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2.9 million words in two months (and then what?)

Speaker(s) Peter Henderson

Most web teams face one inescapable truth - content will be late.

This session is about how the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority got on the front foot and reworked 2.9 million words in just two months.

Review, rewrite, edit, approve and publish; without cutting any corners; and with only one person to coordinate.

Learn how Drupal was used to efficiently solve this problem, and why email is the wrong tool for content development.

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Maps to the max: take your maps further with region-awareness and aggregations

Speaker(s) RdeBoer

A brief tour inside and outside of Drupal, of snazzy maps and map applications, and how you can take your maps to the next level by unearthing relationships in your data that you didn't know were there.

Plenty of eye-candy but more importantly practical examples in Drupal of how you can create beautiful, information-packed maps that combine region-awareness with spreadsheet-like functionality to draw your visitors to the right areas.

Fully interactive, fully attractive.

How to create a custom theme in Drupal 8

Speaker(s) Magda Kostrzewa
Session Track Front-end

In this session we will look at some of the new features that are in Drupal 8 theming as well as demonstrate how to create and configure a Drupal 8 sub-theme from Classy, the new core theme in Drupal 8.

This session is for current Drupal themers who want a glimpse into how to get started creating your own sub-theme in Drupal 8 as well as those new to Drupal who want an introduction to Drupal 8 theming.

UX Is More than a Buzzword

Speaker(s) sleepyscene

User Experience or UX is more than a buzzword; it defines the very success of your website. The concept itself can be vague and is often pigeonholed. In this session we will learn exactly what UX is and more importantly what it isn't.

Cool story... who are you?

My name is Callum and I'm a unicorn designer / developer. I'm also the User Experience and Interface Designer over at *woof*.

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Drupal and the future of the internet

Speaker(s) Tim Siers

Drupal has cemented its place within the era of digital information through its ability to manage and structure large volumes of content.

However we’re now living in the “age of the customer”, a time when users expect more and want to wait less. The power has shifted away from content holders and into the hands of consumers who demand exceptional experiences and engaging interactions.

Power to the Editors: Introducing the Paragraphs module


Oftentimes there is a tension between what editors want and what site builders are willing or capable of delivering. Site builders love it when Drupal is a machine, acting on clean, well defined data structures. Editors often just want to put great looking content on a page wherever they want. Sometimes this works out well but other times things can get tricky. This presentation will demonstrate how the Paragraphs module can be used to overcome these difficulties and provide editors with a friendly editing interface into the bargain.

The Open Source Paradigm Shift

Speaker(s) Kim Pepper

Open Source is becoming mainstream, especially in government.

Recently the Federal Government announced a CMS Platform-as-a-Service called govCMS, based on aGov and Acquia Site Factory.

There are hundreds of sites currently running Drupal in Australian government agencies already. With the advent of govCMS, this number is expected to accelerate.

How do organisations maximise the effectiveness of working with open source software like Drupal?

In this session I will discuss:

On a clear day you can View forever

Speaker(s) Anton Baggerman

This session takes an in-depth look at the veritable Drupal workhorse for displaying your data: Views. We'll explore the various ways that Views allows us to retrieve data from Drupal (or other sources), massage and transform our data, and then display it just the way we want it.

We'll look at the various options in Views, we'll discuss when and how to use various Views hooks and templates, and then briefly look at some of the more popular modules that integrate with Views.

Connecting with Accessibility: compliance or confidence

A large shift to online services from government and enterprise is resulting in an increase in both independence for people with disabilities, but also in many cases with an increase in frustration, wasted effort and lock-out due to the lack of adequate thought and care around inclusive online services. 

Government and, increasingly, major retailers are tasked with ensuring their services do not discriminate against large sections of the population.