Herald provided him with an encouraging environment, which allowed him to explore and grow as a web designer. When the organization moved to a Drupal 6 based site, Zack was given the opportunity to dive into Drupal. Zack first joined Mediacurrent as a Front-End Developer. One of Zack’s notable accomplishments at Mediacurrent has been theming for UGA Georgia Center. The project navigated a complex theme comprised of four themes, while building in a maintainable, scalable way. He's also the creator and maintainer of the Mediacurrent theme generator.

Zack lives in Athens, GA with his wife, son and daughter. He has a hidden talent thinking up great start-up names. Fweep. There you go, that one's for free. "You know, just Fweep it!"

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