LocalGov Drupal Week

Thanks to those who joined us for our first annual LocalGov Drupal Week.

In a week of virtual sessions, we shared best practice, code and experiences, all focusing on doing more with less.

Watch this space for news of LocalGov Drupal Week 2024...

In a week of virtual sessions, we shared best practice, code and experiences, all focusing on doing more with less.

It was an excellent opportunity to network and solve problems with digital professionals from councils and their suppliers.


LGD Week 2023 Sessions

You can check out all the sessions on our YouTube playlist.


Making LocalGov Drupal Week Diverse & Inclusive

With only 4% of contributors who are women or non-binary and 16% who are members of ethnic or national minorities in the country where they currently live, it’s clear that open source has a diversity problem. This imbalance is also present in the LocalGov Drupal community.

Creating more diverse and inclusive LocalGov Drupal events is a step towards addressing the diversity disparity in the Drupal community and beyond. 

We strongly encourage submissions from facilitators and presenters who have been marginalised due to racism, misogyny, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination.


Program Details

Sessions will be presented virtually during November (dates for 2024 tbc), in 3. Slots each day:

  • 12pm - 1pm
  • 1pm - 2pm 
  • 4pm - 5pm


Submission Guidelines

Sessions should share knowledge and enhance the community—rather than sell products or services.

Preference will be given to sessions that aren’t already available online.

We encourage longtime contributors to lift as they climb by partnering with other community members- new faces are especially welcome!

To create well-rounded presentations with varied perspectives, we encourage session partnerships between service providers and recommend that session facilitators and presenters represent different organisations.

The number of facilitators and presenters per session is limited. See the information in the session types section below.

Manels (men-only panels) will not be accepted.

Facilitators and presenters may submit up to two session proposals.

Accepted facilitators and presenters may participate in a maximum of two sessions, only one of which can be a solo session.

Facilitators and presenters must read and adhere to the DrupalCon Code of Conduct. 

Submitters may edit their submissions until the deadline.


Content Focus Areas

Below is a list of ideas of areas your sessions could focus on:

Content design & strategy: Calling all content designers and digital strategists - we need you! We’re looking for sessions on LocalGov Drupal’s capabilities for content management and design; as well as creative ways to use LGD for meeting council’s needs.

User Experience, Accessibility, & Design: Designing for usability, accessibility, and universal access and inclusion should be a priority. We would love sessions on making LGD and the web more usable and accessible.

Core Contributions: This track is for active and prospective contributors to share big ideas about the future of LGD, as well as discussions about where we want to go and how we're going to get there.

Development & Coding: for front- and back-end developers alike, covering all things front-end, back-end, migration, decoupling, and more.

LGD Showcase: Inspire your peers and spotlight your recent LGD projects. We’re looking for case studies that show the inner workings of the project, who participated, the process and methodology, the problem or opportunity addressed, and how it was all made possible with LGD. Note: This track is for showing, not selling.

Community Health: This is meant to help all Drupalists be happy and healthy at work, be a productive team and community member, and ultimately build a strong, diverse, and welcoming community. Encouraged sessions include those about building community and increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion within the LGD community and tips for improving mental and physical health.


Session Types

Below is a list of format ideas. You are also welcome to come up with your own.

Birds of a Feather: Small, informal group discussions that allow attendees to exchange information, discuss best practices, and network with others around common identities, interests, and issues. Access will be limited to 20 attendees. (45 minutes, one facilitator)

Demo: Demos are hands-on demonstrations of new technologies, tools, or projects. These sessions should share knowledge and enhance the community rather than sell products or services. (15 minutes, one presenter)

Fireside chat: Fireside chats are casual conversations between a facilitator, an interviewee, and the audience without the aid of slides. (30 minutes, one facilitator and one interviewee)

Lightning talk: Lightning talks are short, focused lecture presentations from a single speaker, often with slides. No Q&A. (15 minutes, one speaker)

Panel: Panels unite diverse perspectives for dynamic debate and discussion between panellists and attendees without slides. Panels are not a series of short presentations. (45 minutes, 1 facilitator and up to 3 panellists)

Skill Share: Session content is consumed asynchronously. Facilitators and presenters are available during the conference for discussion and Q&A. (30 minutes for live element, 1 presenter)

Social: Social events bring attendees together in a social and/or entertaining way. Examples include, but are not limited to, quizzes, chair yoga, music performances, and games. (No time limit, up to 3 facilitators and presenters)

Workshop: Workshops provide active and in-depth learning through hands-on activities. Attendees should leave with a tangible skill or product. (45 minutes, 1-2 Facilitators and presenters)


Thanks to DrupalCon North America 2021 for inspiration.