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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. (Tickets are completely sold out.)

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.

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, 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 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, and

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.