Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

Community Affairs Manager
Acquia, Inc.

Acquia Open Source Evangelist Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, has a longstanding passion for the Drupal project and its community. This has led to him being active at the intersection between open source software, business, and culture. Increasingly in demand as a speaker, he is regularly featured at events around the world, talking about open source, digital disruption, Drupal and more. This helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Selection of recent speaking engagements

  • 06.12 Drupal Camp Oxford
  • 08.12 DrupalCon Munich
  • 09.12 PHP Poland conference
  • 10.10 Drupal Camp Israel - Keynote (video here)
  • 11.12 BAD Camp
  • 11.12 Dot Project NGO seminar Brussels
  • 11.12 Chicago Drupal Camp - Keynote
  • 03.13 Disrupt Amsterdam - panelist (Cloud Disruption + Digital Marketing)
  • 03.13 Drupal Camp London Business day (video here)
  • 04.13 Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria - Keynote
  • 04.13 Drupal Camp Glasgow
  • 05.13 CMS Congres Netherlands - Keynote
  • 05.13 DrupalCon Portland
  • 06.13 Figaro Digital eCommerce seminar
  • 09.13 DrupalCon Prague - Opening Session "Tutti fan Drupal, a Drupal Opera"
  • 11.13 Drupalhagen, Copenhagen Denmark - "Talking Open Source to the Suits"
  • 11.13 Drupal Camp Vienna - Opening Keynote, "Connecting Open Minds"
  • 11.13 Drupal Camp Vienna - Closing Keynote, "Drupal 8 ftw!"
  • 01.14 Digital and Social Marketing Masterclass on Tour - "The Great Open Source Digital Experience: Delivering the Interactions that Become Transactions"

Recent blog posts

Posted on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:02
Part 2 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. Here, I learn the inside story on one of the first Drupal 8 sites More...
Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 07:11
Part 1 of 2 - I spoke with Richard Miller and Tom Kitchin, software engineers at SensioLabs UK and its parent company Inviqa respectively, via a Google Hangout on Air recently. I wanted to learn more about PHP and Symfony from their perspective More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:57
The DrupalSouth code sprint was a huge success and a standout feature of an already excellent conference. I put this down to some ingenuity and some great preparation. I interrupted two of the people who made it all happen, Dan "dman" Morrison and More...
Posted on Friday, March 21, 2014 - 05:53
At SymfonyCon Warsaw in December 2013, I spoke with Fabrice Bernhard, co-founder of Symfony service provider Theodo and President of the French PHP Users' Association, AFUP ("Association française des utilisateurs de PHP"), and we compared notes More...
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 - 09:09
There are passionate advocates for working remotely who will tell you about the many benefits of having been or being remote employees: less time and energy wasted commuting, more productivity, better breakfasts, better work/life balance, and so More...
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 13:29
Part 2 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source and is involved in a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and many more More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:19
Part 1 of 2 - I had the great pleasure of speaking with Lukas Smith at SymfonyCon Warsaw in December, 2013. Lukas is a major contributor to open source and is involved in a range of projects, including the Symfony framework, Drupal, and many more More...
Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 09:44
Ryan Weaver is the single biggest contributor to the Symfony2 framework's documentation (which is excellent, check it out!), a self-described Symfony evangelist, and lead at KnpUniversity.com, makers of fantastic PHP tutorial screencasts like this More...
Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 14:44
Part 1 of a 2-part conversation with Ryan Weaver from SymfonyCon Warsaw 2013 in which we touch on the great Symfony documentation and its team, discovering the power of community in open source (instead of doing it all yourself), Symfony2 More...
Posted on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 20:12
This week's podcast is parts of a fun conversation I had with Ruben Teijeiro at Drupal Camp Vienna in December 2013. I "borrowed" him from mentoring Manuela Hutter at the code sprint to talk with me, but in the end, they both still managed to get More...
Posted on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 18:18
I spoke with Slovenian Drupalist-extraordinary Janez Urevc at Drupal Camp Vienna 2013. Alongside being a Drupal developer at examiner.com, he is also a major force in everything media+Drupal. Janez is slashrsm on Drupal.org, Twitter and "all the More...
Posted on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 09:01
A quick blast from the past this week from the first Drupal community event at which I was recording material for a podcast. This gives this particular event an extra sparkle in my memory. True to form for the Drupal community around the world, More...
Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 03:58
Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 3 - Today we wrap up this mini series with Larry Garfield, Kris Vanderwater, and me answering the question "Do I need to learn Symfony to develop for Drupal 8?", getting the lowdown on plugins, and More...
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 16:28
Sheep ... and the Lord of the Rings movies. That's what typically comes to the minds of most people when they think of New Zealand. Sheep outnumber Kiwi's (the local term for human New Zealanders) roughly seven to one: 4+ million humans, 28+ million More...
Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 06:13
Ich hatte kürzlich das Vergnügen die neue Acquia GmbH auf zwei Seminaren in Hamburg und München vorzustellen zu dürfen. Ich habe, neben Rednern von anderen digitalen Unternehmen, über Innovation und das Unternehmen von heute gesprochen. Dank der More...
Posted on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 16:38
Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 2 - In today's conversation, Larry Garfield, Kris Vanderwater, and I go over the Go PHP 5 project as the first seeds of cooperation between different PHP projects, how the Symfony2 framework became More...
Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 13:03
Drupal 8 Wins: Avoiding the Dead Hook Blues, Part 1 - In August 2013, I spoke with Larry Garfield and Kris Vanderwater in a 90+ minute live Hangout on Air about the origins, details, and implications of the big architectural changes coming in More...
Posted on Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 10:14
I met Anthony, aka @ircmaxell, for the first time at the PHP BeNeLux conference in early 2013. He was among the first people I spoke with on mic about PHP. Our conversation about PHP being secure was one of the seeds that grew into the "Power of More...
Posted on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 - 15:50
2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part two - Meet Angie Byron: The Return of Webchick Angie and I were at Acquia headquarters in Massachusetts at the same time in the spring of 2013. This gave us the chance to sit down and chat in front of the More...
Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 - 16:55
2013 Acquia Podcast Greatest Hits - part one - Gaelan Steele meets Dries One of my favorite Drupal moments in 2013 was meeting Gaelan Steele in person at DrupalCon Portland. This was eclipsed very quickly by being present when Gaelan and Dries More...

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