Speakers

Mel Choyce

Mel is a Design Engineer at Automattic and WordPress core contributor. She loves big type, cold brew coffee, and printmaking.

Twitter: @melchoyce

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. Chris has held development and Internet marketing positions in some of Orlando’s top technology companies.

John Eckman

CEO @ 10up, WordCamp Boston organizer.

 

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor is a Senior Software Engineer at The New York Times on the Interactive News Team. He is a Core Developer of WordPress and will be the Release Lead for WordPress 4.4. Scott lives in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, not Colonial) and really likes Mexican food. Scott is mainly a musician, but he also finds time to code and has contributed in small and big ways to the last 10 releases of WordPress.

Konstantin Obenland

Konstantin is a WordPress developer, and Core contributor based in Southern California. You might remember him from projects like Twenty Thirteen, the new WordPress.org Theme Directory, or leading the 4.3 release. At Automattic he’s is part of a team that contributes to Core and WordPress.org full time. He enjoys bourbons, craft beers, and good food—sometimes so much that he blogs about it. He’s also in desperate need of a new avatar.

Michael Cain

Michael is a Portland, Maine-based Theme Generator for Automattic‘s Theme Team. He spends his days creating, converting, and improving the theme experience on both WordPress.com and WordPress.org, his evenings blogging about food and travel on mapandmenu.com, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s WordPress blogs and sites even better.

Louise Leduc Kennedy

Louise Leduc Kennedy is a business attorney and Founder and President of West Hill Technology Counsel, a boutique business and technology law firm. Louise has extensive experience advising companies on strategic and commercial matters relating to the development, marketing and sale of products, services, and software, as well as expertise in intellectual property and on-line business.
Prior to forming West Hill, Louise worked for nine years as in-house counsel at IBM. During this time she supported Global Sales and Distribution, Business Consulting Services as well as the Lotus brand within IBM Software Group. Louise was instrumental in the launch of Lotus’ debut Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) enterprise collaboration offering. She also provided general legal support for software development, licensing, marketing and strategic relationships, including complex interoperability deals with AOL, Yahoo! and Google.
Louise is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Massachusetts as well as the state courts of Connecticut and New York. She received her B.A. in Economics from Smith College and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

David Parsons

David Parsons, a recent Computer Science graduate over at The University of Central Florida, has been working with WordPress for over seven years now. He is currently working at BrandCo (http://brandco.com/) as a Web Developer. His passion for the web originally started by making a simple website with WordPress back in high school. Over the years he has branched out his skill set with responsive design, web apps, SEO, theme and plugin development.

William P. Davis

As director of Research & Innovation at the Bangor Daily News, I oversee product development and engineering for Maine’s most-read news source. We’ve used WordPress to fully power our website for almost five years now.

Twitter: @williampd

Zack Tollman

Zack Tollman is lead engineer on the WIRED tech team. Before joining WIRED, Zack worked as Technical Lead at the Theme Foundry and Senior Web Engineer at 10up. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Lawrence University and PhD from Washington State University. He currently lives in San Francisco with his wife and dog.

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson is co-founder and CTO of Alley Interactive, a full-service digital agency in New York City that works with large media companies and non-profit organizations. Matt has led the development of many large content sites with, including Capital New York, The New Republic, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Chalkbeat, Foreign Policy Magazine, and Kveller.com.

Fred Meyer

With my partner David Hayes, I’m co-executive editor of WPShout, which offers weekly WordPress technical tutorials. We recently released an online learning package, Up and Running (upandrunningwp.com), that aims to make learning WordPress development clear, logical, and quick.

We also operate a boutique agency, Press Up (pressupinc.com) that services all kinds of web development needs, and specializes in WordPress projects.

Bobbie Carlton

Bobbie Carlton, founder of Carlton PR & Marketing, Innovation Nights and Innovation Women, is an award-winning marketing, PR and social media professional. Bobbie and the Innovation Nights community have helped to launch more than 800 new products. Innovation Women is a new visibility platform designed to help women secure more speaking engagements and drive their businesses and careers farther and faster. Follow Bobbie on Twitter as @BobbieC, @MassInno, @CarltonPRM, or @WomenInno.

Daniel Miller

I have been working at Cynosure Inc in Westford, MA as a web developer and WordPress is my tool of choice. Before I became a WordPress geek, I was an accountant. I love WordPress and there has not been a day I missed being an accountant.

Michael McWilliams

Veteran public affairs strategist, executive, and communicator with experience across diverse fields. Now working as an Encore Fellow focused on building organizational capacity in key facets of nonprofit fundraising, communication, and advocacy. Also serve as public affairs agent and writer for mission-based organizations. Repatriated to the US from Stockholm, Sweden in 2010 upon finishing work with an international NGO focused on the growing global water crisis. Had earlier worked in the American public policy and nonprofit arenas after a lengthy career in the corporate world.

Twitter: @MMcWilliams

Christina Inge

Christina Inge is the founder of Sleek Marketing University, Boston’s leading source of do-it-yourself marketing ideas and training for small businesses. Christina Inge is a digital marketing strategist with over 15 years’ experience. She’s helped a variety of organizations from Fortune 100 to nonprofits and startups hone their message and increase their conversions. Her areas of specialty include user experience, web analytics, and social media. She’s served as the VP of Social Media for AMA Boston, where she grew the online community to one of the largest for marketers in the US and is an adjunct professor of marketing at New England College of Business.

 

Adam Juda

Adam Juda is the founder of TapRun, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in the pricing and monetization of software systems. Prior to founding his company and authoring The Software Pricing Handbook, he worked for Fortune 500 and government organizations as a software engineer and technical project manager.  Adam holds a master’s degree in software engineering a master’s degree in business administration.

Twitter: @theAdamJuda

Website: http://TapRun.com

Sandy Edwards

Sandy is has been in the online marketing space for about 5 years. She specializes in local search and search engine marketing, as well as, content marketing. When she is not working you will find her at meetup groups, playing guitar or singing.

Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman has been building websites for 17 years, and exclusively with WordPress since 2006. Since then he has written several books, taught 100’s of students as a professor, and organized dozens of local meetups along with a few WordCamps. He has spoken at tech conferences worldwide and has utilized his expertise as a consultant for small agencies and billion dollar international companies. Today he’’s a proud team member of Jetpack at Automattic.

Twitter: @professor

Scott Wyden Kivowitz

Scott Wyden Kivowitz is the Community & Blog Wrangler at Photocrati & NextGEN Gallery, a blogger, photographer and educator. Scott is the author of multiple photography books, and often educates photographers about WordPress throughout his blog and the Photocrati and NextGEN blogs.Scott believes in sharing his knowledge any way possible and educating without fluff, in a straight to the point easy to understand style.  He believes the possibilities are endless in WordPress and that with community the possibilities can continue to grow faster and bigger than ever imagined.

Twitter: @scottwyden

Website: scottwyden.com

Mike Toppa

Mike Toppa has been coding for the web since the days of HTML 1.0, and he caught the WordPress bug when he wrote his first plugin in 2007. He moved to Boston from Philly this month, and he’s the CTO for Poka Yoke Design. Mike was previously the Director of Development for WebDevStudios, and he’s also worked at U Penn, Stanford, Georgetown, Ask Jeeves, and E-Trade. Outside of work you will most likely find Mike embroiled in a Nerf gun battle with his two young boys.

Twitter: @mtoppa

Website: http://pokayoke.design

Aaron Reimann

I’’m a designer turned developer turned an agency starter. I have been working with WordPress since 2008.  I have worked on WordPress projects with Dell, Orkin and many other smaller businesses.  I regularly speaks at Meetups and WordCamps and currently help lead the Atlanta WordPress Meetup.

Ryan Kanner

Originally from the east coast, Ryan is the lead WordPress Developer for Fruition marketing in Denver, Colorado. He has spent the last few years developing custom WordPress websites for clients all over the world.

Mat Marquis

Mat “Wilto” Marquis makes websites for a living at Bocoup and crashes his motorcycle for free on the streets of North Cambridge. Mat is Chair of the Responsive Issues Community Group and technical editor at A List Apart. Mat has finished Mega Man 2—on difficult—without losing a single life. He’s probably flipping out about something on Twitter as we speak.

Amy CQ

Amy is on a mission…a mission to play it big while staying small. A mission to help other solopreneurs, like herself, to learn how to use big business strategy on branding, design and website optimization on a micro business level. A mission to be HUGEish. She offers a varied lifetime of learning and experience from working in corporate aviation, graduating summa cum laude with a BFA in Graphic Design/Letterform with extensive Fine Art and color theory studies, and serving in the Massachusetts Air National Guard in both fixed and tactical communications units configuring and maintaining multiplexers, routers and switches. But it wasn’t until venturing out on her own that she realized her love of working with other solopreneurs. Others who love what they do, who are following their own off the beaten path, and deeply care about why they do what they do, but can get overwhelmed with all the hats they have to wear. So, with the inception of HUGEish.com, she hopes to help other solopreneurs, not only through branding, web design, and techie tips, but by finding out how to maneuver through some common (but maybe not as tangible) obstacles on their way to playing big while staying small. Check out her new venture at: www.hugeish.com, say hi on Twitter at @TheAmyCQ, or Google her interview on HOWdesign.com on the making of her video series “You Know Your Website is Dominating When…”

Twitter: @TheAmyCQ

Website: http://HUGEish.com

Suzette Martinez Standring

SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING is a syndicated columnist with GateHouse Media. She authored The Art of Opinion Writing: Insider Secrets from Top Op-Ed Columnists, an Amazon bestseller and a First Place winner in the 2014 New England Book Festival. She also wrote The Art of Column Writing and both books are used in national journalism courses such as Johns Hopkins University. Her blog took First Place for on-line blogs in the 2013 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ competition. Suzette is a past president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and the host and producer of It’s All Write With Suzette, a cable TV show about writing.

Twitter: @Suzette_Stand

Website: www.readsuzette.com

Jeremy Green

I started building websites back in 1999 and enjoy staying on top of the latest techniques in web design and implementing them into my client’s sites. I spend most of my time building custom themes and plugins, and running a web development shop full time. I also organize the Fort Collins CO WordPress meetup and helped organize WordCamp Denver this year.

Twitter: greenhornet79

Website: http://www.endocreative.com

Jordan Quintal

Jordan Quintal is a successful Online Multipreneur, a seasoned Web Developer, as well as a WordPress Contributor and Community Member. Jordan is the current President at The Genius Web Media Inc. that was founded in 2012, which specializes in WordPress Development and Web Accessibility.

Website: www.thegenius.ca

Taylor McCaslin

Taylor McCaslin is a Technical Product Manager living in Austin, Texas. He currently works at WP Engine, a managed hosting platform for websites and apps built with WordPress. WordPress has been Taylor’s platform of choice for over 5 years. He even paid his way through college by freelancing as a WordPress developer! Since then, Taylor has created custom WordPress themes and plugins for a large range of clients from SMBs to multinational corporations. Previously, Taylor helped people find jobs as an Interaction Designer at the world’s largest job search engine, Indeed.com. Before that, he worked as a Product Design Intern at Bazaarvoice. Taylor graduated from UT Austin in 2013, where he studied business, digital art and media, theatre, and computer science. When not pushing pixels or coding, Taylor can be found geeking out with the latest tech gadget or experiencing the rich Austin, Texas art scene.

Twitter@Taylor4484

Website: taylormccaslin.com

Dustin Meza

Dustin Meza is the Director of Customer Experience Operations at WP Engine. He has been in the hosting industry for 7 years and has been with WP Engine for 2 years. At WP Engine, Dustin oversees many aspects of the WordPress platform including WordPress upgrades for over 100,000 WordPress installs.

Michael DeWitt

Mike DeWitt is currently a front end developer at Buildium, a Boston-based SaaS company specializing in software for property managers. As a member of the marketing team, he works with WordPress daily on various marketing campaigns for buildium.com, in addition to contributing to the company’s core application. Originally from Chicago, Mike has two degrees in music performance and lives just south of Boston in Quincy with his girlfriend, ugly cat and twin yorkies, Wilbur and Wendy.

Twitter: @devdewitt