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A winning day at DrupalSouth 2023

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It's been a busy Day One at DrupalSouth in Wellington. We've summed up what the PreviousNext team has been up to, including several presentations, a win and a runner-up prize at the Splash Awards!

What a fantastic first day at DrupalSouth in Wellington!

We started off the day with Lee Rowlands joining Pamela Barone on stage for “From 'them' to 'us': Demystifying Drupal contribution”.

Lee Rowlands on stage with Pamela Barone at DrupalSouth

Next PNXers up were Daniel Veza and Karl Hepworth.

Daniel took us through how to get the best editorial experience from Layout Builder. This is a great option but it can be tough out of the box, so he covered 4 modules that improve the experience: Layout Builder Claro, Layout Builder Lock, Layout Builder Restrictions, and Layout Builder Browser.

Daniel Veza's presentation at DrupalSouth 2023

Meanwhile, Karl discussed a variety of options to optimize your pipelines, helping you realise the full potential of your CI/CD platform. 

Karl Hepworth's presentation at DrupalSouth 2023

After lunch, Fonda encouraged us all to embrace appropriately tailored icebreakers as a low-effort tool for reducing initial awkwardness, improving team rapport, and, ultimately, running a productive and enjoyable session.

Fonda Duffy's presentation at DrupalSouth

The Drupal Security Panel, led by Kim Pepper and featuring Nick Schuch, discussed how companies and clients can proactively protect their data against ongoing hacks and breaches.

Drupal Hosting Security Panel at DrupalSouth 2023

We recharged with a break, and then it was Lee Rowlands on stage again. This time he shared his favourite features of both React and Vue 3 and how to translate from one to the other.

Lee Rowland's presentation from DrupalSouth 2023

Our final PNXer presenting today was Adam Bramley. He showcased a use case–from the Mentally Healthy Workplaces platform–for building an API with GraphQL 4. This feature enables anon users to create accounts, save resources to their collections and share these with the public.

Adam Bramley's presentation at DrupalSouth 2023

The day wasn’t over yet, though. The Splash Awards saw us proudly take out the winning position in the Education category, for the Mentally Healthy Workplaces platform. We were also runners-up for the Bond University website. What an outstanding team effort!

PreviousNext wins the Education category at the Splash Awards
PreviousNext receiving the Education category winner award at the Splash Awards
PreviousNext receiving the runner-up award in the Education category at the Splash Awards

Tomorrow at DrupalSouth, Michael Strelan, Saul Willers, and Nick Schuch will all be joining the line-up, so make sure you don’t miss them!