Dine with Food Trucks at WordCamp Orange County

Food Trucks Add Goodness to WordCamp Orange County

When it comes to food, WordCamp Orange County knows what you like. You’ll have time to visit (no speech bubbles needed) and still experience the WOW! provided by locally known and loved food trucks on both days of camp. A well planned menu caters to most food needs (including vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian).

Saturday features menus from Berlin Food Truck, Big Wave Grill and Adobo Express while Sunday’s food is provided by Piaggio On Wheels and the Gyritto Truck. All are highly acclaimed on local review sites and will power you up to take the lead in your next WordCamp adventure! Read on to get menu and review details on each vendor.


Berlin Food Truck

Full Menu | Yelp

• Plain Grilled Cheese – Choice of bread (sourdough, wheat, rye) Choice of cheese (American, Swiss, pepper jack, cheddar)
• Bratwurst Dog (sauerkraut, grilled onions, mustard, on a German roll)
• Wiener Dog (sauerkraut, grilled onions, mustard, on a German roll)

• Seasoned fries
• Garlic fries

Big Wave Grill


• Huli Huli Chicken: USDA Grade A Chicken grilled & continuously basted in our signature teriyaki marinade. Served with Hawaiian potato-macaroni salad & jasmine rice. Plated with scallions, toasted sesame seeds, & pineapple wedges.
• Coconut Curry Chicken (available gluten-free): USDA Grade A Chicken grilled & continuously basted in our signature coconut curry marinade. Served with Hawaiian potato-macaroni salad & jasmine rice. Plated with scallions, toasted sesame seeds, pineapple wedges & our peanut sauce.
• Kalua Pork (available gluten-free): Slow roasted hickory-smoked pork butt. Served with Hawaiian potato-macaroni salad & jasmine rice. Plated with scallions, toasted sesame seeds, pineapple wedges & our island chutney sweet & sour glaze.
• Orange-Miso Veggie: Button mushrooms, white onion, and red bell peppers basted with our orange-miso dijon marinade. Served with Hawaiian potato-macaroni salad & jasmine rice. Plated with scallions, toasted sesame seeds, & pineapple wedges.

• “Mac Attack” (Hawaiian Potato-Macaroni Salad)
• Jasmine Rice or Spring Mix Salad

Adobo Express


• Adobo Rice Bowl (chicken or pork on jasmine rice, no egg)

• 2 pcs. Chicken Fried Eggrolls
• Seasoned Fries


Piaggio On Wheels


• Gaucho Bowl (chicken, grilled steak, braised pulled pork, tofu)
• Tacos Gauchos (chicken, grilled steak, braised pulled pork, tofu)
• Braised Pulled Pork Sliders (2x)

• Chips

Gyritto Truck


• Pita/Wrap/Rice bowl with Chicken, Lamb, Beef, or Falafel

• Garbanzo salad
• Fries

Race to WordCamp Orange County

Rev Up for WordCamp Orange County with a K1 Pre-Event

Looking for something fun to do the Friday afternoon before WordCamp? Grab some closed-toe shows and head over to K1 Racing in Irvine for some pre-camp cart racing with the Women Who WP!

We’ll meet from 1-4 pm for no-line access to the race track. The cost is $30 per attendee which includes snacks and Women Who WP swag! Everyone is invited but space is limited to the first 30 people who RSVP.

Once you arrive, all drivers will need to register and sign waivers at the front desk. Please keep in mind that, “Drivers must wear closed-toe shoes.” Read other safety details here and sign up on Meetup so we reserve your cart.

When you arrive, be sure to thank DreamHost for their sponsorship which reduces the cost of this race-y event!

Thank You Super Sponsors!

WordCamp Orange County promises to bring out the hero in all of us.

And it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our sponsors, companies dedicated  to being the silent guardian of amazing swag, a legendary after-party, prizes for our Plugin-A-Palooza contest, super snacks, a transformative Snapchat geofilter and more. Check them out now and during the event!

GOLD Sponsors

Visit these sponsors at their tables during WCOC!

BRONZE Sponsors

Pick up their swag items on the self-serve table at WCOC!

After-Party Sponsor

Don’t miss our karaoke after-party!

Plugin-A-Palooza Sponsor

Fabulous prizes for the best plugins!


Pick up their swag item on the self-serve table at WCOC!


Be sure to wish these heroes a Thank You!

Sticker Sponsor

Snapchat Geofilter Sponsor

Use the custom WCOC geofilter for your Snaps during WordCamp Orange County!

Speaker Spotlight: Chris Lema

In 2005 Chris Lema left the DotNetNuke (DNN) world and discovered WordPress as a fast, easy way to get started with a website. Within a year he’d created 20-30 sites (all of them using pages, not posts).

Lema said he’s “willing to learn from just about anyone” when it comes to WordPress mentors though he watched the WooThemes and iThemes teams in the early years, along with StudioPress. In later years he leaned heavily on folks like Andrew Norcross and Justin Sainton to tell him what was or wasn’t possible. Plus, Lema added, “I always pay attention to what Syed (@wpbeginner) is doing.”

Lema referenced Iron Man as his favorite superhero. “He’s smart. He builds tech toys. And he can fly,” he said. Chris feels his own superpower is human chess, a talent he utilizes often. Described as “seeing what makes a person unique, understanding how they move on the board and then coordinating several folks to work together for a win!,” Lema has used this ability to improve the lives of many in the WordPress community.

It’s interesting to note that Chris Lema’s first WordCamps were in 2010 at Phoenix and Chicago. Though he attended both camps, Lema said he sat in the back, watched and didn’t interact with other attendees. Seven years later, however, fading into the background is no longer an option. Lema is a highly sought after speaker, discussion and community leader in the WordPress community.

When asked about his thoughts on family and community, Lema shared, “Family and community are both about relationships to me. I think about it as the people I would be willing to be woken up at 2 a.m. for. That list gets bigger every year because of the WordPress community.” Chris also builds community through his hobby of smoking cigars.

Lema has been building B2B SaaS products since he got started in 1995, in telecommunications, in the automotive industry, in software tools, in the public sector (government agencies), and in the financial realm. He has served on nonprofit boards and on the advisory boards of tech companies for years and is currently advising Orange County-based digital agency, Zeek Interactive.

Come learn from Chris as he leads the “Becoming a Better Blogger” Workshop on Saturday at 2:00pm. Chris is also the host of Plugin-a-Palooza on Sunday afternoon.

Jason Weisberger

Speaker Spotlight: Jason Weisberger

A great cook who wishes he had the superpower of plating food well, speaker Jason Weisberger will be attending his first ever WordCamp this June when he speaks at WordCamp Orange County! When asked how he got started in WordPress, Jason explained, “We arrived like refugees, running from the flames of MoveableType.”

Weisberger’s job history may clue you in to his presentation. He owned a comedy club, performed in various ensembles and also worked as a really acerbic dinner magician. Also found in his repertoire is work as a private investigator and salesman of boutique men’s clothing in Santa Monica, CA. Probably more widely known for his role as COO of a publicly traded ad agency, his time spent in VP Ops, Engineering, and Product Management at a publicly traded telecom company, and as CTO at LA area datacenter/web hosting company, Jason Weisberger is currently publisher of Boing Boing, a website devoted to technology, entertainment, and culture.

He looks to Willie Nelson as his WordPress mentor and lists favorite superheroes as Lex Luthor and Ming the Merciless. Weisberger believes both are awesome as they try to make the world a better place and are bald. Weisberger seeks to make the world a better place himself by serving as top-side volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center where he feeds, restrains and medicates seals and sea lions on a regular basis. He also serves as a Board Member on West Coast Great Pyrenees and uses the words of Mr. T to describe his feelings on family and community, summing it up with, “Pity fools. Respect mothers.” Understanding the seriousness of WordCamp Orange County, Weisberger has words of advice for post readers, warning each: “Do not taunt happy fun ball.”

Don’t miss Jason’s talk, “How WordPress Helps Keep Boing Boing Weird,” in the Beach track at 9 AM on Saturday, June 10: “Boing Boing is one of the longest running independent publications on the Internet. From our start as ‘zine to our currently self-hosted WordPress site, we’ve had our ass kicked by every platform we’ve tried. WordPress doesn’t have me in a murderous rage, but that is largely because the guys at WP VIP are so good at sorting out the weird and often suicidal things we do to ourselves. Actually, some issues with 2FA, and our cookies expiring weirdly leave me kinda frustrated… but hey, at least Google can crawl the site this week!”

Did you miss tickets for WordCamp OC? Here are some options.

Tickets for WordCamp OC sold out in just a few hours this year. We want to let in everyone who wants to come, but our venue has capacity limits, and we prefer happy fire marshals. If you didn’t get tickets, here are a couple ways that you might still be able to attend:

1. We may have some more tickets to release before the start of WordCamp OC (no promises.) If that happens, we will make an announcement on Facebook and Twitter.

2. Some people who bought tickets might have their plans change. We’ll retweet these when we see them. People might also post about tickets in the OC WordPress Facebook group, and in the official Facebook event. These are first come, first served since you’ll be dealing directly with the person selling their ticket.

3. We are trying something new this year. If an attendee can’t make our Sunday lineup, we’ll ask them to donate their badge after camp Saturday so that someone can attend in their place. We’ve started a waiting list, and will invite 1 person on the list to attend Sunday for each donated badge.

Please sign up for the waiting list to receive updates.

Tickets on sale TODAY at noon!

Tickets for WordCamp Orange County go on sale today at noon Pacific / 3 PM Eastern! Be sure to set an alarm – we have a limited number of tickets available, and in the last several years, we’ve sold out in just a couple hours.

We have a fantastic selection of speakers over two days, with presentations ranging from the usual WordCamp talk to workshops, discussions, and special events like our Sunday business track and our third annual Plugin-A-Palooza contest, in which plugin developers compete for prizes from Sucuri Security.

Our daytime programming is a lot of fun, but we don’t stop there. The WordCamp afterparty on Saturday night will feature some of Orange County’s best and most fun karaoke, and we’re introducing a Sunday social to cap things off with tacos and beer.

You won’t want to miss a moment of this year’s WordCamp Orange County. See you there!

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Fourth Round of WordCamp Orange County 2017 Speakers

Shazaam! Fourth Round of Speakers Announced!

Our fourth round of speakers activate when they unite! Bringing together superpowers from all over the globe, this bunch shows that writing, SEO, programming, plugin development and cybersecurity can create limitless power. Keep a tight watch on these speakers as they explain how they easily maneuver and pose to take over their parts of the world.

Lauren Milligan

“Lauren has worked with thousands of professionals in all stages of career advancement and has developed proven tools and exercises that enables people to reach the next step in their career. Simply put, when it comes to advancing your career, Lauren knows what you need to do to get there.

In addition to her private coaching practice, Lauren teaches workshops at regional colleges, and dozens of business and employment support groups. She has contributed to hundreds of career-related features on WGN Morning News, ABC News, WLS and WGN radio and in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, Washington Post and dozens of other media outlets. She’s honored to recently present for the Illinois Association of Professional Engineers (Springfield, IL), International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (Pittsburgh, PA) and at C4W’s annual conference (Charleston, SC).

Lauren’s topics include career-boosting topics such as Resume Writing, Interview Skills and Job Search Strategies for Older Workers, and business-boosting topics such as Pitching to the Media, Negotiation Skills and Lead Generation
through LinkedIn.”

Aaron Holbrook

Father of two amazing boys. Weightlifter. Swimmer. Gamer. Obsessive DIY-er. Woodsmith. WordCamp Organizer & Speaker. Director of Web Engineering at Zeek.

Emanuel “Manny” Costa

I am a professional web developer, SEO/SEM specialist, eCommerce consultant and web entrepreneur, with over 22 years experience in web development. When I did my first web page there was only 250 sites in the world. I was luck to be an intern at the computer lab while I was acquiring a Bachelors of Science degree in Engineering. At that time the Internet came to Brazil first at the Universities. I was able to start to learn a lot related to internet, web development and user experience. After I graduated, I started working as Civil Engineer and on my spare time was doing simple websites for companies in Fortaleza, Brazil. Two years later, I relocated to the United States and accepted an offer to work for a dotcom under an H1B visa. The year was 1999 and then I lived in South Florida for 8 years. I’ve lived in New York and Washington, D.C, while working as senior web developer consultant for Inter-american Development Bank. In 2015 I relocated to Las Vegas, became an American Citizen, and currently I am expanding my online businesses to the US West region. I’ve been working professionally with WordPress for the past 7 years. I contribute as much as I can, at WordPress.tv, translating WP, organizing meetups and volunteering/speaking at WordCamps.

Ori Eisen

Ori Eisen has spent the last twenty-two years in the cybersecurity and information technology industry, and is respected for his business knowledge and leadership. His background includes an in-depth application of innovative solutions for preventing online fraud.

Dennis Hong

By day, Dennis engineers happiness at WordPress.com. By night, he is a relationships and comedy writer, which can be redundant or an oxymoron, depending on your perspective.

Jason Bahl

I’m a Senior WordPress Engineer at Digital First Media in Denver, CO where I work on large publishing sites such as ocregister.com, twincities.com and denverpost.com.

Andy Fragen

Andy Fragen has been using WordPress since 2007 and in that time has become a proficient hacker, contributor, plugin developer, and hobbyist of WordPress.

He has several plugins in the Plugin Directory and has contributed to many others. His plugin contributions  have been downloaded almost 500,000 times.

“WordPress provides a problem-solving sandbox that intrigues me and allows me a creative outlet from my normal job. I enjoy helping others and helping them find solutions to their problems.”

Some of his most popular plugins are The Events Calendar Category Colors and GitHub Updater.

Scott Bolinger

Co-founder of AppPresser

Sunday Social

Friends? Check.
Firepit? Check.
Tacos? Check.

In Orange County, WordCamp doesn’t end after the last session on Sunday. We’re excited to be adding a new event this year – the Sunday Social. Right after the Plugin-a-Palooza winners are announced, we will move across the parking lot to the amazing patio at the Vine.

This event is included in your WordCamp ticket.

No RSVP required.

Also: tacos.

Did we mention tacos?

A private chef will be grilling up street tacos! How awesome is that? Grab one or four and compare notes with the other attendees about your takeaways from the weekend.

This is a great opportunity to for great conversations with your friends — old and new — and to talk about all of your new insights.

Book a late flight or, better yet, fly out on Monday. This event will worth sticking around.

Announcing our third batch of speakers announced for WordCamp Orange County June 10-11, 2017.

By Hipster’s Beard! Announcing Another Round of Speakers

Our third batch of speakers will captivate you with their know-how and variety of expertise. These superhero speakers will inspire you to amp up your WordPress game and keep you entertained at the same time!

Russell Aaron

Russell Aaron is a back-end developer & support specialist at WebDevStudios.com Russell has created two WordPress.org plugins. One of which won second place in WCOC Plugin-a-Palooza. He is a fan of WordPress first and foremost. He is currently the lead organizer of the Las Vegas WordPress Meetup Group & WordCamp Las Vegas. He is an admin of the Advanced WordPress Facebook group.

Julka Grodel

Julka Grodel is a Senior Software Engineer at AddThis and has worked professionally with content management systems for over 10 years. She is passionate about writing easily maintainable and extendable code and is on a mission to make it simple to use AddThis’ social tools on single page apps and within a dynamic DOM.

Julka spends most of her time on open source projects integrating AddThis tools for various JavaScript frameworks & content management systems. She is the primary developer on AddThis’s WordPress plugins. When not working, she spends her time volunteering with the Junior League, in a pilates studio, or doting over her blind cat Batman and his BFF Robin.

Amber Hewitt

Amber Hewitt is a front-end web developer who has created websites for a wide variety of clients for over 15 years. With a strong background in design (graphic design degree from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design), she has developed a passion for good imagery and typography in print and on the web.

Carrie Forde

Front-end architect focused on improving processes, writing better code, and bringing dev teams together. Works @webdevstudios. ❤️ cats, coffee, WordPress.

Ethan Grey

A Senior Product Manager at Media Temple, a Los Angeles-based company providing premium web and cloud hosting solutions and services, Ethan leverages his experience in product management, business analysis, commerce and monetization to oversee the product and go-to-market strategy of Media Temple’s managed WordPress hosting solutions.

Jacob Arriola

Jacob Arriola is a front-end developer from Los Angeles who spends most of his time working with Sass, JavaScript and building custom WordPress themes. He works with Zeek Interactive and is always trying to learn new languages and frameworks to deliver rich and engaging UI experiences.

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is an independent graphic designer and frontend developer in Minneapolis. Prior to beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. As her work progressed, she also branched into front-end development and user experience design to round our her skillset. This combination of disciplines led her to adopt a strategy-based approach to design, focused on solving tangible problems and achieving real goals based on how people think.

She loves the open source community, and when she is not working on projects she speaks/volunteers/organizes at events and workshops around the country. Her passions are communication and empowerment, and she believes in the power of “Why?”

Tish Briseno

Happiness Engineer at Automattic working on WordPress.com. I love helping people get started with WordPress.