TBC March 2019

City, University London

"Hi user, I am Drupal. How can I help you?"

  • You should be interested in both Drupal and Chatbots / Personal Assistants and want to know more about how to get them talking to each other.
  • As a Site Builder, you should be confident with Views and content Display Modes, so we can explore how use them in this new context.
  • As a Drupal Developer, you should have a general knowledge of how Drupal 8’s plugin system works in order to understand how you can apply them to create custom advanced logic.
Session content

In the era of Chatbots and Personal Assistants, serving content from your existing Drupal 8 website via conversational interfaces is a must for some site-owners. Luckily, in-core features like Plugins, Services and Views makes the job of building a skill for Amazon Echo or an agent for Dialogflow easy.

As the creator of the brand new Chatbot API module and its pluggable Intents, I’ll explore the process of building a skill with you. Together we’ll look at the tools you need, how to structure your content, the biggest challenges, and how to get around them.

This session will show you how your website is not just HTML/CSS/JS – well, not anymore. Let’s break the concept of browsers being the only tools you should consider while writing and structuring the content. Drupal 8 is the cutting edge CMS ready for this transformation – and it’s ready for real-world application on your projects now.

Whether you are a Drupal Developer, a Site Builder or just interested in the Chatbots and Personal Assistants new world: this session is for you.

I’ll help you understand the problems and solutions around exposing your articles, events and – why not – even pages to those services.

By the end of this session you’ll understand:

  • How Personal Assistants, i.e. Amazon's Alexa, Dialogflow and Chatbot platforms work.
  • How to harness the power of Drupal as a Content Hub and Headless service.
  • How to let Drupal talk through Alexa & Co..
  • How to expose the content of your site through an Alexa Skill or a Dialogflow agent - or any Chatbot - without touching a line of code.


This will be a show full of magic – including simple behind-the-scenes tricks you can start applying today.

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Keynote speakers

Ryan Szrama

Commerce Guys

Ryan Szrama

Ryan got his start in web development through an online sales company based in Louisville, KY. It was there that he nursed Ubercart through its infancy to its use on over 20,000 websites as the Project Lead and community face of the project.

In 2009, Ryan co-founded Commerce Guys and eventually led the development of Drupal Commerce for Drupal 7. He grew the new project from its first full release at DrupalCon London to its use today on over 60,000 websites.

As of February 2016, Ryan acquired control of Commerce Guys and assumed leadership of the business with his time split between managing the company and contributing to its various open source projects.

Chris Teitzel


Chris Teitzel

Chris has been part of the Drupal community for 8 years and during that time has been fortunate enough to be involved in all aspects of the community. Originally part of the team supporting the Omega theme, he helped drive documentation and community support to lower the bar for theming in Drupal. He’s since been involved in projects spanning the globe working with all levels of business from top enterprises to startups building everything from bootstrapped humanitarian tools based on SMS to airline ticketing systems built in Drupal Commerce. In the recent years he has set his sights on security in Drupal and specifically around data privacy and security to again lower the bar for developers to adhere to best practices.

Baddý Sonja Breidert


Baddý Sonja Breidert

Baddý Sonja Breidert (baddysonja) is the CEO and Co-Founder of 1xINTERNET, one of the largest Drupal web agencies in Germany. 1xINTERNET has offices in Germany and Spain and has clients all over Europe.

Baddý graduated with B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Reykjavik in 2003 and after that completed her M.Sc. in Engineering Management from the Technical University in Vienna, where she today teaches Agile Project management and IT. She is also an European champion in Robotic Soccer - where she competed with her University in 2008.

Baddý has been very active in the Drupal community and has organised conferences and events both in Iceland and Germany. Currently she is one of the main organisers of Drupal Europe, which will take place in fall 2018.


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