Preston So

Dir of Research & Innovation

Preston So has been a web developer and designer since 2001, a creative professional since 2004, and a Drupal developer since 2007. As Director of Research and Innovation at Acquia, Preston leads new open-source and research initiatives and helms Acquia Labs, the innovation lab featured in international press.

Previously, Preston managed the Entertainment Weekly website and led its development team at Time Inc. (now Meredith). He also contributed to the Spark initiative in the Drupal project, co-founded the Southern Colorado Drupal User Group (est. 2008), and operated an award-winning freelance web and print design studio. In addition, Preston directed the most recent redesign of The Harvard Crimson's online edition, producing the first student-designed responsive college newspaper website in the Ivy League.

Preston has presented keynotes at conferences on four continents in multiple languages and speaks around the world about diverse topics such as decoupled Drupal, front-end development, user experience, open-source innovation, and emerging technologies. Preston is also lead organizer and co-founder of Decoupled Drupal Days, a yearly conference in New York.

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