WordCamp Orlando Needs YOU to Volunteer!

We can’t run a WordCamp without some amazing volunteers! Every one on the WCORL staff volunteers their time and talent to making this event a success year after year. Consider joining us as a volunteer by filling out the volunteer application. We’ll be taking volunteers until September 10th and will be in touch with role signups after the 15th!

Don’t forget to get your tickets! They’re going fast, and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Speaking of gone, our special hotel rate is almost sold out – get your room at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek before it’s too late!

But wait, there’s more (speakers)! Plus Schedule! So many things!

If you thought our speaker lineup was already too good to be true, you were right! Because we’re not actually finished! And with the actual final speaker announcements, we can officially release the full weekend schedule!

Don’t wait to grab your tickets, they’re very limited this year! And if you’re coming from out of town, our special hotel block and discount rate is filling up quickly, get your room at the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek today!

Amit Ramani

I am an avid WordPress enthusiast. I also do technical on-page SEO as well as Google Adwords optimization. When I am not coding, I am mulling over the treasure of analytics data via Google Analytics.

David Laietta

David Laietta is an organizer of WordPress Orlando and WordCamp Orlando. He has been using WordPress for more than eight years now, and builds custom themes and plugins for clients. David is the founder of Orange Blossom Media, a WordPress development agency based in Orlando. In addition to WordPress, David is passionate about open source software, online freedoms, internet culture, and constantly learning about the world. He looks forward to chatting with you at WordCamp Orlando or on Twitter @davidlaietta.

Jeff de Wit

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Kristina Romero

I’m a website developer, mompreneur and passionate advocate for WordPress. I work with small businesses and entrepreneurs through my company KR Media & Designs (http://krmd.co) to build amazing websites to grow their business. As a front-end developer in the Washington D.C area, I’ve had the opportunity to work with the Coca-Cola Company and Food Network on various WordPress projects. I’m also proud to be a WP Elevation Business Coach (http://wpelevation.com) and partner in RockStar Empires (http://rockstarempires.com) that works entrepreneurs to create dynamic online courses.

Angelica Yarde

Angelica Yarde is the co-founder of Sevenality, a brand strategy agency, located in Orlando, Florida. She is also the owner of Studio 404 Paper and co-host of the Heart + Hustle Podcast. She has been a WordPress user for over a decade and is passionate about helping brands achieve their goals using design and user-experience based solutions. She helps out with the WordPress Orlando meetup group and enjoys being a type snob.

Demian Seiler

Co-founder and lead code monkey at Presstronic Studios. Software engineer with over 18 years of experience in testing and creating applications. Rookie entrepreneur with almost no experience running a business. Just stubborn enough to believe you haven’t failed until you quit.

Our Final Round of Speakers are Here!

Our speaker announcements end with a final around of amazingly talented people! Now that you know the ‘who’ of WordCamp Orlando 2016, stay tuned for the ‘when’ – our schedule will be posted soon!

lego-iron-wonderChip Keefer & Carol Gann

Chip Keefer is an Information Security Consultant at EverLearn Associates.

Carol Gann is the founder of Orlando Web Wizard, a WordPress managed hosting provider.

WyldstyleAmi Mariscal

Ami Mariscal is a serial entrepreneur of over 15 years who has a genuine passion and clear cut vision for holistically equipping small business owners to become happy, prosperous and vital members of our global society. In her relentless pursuit of this cause, she has culled through millions of dollars of research, hundreds of books and tons of online courses only to discover is that there is very little available for small business owners trying to figure out the big picture of their sales and marketing strategy. To fill this desperate need Ami has developed comprehensive services, and a scalable business model that not only supports business owners, but that invites and equips people from all walks of life to be happy and prosperous as well.

In her free time, Ami enjoys traveling, dabbling in craft mixology and finding the best foodie spots wherever she goes. Ami lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, Diego and their rescue dog, Indiana Jones.

Gary Kovar

A Mad-Lib Bio (fill in the blanks to play along!):

In 1999 Gary discovered [a web technology] and the web was never the same (for him anyway). By day, an E-Commerce Ninja involved in all facets of product sourcing, marketing, sales, [noun], and fulfillment. By night, a Freelance Plugin [animal] with a penchant for making data sit down and [verb]. By hobby, perched atop a multi-[noun] network of small restaurant advocacy sites.

Proud father of 2, happily married for 15 years, and always excited and [adjective] to see how others use WordPress to achieve their goals. Check him out at binarygary.com or @binargary.

Adam Soucie

Business, business, business. Numbers. Is this thing working?

Yes.

Yeah!

Nathan Reimnitz

I’m a successful freelance certified expert WordPress developer working for Codeable.io, Clarity.fm, LinkedIn ProFinder & GoDaddy Pro.

emmetJoel Lopez

I’m a Product Designer currently based in San Francisco, CA. I work freelance through a network called TopTal. I have over 10 years of experience designing and over 7 years using WordPress.

Libby Barker

Libby is a Project Manager at Human Made. As a Certified Scrum Product Owner, she has a special focus on adapting Agile methodologies for WordPress users and development teams. She lives in Middlebury, VT with her husband.

It’s Double-Trouble in our Fourth Round of Speaker Announcements!

Sometimes a topic is so great, it needs two amazing speakers to deliver it! We welcome our first two paired talks to WordCamp Orlando 2016!

Charles Johnston

Charles is a blogger, storyteller and passionate somewhat introverted technology geek. He has been using WordPress as an end-user for several years and has been tipping his toe into design with just enough code knowledge to be dangerous. He is in the process of launching his own technology and web design company as he also works on writing his first soon to be self-published book. Most of his clients up to this point have been nonprofits and as you will learn also many of whom are non-paying. His true passion is to provide a voice to those that would otherwise be silent. His dream is to be the cornerstone where technology and compassion can unify.

Jeff Large

Jeff Large is a digital consultant and strategist. He runs Come Alive Creative, a web and graphic design agency specializing in eCommerce. He also uses his experience as an educator to teach business owners more about web development, podcasting, and digital marketing.

wyld-emmetAubree Rider & Sean DiMercurio

Aubree Rider and Sean DiMercurio founded The Heroes Group, an accounting firm with a fresh approach to all things finance. We support startups and small business owners in accounting, tax and payroll as your Accounting Sidekicks. Sean has been a CPA for over 6 years, working for large public accounting firms and high net-worth families before his passion was sparked when he for changed the game for small business owners. Aubree is a Marketing Guru and WordPress Lover channeling her passion into being a resource to the entrepreneurial community.

Scott Mann

Scott’s been managing amazing teams of creatives and makers since 2001 with his company, Highforge. They switched from Movable Type to WordPress in 2009 for commercial projects. These days they use Genesis and Shopify for a lot of their projects.

He’s a certified Google Adwords Partner (has been since 2002) and a community advocate in Orlando.

For a few summers, he worked as a tour guide at Disney.

His driving passion is to empower others to grow their businesses and improve their communities.

He’s a gamer, backpacker, chess player and he enjoys racquetball recklessly in his free time. He’d also like you to join www.BeTheMatch.org, a non-profit organization that saves lives.

Georgina Lewis

Mrs. Lewis was the CEO & Founder of a successful IBM affiliated software solutions company for 14 years. Her company developed manufacturing, forecasting, plant control MRP II, and cost accounting computer software for Fortune 500 Manufacturing plants worldwide. She has traveled internationally visiting major manufacturing facilities in the food, chemical, metal, electrical and wood sectors, and in golf: the Ben Hogan company. She was instrumental in forming departments for plant operations, activity based accounting standards, capacity planning and forecasting.

After selling her software company in early 2008, she founded the Golf Resource Group and the Shazzam Media Marketing companies.

Shazzam Media (www.shazzam-media.com) is a Social Media Marketing company that guides businesses & industry professionals to market themselves on the internet offering innovative leading-edge solutions. They design wordpress websites from small individuals to fortune 500 corporations that are modern yet edgy and are responsive to the computer, iPad, and iPhone layouts.

Georgina Lewis is a personal consultant to some of the biggest names in the sports industry, including executives from Time Inc, Sports Illustrated, Golf Magazine, the 2008 Business Man of the Year, and several PGA and LPGA celebrity golfers around the world.

Sandy Edwards

Sandy Edwards has been working in the online marketing space for over 5 years. She started at a niche firm that utilized WordPress to create sites quickly utilizing several options frameworks. Today, she owns CESquared a WordPress focused Agency that engages in SEO, Project Management and Development. She loves to give back by teaching kids about coding, WordPress, and other technical skills. Sandy is very active in the Orlando WordPress community and is excited to see what 2016 will bring to the tech space in Florida!

emmet-batmanMatthew Hunt & David Yarde

Matthew Hunt is a designer with over 9 years experience designing and building custom websites with WordPress. He owns and operates Afteractive, a web design studio in Orlando. He uses WordPress for it’s ability to design an experience that makes content management accessible to non-technical users.

David Yarde is the co-founder of Sevenality, a design firm that specializes in design, branding, user experience with the aim of helping businesses build better cultures and products. When David isn’t working on Sevenality or volunteering, he’s busy being Batman and spending time with his family and occasionally sharing tweets via @dsmy.

Syed Balkhi

Syed Balkhi is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, FoxBusiness, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications.

In 2009, he created WPBeginner which is now one of the largest free WordPress resource site on the web.

In 2011, he created a site called List25, which has over 1.8 million subscribers and 380 Million video views on Youtube.

In 2013, he launched OptinMonster, the best lead generation software that helps businesses convert website visitors into subscribers. Every month, OptinMonster forms are viewed billions of times and help convert millions of abandoning visitors into subscribers.

Aside from these, Syed is also the founder of WPForms, Soliloquy, and Envira Gallery.

Our third round of speakers will rock your socks!

Another 7 speakers are confirmed for WordCamp Orlando 2016 and the best news is there are still two rounds to go! Where else in Orlando can you find so much WordPress knowledge in one place? (answer: nowhere!)

Stacey Baldini

Stacey Baldini is a freelance visual designer and Instructor at Skillcrush. Having a finger in UX, marketing, development and UI design, she likes to take a holistic approach to design solutions. When she’s not designing, she’s at an Orlando City match, or plotting her next illustration project.

Caro Griffin

Caro Griffin is a front-end developer who spends most of her time in the classroom. As a freelancer, she specialized in developing WordPress websites for local arts organizations in her hometown of Chicago. Now she’s the WordPress Instructor at Skillcrush, where she’s focused on helping other women in tech find their place in the industry. When she’s not teaching, you’ll usually find her reading comic books, taking in a yoga class, or working remotely from a new city.

Jonathan Brinley

Jonathan has been building WordPress websites and plugins for ten years, taking the plunge into full-time freelancing shortly thereafter. He has collaborated with the distributed team at Modern Tribe for six years to build delightful and creative solutions on top of the WordPress platform. When he’s not coding, Jonathan is busy homeschooling his two children and enjoying the beautiful weather of Northeast Florida.

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Alex Oliveira

As a hands on leader of multiple successful companies, Brazilian-born and South Florida-raised Alex Oliveira has helped clients advance their businesses and brands by building and executing interactive marketing campaigns for over 15 years. With a heavy emphasis on Lead Gen, Alex has created a name for himself as a well-respected marketing technologist and entrepreneur. From small to Mid-sized companies to non-profits and Fortune 500 brands like Ford and Allstate, Alex enjoys a diverse portfolio of clientele. Alex’s other passions include adventuring with his wife and 3 kids, giving back to the local community and having his morning coffee with a side of NPR.

WyldstyleLauren Hanson

I am a Web Strategist for a B2B Digital Marketing Agency. My primary role is to maintain relationships with our prospects and clients and to sell digital marketing services and solutions that meet their needs. I may not be a business owner, but I work like a am one. I have a project management background which has served me well in a number of different facets of my existing career. I’m passionate about what I do and love the company I work for which makes my job not seem like work. Unrelated, but I also used to own a small fitness studio and continue to teach spin and other group fitness classes for fun!

Elizabeth Pampalone

After finishing a Web Programming Degree at the University of Cincinnati, Elizabeth Pampalone ended up in Jacksonville. In 2007, She founded her first company, Jax Computer Chic. She started out making house calls for sick computers and branched out into teaching classes.

As her computer company grew she decided to go back to her first love and opened a web design firm called The Web Design Chic. In order to get more business clients, she began networking like mad. She saw a need and thus NetworkInJax.com was born.

In 2014, she was named “Queen of Networking” by the Jacksonville Business Journal. This led to ventures such as DoINeedABusinessPlan.com and becoming host of 5 meetups and mentoring 7 meetup leaders. During all this, she was an active teaching member of SCORE for 5 years, an instructor with OLLI UNF for 3, a continuing education instructor with UNF for 2 and a small business instructor with the SBDC for 1.

When she is not pursuing her career, she is out ballroom dancing or embarking on an adventure with her husband, Joseph. They were married in December of 2011 and Elizabeth couldn’t be happier!

Chris Edwards

Chris is currently the Director of Technology at Effin Amazing, an analytics and growth consultancy. He is a 16-year Internet marketing veteran with experience in web design & development, search engine optimization, online marketing, social media marketing and mobile development. He specializes in WordPress custom development utilizing either Genesis Framework or underscores and is very active in the WordPress Orlando community. Chris has held development and Internet marketing positions in some of Orlando’s top technology companies.

Nicole Perpillant

Nicole Perpillant is the COO at Design Theory LLC. She’s been working with WordPress since 2010 and focuses on social media integration. In her other life she’s a certified eDiscovery Practitioner and Data Technologist for a Fortune 500 company. Her 13 year career spans Engineering, Quality Management, and Information Security. Twitter: @DT_Nicole

Announcing Our Second Round of Speakers!

More knowledge, more answers, more fun, more speakers!

Dan Beil

Dan has been working with WordPress since about 2009 and has loved every MINUTE_IN_SECONDS of it. He has been a freelancer, in-house developer, and remote employee, and now is a Team Lead at Crowd Favorite, where he enjoys the challenge of planning projects and guiding other developers. When he is not coding, Dan spends time working on his house, playing with his 2 Siberian Huskies, and helping people learn WordPress development through speaking, mentoring, and writing on his blog.

Irina Blumenfeld

Irina Blumenfeld is an independent Front-End Developer. She has been creating websites for more than 10 years. Over time, she has branched out her skills with responsive design, theme development, and a passion for website performance. Originally from the Ukraine, Irina has lived in Orlando, FL for more then 20 years. She holds a degree in Management Information Systems and Computer Science from the University of Central Florida.

While Irina is not coding, she enjoys running and spending time with her husband and 2 daughters.

WyldstyleMary Libbey

Self-taught website designer and developer, my background in traditional Illustration and graphic design has served me well in acting as both designer and coder for most of my website projects.

Ben Meredith

Ben is a WordPress Developer at https://www.wpsteward.com, the Senior Support Technician at WordImpress, a husband, a dad, and the chief musician at his church in the suburbs of Raleigh, NC.

When not coding or solving code puzzles to support users, you’ll find him with a guitar in hand or perhaps playing a round of disc golf. He’d lobby for it being called just “golf” and making that other game “ball golf” or perhaps “expensive ball golf.”

Stephanie Brinley

With a life-long passion for art and a BFA in Graphic Design, Stephanie is a web designer with an emphasis on design. She started freelancing as a print designer many years ago, but found the transition to digital design a natural progression. Shortly thereafter, Stephanie and her husband began experimenting with WordPress around version 2.0.2 and built a thriving company around it. In 2011 they moved their family to Jacksonville, FL and rebranded as Flightless. Stephanie has been involved with the Florida WordPress community since 2014 and got her start speaking at WordCamp Miami. Since then she has been honored to share her knowledge at WordCamps Tampa, Orlando, and US, and is a founding organizer of WordCamp Jacksonville. Most weeks you will find her attempting to balance digital design and homeschooling, exploring the world of flavors she can invent in her kitchen, and sometimes on Twitter @sjbrinley.

Evan Mullins

Evan Mullins uses WordPress daily at the office as well as for his own projects. He is currently the Lead Web Developer at Brown Bag Marketing, an integrated marketing agency in Atlanta. He blogs at circlecube.com and has even been known to dream in WordPress. With a background in digital media art, he now embraces the dark side and has found a strong creative outlet programming websites. Evan loves the problem solving aspect of web development and shines at harnessing WordPress as a true CMS & making interactive designs interactive. He strives to make the web a prettier, more pleasant and all-around better place for you & your grandma. Outside of work, Evan is a dedicated husband, father of four and soccer coach who loves rock music, audiobooks, chocolate and good pizza.

Announcing two amazing Keynotes and our first round of speakers!

WordCamp Orlando is constantly working on making each year better than the last. This year we are hosting not one, but TWO keynotes designed to engage your creativity and foster a greater sense of community.

Saturday Morning Keynote: Jeff Noel

Jeff Noel is a 30-year Disney Leadership veteran, who has helped many of the world’s Fortune-500 companies transform their business and culture through his innovative systems, methods, and strategies.

For WordCamp Orlando, he will enlighten us on creativity and innovation, introducing everyone to the paradox of thinking outside-the-box, as well as sharing four world-class basics for continuously improving your business and delighting your customers.

rich-robinkoffSunday Morning Brunch Keynote: Rich Robinkoff

Rich is a WordPress community advocate, WordCamp organizer and speaker. He also helps other organizers as a WordCamp Central Community Deputy. He has worked in the corporate world for almost two decades and brings that vast business experience to the WordPress community as a Project Manager. You can usually find him searching for his next great cup of coffee while he ponders his own self-worth as he learns to deal with a really bad case of impostor syndrome. When the opportunity arises, he also teaches web development at his local community college.

For WordCamp Orlando, Rich will be calling us to action in “The Humanity of WordPress,” where he explores the human side of our WordPress communities and empowers attendees to get involved to continue to make WordPress great!

David Parsons

A New York City based Software Engineer. David recently moved to work with USA Today developing code for the WordPress VIP platform. He originally picked up WordPress around 8 years ago in high school for fun and and ended up never looked back. You’ll often find him at a local conference or meetup talking about the latest trends in tech.

Adam Bradford

Adam Bradford is the Director of Web Development at Highforge. Inventing is his passion & automation, his muse. By day he builds the Internet, by night he gets schwifty.

Andrew Norcross

I’m this guy who writes code. And drinks coffee.

Michelle Schulp

Michelle is an independent graphic designer in Minneapolis (formerly Chicago). Before beginning her career, she studied Visual Communications, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. Together, this resulted in a love of How To Solve Problems. Lately she has been specializing in WordPress theme development and high-end presentations for her clients. She loves the open source community and speaks/volunteers/organizes at WordCamps and other events around the country.

Andrea La-Rosa

Andrea has been building WordPress websites since 2006. She launched, WP Sesame, a full-service inbound marketing and WordPress design agency, in 2013, and has launched nearly 200 WordPress websites in the last 5 years alone. She specializes in niche membership, BuddyPress and multisite development for WordPress, and loves the way the platform can help bridge the gaps between entrepreneurial innovation and competitive online marketing. She’s currently working toward getting certified as a professional project manager. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her teenage son, blogging about project management for tech professionals, and visiting science fiction conventions around the country.

 

Tickets are on sale now – plus Friday workshops announced!

Tickets for WordCamp Orlando 2016 are now on sale! Make sure to grab your spots now, as tickets are very limited this year to ensure we have enough seats for everyone!

Friday’s workshop schedule is also posted so you can decide which workshop best suits your needs!

Remember, each ticket provides you with all-day coffee, lunch by the Rosen catering facilities, a t-shirt, special event swag, and access to the Saturday after party and Sunday networking brunch!

And if you love what WordCamp Orlando does for our community, please consider purchasing a Microsponsor ticket. Each Microsponsor ticket provides a free ticket to a local student – a great way to help the next generation of WordPress professionals get started!

Stay tuned for the first round of speaker announcements on Monday, including our TWO amazing keynotes!

KidsCamp Orlando is back for its second year!

If you know a junior builder between the ages of 7 and 14 who wants to learn about WordPress, this is their chance! Our KidsCamp will take place on Saturday, October 8. Check out the page for the full details – tickets will go on sale along with the general camp tickets.

Even if you don’t have kids, spread the word to your parent friends if they have a child interested in websites and coding!

Don’t forget – speaker applications are still open but the deadline is fast approaching!

Frequently Asked Questions About Speaking

We have some fantastic talk submissions so far, but we always like to have a huge pool to pick from to get a diverse schedule of topics. Therefore, we have extended our speaker application deadline to July 31!

If you’re still on the fence about speaking, check out some of these FAQs:

Q: What are the qualifications to speak?

A: The only qualifications are that you follow the Code of Conduct and sign the WordCamp agreement (which says you follow the open source standards and only promote 100% GPL content). We do not require previous speaking experience, so as long as your topic is relevant to WordPress in some way and you feel that you have new or important knowledge to impart on our attendees, you are more than qualified!

Q: Are speakers paid?

A: Because WordCamps are non-profit events and heavily driven by sponsorships, we cannot pay our speakers or offer travel accommodations. However, we do show our appreciation with social media shout-outs, a sweet party, and special swag when the budget permits. Plus you get our love and adoration, and isn’t that compensation enough?

Q: Can I submit more than one talk?

A: Absolutely! We always end up with more speakers than we have time for, but those talks not picked are held as back-ups in the event of a last minute speaker cancellation. So we encourage you to submit multiple talks to increase your chance of being selected and also give us a good number of backup talks.

Q: When will I know if I was picked to speak?

A: We hope to make the decisions in the first week of August and get the schedule up the second week along with ticket sales (if you’re speaking, the ticket is on us!). If you can only make one day of the conference, let us know when you get your acceptance letter and we’ll try to schedule you accordingly.

Q: Can sponsors also speak?

A: Yes! However, speakers are chosen by the merit of their topic, not by sponsorship or affiliation with WCORL. Therefore, you are not guaranteed a spot to speak if you sponsor. To improve your chances, submit several talks on topics you think would be useful for a wide user base.

Q: Who will see my presentation?

A: More people than you think! All of our talks are recorded and posted to WordPress.tv where they are often subtitled in several different languages to reach more users. If you provide us with your slides, we can run them simultaneously with the video.

If you have a question we haven’t answered, e-mail wordcamporlando@gmail.com or tweet @wordcamporlando and we’ll get back to you ASAP!