Past Meetup

Drupal NYC Meetup @ 30 Rock - October 14th

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NBCUniversal NYC Headquarters

30 Rockefeller Center · New York, NY

How to find us

Enter off 50th St. in between 6th Ave. & Rockefeller Plaza where a neon sign says "Observation Deck". Then walk straight and slightly to the right to the check in table, you must have a photo ID.

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Welcome to Drupal NYC!

Please note that this meetup will be on the 2nd Wednesday of October, not the 1st Wednesday. You must submit your real name when RSVPing or your RSVP will be removed.

See you on the 14th!

• 6:00 - Check-in opens, socializing + pizza
• 6:30 - Announcements
• 6:45 - Introductions
• 7:00 - Lightning Talk #1 - Meet Hubot, our newest team member by Mani Soundararajan
• 7:10 - Lightning Talk #2 - by Dave Johnson
• 7:20 - Main Talk #1 - Decoupling the Economist by Diana Montalion & Dominic Laycock
• 8:20 - Closing Remarks
• 8:35 - Afterparty @ Bill’s Bar & Burger, concourse bar (1 block north, 16 W. 51st St., accessible via Rockefeller Concourse)

Talks & Speakers


Lightning Talk #1 - 7:00 - 7:10

Meet Hubot, our newest team member by Mani Soundararajan

Hubot is a friendly bot who will help you run Jenkins builds or move tickets in Jira or even merge pull requests in Github right from your chat room (Slack, Hipchat etc).

Mani Soundararajan (@msound ( started his programming career when Y2K was still a thing, and has worked on a variety of technologies - Client/Server, Web and a brief stint as an embedded firmware developer. He's been working on Drupal and Web technologies since 2007.


Lightning Talk #2 - 7:10 - 7:20 by Dave Johnson

Here Media is in the process of moving its suite of media sites from Drupal 6 to 7. This talk will concentrate on the relaunch of, an ad-supported site with an average of 4 million monthly uniques. Specific issues will include front-end modifications, content migration, changes in traffic patterns, ad inventory, shared modules and syndication.

Dave Johnson ( [masked] ) is a designer and developer of digital media with a client list that includes Viacom, MTV, Showtime Networks, AOL and Out and Advocate magazines. Dave is currently Creative Director of Digital Media at Here Media. In addition to his web work, Dave has worked in Interactive Television and Video Games and has several games in the permanent collection of The Smithsonian Museum.


Main Talk #1 - 7:20 - 8:20

Decoupling the Economist by Diana Montalion & Dominic Laycock

The Economist is currently served by Drupal 6. Yes, yes, Drupal 6. To meet the content data needs of the multiple Economist products in use, and planned, a decoupled microservices architecture is being designed and built.

The backend is, for the moment, still Drupal 6 with an API added to deliver JSON. The midTier microservices layer uses GoLang. The decoupled, component-based Front End uses Node.js and ReactJS. A side aim of the project is to build a continuous integration environment that will weave the layers together. And a continuous deployment workflow to allow quick changes.

This talk will give a high-level view of the project then focus specifically on the Drupal challenges involved. The project is in it's infancy, so we plan to give another talk early next year about what went well and what did not.

Dominic Laycock (@dtlaycock ( is the Technology Manager for the Economist NYC team and the solution architect for the Drupal aspect of the project.

Diana Montalion (@dianamontalion ( is a veteran of many enterprise Drupal projects, currently working with the Economist team to architect and implement this revamp. (They also happen to be husband and wife.)


Want to present at Drupal NYC?!
We are always looking for new talks and speakers. If you are interested in presenting at Drupal NYC please message Ben Jeavons, our Speaker Organizer, @