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. (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.

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.

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

Up, Up and Away! Meet our Second Batch of Speakers!

Wowza! Our second round of WordCamp Orange County speakers is sure to keep you captivated! Check out the names below and save the date to make sure you have a chance to watch them in action!

Zac Gordon

Zac Gordon is a professional educator, currently working with the JavaScript for WordPress Master Course. Previously, Zac taught WordPress for Treehouse. He has years of experience teaching WordPress and JavaScript at the college level and high school level. In addition to teaching, Zac also runs Web Hosting for Students, the world’s largest hosting company dedicated to students and teachers.

Chris Ford

Over the course of her 20 year career Chris has been a visual and UX designer, brand strategist, front end developer, professional scrapbooker, magazine art director, project manager, and support lead. She also loves to write, speak and teach other people about all of those things.

Alex Vasquez

I’m Alex Vasquez, a WordPress Developer and owner of DigiSavvy, a boutique digital studio providing digital marketing and custom web development services. My hair could qualify as a super power.

Jason Cosper

Jason Cosper is currently employed as the Developer Advocate for WP Engine. Honestly, that’s just a fancy way of saying “I get paid to chat with people about WordPress.” Nice work if you can get it.

Jason spends a ton of time with his wife Sarah and two chihuahuas, Rowdy & Gomez. They watch a lot of bad TV, scary movies and premium cable programming. He also enjoys hanging out in musty record stores, drinking whiskey, smoking meats, and sampling craft beers.

Andrew Bergeron

Andrew Bergeron is a designer, speaker, and proud new father. Currently, he is the UX Design Manager for Everyone Counts, a rapidly growing start-up leading the transformation of modern election systems. When he is not focused on improving lives through design you will likely find him surfing, walking in nature or finding a way to make his son giggle.

Verious B. Smith III

Verious Smith the Creative Director of Philoveracity Design, a firm that specializes in Brand Development with work that spans the scope of strategic planning to custom branded campaigns & clients that have included local & national start-ups to medium sized corporations.

He is a BFA VisCom Graduate and has a thorough command of Conceptual Communication with a myriad of mediums.

His current career focus is to build important new relationships while nurturing current connections by properly stewarding my God given time & talents.

Scott Buscemi

Scott Buscemi is the Co-Founder of Lumen Foundry, a next-generation marketing agency based in LA. Since version 2.9 of WordPress in 2010, Scott has been bringing clients into the cutting edge of website and marketing technology. He’s also co-organizer of the LA WordPress Meetup.

Rachel Cherry

Rachel Cherry is a Senior Software Engineer for The Walt Disney Company with over ten years experience in back and front-end web development and digital design. Before Disney, she spent over nine years working in higher education and is the Director of WPCampus, a community and conferences focused on using WordPress in the world of higher education. When she’s not using WordPress to help build the web, she enjoys promoting the importance of accessibility and working to encourage openness, collaboration, and professional development as a conference and meetup organizer. Rachel lives in Pasadena, California but you can find her on Twitter, GitHub, and bamadesigner.com.

First batch of speakers announced for WordCamp Orange County June 10-11, 2017.

Releasing Our First Batch of Speakers!

WordCamp Orange County attracts the best speakers in WordPress, making speaker choice a very difficult task! We found ourselves exclaiming, “Holy WordPress!” when we realized we had nearly one hundred speaker applications from which to narrow. What’s more is that each proposed topic was amazing, providing insight into the trending topics of 2017!

Origin stories on our Awe-inspiring Superhero and Villain Speakers will follow in the coming weeks, however today we are announcing our first batch of speakers in no particular order.

Can we get a Shazaam! for:

Ben Cole

Ben Cole is a Coding Bootcamp Instructor at UCI and Senior Web Developer at SLR Lounge. He self-identifies on his website as: “I craft elegant solutions to complex problems.” He also enjoys tea and swing dancing. That’s a great combo in any super hero!

Yvonne Conway-Williams

Social Media Marketing, Cybersecurity & Web Development Consultant. Co-Founder/Partner of ParadoxPrime Information Assurance.
“Perhaps one of the best parts about getting so involved with WordPress are the friendships I’ve formed with some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met.” Yvonne Conway-Williams

Jarrett Gucci

Jarrett Gucci comes from a retail background that started at Home Depot in Buffalo NY as cashier and 18 months later was asked to be a project manager based out of Carson California with a goal of opening 12 stores in 14 months.

This goal was accomplished. He has also been an area manager at Big Lots and Bed Bath and beyond. He left his very last retail career as a district manager at Linens & Things in 2007 to pursue a hobby of website development as hope he could make some money doing it.

After 4 years of building and managing WordPress sites, he founded a company called WP Fix It and since 2011 his company has serviced over 54,000 WordPress support tickets. Something you may not know about Jarrett besides all this, is that when he was 15 his neighbor gave him a 1962 dodge dart and he completely took it apart and rebuilt it.

Christina Hills

Christina Hills, the creator of the Website Creation Workshop , has been passionately teaching non-techie small business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, experts, coaches and consultants, how to easily create their websites in WordPress so that they can get their message out to the world.

She has been running this WordPress training program to an international audience since 2008. She loves to teach WordPress as a creative way to get clarity on your business, your marketing, and your message. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Christina Hills worked as a digital artist for the network promotions division of NBC-TV, and then as a senior technical director in the Feature Film Division at George Lucas Industrial Light & Magic with film credits such as Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and ET the re-release, and more.

Adam Silver

Adam Silver is a native of Southern California, and is a serial entrepreneur. Currently providing WordPress development and support services through ConciergeWP.com, produces two weekly podcasts at KitchenSinkWP.com and The GetOptionsPodcast.com and runs the SouthBay WordPress Meetup.

Additionally, he was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2016, and in his free time, he speaks at industry events sharing his insights & expertise into all things digital. Has been married for 18 years to his amazing wife and has 3 wickedly cool kids.

Adam Warner

Adam W. Warner first discovered WordPress in 2005 and has since founded several WordPress-focused businesses that provide education, plugins and consulting services for online business owners. In 2016 he brought his passion for WordPress to join SiteLock as s Product Evangelist.

Adam has since delivered his zeal for WordPress to 20 different WordCamps all over the world and presented talks at 13. In addition to WordPress, Adam is passionate about his family, robots and, of course, life, the universe, and everything.

Brian Coords

Brian Coords – I’m an in-house manager at a non-profit and a freelancer. I used to be a teacher. My passions include writing, music, non-profits, and education.

Erik Mathy

My name is Erik Mathy, and I’ve been a web applications developer for over 20 years. By way of background I’ve worked on everything from small, informational static marketing sites to enterprise level, SAAS, event registration and management systems used by multi-billion dollar media conglomerates.

Prior to working at Pantheon, I was the Senior PHP Developer and Team Manager for the CMS Team at Techsoup Global, a multinational non-profit.

Why Come to WordCamp Orange County?

WordCamp Orange County sets itself apart in several ways, but the heart of it seems to come back to one phrase: community.

In fact, Adam Silver, one of the speakers at this year’s camp said he was “making the ‘trek’ from Redondo Beach to WordCamp Orange County for one simple reason: Community.”

“WordCamp Orange County has a very special place in my heart, as it was the first WordCamp I ever attended,” Adam recalled. “I had no idea what to expect, nor did I know anyone there at all. I had only heard about “WordCamps” about 2-3 weeks earlier though I’m not sure how. I then tried to buy a ticket and but was denied as WCOC sells out quickly. I then tried social media, and as luck would have it, a sponsor offered me their extra ticket for free!”

“Within minutes of checking on that first Saturday, I met so many people including lead organizers [at that time], Brandon Dove and Jeff Zinn. Though they didn’t know me at all, they were extremely gracious and just plain nice,” Adam remembered.

Adam shared the words of Howard Thurman in relating, “Community cannot for long feed on itself; it can only flourish with the coming of others from beyond, their unknown and undiscovered brothers.” For him, WordCamp Orange County allows community to flourish.

Other Reasons to Journey to Orange County WordCamp

  1. Location – Sunny skies, coastal breezes, moderate temperatures and high tech facilities showcase the wonder of Southern California.
  2. Community – Friendly volunteer greeters and organizers, accessible speakers and WordPress experts, and friendly discussion based formats make you feel at ease.
  3. Speakers – Trending, unique topics cater to every level and interest  beginner, intermediate, advanced – blogging, business, development, design
  4. Format – You’ll discover discussion tracks, competition (Plugin-a-palooza), workshops, Q &A, alongside traditional speaker talks.
  5. Entertainment – Gourmet food truck lunches, late night afterparty karaoke, Snapchat filters and lively discussion make this a WordCamp you’ll never forget!
  6. WordCamp Orange County welcomes all levels of WordPress users and provides a safe place to learn and connect.

    “WordCamp Orange County holds a special place in my heart for a few reasons,” explained local organizer Bridget Willard. “Primarily because it’s where I live and it was my first camp. Secondly, the community in Orange County is small enough to feel friendly but large enough to have a diversity of talks from advanced development, to writing, to business. My life totally changed in 2015 when I met Jason Knill and Matt Cromwell in person and the rest is — as they say, history,” shared Bridget Willard, Marketing Manager GiveWP.com

    We’d love to hear your reason for coming or returning to WordCamp Orange County, too! Please submit your testimonial using the form below or send us a video explaining what makes WordCamp Orange County special to you.

    Give your feedback now!

WordCamp OC 2017 | Plugin-A-Palooza

Plugin-a-Palooza Returns to WC Orange County

Join the tradition of Plugin-a-Palooza at WordCamp OC in 2017! This is THE chance for WordPress developers from around the globe to gather to show off superhero plugin skills and win cash and other prizes!

Plugin-a-Palooza 2017 Details

  • Pitch your plugin idea. Deadline for pitches is February 13.
  • We’ll confirm your entry into the competition after reviewing your pitch.
  • We’ll have room for 10 teams to compete.
  • Each team member can only be part of one team in the competition.
  • You must build your own plugin!
  • The plugin must be GPL compliant and be submitted to the WordPress repository by May 15, so submit early!
  • The top teams will present their plugins at WordCamp OC on June 11.
  • Our judges will vote live at the event and the winner will be announced LIVE!
  • The winning team and runners up will receive fabulous prizes.
The WordCamp OC Plugin-a-Palooza is sponsored by Sucuri and prizes include:
  • First Place – $500 cash and 1 Sucuri Business (VIP) license. Retail value: $499.99
  • Second Place – $250 cash and 1 Sucuri Business (VIP) license. Retail value: $499.99
  • Third Place – $100 cash