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United States
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Product Manager, Acquia Lightning

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I am currently working for Acquia as Product Manager for Lightning, an enterprise authoring distribution of Drupal and as Program Manager for Acquia's D8 Module Acceleration Program (D8 MAP), $500k of funding being allocated to projects lead by community contributors speeding up the porting of critical modules to D8. I feel very privileged to be able to affect change directly in Drupal and the module eco-system on a daily basis and to be able to work with some of the most devoted and experienced Drupalists in the process.

I love Drupal. That’s not to say I love every line of Drupal code or every user interface, but I love the philosophy that is Drupal. Massive scale collaboration within a community of people dedicated to quality, open communication, inclusion and fun. An open-source movement that values not only its developers, but also its site-builders and authors. An extensible, modular framework that can be used to build incredibly complex systems and integrated architectures.

Since I started my journey with Drupal in 2006 I have been continually impressed by the people who I have met in the community and their passion for Drupal. Some of my favourite conversations have been around 3am at DrupalCon, after mild liquid encouragement, with outspoken geniuses from an array of different continents.

I first started working with Drupal when a non-profit youth news organisation called Vibewire asked me to look at their website. They had a Drupal 4.7 installation weighed down by a ton of modules. It was breaking all the time, it wouldn’t scale with high traffic and had lots of bugs in the custom code. I was appalled and started to believe the FUD about Drupal, but I kept reading and started on a long journey to understanding Drupal.

Eventually I started my own Drupal shop where we specialised in commerce and built large transactional sites with heavy infrastructure on Pressflow and eventually Drupal Commerce. From there I moved on to become Regional Director for Commerce Guys in the UK. After that I came to Acquia and was head of Solutions Architecture in Europe before moving to Boston for my current role.

I’ve been a speaker at Drupal events in Boston, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Melbourne, New York and Rome, I’ve helped organise DrupalCamp London 3 years in a row, I’ve run BOF sessions at DrupalCon and numerous Drupal trainings. I’ve also advised Drupal startups and hired tons of Drupalists. Outside of Drupal I have written my own PHP applications in other frameworks and helped to build core internet infrastructure using open-source software at APNIC, a large non-profit that allocates IP addresses for the Asia-Pacific.


On for 7 years 2 months

Drupal Contributions: 

3 years co-organising Drupal Camp London 2012-2015

Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012
DrupalCon Munich 2012
DrupalCon Sydney 2013
DrupalCon Portland 2013
DrupalCon Prague 2013
DrupalCon Austin 2014
DrupalCon Barcelona 2015
DrupalCon New Orleans 2016


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johnkennedy helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed Drupal installation profiles
I helped organize DrupalCon