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October 25 9:00 AM–4:30 PM

Frontend development has evolved more rapidly than any other web discipline over the past several years. We flex and grow to absorb an ever-changing variety of workflows, toolsets, best practices, and technologies. We've got a full day of informal presentations and breakout sessions planned to cover a wide variety of cutting-edge frontend technologies and challenges.

The frontend summit will cover a wide variety of topics. We'll talk about things like the nuts and bolts of twig, component- and pattern-based development, and JavaScript frameworks. We’ll help you up your game around performance, accessibility, testing, and tools. We will share our pains and insights around the design process and cross-team collaboration. Along with whatever else is most relevant to you!

Please take our survey and help us co-create an amazing day!

One of the key features of the front end summit this year is an “unconference” approach. We don’t want structured agendas, formal presentations, or panelists with carefully curated responses. What we want is you! The day should be a collaborative one that gets your questions answered and helps you network with like-minded folks.

Potential 2018 topics include:

  • Component Libraries/Pattern Libraries

  • Layout Management in Drupal 8

  • Javascript

  • Drupal 8 Theming Best Practices

  • Twig/PHP Templating

  • Decoupled API Design

  • Tools & Strategies for working with Accessibility

  • Build Tools

  • Component-Based Design

  • Project Communication

  • Advanced Twig

  • D7 to D8 Transitions & Comparisons

  • Automation & Workflows

  • Prototyping/Frameworks

  • Frontend Performance

Check out last year's collaborative notes

This year on Thursday, October 25th, we want to evolve the summit to be even more closely aligned than ever to serve attendees and we would love your feedback. The community is so important to us and before crafting the final agenda for the day, we want to hear from you all to help make this the most impactful experience possible.

We want an inclusive event and would love your feedback and input. Everyone has something to contribute.

Please take our survey and help us co-create an amazing day!


Agenda Hacking

The morning of the frontend summit, we’ll do a big agenda hack. Agenda hacking is a chance for everyone to share what they want to discuss, in the moment, the day of the event. So we’ll have Sharpie pens and sticky notes at the ready! We’ll divide the collected ideas into topical groups. Based on the topics, we will create working sessions on what you care about most.


Working Sessions

Subject matter experts will facilitate working sessions driven by the participants through open dialogue and knowledge sharing. As a group, we will set a single goal for the session, establish the means to achieve our goal, and make sure we capture all the goodness we’ve learned at the end. Bring your positive energy, collaborative instincts, and a goal-oriented focus!


NEW: Lightning Talks

This year, we’re bringing an exciting new format to the group - lightning talks! Do you have a cool app, tool, feature, or shortcut (Drupal or not) that you want to share? Show us what you’ve got!

No polished ideas needed. We’re looking for summit participants to share their ideas 2-5 minute presentations. This is a great opportunity to share ideas, tools and tricks, and have fun!

Start thinking now if there’s anything that you might want to share. We’ll have a sign-up at the summit. First come. First served. There will be limited slots, so don’t be shy :)


SURPRISE! Featured Speaker - GatsbyJS CoFounder, Sam Bhagwat

The people have spoken! In our survey people were overwhelmingly interested to know more about Gatsby.

You won't want to miss Sam's discussion on how Gatsby is changing the face of front-end development.The talk will focus on how the CMS was born to make content sites possible. Now, it's being reimagined to make them incredible!

Teams building modern websites often want to know how to utilize best-of-breed tools in a modern development environment while keeping Drupal's rich content modeling ability. We'll look at how Gatsby achieves this without a lot of manual integration.

Sam will discuss how teams can achieve that -- without a lot of manual integration work.


Working Agenda

9:00 - 9:30: Arrival & Registration

  • Coffee & bagels

9:30 - 10:00: Introductions & Welcome

  • Overview & Icebreaker
  • Sponsor Introductions

10:00 - 10:30: Agenda Hacking

  • Community Agreements
  • Topic Rundown Review
  • Each group will generate 5-10 sticky notes (5 people) in each group
  • Each person shares one that feels particularly connected to discussing for the day

10:30 - 10:45: Quick Break

10:45 - 12:00: Breakout Groups I

  • Discussion oriented around key themes that were brought up in the morning on topics lead by Breakout Group Facilitators

12:00 - 1:00: Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:30: Icebreaker

1:30 - 2:15: Lightning Talk Smackdown

2:15 - 2:45: The Rise of Modern Web Development with Sam Bhagwat (co-founder of GatsbyJS)

2:45 - 3:00: Quick Break

3:00 - 3:15: Agenda Hacking

  • Remaining agenda review / sticky boards & afternoon planning session

3:15 - 4:30: Breakout Groups II

Please take our survey and help us co-create an amazing day!


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