The unconference will be held at Federation House in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
When is the unconference?
Saturday 12th October 2019, 9am - 5pm
The unconference doesn’t end there! Once the scheduled proceedings are wrapped up, we will decamp to a local venue to eat, drink and be merry; some of the most important discussions take place during this part of the day.
What Is An Unconference?
An unconference is the opposite of a conference. Where a conference has a schedule of talks planned in advance, an unconference starts with no agenda until the attendees, not the organisers, determine one.
Everyone is encouraged to bring a talk to the event, with the day having 30 minute slots including time for questions, and time for people to change rooms ready for the next talk to begin.
The focus of the unconference is the Drupal Content Management Framework. Supporting subjects including databases, frameworks, security, UX, front-end development and design are also encouraged. The format of the session is up to you, but you can give a presentation, run a Q&A or even hold a pannel discussion.
The focus of the unconference is the Drupal Content Management Framework and supporting subjects including databases, frameworks, security, UX, front-end development and design are also encouraged. Last year's topics ranged from front end issues such as Design Patterns, Performance Tuning with Lighthouse, and SASS, decoupled topics like JSON API and Gatsby, Decoupled Drupal & Gatsby, and Security and AWS. We also witnessed the live fix of a core issue by core committers, and a live accessibility audit. Community topics such as the Drupal Apprenticeship Scheme.
Talks debuted in previous years at the unconference have subsequently been featured at events such Drupal Mountain Camp, Frontend United and Drupal Developer Days.
About The Group
The North West Drupal User Group is a non-profit organisation which organises regular events in Manchester to promote the Drupal open source software. They seek to educate professionals and enthusiasts alike in new developments within Drupal and supporting technologies.
The group has been growing since its inception in 2006. Currently there are 91 active members in its dedicated Slack channel, 240 registered members on meetup.com, and close to 500 followers on Twitter.
The group has historically organised monthly talks from both local and international speakers, with experience ranging from expert to first time speakers. It has also organised code sprints, supervising developers contributing back to the Drupal ecosystem and camp events comprising over 200 attendees.
In 2016 the group ran its first unconference, to distinguish itself from the growing number of camp events.
In 2017 we nearly doubled in size, maxing out our venue with attendees travelling from all over the UK to participate in and talk at the event, with many more talks being offered than we could host.
In 2018 we moved into a more flexible space at Federation House and had our best unconference yet. The larger space allowed us to increase the number of attendees, run more tracks and even host exhibition space, and provide breakout areas.
In 2019 we are back at Federation House and hope to continue the ongoing success. We had lots of positive feedback about the venue from last year and we are thrilled to be returning to Federation House.
Find Out More
For more information about the event and the NWDUG group please see the NWDUG Unconference 2019 website.