Lisa Welchman and Aral Balkan to Keynote DrupalCon Prague

We are excited to announce our keynote lineup for DrupalCon Prague! Joining Dries will be Lisa Welchman, speaking to governance and open growth, and Aral Balkan, speaking on the importance of design thinking in open source.

Lisa Welchman, Web Governance & Strategy
Keynote: The Paradox of Open Growth

Wednesday, 25. September · 9:00

Over the last 18 years, Lisa Welchman has effectively supported a variety of organizations in stabilizing their complex, multi- stakeholder digital operations through the definition and implementation of sound digital governance practices. A global thought leader in digital strategy and governance, Lisa helps organizations develop big-picture strategies for managing large, complex digital properties and digital teams.

Lisa’s clients include Chevron, Cornell University, the United Nations, McKesson, Wells Fargo, The Library of Congress, Sandia Laboratories, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Saskatchewan Power. Lisa is a sought after speaker at digital conferences globally. Prior to the advent of the commercial Web, Lisa worked in television as a ratings analyst and coordinating producer. She is currently writing Managing Chaos: Digital Governance by Design, to be published by Rosenfeld Media in fall 2013.


Aral Balkan, User Experience Designer
Keynote: Experience Driven Open Source

Thursday, 26. September · 9:00

Aral Balkan is an experience designer working to change the world by bringing design thinking to open source to create a new category of technology: design‚Äźled open source. His latest initiative, Codename Prometheus aims to design open products that seamlessly combine hardware, software, and services to create beautiful experiences that compete with the likes of Apple in the consumer space. Being open, they also have a very important added benefit in a post‚ÄźPRISM world: you own your own data. Aral recently won Voice of the Year at the Critter awards for his talks at international conferences and sits on the board of Code Club.



Dries Buytaert, Drupal Project Founder
Keynote: The State of Drupal 8

Tuesday, 24. September · 9:00

Belgium born Drupal founder, Dries Buytaert is a pioneer in the open source web publishing and collaboration platform space. Dries is passionate about technology innovation, social media and photography.

Dries maintains the role as the project lead for Drupal, as well as the president of the Drupal Association. He is the co-founder and CTO of Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal; and the co-founder of Mollom, a web service that evaluates content quality and stops spam on your website.

For those who can't make it to DrupalCon Prague in person, the keynotes will be live streamed and recorded, courtesy of Brightcove.

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