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    05/29/12
    Toronto
    May 29th, 2012 at Hotel Ocho
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    A Bit of Info

    Drupal is much more than a content management system. Discover how organizations are using Drupal as a platform to power social communities, mobile sites & apps, and to create highly engaging user experiences. Hear lessons learned, tips, techniques and best practices for using Drupal in your organization. Learn how Drupal measures up to other CMS platforms, and how it can help to reduce operating costs without sacrificing usability.

    Topics, Speakers & What to Expect:
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      1:30pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Registraton
      Get ready for a day of exciting lightning talks, networking opportunities, thought-provoking discussion, tasty appetizers and cocktails.
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      2:00pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Opening Remarks
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      2:05pm
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      Nik Garkusha
      DataPublic: Drupal-Powered Open Government
      Open Platforms Lead at Microsoft Canada, responsible for a number of Open Government, Open Data and Open Source initiatives in Canada. Founder of Open Halton: a citizen-led Open Gov community in the Halton Region, Nik is an Open Government and Open Data advocate, hacktivist, technology evangelist, consultant, architect, and a professional geek.
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      2:25pm
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      Erik von Stackelberg
      Responsive Design
      Erik von Stackelberg is Creative Director at Myplanet Digital, a quickly growing design & technology company focused on enterprise web, mobile, and tablet user experiences. His average day straddles the theoretical and practical, an ongoing mix of interactive and digital identity design for nonprofits, government, and large public companies; UX research; design team building; and Agile user experience process development. In 2006 he founded DesigntoLove.org, an organization dedicated to connecting design volunteers with nonprofit groups. Erik's emphasis on meaning and impact is a common thread throughout his work.
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      2:45pm
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      Michael Silverman
      Capturing Community
      Michael Silverman, founder and chief executive officer of Duo Consulting, has more than 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, executive and innovator. Recipient of an outstanding business award from Arthur Andersen and finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in 1997, Michael created his first Internet business which eventually lead to the development of Duo Consulting. Most recently Michael has been focused on communities and has recently written a book titled “Capturing Community” published by CMI Press in Spring 2012. Michael has an MBA in marketing from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
    • 1
      3:05pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Coffee Break
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      3:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Breakout Sessions
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      4:00pm
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      Michael Meyers
      Getting The Most Out of Open Source and Drupal
      Michael E. Meyers is an Emmy-nominated technologist and entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience managing and leading local and globally distributed teams. As the Vice President of Large Scale Drupal at Acquia, Michael runs a consortium of the largest Drupal websites on the Internet. The Large Scale Drupal initiative provides a forum for enterprise users, listens to their needs, prioritizes them as a group, and determines the best way to address those needs through knowledge sharing, white papers, training, and software development - with the specific intent of the end results being contributed back to Drupal so that the framework and community benefit and improve. Prior to joining Acquia, Michael was CTO of Examiner.com where he led their re-design and migration to open source technology, launching the first Drupal-based top-100 Internet property, and one of the first Drupal 7 sites on the Internet, 6 months before the official Drupal 7 release. Michael joined Examiner.com when the company acquired his startup Nowpublic.com, which he founded in 2004. NowPublic was the first venture-backed Drupal based startup company - it pioneered citizen journalism, user-generated content, and crowdsourcing and grew rapidly from it’s inception to become a top 500 website prior to it’s merger with Examiner.com. Michael currently advises several startups on Internet and mobile product and software development. A passionate open source advocate and advisor to the Drupal Association Board of Directors, Michael is a regular speaker at industry events.
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      4:30pm
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      Benoit Marchand
      Leveraging Drupal as a social platform
      Benoit has worked in the IT and Web Industry for the past 10 years. With Bell Canada, he built and managed a team of 12 architects and developers, the largest technical team of Bell Web Solutions at the time. At end of 2010, he joined the ranks of CGI, where he now manages the PHP / Open-source implementation team, inside of CGI Interactive. Benoit has been personally leading Drupal implementation teams throughout the last 6 years of his career. His involvement in the Drupal community includes having been an organizer, having presented sessions, as well as attending multiple Drupal Camps in the Toronto and Montreal regions. He has been responsible for the functional analysis, infrastructure, implementation as well as post-launch support of Drupal platforms such as Readers Digest Canada, Bank of Montreal's Social Platform and Pratt & Whitney Canada. Benoit has been tightly involved at different levels in the following non-Drupal related accounts and mandates: JustForLaughs (boxoffice.hahaha.com), Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE.ca), Pratt&Whitney Canada (pwc.ca), YellowPages (ypg.ca), Essilor USA, MSSI.ca, Cineplex (store.cineplex.com), Montreal Exchange, Vincor International, Virgin Mobile Canada.
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      4:50pm
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      Andrew McClenaghan
      Case Study: Ontario Physical Health Education Association - Drupal enabled social and mobile
      Digital Echidna owner and Lead Consultant, Andrew McClenaghan, holds a Bachelor of Mathematics majoring in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo. McClenaghan has experience managing all aspects of software development from requirements analysis to software production to quality assurance and deployment. Having cutting his tooth in development, McClenaghan now guides strategy for clients and routinely enhances Echidna's library of "best practices" implementation techniques. Founded to offer web based solutions designed to streamline internal processes and increase efficiency; Echidna’s offering soon expanded into online strategy and web development. The team of 14 now offers a comprehensive suite of digital marketing solutions; services that are proving essential to helping any organization meet their needs via online channels. Andrew discovered Drupal in 2008 when he was looking for a framework to standardize his development practices as his team began to grow. Digital Echidna now deploys over 95% of our solutions on the Drupal framework and hasn't looked back. In the community, Andrew sits as a Governor of Fanshawe College and participates in various other community projects including the establishment of the London Area Wireless Network (LAWN), a open wifi initiative in Downtown London. Echidna also works to promote Drupal to the masses through organizing the London Ontario Drupal Users Group (LONDUG).
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      5:10pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Closing Remarks
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      5:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Cocktails & Networking
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    Hotel Ocho - Toronto, ON

    Hotel Ocho is located in the trendy Queen West area, and is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Built in 1902, this historic building has since been transformed into an industrial-style boutique hotel, restaurant & lounge.

    195 Spadina Avenue Toronto, ON M5T 2C5
    (416) 593-0885
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    06/05/12
    Chicago
    June 5th, 2012 at Gleacher Center
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    A Bit of Info

    Drupal is much more than a content management system. Discover how organizations are using Drupal as a platform to power social communities, mobile sites & apps, and to create highly engaging user experiences. Hear lessons learned, tips, techniques and best practices for using Drupal in your organization. Learn how Drupal measures up to other CMS platforms, and how it can help to reduce operating costs without sacrificing usability.

    Topics, Speakers & What to Expect:
    • 1
      1:30pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Registration
      Get ready for a day of exciting lightning talks, networking opportunities, thought-provoking discussion, tasty appetizers and cocktails.
    • 1
      2:00pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Opening Remarks
    • 0
      2:05pm
      michaelsilverman's picture
      Michael Silverman
      Capturing Community
      Michael Silverman, founder and chief executive officer of Duo Consulting, has more than 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, executive and innovator. Recipient of an outstanding business award from Arthur Andersen and finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in 1997, Michael created his first Internet business which eventually lead to the development of Duo Consulting. Most recently Michael has been focused on communities and has recently written a book titled “Capturing Community” published by CMI Press in Spring 2012. Michael has an MBA in marketing from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
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      2:25pm
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      Erik von Stackelberg
      Responsive Design
      Erik von Stackelberg is Creative Director at Myplanet Digital, a quickly growing design & technology company focused on enterprise web, mobile, and tablet user experiences. His average day straddles the theoretical and practical, an ongoing mix of interactive and digital identity design for nonprofits, government, and large public companies; UX research; design team building; and Agile user experience process development. In 2006 he founded DesigntoLove.org, an organization dedicated to connecting design volunteers with nonprofit groups. Erik's emphasis on meaning and impact is a common thread throughout his work.
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      2:45pm
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      Andy Kucharski
      Drupal Goes Mobile: Case Studies
      Andy is the founder & CEO of Promet Source. He is an Open Source evangelist, contributor, and frequent speaker at Drupal events. His experience with Open Source includes the implementation of a secure CRM platform for the Executive Office of the President, and the delivery of highly scalable database management systems for the US Army Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca. Clients currently using Open Source solutions include the United States Chamber of Commerce. Andy is also an active supporter of Chicago tech startups, and a strong advocate for the use of Drupal by startups. Andy began his career as a management consultant at Ernst & Young (now Cap Gemini)- advising multinational corporations in Northern Europe and South America. He now has more than 15 years of strategic and technical expertise in banking, telecommunications, government and associations. Andy's ecommerce experience dates back to 1998, with the implementation of highly scalable enterprise solutions for telecommunications providers. Representative clients include Yahoo, MSN, Best Buy, Sony Ericson, Sprint, Bank of America and Texas Instruments. More recently, Andy spearheaded ecommerce solutions and billing system integration efforts for Sprint, AT&T and Clearwire Corporation. He is a member of the Illinois Technology Association and the American Society of Association Executives.
    • 1
      3:05pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Coffee Break
    • 1
      3:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Breakout Sessions
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      4:00pm
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      Michael Meyers
      Getting The Most Out of Open Source and Drupal
      Michael E. Meyers is an Emmy-nominated technologist and entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience managing and leading local and globally distributed teams. As the Vice President of Large Scale Drupal at Acquia, Michael runs a consortium of the largest Drupal websites on the Internet. The Large Scale Drupal initiative provides a forum for enterprise users, listens to their needs, prioritizes them as a group, and determines the best way to address those needs through knowledge sharing, white papers, training, and software development - with the specific intent of the end results being contributed back to Drupal so that the framework and community benefit and improve. Prior to joining Acquia, Michael was CTO of Examiner.com where he led their re-design and migration to open source technology, launching the first Drupal-based top-100 Internet property, and one of the first Drupal 7 sites on the Internet, 6 months before the official Drupal 7 release. Michael joined Examiner.com when the company acquired his startup Nowpublic.com, which he founded in 2004. NowPublic was the first venture-backed Drupal based startup company - it pioneered citizen journalism, user-generated content, and crowdsourcing and grew rapidly from it’s inception to become a top 500 website prior to it’s merger with Examiner.com. Michael currently advises several startups on Internet and mobile product and software development. A passionate open source advocate and advisor to the Drupal Association Board of Directors, Michael is a regular speaker at industry events.
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      4:30pm
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      Mark Sharp
      With A Little Help From My Friends
      Mark Sharp is the Assistant Director of Online Marketing at IES Abroad, a not-for-profit provider of study abroad programs. He is currently the project lead on IES Abroad's web presence overhaul to Drupal. Mark has been leading web projects for more than 12 years, working on CMS implementations, website architecture, user experience, and marketing strategy. Mark has spent the past 10 years within higher education, directing both technical and marketing operations online. He has also served as adjunct professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses in web technologies
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      4:50pm
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      Jeff Eaton
      Beyond Mobile: Planning for the Future of Your Content
      Jeff Eaton brings nearly two decades of web development experience to his role as Senior Architect at Lullabot. After more than ten years working with enterprise clients like Dow AgroSciences, Lowes Foods, and Prudential Real Estate, Jeff discovered the Drupal project in 2004 and dove straight in. He's designed and implemented large-scale web platforms for clients including Sony/BMG Music, Fast Company and Inc. Magazine, World Wrestling Entertainment, and more. Today he's the author of the popular Voting API19, EVA20, and Token21 projects as well as dozens of other plugin modules; a co- author of O'Reilly & Associates’ Using Drupal; primary developer of Drupal’s core TokenAPI and co-developer of FormAPI; an active participant in the core Drupal project; and a prolific teacher and speaker at Drupal and general technology conferences.
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      5:10pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Closing Remarks
    • 1
      5:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Cocktails & Networking
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    Gleacher Center at The University of Chicago Booth School of Business - Chicago, IL

    Gleacher Center is conveniently located in the heart of Chicago's business community, just blocks away from the Loop and steps away from Magnificent Mile shopping, restaurants, and hotels. It is easily accessible from public transportation and adjacent parking lots.

    50 North Cityfront Plaza Dr. Chicago, IL 60611
    (312) 464-8787
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    06/11/12
    New York
    June 11th, 2012 at The Union League Club
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    A Bit of Info

    Drupal is much more than a content management system. Discover how organizations are using Drupal as a platform to power social communities, mobile sites & apps, and to create highly engaging user experiences. Hear lessons learned, tips, techniques and best practices for using Drupal in your organization. Learn how Drupal measures up to other CMS platforms, and how it can help to reduce operating costs without sacrificing usability.

    Topics, Speakers & What to Expect:
    • 1
      1:30pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Registration
      Get ready for a day of exciting lightning talks, networking opportunities, thought-provoking discussion, tasty appetizers and cocktails.
    • 1
      2:00pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Opening Remarks
    • 0
      2:05pm
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      Matthew Dorman
      Delivering Mobile Drupal to the Enterprise
      Matthew Dorman is presently a Senior Manager at North Point. He joined NorthPoint in 2006 to assist with the Open-Source initiatives within the NorthPoint Content Solutions Practice. Prior to joining NorthPoint, Matthew worked in the Media and Publishing space for 8 years at such organizations as Advance Publications, Time Inc., and Fox News. Currently, Matthew manages some of NorthPoint's largest client projects, having launched products for MTV Networks, Time Inc, Lifetime TV, Hearst Magazines, Rodale, and Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. In addition to leading NorthPoint's delivery teams, Matthew is also extremely involved in the Drupal and Open Source communities. He attends & speaks at various events across the country, discussing Project Management, Mobile Development, and Drupal Performance. Matthew was awarded CMSA’s “Best Drupal CMS App Developer Award” at the 2011 CMS Expo. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
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      2:25pm
      erikvonstackelberg's picture
      Erik von Stackelberg
      Responsive Design
      Erik von Stackelberg is Creative Director at Myplanet Digital, a quickly growing design & technology company focused on enterprise web, mobile, and tablet user experiences. His average day straddles the theoretical and practical, an ongoing mix of interactive and digital identity design for nonprofits, government, and large public companies; UX research; design team building; and Agile user experience process development. In 2006 he founded DesigntoLove.org, an organization dedicated to connecting design volunteers with nonprofit groups. Erik's emphasis on meaning and impact is a common thread throughout his work.
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      2:45pm
      michaelsilverman's picture
      Michael Silverman
      Capturing Community
      Michael Silverman, founder and chief executive officer of Duo Consulting, has more than 25 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, executive and innovator. Recipient of an outstanding business award from Arthur Andersen and finalist for “Entrepreneur of the Year,” in 1997, Michael created his first Internet business which eventually lead to the development of Duo Consulting. Most recently Michael has been focused on communities and has recently written a book titled “Capturing Community” published by CMI Press in Spring 2012. Michael has an MBA in marketing from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
    • 1
      3:05pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Coffee Break
    • 1
      3:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Breakout Sessions
    • 0
      4:00pm
      michaelmeyers's picture
      Michael Meyers
      Getting The Most Out of Open Source and Drupal
      Michael E. Meyers is an Emmy-nominated technologist and entrepreneur with over 17 years of experience managing and leading local and globally distributed teams. As the Vice President of Large Scale Drupal at Acquia, Michael runs a consortium of the largest Drupal websites on the Internet. The Large Scale Drupal initiative provides a forum for enterprise users, listens to their needs, prioritizes them as a group, and determines the best way to address those needs through knowledge sharing, white papers, training, and software development - with the specific intent of the end results being contributed back to Drupal so that the framework and community benefit and improve. Prior to joining Acquia, Michael was CTO of Examiner.com where he led their re-design and migration to open source technology, launching the first Drupal-based top-100 Internet property, and one of the first Drupal 7 sites on the Internet, 6 months before the official Drupal 7 release. Michael joined Examiner.com when the company acquired his startup Nowpublic.com, which he founded in 2004. NowPublic was the first venture-backed Drupal based startup company - it pioneered citizen journalism, user-generated content, and crowdsourcing and grew rapidly from it’s inception to become a top 500 website prior to it’s merger with Examiner.com. Michael currently advises several startups on Internet and mobile product and software development. A passionate open source advocate and advisor to the Drupal Association Board of Directors, Michael is a regular speaker at industry events.
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      4:30pm
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      Roger Lopez
      Robin Hood Goes Mobile and Social
      Phase2’s Director of Engineering Roger Lopez has a reputation as a Drupal guru with both the skills and personality to lead his peers toward greater excellence. He is one of the foremost authorities in the Drupal community in areas such as internationalization, media management and large, multi-site installations. Past work includes leading the engineering team at Sony Music in development of a localized, multi-site Drupal web platform supporting an extensive collection of artist sites. An open source evangelist, Roger has his finger on the pulse of software trends. He’s regarded as an innovator capable of developing inventive, elegantly coded solutions at the drop of a hat, and never fails to impress clients and peers alike with his knowledge and insights. Driven to make Drupal better in terms of both functionality and developer experience, he is a frequent contributor of, and to, projects on Drupal.org and the founder of NYC’s monthly DrupalNYC Happy Hour.
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      Eric Diamond
      Knowing Your Customer - Mobile Web Versus Mobile Apps
      Eric Diamond, former CTO at Time Out Publications, is currently the CEO & Founder at Tribeca Digital in downtown NYC. Eric has over 20 years of experience in developing and implementing strategies and infrastructure for technology and digital businesses. Eric has been a leading expert in the Drupal community and within the digital and online industry at large. He has been responsible for building and managing large technology and product teams within the publishing, ecommerce, advertising, and content syndication space. He formerly held the position of Sr. Director of Operations for Turner Broadcasting, where he oversaw the entire project and technology teams for Turner's New York-based operations, which included industry-leading properties such as CNNMoney.com and Sports Illustrated. Eric played a key role in Turner's product & technology strategies and contributed to all innovative and digital developments for each online property.
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      5:10pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Closing Remarks
    • 1
      5:15pm
      Stephanie Brown
      Cocktails & Networking
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    The Union League Club- New York, NY

    Located in midtown Manhattan, the historic Union League Club contains a variety of meeting rooms for business and social functions. The Union League is also home to a distinguished art collection and one of the most extensive club reference and lending libraries in New York City.

    *Please note: Business casual attire is required. No jeans or sneakers will be permitted at the venue.*

    38 East 37th Street New York, NY 10016
    (212) 685-3800
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2011 Recap

Last year, business leaders gathered in Toronto to learn how Drupal is transforming business, government, education & the non-profit sector. View highlights in the video below and feel free to check out the photos in our Flickr pool.

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Who Should Attend?

The Drupal Business Summit has been created for senior IT and marketing professionals who are responsible for digital strategy, content management, site updates, communications and branding.

  • Those Responsible for
  • → Web content management
  • → Community management
  • → Web & Social Marketing
  • → Mobile strategy
  • → User Experience Design
  • → Cloud strategy
  • → IT infrastructure

Hear from industry experts and other industry analysts about emerging technology trends. Learn how some of North America’s most successful organizations are integrating their web platforms & meeting their business goals. And most importantly, take the opportunity to connect with the Drupal community to exchange ideas with your peers.

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Background

The Drupal Business Summit is quickly becoming a global event. Hundreds of business leaders & executives have gathered at events across North America and Europe to learn more about how Drupal can be a powerful tool for building business-critical sites, apps and communities.

We encourage you to take a look at what previous Summits have accomplished: TO Drupal Business Summit, Drupal Social Business Summit (NYC, Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco) and Atlanta Drupal Business Summit.