A Government Guide to DrupalCon 2016

CivicActions is excited to sponsor what will be another amazing DrupalCon in one of our most favorite cities in America. This year, there are a variety of offerings geared towards public sector workers, from our Civic Lounge programming and happy hour to the Government Summit.

Here’s a guide to civic-related activities occurring around the ‘Con.

Civic Lounge

We’re proud to once again join forces with NuCivic and DrupalSquad to host the Civic Lounge, a shared space for government and other public sector individuals to meet and connect. Stop by the Civic Lounge (booth 217), join our party, and talk all things government and Drupal in New Orleans.

Demos and BoFs

We have a variety of programming happening at the Civic Lounge. Our schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, May 10

      • DKAN demo, 1-2 p.m. (Civic Lounge – booth 217)

Wednesday, May 11

      • Accessible CI – Security / Compliance for the Government, 10:15-10:45 a.m. (Civic Lounge – booth 217)
      • DKAN demo, 1-2 p.m. (Civic Lounge – booth 217)
      • DKAN: Doing (Open) Data with Drupal, 3:45-4:45 p.m. (Room 289 Chromatic)

Thursday, May 12

      • FCC Upgrade Migration, 10:15- 10:45 a.m. (Civic Lounge – booth 217)
      • DKAN demo, 1-2 p.m. (Civic Lounge – booth 217)

Civic Lounge Happy Hour

We are co-hosting the Civic Lounge Happy Hour on Wednesday night, May 11, from 5-7 p.m. at the Ohm Lounge, 601 Tchoupitoulas. The event is limited to 100 people, so please RSVP.

Government Summit

This year, DrupalCon has dedicated an entire day to focus on Drupal in government on Monday, May 9th from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The CivicActions team will attend and lead several breakout sessions during the summit, including:

      • Content Editor Best Practices – Balancing the flexibility content editors want but maintaining good design
      • Convincing your agency that Drupal is secure

Look forward to seeing you there!

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About the Author:

Heather joined CivicActions in 2015 as an Engineer, bringing over five years of experience in delivering sustainable, scalable, user-focused and content-driven web solutions for both government and higher education clients. Heather combines her front-end development chops with an extensive background in site planning and building to create user interfaces that are simple, elegant and easy to maintain.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Heather served as a front-end developer, technical architect and project lead at Chief on major website projects such as a bulk publication ordering system using Drupal Commerce and Internationalization for the Federal Trade Commission. Her career in Drupal began at the University of Maryland, where she designed and developed multiple Drupal sites for the A. James Clark School of Engineering, including the University of Maryland’s Division of Research, and pioneered the University of Maryland Drupal Users Group.
Heather loves to shares her passion for creating clean, semantic, and easy-to-maintain markup, and has given multiple talks at venues such as BADCamp and Capital Camp on using Sass, and CSS methodology SMACSS, to write leaner, more efficient code.

When she’s not bending your ear about best practices in web design and development, Heather is most likely to be found reading, planning her next travel adventure, or teaching German to her collie pup, Winston.


What do you do at CivicActions?

I’m an engineer focused primarily on front-end development, content strategy, and user experience. Lately, I’ve been involved in leading CivicActions Labs, serving as practice lead for front-end development and participating on our marketing team.

What tools do you use most often?

  • Slack
  • Google Drive
  • Trello
  • Terminal
  • Git
  • JIRA

What do you love most about CivicActions?

What makes CivicActions unique to other workplaces is the emphasis on work/life balance, and growth both personally and professionally.

See my Promoting Personal and Professional Balance: Workplace Culture at CivicActions blog post for more details.

What do you love about what you do?

I love working Agile! Instead of being handed a mockup to code out at the last minute before the deadline, all team members, including clients, constantly work together to deliver the product in increments.

The transparency, open communication, and rapid delivery make development fun again.