Drupal GovCon 2017: Highlights

Drupal GovCon 2017This year’s Drupal GovCon in Washington, D.C. was a buzz of excitement around all things open. From DevOps to DKAN, there was a tangible energy around the ways government can use open source platforms to power real change.

As always, GovCon felt like a place where affiliations fell away and human connection burned bright. There was a spirit of learning, sharing and getting things done.

“The small, focused atmosphere made everything feel very related to what I do every day,” said CivicActions Engineer Jay Darnell.

CivicActions at Drupal GovCon

We were proud to be a core sponsor and to introduce Michelle Krejci’s (Pantheon) keynote Everything is DevOps.

CivicActions’ Marc Jones spoke on Best Practices for Open Sourcing Government Code:

Some of our other favorites from the many great talks:

Bryan Hirsch’s keynote was a smash hit, an inspiring story of how Massachusetts used open data to build a website that directly improved the lives of citizens.

DKAN and Open Data

Stefanie DKAN Summit

We were thrilled by the attendance and enthusiasm at the DKAN Open Data Summit, which spurred valuable conversation among agencies who are already using DKAN and those who are exploring open data options.

“It really gave the open data community a chance to stretch its legs – people were talking through ideas and problems in a whole new way because they were all in the room together,” said CivicActions VP Public Sector Bill Ogilvie.

DKAN Summit 2017

The DKAN Summit went well over the timebox as discussion flourished.

Open data continued to be a hot topic at our booth throughout GovCon. It was great to see intergovernmental connection as agencies reviewed their plans and experiences together.

Thank You

We deeply appreciate the efforts of the Drupal GovCon organizers and volunteers, who are the driving force behind the event that reaffirms a spirit of collaboration and learning. We are also grateful to the civic open source community itself, which inspires us to continue striving to bring agile and open practices to the public sector.

Drupal GovCon group photo

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About the Author:

Melinda is a part-time writer and full-time mother who joined CivicActions in 2015 to help get all the right words into all the right places. She loves using storytelling and communication skills to highlight the value of civic tech in the lives of citizens, bringing out the heart and soul behind the initiatives and tools that make the world a better place.

Melinda brings bright enthusiasm and a passion for humanity to every assignment. Whether helping a technologist transfer a concept into laymen’s terms or crafting a resume that brings out the “shine” in a potential new hire, she is happiest when someone exclaims, “That is exactly what I was trying to say!”

In conjunction with her work at CivicActions, Melinda has served on the working group of Agile Government Leadership (AGL), a community of civic professionals promoting the use of agile methods in government. She oversees the administration, project management, and marketing of AGL and has helped it grow to over 800 members.

Prior to joining CivicActions, Melinda wrote for a variety of clients in the civic tech space, including DotGov (providing mobile apps to governments), PageFreezer (providing website and social media archiving to agencies), and Urban Interactive Studio (providing outreach and engagement tools for public processes).

Melinda is currently living in an Airstream motorhome with her partner and three young kids, adventuring around the U.S.A. and seeking out as many trees and oceans as possible. She is also unapologetically addicted to avocados, Instagram, clever science-y blogs, and craft beer.