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Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire

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.
  • 2014 Amsterdam - Drupal Memories w/ so very many amazing Drupal friends!

Recent blog posts

Posted on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 18:21
While speaking with Melissa Anderson about behavior driven development (BDD) at BADCamp 2014, she suggested I get John Bickar from Stanford Web Services in front of my cameras to talk about his experience during last year's "Drupalgeddon" More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 17:57
PHP security expert and member of the Global Cybersecurity Group at Hewlett Packard, Chris Cornutt and I had the chance to meet in person at PHP World 2014, in Washington, D.C. We compared notes on the "PHP Renaissance", looking over other More...
Posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 04:01
Working with simplytest.me and Drupal.org Tips and tricks for getting the most out of simplytest.me – Patrick Drotleff is a passionate contributor to the Drupal project whose work – including simplytest.me, pareview.sh, and the tongue-in- More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:02
Eric Mandel, CEO of infrastructure provider Blackmesh, and I got the chance to speak at PHP World 2014 (where I was also a keynote speaker). We spoke about his history with development, open source, and Drupal. I also had the chance to ask Eric More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 09:51
Part 2 of 2 – I ran into Elia Albarran, Four Kitchens' Operations Manager at BADCamp 2014. She mentioned she'd read my blog post 10 Tips for Success as a Remote Employee; we started exchanging tips and ideas until I basically yelled, "Stop! I More...
Posted on Monday, February 16, 2015 - 07:34
Presenter, Brad Czerniak caught my eye with a blog post entitled "10 things I learned using Drupal at a hackathon," based on his experiences taking part in the #hackDPL (Detroit Public Library) competitive hackathon. In our podcast interview we More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 10:33
Part 1 of 2 – I ran into Elia Albarran, Four Kitchens' Operations Manager ... ahem "Funmaster", in the inspiring atmosphere of BADCamp 2014. She mentioned she'd read my blog post 10 Tips for Success as a Remote Employee; we started exchanging More...
Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 16:01
I met Ian Read, Front End Development Team Leader at TSO/Williams Lea Public Sector at Drupal Camp Brighton, where I found out that he has recently been involved in a subject close to my heart: Drupal and government. He was part of the team that More...
Posted on Monday, February 2, 2015 - 11:34
Lorna Jane Mitchell is back to show us some great reasons for upgrading your projects to PHP 5.3 or newer. Drupal 8's minimum version requirement is already up there at 5.4.5 (as of 2015.Feb.02), so we're doing well! Lorna and I have a quick chat More...
Posted on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 10:25
Dustin Whittle, Developer Evangelist at AppDynamics, and I sat down at SymfonyLive Berlin 2014 to get to know each other. We touched on PHP's past and potential futures through HHVM or PHP7, how competition and collaboration both improve open More...
Posted on Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:31
Sally Young, Senior Developer at Lullabot, let me take her away from the DrupalCon Amsterdam sprints to talk with me. I was thrilled to finally get her in front of my podcast microphone and camera. She is a smart and interesting developer More...
Posted on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 12:27
Stephan Hochdörfer from bitExpert AG and I got the chance to sit down and chat in the event hotel lobby following his session (and my keynote address :-) at SymfonyLive Berlin, 2014. Surprisingly, this podcast contains "the s-word" once. You More...
Posted on Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:48
David Aponovich knows the web content management business far beyond just the "Drupalsphere". I was thrilled when he joined Acquia from Forrester Research in 2014, since I believe his voice, experience, and insight can help convince more More...
Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 - 09:53
I am looking back on a great year of events and conversations with people in and around Acquia, open source, government, and business. I think I could happily repost at least 75% of the podcasts I published in 2014 as "greatest hits," but then we More...
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 - 11:12
Part 2 – Larry Garfield and I had a long chat in front of my camera at DrupalCon Amsterdam to warm him up for writing "Building Bridges: Linking Islands" in the Future of PHP guest blog series on Acquia.com. In this second part of our More...
Posted on Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 16:14
Drupal & PHP: Linking Islands, the podcast – part 1 Part 1 – Larry Garfield and I had a long chat in front of my camera at DrupalCon Amsterdam. Part of the idea was to help Larry prepare his thoughts for writing the blog post that has More...
Posted on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 12:42
Chris Jolly, CTO Ontraq Europe, and his company have a strong technical background, going back to "old school" (pre-internet) IT. Their main focus until now has been eCommerce, Symfony, and solving hard problems like legacy-system integrations. More...
Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 14:31
At the 2014 Government ICT 2.0 conference in London, I gave a presentation on Drupal and open source software as an essential facilitator in the practice of good digital government today, "Code for a Better World: Open Source Drupal + Government More...
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 18:53
Voices of the ElePHPant / Acquia Podcast Ultimate Cage Match Part 2 - I had the chance to try to pull Cal Evans out of his shell at DrupalCon Amsterdam. After a few hours, he managed to open up and we talked about a range of topics we have in More...
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 09:14
Voices of the ElePHPant / Acquia Podcast Ultimate Showdown Part 1 - Cal Evans and I got the chance to sit down and talk (a lot!) at DrupalCon Amsterdam and talk about a range of topics we have in common. In this first part of a 2-part series, we More...

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