Todd Nienkerk's picture
United States
Current Role(s): 
Digital Strategist and Partner
Four Kitchens
IRC: 
toddross

Professional Info

Companies Worked For
That Other Paper, University of Texas at Austin
Industries Worked In: 
Writing, Editing, Publishing, Design, Web design, Web development, Digital strategy

Personal Info

Gender: 
male
Languages spoken: 
English
German
Japanese
Bio: 

I am a Digital Strategist, CEO, and Partner at Four Kitchens. I help organizations define and reach their goals using a combination of technology, creativity, and strategy. My background in design, development, communication, and psychology provides me with unique insight into how people use technology: how we think, feel, interact, and form communities both off- and online.

Since 1996, I have designed and built countless websites and written for, edited, and managed several online and print publications. In 2006, I co-founded Four Kitchens, a web design, development, and strategy consultancy. Four Kitchens’ mission is to change the world by setting knowledge free. We achieve this mission by working with open-source software and communities, choosing projects that advance human knowledge, and freely sharing our expertise with the world. Recent awards for client projects include an Emmy, Stevie Award, Davey Award, AVA Award, WebAward, and two Communicator Awards.

I have spoken at more than 50 conferences, including SXSW Interactive two years in a row. As an active member of the Drupal community, I regularly speak at and organize Drupal events all over the world. I have chaired, trained, and spoken at virtually every DrupalCon since they began in 2008. I have developed and contributed dozens of Drupal modules and themes, helped redesign Drupal.org, and served as the technical reviewer for two Drupal books published by O'Reilly. Most recently, I helped organize the Business Summits at DrupalCons Austin and Los Angeles.

The business leadership and progressive management philosophy I helped shape at Four Kitchens have garnered both local and national attention. Four Kitchens has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc., BetaNews, Texas CEO, and Texas Tech Pulse to name a few. We were named one of the "Best places to work in Central Texas" by the Austin Business Journal in 2014, and I was a finalist for the Austin Under 40 Awards in 2015.

History

Member for
8 years 9 months
Documentation
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Drupal Contributions: 

As an active member of the Drupal community, I regularly speak at Drupal events all over the world. I have organized a dozen Drupal events, chaired 10 DrupalCons, led training sessions at four DrupalCons, and spoken at virtually every DrupalCon since they began in 2008. I have developed and contributed dozens of Drupal modules and themes, participated in seven code sprints, served on the Drupal Documentation Team, helped redesign Drupal.org, and served as the technical reviewer for two Drupal books published by O'Reilly. Most recently, I was an organizer of the Business Summit at DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015.

Events

I helped organize the following Drupal events:

I chaired the following DrupalCon tracks and summits:

  • DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010: Providing Professional Drupal Services track co-chair
  • DrupalCon Chicago 2011: Design/UX track chair
  • DrupalCon Denver 2012: Mobile global track chair
  • DrupalCon Munich 2012: Frontend global track chair
  • DrupalCon Portland 2013: User Experience global track chair
  • DrupalCon Prague 2013: Frontend global track chair
  • DrupalCon Austin 2014: Drupal Business Summit local organizer
  • DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015: Drupal Business Summit global organizer

I spoke at the following DrupalCons:

I spoke at the following DrupalCamps and events:

  • DrupalCamp Copenhagen 2009
  • DrupalCamp Finland 2009
  • DrupalCamp Stockholm 2009
  • Drupal Design Camp Boston 2009
  • DrupalCamp Dallas 2009
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2009
  • Do It with Drupal 2009
  • Drupal Design Camp Boston 2010
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2010
  • Southwest Drupal Summit 2011
  • Drupal Design Camp Los Angeles 2011
  • DrupalCamp Stockholm 2011
  • Dallas Drupal Days 2011
  • DrupalCamp Los Angeles 2011
  • BADCamp 2011
  • Drupal Day Austin 2012
  • NYC Camp 2013
  • Twin Cities DrupalCamp 2013
  • DrupalCorn 2013
  • DrupalCamp Atlanta 2013
  • SANDCamp 2014
  • Stanford DrupalCamp 2014
  • DrupalCamp Costa Rica 2014
  • Twin Cities DrupalCamp 2014
  • Drupal Day at Nonprofit Technology Conference 2015 (NTC)
  • Stanford DrupalCamp 2015
  • Twin Cities DrupalCamp 2015 (Keynote)
  • DrupalCamp Costa Rica 2015 (Keynote)

I trained at the following events:

  • BADCamp 2011: Responsive web design in Drupal
  • DrupalCamp Austin 2011: Responsive web design in Drupal
  • DrupalCon Denver 2012: Responsive web design in Drupal
  • DrupalCon Munich 2012: Responsive Websites: Design and Build for All Devices

Sprints

  • Drupal documentation sprint: Toronto (March, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Paris (February, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: San Francisco (April, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Boston (June, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Dallas (August, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Paris (September, 2009)
  • Drupal.org redesign sprint: Copenhagen (August, 2010)
Areas of Expertise: 
designer
Themer
Frontend developer
Developer
Information architect
Drupal Events: 
DrupalCon Boston 2008
DrupalCon Szeged, Hungary 2008
DrupalCon DC 2009
DrupalCon Paris 2009
DrupalCon San Francisco 2010
DrupalCon Copenhagen 2010
DrupalCon Chicago 2011
DrupalCon London 2011
DrupalCon Denver 2012
DrupalCon Munich 2012
DrupalCon Portland 2013
DrupalCon Austin 2014
DrupalCon Latin America 2015
DrupalCon Los Angeles 2015

Projects

Drupal Association Individual Member
Drupal Association Supporting Partner
Drupal Association Organization Member

Todd Nienkerk helps support and grow the Drupal community with the Drupal Association.

My mentors: 

4 people list Todd Nienkerk as a mentor

I contributed Drupal patches
I contributed Drupal modules
I contributed Drupal themes
I contributed to Drupal issue queues
I contributed Drupal documentation
I reviewed Project applications
I help in the Drupal support forums
I provide Drupal-related services
I give support on IRC