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Drupal Core Contributors

Meet some of Acquia's 98 Drupal 8 core contributors.

Adam Hoenich

Adam (aka phenaproxima) has been building Drupal sites, writing themes, and making custom modules since 2007, but he really ramped up his involvement with the Drupal community in 2013 when he inherited the Corresponding Entity References module, and in 2014 when he wrote the Drupal Module Upgrader for Acquia. Since then he has worked on the core migration path from Drupal 6 and 7 to Drupal 8.

Alex Bronstein

Located in Eugene, Oregon, Alex Bronstein (effulgentsia) has been instrumental to the Drupal 8 release through his work as a Framework Manager for Drupal 8 Core. Prior to Acquia, Alex has been programming custom Drupal modules since 2005 and contributing to the Drupal community since 2008.

Amit Goyal

Amit Goyal, from Delhi, India, has been a Drupalist since 2005; he started with Drupal 4.x! An active contributor to the Drupal community, Amit has worked on many projects involving issues like migration, multisite, and multilingual. He has also contributed to many contributed modules, and to Drupal core (7.x, 8.x).

Gábor Hojtsy

Gabor Hojtsy, Drupal developer and employee #1 at Acquia, is the Drupal 8 Multilingual Initiative lead. A Drupalist since 2003, Gabor has assembled and sustained a large (1300 contributors!) global team that has made multilingual one of the most anticipated features in Drupal 8.

Jess (xjm)

Jess (xjm on Drupal.org) is a developer, reviewer, mentor, language nerd, and naturalist. She somewhat unintentionally developed her own home-grown content management system in 2003, and discovered a few years later that Drupal could save her a whole lot of work. 

Kevin Oleary

Kevin O’Leary has been a Drupalist since 2008. As Director of Design at Acquia, Kevin remains focused on creating a lean and agile customer experience through choice architecture and cross-disciplinary team building. His main goal? Delivering products that work.

Most significant D8 contribution

Peter Wolanin

Peter Wolanin, Principal Cloud Security Engineer, had a previous life as a Senior Scientist before making the leap into working with Drupal, and eventually at Acquia.

Tim Plunkett

Straight out of Philly, Tim Plunkett has been building sites with Drupal for 7+ years. As an active member of the Drupal community, Tim is a core subsystem co-maintainer for Drupal’s Ajax system, configuration entity system, form system, and many more. In the spring of 2014, Tim joined Acquia as a senior engineer to help bring Drupal 8 to life and today has over 1200 commits.

Wim Leers

I stumbled into Drupal while working on another open source project, and I was looking for the best software to build and maintain websites. After evaluating many options, I ended up choosing Drupal. Drupal did most of the things I needed it to do, except a few.

Drupal.org Contributions

Decoupled Blocks

This module is a javascript-framework-agnostic, progressive decoupling tool to allow custom blocks to be written by front end developers in the javascript framework of their choice, without needing to know any Drupal API's.

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CloudFlare is a FREE reverse proxy, firewall, and global content delivery network and can be implemented without installing any server software or hardware.

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This module is used by the Waterwheel Javascript Library to retrieve information from Drupal that is not provided by Drupal core.

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Webform Matrix Component

This module provides functionality to add matrix component / Table component in webform module. You can add matrix component like other components (textfield, select, label, date, Radio, Checkbox, Multiple Select etc).

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Video module allows you to upload video in any format, play video in any format, transcode video to H.246, Theora, VP8(Web compatible formats) using Zencoder or FFMPEG. Automatically create video thumbnails, deliver videos from Cloud file systems, and establish mobile device compatibility.

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Searchandising is when you use a shopper's search terms to display relevant content like other products, specials, advertisements, and content. This module provides some add-ons to popular search modules that allow administrative interfaces to configure common searchandising functionality, for example keyword-based redirects.

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Configuration Log

Log all things to a Drupal 8 configuration system.

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Acquia Lift Connector

This module provides integration with the Acquia Lift Service and an enhanced User Experience for Personalization, Testing and Targeting directly inside the Drupal User Interface.

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The Logger module provides event logging facilities that are decoupled from any particular storage backend. It is useful for module developers who want to instrument their code for monitoring and alerting without forcing their users to use a particular backend technology, like StatsD.

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neetu morwani
Image Property Check

This module reports all the images that exceed the maximum memory size limit preventing the degradation of the performance of the website.

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Brant Wynn
Lightning Features

This project contains the decoupled components that are maintained for the Lightning distribution project. You can add this project to your own install profile and build unique sites that leverage the power of Lightning.

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Whitecanvas is a Drupal 8 Theme aimed to take advantage of SASS and Twig. The goal is to have a theme that allows you to use different CSS Frameworks for different projects without much change.

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Mollom handles incoming posts intelligently, similarly to how a human moderator decides what posts are acceptable. Therefore, Mollom enables you to allow anonymous users to post comments and other content on your site.

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Mollom handles incoming posts intelligently, similarly to how a human moderator decides what posts are acceptable. Therefore, Mollom enables you to allow anonymous users to post comments and other content on your site.

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This module provides a suite of extendable plug-ins and APIs for personalizing Drupal content. Two guiding principles of this module are that it should be just as easy to personalize content for anonymous users as it is for authenticated users, and that personalization should continue to work even when pages are fully cached (including in varnish and CDNs).

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Rohan Oswal
Commons Migration

Provide a migration path from Commons 2.x to 3.x.

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Alternative Stream Wrappers

This simple module allows Drupal to keep using the built-in stream wrappers (e.g. public:// and temporary://) but also have the use of one or more Alternative Stream Wrappers for cases like the shared temporary directory.

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Address Field Static Map

This module can generate either a Google static map, a JS Google Map or a Mapquest static map following as a block when placed on a content type that has an address field.

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Views Slideshow Rendered Entity Pager

This module extends the Views Slideshow pager functionality to provide a new widget to display rendered entities in the pager (instead of simple bullet for example). You can select a specific view mode to be used in the pager.

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Gulab Bisht
Single User Role

This module modifies user role assigning functionality and only allows a single role to be assigned to a particular user. This helps in the situations where you want users to have only one role at a time.

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Password Policy

This module provides a way to enforce restrictions on user passwords by defining password policies.

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Read Only Mode

Read Only Mode provides an alternate to the built-in Maintenance Mode in Drupal. Instead of displaying a static text file to users while the site is in maintenance mode, Read Only Mode will allow access (reading) of new content while preventing the addition of new content (posting / submitting forms / etc).

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Google Docs Integration

This module implements part of the Google Documents List Data API v2.0, as per Google Documents List Data API v2.0.

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Responsive Menus

Make menus mobile friendly with responsive features.

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Unique Comments

This module aims to bring originality to drupal comments. More often than not the majority of comments on a website will be things like 'lol' or perhaps just some copypasta.

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Gulab Bisht
Single User Role

This module modifies user role assigning functionality and only allows a single role to be assigned to a particular user. This helps in the situations where you want users to have only one role at a time.

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Brant Wynn
Demo Framework

The Demo Framework (DF) is a distribution consisting of modules, themes and libraries. It uses modules from popular distributions like Spark, Commerce Kickstart and Panopoly.

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Meagen Williams
Drupal Speak

Drupal speak" is a spellcheck dictionary for Drupal-related terminology that commonly gets mistakenly flagged as misspelled—words like, you know, Drupal. :-)

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Two Factor Authentication

Second-factor authentication for Drupal sites. The TFA module adds a second step of authentication with a check for something you have -- such as a code sent to (or generated by) your mobile phone.

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In addition to the jazz and Po-Boys, DrupalCon New Orleans also boasted thirteen session tracks. We wanted to bring the record up to date and collect all the presentations that Acquians gave in NOLA.

Twelve Acquians presented, and tackled challenging topics in addition to providing extensive expertise.

Check out the presentations below to expand your knowledge on all things Drupal.

Drupal 8’s Multilingual APIs -- Integrate With All the Things
Speaker: Gabor Hojtsy

Drupal 8, Where Did the Code Go? From Info Hook to Plugin
Speaker: Peter Wolanin

Drupal (admin) as an Application: More JavaScript in Core?
Speakers: Preston So, Dani Nordin, Marc Drummond

The State of Drupal
Speakers: Dries, Jess, Gabor Hojtsy

The Potential in Drupal 8.x and How to Realize It
Speakers: Gabor Hojtsy, Angie Byron

ChatOps for Distributed Teams, Fun, and Profit
Speakers: Michael Sherron, Chris Urban

D8 Module Acceleration Program
Speakers: John Kennedy, Ted Bowman, and others

BigPipe Module for Drupal 8.0
Speakers: Wim Leers, Fabian Franz

Next-Level Drupal: Applied Progressive Decoupling with JavaScript
Speakers: Preston So, John Kennedy, Matt Davis

Using a Mallet when you really need a Mjölnir: Rundown of Sprint Tools
Speaker: Chris Urban

Entities 101: Understanding Data Structures in Drupal
Speaker: Ron Northcutt

India is rapidly transitioning away from its old reputation of being a cheap, low quality, code-producing outsourcing hub for the rest of the world. Indian companies and developers are leading the charge in the transition from a code-consuming culture towards becoming the 2nd highest contributor country to Drupal 8 core. The international panel will discuss this evolution, current challenges, and compare them to their experiences in their own respective open source communities.


This session is an introduction to some performance optimization work that we have done on Drupal 8. It includes a general introduction to site performance, caching and optimisation strategies, client- and server-side dynamic substitution, working with various reverse proxy and 3rd party caching technologies, and more. To get the most out of this session, you’ll need to be familiar Drupal development, preferably D8 and have a basic understanding of all tiers of the LAMP stack.


The Lightning Distribution was designed to enable developers to create great authoring experiences and empower editorial teams. Using standardized architectures and workflows, security audited modules, SAAS product integrations, and out-of-the-box automated testing, Lightning also cuts build times on projects in Drupal 7. And Lightning for Drupal 8 is just around the corner! In this session we will break apart Lightning into its components and demonstrate how to leverage its features in any Drupal build to create a rich editorial experience.

neetu morwani

This session will include introductions to Drupal 8 Configuration Management--one of the most important new features in D8--and the Features Module. We’ll compare how CMI and Features work and what they each deliver. You’ll learn the differences between the two and see why Features is still important in Drupal 8 and how we can make the best use of both CMI and Features in our sites.

With 18+ years of IT experience in coding and management, Suchi Garg addresses the challenges of hiring Drupal resources in India today. Poaching isn’t sustainable; educational priorities don’t match our business needs yet and therefore don’t produce enough good candidates. She’ll explain how hiring the right interns and junior devs and turning them into great Drupalists might well be the hiring strategy of the future.


This session will cover Backbone.js and Underscore.js, the JavaScript frameworks that are included in Drupal 8. We’ll look at how they are used in core, how they can be extended in D8, API connections, and more. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with Drupal 8 development and JavaScript.


Drupal 8 is a truly outstanding CMS for anyone who needs to build websites and applications in any language, but especially those making multilingual sites. This session will show you around all the great improvements in D8 and give tips about how to best utilise the new solutions. If you have some experience in Drupal 6 or 7 multilingual site building, it’ll be a help, but even if you don’t and you’re interested in foreign/multilingual site building, you’ll still get a lot out of it.

Drupal’s technology and community provide more power and more flexibility than any other digital experience platform today when it comes to letting marketers proactively succeed in a digitally disrupted environment. Come to this session to learn how Drupal provides a unique opportunity for anyone involved in digital marketing--and who isn’t today?--to build your own marketing technology platform or product atop Drupal.

Drupal 8 is the first product of the PHP-FIG era--the age when PHP projects can work together--a meta-collection of home-grown code, mixed with Symfony2 framework components, 3rd party libraries, and a whole lotta love. This session will cover the basics of what PHP-FIG is, what its various PSR standards are and do, and what it means to be a part of the new, broader PHP community--including having better architecture, cleaner code, and more interoperability. We'll also be discussing what your projects can gain from all this.


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