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
  • 10.14 Northern Ireland Civil Service ICT Conference
  • 10.14 Drupal Camp Bulgaria - Keynote
  • 11.14 php|world 2014, Washington, D.C. – Keynote
  • 11.14 DrupalCamp Gothenburg – Keynote
  • 12.14 Channel Shift in Public Sector - Birmingham UK

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, April 29, 2014 - 08:06
Meet me in Berlin this May at re:publica! I am thrilled to have been selected to make the case for Drupal and Open Source as tools for better business at this year’s re:publica conference in Berlin May 6th to May 9th, 2014. My session, “It Works More...
Posted on Friday, April 25, 2014 - 15:36
Part 2 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common More...
Posted on Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:04
Part 1 of 3: Paul Wander, co-founder and VP Sales and Marketing at the UK PHP service provider Inviqa – the co-parent company of SensioLabs UK – was kind enough to give me an hour of his time recently to talk about some interests we have in common More...
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 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...

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