All Drupal core initiatives with leads attending DrupalCon Amsterdam took part in an experimental PechaKucha-style keynote format (up to 15 slides each, 20 seconds per slide):
Drupal 8’s continuous innovation cycle resulted in amazing improvements that made today’s Drupal stand out far above Drupal 8.0.0 as originally released. Drupal core initiatives played a huge role in making that transformation happen. In this keynote, various initiative leads will take turns to highlight new capabilities, challenges they faced on the way and other stories from core development.
I represented the API-First Initiative and chose to keep it as short and powerful as possible by only using four of my five allowed minutes. I focused on the human side, with cross-company collaboration across timezones to get JSON:API into Drupal 8.7 core, how we invited community feedback to make it even better in the upcoming Drupal 8.8 release, and how the ecosystem around JSON:API is growing quickly!
It was a very interesting experience to have ten people together on stage, with nearly zero room for improvisation. I think it worked pretty well — it definitely forces a much more focused delivery! Huge thanks to Gábor Hojtsy, who was not on stage but did all the behind-the-scenes coordination.