Virtual DrupalNYC Meetup - September 2, 2020


Additional Information


Welcome to the DrupalNYC monthly meetup! All are welcome to attend.

This meetup will be recorded and published publicly.

We look forward to seeing you!


The agenda is always subject to change.

  • 6:00 pm - Join the call, get your camera plugged in, and hop on #meetup in DrupalNYC Slack to introduce yourself to other attendees. While we wait for everyone to join, if you have a question about anything Drupal, ask the audience! Please don't use Google Meet's text chat.
  • 6:15 pm - Announcements (inc. hiring or looking to be hired)
  • 6:30 pm - Presentations
  • 8:15 pm - Closing remarks, virtual happy hour :)


Upgrading your site to Drupal 9


Oliver Davies


For most Drupal Developers and users, the idea of moving a project from one major version of Drupal to another can be daunting, with modules and themes having to being changed significantly or rebuilt completely, and data being migrated from the old site to the new one.

This was no more so than the move from Drupal 7 to 8, but luckily this has changed for Drupal 9 and an upgrade can be done with minimal changes and not a data migration in sight!

In this talk, we'll look at some of the changes to Drupal's tools and processes that have made this possible, and how to move your Drupal site to Drupal 9.


Oliver Davies is a Full Stack Web Developer and System Administrator based in the UK. He is a Senior Software Engineer and Technical Team Lead at Inviqa and a part-time freelancer specialising in Drupal and Symfony development and Linux systems administration.

My best (and worst) strategies for dealing with high-demand work


Michael Schmid


Across roles, specialities, and companies job stress is increasing. The daily deluge of emails, Slack messages, and urgent tasks can be overwhelming and it may seem like there’s no solution. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and just want to give up. Believe me, I’ve been there too.

As CTO of Amazee, I work with a team around the world that’s online 24/7. Over the last ten years, I’ve tried a lot of different strategies to deal with the high demand for work and communication required as part of an innovative company. Some have worked wonders, others not at all. While sharing my personal experience, as well as the tips and tricks I’ve found helpful, I hope to start a conversation about how we can find individual solutions for a problem that’s become universal. A couple of topics that I will cover:

  • How to sleep better and fall asleep faster
  • Notification overload
  • Structuring your day
  • Weekly self retrospectives

At the end of this session, attendees will:

  • Have specific strategies to implement to reduce stress
  • Know how to make an individual plan that works for them
  • Understand the importance of avoiding burn out
  • Connect with other attendees facing similar challenges

This session is for:

  • People feeling overwhelmed by their daily work
  • People working in high demand environments
  • People who want to share strategies for balancing work


Michael is the CTO of Amazee.

Will you present?

Our October 7 meetup will feature exclusively lightning talks (5 or 10 minutes each). We need YOU to volunteer to give one of these short talks. Any topic that might be of interest to those using, learning, or contributing to Drupal is welcome so long as it is not promotional in nature.

Volunteer to speak or request a topic and we'll find a speaker for it:

Joining the video conference

We will send the link to join the Google Meet video conference on or before the day of the meetup to the email address you use when you RSVP. If you need help joining the meetup, please find support on DrupalNYC Slack.


Save the date: DrupalCampNYC 2020

It probably won’t surprise you that DrupalCampNYC is going virtual in 2020. Our NYC-themed globally available conference will take place November 13-14. Visit for more details.

DrupalCampNYC 2020 sponsorship opportunities

Does your company want to help the Drupal community while enjoying brand exposure and other great benefits? Sponsorship packages for DrupalCampNYC 2020 are on sale and supply is limited.

Interested in helping to improve our website, No experience necessary. We will mentor you as you get your hands dirty on a real Drupal 8 website! Email or join #website-improve on DrupalNYC Slack.

Get in touch

Have feedback for your volunteer organizers? We want to hear it:

Interested in sponsoring a future meetup? We'd love to hear from you:

We *always* need more speakers! Volunteer to speak or request a topic:

Join us on DrupalNYC Slack, our online community.