WordCamp recently announced it's starting lineup of top notch speakers for this years conference, including Chris Lema, Mark Jaquith, Andrew Nacin, Helen Hou-Sandí, and more!
WordCamp San Francisco is getting closer, and we’re working our way through all of your nominations and proposals. While the selection process is still active, we’re excited to have confirmed our first group of speakers. You’ll recognise many of the names from around the WordPress community; they speak at WordCamps, blog about WordPress, build WordPress websites, and create the software that we all know and love. It’s just a few months until they take the stage at WCSF.
Mark Jaquith is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He has been using WordPress since 2004 and offers freelance consulting services.
Helen Hou-Sandí is a WordPress core committer, release lead for WordPress 4.0 and Director of Platform Experience at 10up.
Chris Lema writes a daily blog covering the WordPress ecosystem from a business perspective.
Kathleen Vignos is a full stack engineer and leads the engineering team at WIRED.
Tracy Levesque is a co-owner of YIKES, Inc. and a WordPress instructor for Girl Develop It Philly.
Andrew Nacin is a Lead Developer of WordPress. He works at Audrey Capital.
Sara Cannon is a Partner and Creative Director at Range. She loves design, typography, user experience, and art.
Watch this space
BK shares his experiences at his first ever WordCamp San Francisco in 2012.
The year was 2012. My first WordCamp San Francisco. At the time, I’d been investing in the WordPress community for a little over two years. I’d met a number of people online that were well known WordPress developers, designers, and business owners.
I knew WordCamp San Francisco was the place to go to interact with more WordPress professionals in one place than anywhere else in the world.
The format for the conference was a little different that year. In 2012, the main event was one day, so I knew it was going to be tough to meet a lot of people.
And I was right: it was an absolute whirlwind. I met hundreds of folks whom I previously only knew by their Twitter handles and Gravatars. At WordCamp San Francisco, we got to chat over coffee, beers, lunch, and elsewhere.
It’s kind of amazing, looking back.
A three day whirlwind
The Friday before the event, Range and Pressable were hosting a WCSF pre-party. It was Range’s launch party, and they invited me to come along. I didn’t know at the time that I’d end up working there, but here we are: that night I met the folks that founded the company that I’m now a part of.
On Saturday, I was bombarded by outstanding presentations. WCSF isn’t like