Moving Drupal forward*

* by bringing new life into your local community

About me

  • Yauhen Zenko
  • Co-founder @ Solvy (Netherlands)
  • Drupal User Group Belarus, DrupalCamp Belarus, Frontend United (cancelled)
  • Drupal 5-9
  • Football, books, music, rock!
  • Socials: @zeuty

Evolution of Drupal?

State of Drupal

  1. Heartbeat: predictable releases

2. Out-of-the box

3. Awesome functionalities in the core: media, JSON:API, layout builder, new Olivero theme and much more to come: autoupdates, decoupled-related initiatives





4. A lot of changes in marketing and positioning of Drupal as a product



is for building ambitious digital experiences

We are awesome, but...

Any problems or concerns?

We are awesome, but...

We are awesome, but...

Quotes from Drupal Assoc Leads slack

Our biggest challenge is engaging and growing the community

Totally agree, we have the same challenge in ***. We have the amount of people on community events declined from 75+ to 45

People are working with Drupal, but are not joining community events

Where to start?

Start with a definition!

What is community?

What is community?

What is community?

What is community?

What is community?

What is community?

Cool! But how...



Local communities were focusing on Drupal,

best practices of Drupal,

new possibilities of Drupal, promoting Drupal ...

Yes, but how...




What do we do when we care?

We try to help people with the problems they have


We talk to them


We ask them about their feelings


Nobody will tell:



Major issue of current IT-world

Major issue of current IT-world

It cannot be worse?

What 2020 brings us?

A new survey, from FlexJobs and Mental Health America (MHA) taken late last month reported that 75% of workers have experienced burnout, and 40% of those polled said it was a direct result of the coronavirus pandemic.

A data trove of 1.75 million employee-engagement surveys this year by LinkedIn’s Glint Platform provides some powerful clues:  burnout signs have risen 33% in 2020

Strength of local community

We know what we feel



We care



We can talk




We need to change the paradigm:




Local Drupal community should be focused

not on Drupal,

but on people who do (or want to do) Drupal


Should be an adaptive system, which quickly reacts on the actual challenges and problems of its members

Added value

1. Knowledge sharing and problem solving
2. Encouraging & support
3. Creating professional network
4. Having a voice in Global Drupal community
5. You name it...

1 minute test

  • Self identity
  • Contribution
  • Growth

Tips and tricks: #1

  • Be inspired
  • Make a decision!

Tips and tricks: #1

Tips and tricks: #1

Tips and tricks: #2

  • Find fellow
  • Find mentor

Tips and tricks: #3

  • Find funding

Tips and tricks: #4

  • Find your first speakers

Tips and tricks: #5

  • Announce your event well in advance and reach as many people as possible

Tips and tricks: #6

  • Make the event happen
  • And make it awesome!

Tips and tricks: #7

  • Reward people for their efforts

Tips and tricks: #8

  • Gather feedback and be open 

Tips and tricks: #9

  • Be consistent

Tips and tricks: #10

  • Enjoy connecting people
  • Changing their lives to the better
  • And dream big!

Great example

  • Ukraine
  • Meetups in 4+ cities
  • Different formats: cafe, breakfast, regular meetups, quizes, etc.
  • Drupal Camp Kyiv - 400+ people

Great example


  • Drupal is doing good "technically"
  • We have some problems
  • Transform your community
  • Focus on people
  • Adapt
  • Start today!
  • Free hugs


Questions, ideas, suggestions?

DrupalCon Europe 2020 - Moving Drupal Forward (English)

By Yauhen Zenko

DrupalCon Europe 2020 - Moving Drupal Forward (English)

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