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 Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 12:38
Shannon Vettes is the Partner Manager at Commerce Guys in Paris; the company leading the way in making Drupal the platform of choice for eCommerce. Among other things, she has the rewarding job of coordinating adding modules and services to the More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 11:54
In this episode – "Meet Angie Byron, Part 2: The Return of the Webchick" – we cover how Angie got into the Drupal project, how to hide under blankets, and how to break other people's modules. In part one of this conversation, we talked about More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 14:34
I recently sat down at Acquia HQ with my friend and colleague, Angela "webchick" Byron. She is a Drupal core co-maintainer, book author, Drupal Association board member, public speaker, equality advocate, and all-around powerhouse contributor. More...
Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 - 10:57
If you can, I would like you to make a donation to this IndieGoGo campaign to help Vincenzo Rubano DrupalCon Portland. What's this all about? Read on. FOSS is your license to make a difference Lately, some people on the web have been More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 15:38
Matt Edmunds, UX Interaction Designer at Acquia, talks about his 9+ years of working with Drupal ... since version 4.3! This gave us the chance to reminisce about the days when we felt we could keep an eye on roughly the whole project on any given More...
Posted on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 14:33
Kyle Browning, the Director of Mobile at WorkHabit, talks about developing for Drupal as a mobile platform and the open-sourcing of the new Drupal Create app for iOS. The evolution of mobile + Drupal Kyle describes his work as "handling More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 15:37
Erica Ligeski, Marketing Engineer on the Acquia.com website is another of the many Drupalists with a non-technical background. Her path took her from performance and dance, to arts management, to total geekery! Just like me, at some point along More...
Posted on Friday, March 22, 2013 - 19:18
New shows, new gear The Acquia podcast crew has been hanging out at HQ in Burlington, Massachusetts this week recording a bunch of new material. The newest member of our team is the appropriately named Deadkitten wind protector by Røde More...
Posted on Friday, March 15, 2013 - 12:40
I also thought of calling this episode of our Four Freedoms podcast series "The interesting journey of a company producing proprietary software being involved in an open source project," ... not so catchy. Or maybe "Why business and openness do More...
Posted on Friday, March 8, 2013 - 13:17
Robert Douglass, Director of Products at Commerce Guys, the originators and maintainers of Drupal Commerce sat down with me this week. We talked about how content, community, and commerce relate and help each other and why Drupal is the best More...
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 15:37
Stanford University is home to a large and growing number of Drupal sites. Drupal’s qualities as a platform – flexibility, extensibility, and speed of development, to name a few – are part of this equation, of course. The other, vital component More...
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2013 - 09:21
Three great past podcasts this week on Drupal in government. The first (and the audio included directly here) is "Helping the Federal Government solve public sector problems with Drupal" with Acquian Bryan Hirsch, originally from May 2012. Check More...
Posted on Friday, February 22, 2013 - 16:38
Heather James, Acquia's Manager of Learning Services, has been in and around Drupal since the version 4 days. She says people new to Drupal "have an easier time at this stage coming to Drupal" than they did 6 years ago. Nonetheless, her early More...
Posted on Friday, February 15, 2013 - 15:14
Mark Sonnabaum, performance engineer at Acquia, comes to open source on a straighter path than some ... despite his university degree being in music composition! He was a systems administrator at the University of North Texas and chose Drupal – More...
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 13:16
This is part three of a conversation I had with Anthony Ferrara – PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal – at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an More...
Posted on Friday, February 8, 2013 - 13:11
PHP core contributor, security expert, and Senior Architect at NBCUniversal, Anthony Ferrara and I sat down to talk at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. In part one of our conversation, we talked about open source as an ethos and how it affects More...
Posted on Friday, February 1, 2013 - 13:07
I met PHP core contributor and security expert Anthony Ferrara at the PHP BeNeLux '13 conference. He is a Senior Architect at NBCUniversal on a team that works a lot with Drupal. In this first part of a three-part interview, we sat down to talk More...
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2013 - 08:46
Moshe Weizman is Acquia's Director of Research and Development in the Office of the CTO. Over the years, he's built many of the development tools that have been instrumental in Drupal's growth and success. Now, alongside his ongoing contributions More...
Posted on Friday, January 18, 2013 - 12:24
Erik Webb – aka "Southern Gentleman" within his team – Senior Technical Consultant with Acquia's Professional Services group helps some of the "biggest Drupal users" in his job. In any given week, he might be doing anything from training people More...
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 - 11:14
Andrew Melck, Solutions Architect on the Pre-Sales Team in Acquia Europe is the subject of the first Acquia podcast of 2013. Andrew came to Acquia and Drupal from a German digital agency where he had experience with both open source and More...

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