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Contact: Sara Stamas, VP of Marketing, GitKraken

Drupal Founder Dries Buytaert will Keynote GitKon 2022

Acquia Co-Founder & CTO will share his story of scaling Drupal from his dorm room to The White House

Scottsdale, Ariz., August 25, 2022 – GitKon, a unique TikTok style virtual tech conference, will be hosted by the world’s leader in premier Git tools for software developers, GitKraken, October 11-13, 2022. Last year’s inaugural GitKon attracted over 4,000 global registrants. GitKon 2022 will bring to the virtual stage thought leaders from GitHub, GitLab, Microsoft, Atlassian, and more to discuss Git, DevOps best practices, distributed team collaboration, developer productivity, emerging trends, and more! 

GitKon 2022 is all about Creating a Collaborative Future, as the theme states, and attendees can expect to hear from keynote Dries Buytaert, founder of Drupal and Co-founder/CTO at Acquia, about how collaboration through the open source community ultimately enabled Drupal’s success and Acquia’s mission. Dries will share his story: From the dorm room to The White House – How Drupal grew and became the standard for open source web experiences

Founded in 2001, Drupal is a free and open source web content management system that has scaled to become an industry standard tool. While it was originally created as a simple message board that could be easily edited and managed by Dries’ college community, Drupal quickly gained popularity with developers, and currently powers millions of websites worldwide. Now, as the CTO of Acquia, Dries is passionate about sharing his open source gone commercial story. 

“Bringing people together under a shared passion is at the heart of what Drupal does. GitKon is the perfect venue to share the Drupal and Acquia story of scaling by embracing the open source community,” says Dries. “I’m really excited to pass along lessons learned to show more teams at GitKon that they can also achieve corporate success by supporting open source.” 

GitKraken CEO, Matt Johnston is a former colleague of Dries after Acquia acquired Mautic, an open source marketing automation leader for which Johnston was the CEO.   “I’ve known Dries for a decade, and had the pleasure of working directly with him on Acquia’s Marketing Cloud solutions,” said Johnston. “His ability to balance the needs of Drupal and Acquia — while simultaneously scaling both — is a rare feat. Dries’ talk will be an awesome opportunity for GitKon attendees to hear about open source innovation.”

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