Jeffrey A. McGuire and Robert Douglass to host the International Splash Awards
Jeffrey A. "jam" McGuire, has been with the Splash Awards since the beginning. He hosted, and was a jury member, at the very first Splash Awards in Amsterdam in 2014 and many others over the years in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and at Drupal Europe in 2018. As a keynote speaker and Partner at Open Strategy Partners, he helps technology organizations—especially in and around Open Source—communicate and grow, finding and telling the stories that connect with the value they deliver. He builds on more than a dozen years of experience and a strong following at the intersection of multiple open source software projects, business, and culture. His approach to technology marketing—sharing the human context of complex technology solutions, celebrating the expertise and success of their creators—has left its mark in business and open source communities.
Robert Douglass has been deeply involved with open source software since 2004. He was the author of the first book published about Drupal, "Building Online Communities in Drupal, Wordpress, PhpBB" (Apress, 2005), is a core code contributor to 4 different Drupal versions, and the original author of the Memcache and Solr modules for Drupal. Robert has also served as a member of the Drupal Association, a founding member of the German Drupal Association, and a member of the Drupal Security team. As a cloud hosting specialist he designed the server architecture for 100s of high profile sites, and is currently the Chief DevRel Officer for Platform.sh. Beyond technology, Robert works as a record producer, photographer, and is frequently a speaker advocating for free software and free culture ideals in the music industry.