Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

Open Source Evangelist
Acquia, Inc.

Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, Open Source Evangelist at Acquia, has a longstanding passion for the Drupal project and its community and is involved at the intersection of open source software, business, and culture. A memorable and charismatic communicator, he receives enthusiastic responses from audiences at events around the world, where he talks about open source technology and community, digital disruption, Drupal and more. This helps satisfy his inner diva, which he also feeds with performances as a storyteller and musician.

Selection of speaking engagements

  • 06.12 Drupal Camp Oxford
  • 08.12 DrupalCon Munich - Prenote "The ABCs of Drupal(Con)"
  • 09.12 PHP Poland conference
  • 10.12 Drupal Camp Israel - Keynote (video)
  • 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)
  • 04.13 Drupal Camp Alpe-Adria - Keynote (video)
  • 04.13 Drupal Camp Glasgow
  • 05.13 CMS Congres Netherlands - Keynote, "The Road to *-X-M ("star-ex-em")" (slides)
    • "Drupal in a Nutshell" – filmed at CMS Congres Netherlands 2013 (video)
  • 05.13 DrupalCon Portland - Prenote "The Drupal Gameshow Extravaganza"
  • 06.13 Figaro Digital eCommerce seminar
  • 09.13 DrupalCon Prague - Prenote "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" (video)
    • "My Druplicon" – Drupal Camp Vienna 2013 (video)
  • 11.13 Drupal Camp Vienna - Closing Keynote (with live simulcast to Drupal Camp NW, Manchester), "Drupal 8 ftw!" (video)
  • 01.14 Digital and Social Marketing Masterclass on Tour - "The Great Open Source Digital Experience: Delivering the Interactions that Become Transactions" (slides)
  • 02.14 Drupal South Wellington, New Zealand - Opening ceremony call to action "#dosomethingaboutit"
  • 02.14 Drupal South Wellington, New Zealand - Keynote "Drupal, Unlikely Superhero" (video)
  • 02.14 Drupal Camp London CxO - "Selling the benefits of Drupal, not the *** features"
  • 03.14 Drupal Dev Days Szeged, Hungary - Keynote "Drupal 8 ftw!"
  • 04.14 NYC Camp, United Nations HQ, New York City - Opening ceremony call to action "#dosomethingaboutit"
  • 04.14 NYC Camp, United Nations HQ, New York City - "Drupal, Unlikely Superhero"
  • 05.14 re:publica Berlin, Germany - "It Works in the Wild: Open Source + Business"
    • "Warum Open Source und Wirtschaft perfekt zusammenpassen" interview with T3N at re:publica 2014 Berlin (video)
  • 05.14 CMS Breakfast + DrupalCamp Scotland, Edinburgh
  • 05.14 DrupalCamp Wrocław, Poland – "Selling the benefits of Drupal, not the **** features" (video)
  • 06.14 DrupalCon Austin - Prenote "Calling all Drupal Superheroes"
  • 08.14 Drupal Gov Days, Canberra Australia – Keynote
  • 09.14 Government ICT 2.0, London
  • 09.14 DrupalCon Amsterdam Prenote
  • 11.14 php|world 2014, Washington, D.C. – Keynote
  • 11.14 DrupalCamp Gothenburg – Keynote

DrupalCon "prenote" opening sessions

  • 2010 San Francisco – MC of group presentation
  • 2010 Copenhagen – Welcome to Drupal(Con) w/ Robert Douglass
  • 2011 Chicago – The Sound of Drupal w/ Robert Douglass
  • 2011 London – A DrupalCon Carol w/ Robert Douglass, Károly Négyesi, Kenny Silanskas, Brand Bowman, Dries Buytaert, et al.
  • 2012 Denver – Leave your phone on, an interactive presentation w/ Robert Douglass, Steven Merrill, Joe Bachana, et al.
  • 2012 Munich – The ABC's of Drupal(Con) w/ Robert Douglass, Josef Ecker, Megan Sanicki, Anna Lang, Karen Borchert, Karsten Frohwein, Dania Gerhardt, Ramona Fischer, Candace Chapman, Emma Mäkinen, and many, many others.
  • 2013 Portland – The Drupal Gameshow Extravaganza w/ Robert Douglass, Campbell Vertesi, Karl Scheirer, Dustin Boeger, Brian Lewis, Doug Vann, et al.
  • 2013 Prague – Tutti fan' Drupal, a Drupal Opera w/ Robert Douglass, Nancy Beers, Gábor Hojtsy, Campbell Vertesi, and the audience chorus.
  • 2014 Austin – Calling all Drupal Super Heroes w/ Robert Douglass, Larry Garfield, Campbell Vertesi, Adam Juran, Scott Hooker, Dries Buytaert, Ben Finklea, Kris Vanderwater, Angie Byron, Megan Sanicki, John Kennedy, Doug Green, Doug Vann, and a cast of super heroes.

Recent blog posts

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...
Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 11:41
Thank you for contributing! I think this is some kind of proof of the appeal of the Drupal project and welcoming nature of our community: Manuela Hutter came to Drupal Camp Vienna – her first Drupal Community event – and was already working on a More...
Posted on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 08:59
I got the chance to catch up with Alan Burke at DrupalCon Prague. He and I go back a long way; we met at one of the first Drupal events I ever attended, DrupalCon Brussels in 2006. In the meantime Alan and his co-founder Stella Power have built More...
Posted on Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 13:12
Dan Callahan is part of the Identity Team at Mozilla who are trying to solve some of the problems of privacy and security on the Internet that have been hitting the headlines recently. Dan works on the Mozilla Persona project, a system to both More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:11
Part 2 - In this podcast, Yves Chedemois, aka yched, and I cover some changes to Drupal 8 core – CMI, the plugin system, and how they (and object oriented code) benefit developers. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he has been a More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 09:00
Part 1 - I spoke with Yves Chedemois, aka yched, on a very pleasant September afternoon outdoors at DrupalCon Prague. You might hear the odd skateboard or two in the background of our conversation. Yched is an important contributor to Drupal: he More...
Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 13:45
Part 2: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part two, we go into more depth about TSM's mission and discuss the sustainability (or otherwise) of Drupal's More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 15:47
Part 1: I spoke with the Top Shelf Modules team – Susan Rust, Ryan Cross, Rik de Boer, and Karl Scheirer – on November 4, 2013. In part one, we go over the concept behind TSM, the quality and challenges in the Drupal contrib. module space, Drupal More...
Posted on Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 12:09
In this podcast, I have a chat about Drupal with Josh Waihi, Enterprise Architect for Catalyst IT, and also find out why you should attend Drupal South in Wellington, New Zealand in February 2014 if you possibly can (Submit your session proposals More...
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 10:10
I spoke with Thijs Feryn, Technical Evangelist at Combell at the Portland Convention Center while DrupalCon and Symfony Live were both happening there in May 2013. This conversation gives some background and context to Thijs's Acquia.com guest More...
Posted on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 06:24
Part 4 of 4 – On October 4/5, 2013 (depending on your time zone), I hosted a live Hangout on Air with three major Drupal core contributors: Lee Rowlands (larowlan), Tim Plunket (tim.plunkett / @timplunkett), and Daniel Wehner (dawehner / @ More...

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