Seventh Round of WordPress Speakers Announced

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the next wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Shawn Hooper

Shawn is a partner at Fivesense Technologies in Ottawa, Canada. A lifelong computer geek, Shawn wrote his first database application at the age of 12, and ran a bulletin board system while in high school. He has been a web developer since 1995, and a WordPress developer since 2011. He has experience building applications for clients in government, non-profit and the private sector in both Canada and the United States. This is the 6th city in which he has attended a WordCamp, and his 3rd as a speaker. Outside of the office, Shawn can be found on the ski hills, at a campground, or occasionally packing a dance floor as a DJ.


Shanta Nathwani

Shanta R. Nathwani is a Web Design and Information Architecture Consultant as well as an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few. She is from Toronto, Ontario, but now lives in Hamilton, Ontario.


James Tryon

James Tryon is the Creative Director of WP Valet, founder of Easily Amused, Inc, and a father of 2. He is also one of the co-organizers of WordCamp Orlando and the WordPress Orlando meetup group. He has been in the creative industry for more than 16 years and have an eye for design and usability. He also possess the know-how to plan, design, and code it all if needed.


Lisa Melegari

Lisa Melegari was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida before moving to Orlando to attend the University of Central Florida where she majored in Digital Media and Interactive Entertainment. Her studies landed her in a career in web content development and social media management at We Do Web Content, Inc. based in Plantation, Florida. During college, Lisa became friends with fellow Internet enthusiast, David Laietta, who would go on to introduce her to the wonderful world of WordPress. Lisa is now a co-organizer of the WordPress Orlando meetup group and the Happiness Coordinator for WordCamp Orlando for three years running. Her passion is for web content development and promotion with a side of SEO and in past years she has spoken at WordCamp Orlando and Tampa. She currently lives in Deltona, Florida, helping her father take care of their combined 10 cats (only 4 are technically all hers). When she’s not content-ing or WordPress-ing, she’s cooking, playing video games with David, getting sushi with friends, or meeting with the Alpha Phi Omega co-ed fraternity as an advisor of the UCF chapter.


Jonathan Brinley

Jonathan has been building WordPress websites and plugins for eight years, taking the plunge into full-time freelancing shortly thereafter. He works with his wife Stephanie at Flightless, and spends much of his time with the distributed team at Modern Tribe. When he’s not coding, Jonathan is busy homeschooling his two children and enjoying the beautiful weather of Northeast Florida.


Jason Coleman

Jason is co-author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and Lead Developer of Paid Memberships Pro, the 100% open source membership plugin for WordPress. He has been pushing WordPress to its limits for many years and is an advocate for using WordPress as an application framework to build web sites and apps that go above and beyond the typical blog of CMS site. Jason works out of his home in Reading, Pennsylvania where he lives with his business partner and wife Kimberly Coleman and their two small children.


Sixth Round of WordCamp Speakers Announced

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the next wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Chrissie Scelsi

Chrissie Scelsi is the principal of Scelsi Entertainment and New Media Law with offices in Orlando and Port Charlotte, Florida, where she focuses her practice on entertainment, intellectual property, internet, technology, and business law. Ms. Scelsi has been named as one of the top eight Central Florida attorneys with Twitterati status by the Orlando Business Journal based on number of followers for her @punklawyer handle. Ms. Scelsi received her B.B.A. in marketing from Loyola University New Orleans, a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law, and a LL.M. in entertainment and media law from Southwestern School of Law.


Taylor Lovett

Taylor Lovett is the Director of Engineering at 10up, one of the biggest WordPress centric agencies in the world. Having been involved with WordPress since 2007, he has contributed to WordPress core, authored popular plugins (downloaded hundreds of thousands of times), ND spoken at many conferences across multiple continents. He is a lover of all things open-source. Other than developing web applications, Taylor is a lover of music. He enjoys listening to blues and jazz music as well as playing acoustic fingerstyle guitar.


Dan Beil

Dan, hailing from Minneapolis, MN, has been a WordPress developer since 2009, focusing on front-end responsive code and clean admin interfaces. Prior to joining Alley Interactive, he worked on a large multi-site e-commerce WordPress install as an in-house developer at Blue Earth Interactive, and freelanced for four years prior to being at Blue Earth. Dan is a regular at Minneapolis meetups, and when he’s not in front of a screen he spends his time with his Siberian Huskies.


Ibis Arrastia

Ibis is an out-of-the-box thinker with more than two decades of software development experience, with an emphasis in eCommerce and web development. As the Miami Chapter Leader for the nationwide non-profit, Girl Develop It, Ibis volunteers her time to inspire women to see the greatness within them and mentor them as they start a career or transition into a career in computer science. She is most determined to make a difference in the lives of women in Miami, lead a movement to grow the numbers of local women in IT, and play an active role in increasing the Miami software development workforce.


David Hayes

David is part of the team at WPShout, a premier source of WordPress tutorials, news, and more on the internet. He’s a developer who does a lot of intensive backend server work with PHP and more, along with a fair bit of JavaScript, and small helping of CSS. He likes to ride his bicycle at home in Colorado.


Steve Burge

“I’m from England, but met a lady from New Jersey in Thailand, lived with her in Japan and Australia, got married in north Georgia and now love in Florida. I can confirm that it’s definitely sunnier here than where I came from”. Steve is the CEO of OSTraining. He wrote the best-selling Drupal and Joomla books and is working on a WordPress edition.


Fifth Round Of WordCamp Speakers Announced

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the next wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Josh Pollock

Josh is the owner of and a developer for CalderaWP where he sells WordPress plugins. He is also the community manager and contributing developer for Pods, a free WordPress development framework. He is also a WordPress core contributor and has written for Torque, Smashing Magazine, Tuts+,and WPBeginner.


Pascal Depuhl

Pascal Depuhl was born in Tampa, FL and is the Chief Visual Content Creator at Photography by Depuhl based in Miami. He produces mind changing photography and cinematography for his clients. You can watch him give a TEDx talk about the art of changing minds. Pascal writes a blog about his adventures as a photographer, filmmaker and marketer. He also teaches photographers how to transition from still photography into shooting video. You can see his work at


Michele Butcher

Michele is the lead WordPress Specialist at WP Security Lock cleaning hacked websites and teaching the masses how to stay secure in the WordPress world. She is also the head geek at Can’t Speak Geek. When at WordCamps you can find her talking and tweeting the awesomeness of InMotion Hosting while typically playing with one of their cool USB slap bracelets. Michele is also the lead organizer of the Southern Illinois WordPress Meetup and teaches beginners and Intermediate WordPress for John A Logan College.


WordCamp Miami 2015: Kid’s Workshop Announced

Our first WordCamp For Kids last year was awesome. You can read a summary of it here from WPTavern. It was such a success, we decided to bring it back for 2015.

During this special session from 10 am until noon on May 31st 2015 (Sunday), we will walk kids and their parents through the process of setting up a new account and how to get started blogging and publishing content to the Internet. This class is geared towards 8-12 year olds, however, any age is welcome to attend (space permitting). Parents must be present for children under 13 and all attendees must bring a laptop.

IN ADDITION we are wondering if any children would be interested in a slightly more advanced class geared towards coding that involves a simple WordPress site. If your child is familiar with computers and has interest in coding, then please let us know in the below survey.

This is designed to be an interactive class, so participation and questions are welcomed and required. After the workshop, they can stay for lunch, and if they are up for it they are welcomed to go to the other sessions in the afternoon if you are supervising them.

Sign Up Now!

If you are interested, please click here to read more information and sign up. Once we have gauged the interest, we’ll offer tickets on the site and provide additional information (including speakers and volunteers involved).

Thank you, and we can’t wait to repeat another awesome kid’s workshop this year!

Fourth Round of WordCamp Speakers

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the next wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Roy Sivan

Roy was born and raised in San Francisco. He traveled down to Los Angeles for college, and never really left. Even though Roy left college in marketing and did 6 years as a lead SEO and Internet Marketing guy, he was always a passionate developer. He became a full time developer and have a lot of experience as both a full time consultant, working at an agency, and working at a corporate type office. He currently works at Disney Corporate in Burbank, California doing WordPress and other development.


Becky Davis

Becky is an independent front-end developer specializing in custom WordPress themes and project management. She is Chicago native and is very active in the WordPress community there, including helping with WordCamp Chicago and running one of its most active meetups. Becky loves training and teaching WordPress as well as gardening, movies and biking. She is especially fond of bars with couches and good whiskey.


Chase Livingston

Chase Livingston is from Greenville, SC and is a Happiness Engineer at Automattic and loves everything customer-support related. He’s heavily involved with Support Ops and is a guest on their weekly hangout. When he’s not making customers happy you can probably find him with his wife, their adorable dog Abbey, or maybe even behind a sound board.


Third Round of WordCamp Speakers

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the third wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Topher DeRosia

 Topher is a husband and father from Grand Rapids MI. He’s been a WordPress developer for 5 years, and general web developer for 20 years. Topher has been a long-time supporter of WordCamp Miami and we’re glad to have him down to speak for the first time at our humble conference.


Hristo Pandjarov

Hristo is a WordPress enthusiast who’s done it all: supported WordPress clients, built websites, designed WordPress themes, wrote tutorials, dug deeper into SEO and developed his own WordPress SEO plugin. He’s been fortunate to have his passion for all things WordPress and his job overlap at SiteGround, where he develops and implements various in-house performance boost solutions to help make WordPress websites faster and more secure.


Adam Soucie

Adam Soucie is a WordPress-focused developer at Orlando creative agency Highforge. He is a member of the WordPress Orlando organizing committee where he helps wrangle both monthly Meetups and WordCamp Orlando. You can find more of Adam’s musings on WordPress on at


Say Hello to Nova Southeastern University

We are proud to be partnering with Nova Southeastern University for our WordPress Beginner’s Course on May 2nd.

Nova has always supported the local WordPress community – they have played host to WordPress meetups for a number of years now. And we are proud to add them as a community sponsor this year.

Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences provides educational programs of distinction to prepare students for leadership roles in the computer and information sciences field. With internationally recognized faculty, innovative curricula, and flexible online and campus-based formats for its five Master of Science, three Ph.D. and three certificate programs – the GSCIS’s graduates are sought after around the world. Designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, their information assurance curriculum is recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. For more information, please visit

First Round of BuddyCamp Miami Speakers Announced

The third BuddyCamp Miami is happening on May 29th (click here to buy a ticket before the sell out and also check out what BuddyCamp Miami is all about).

WHAT IS BUDDYPRESS? GLAD YOU ASKED. If you want to add social features to your website, BuddyPress will knock your socks off. Learn more at

Here’s the first three speakers that you’ll be seeing at the event.

John James Jacoby

We are honored to have back John James Jacoby, the project lead for BuddyPress & bbPress. He’s also a WordPress contributor, Founder of Flox, 10up & Automattic alumni. John is going to be talking about the latest enhancements to BuddyPress, and what’s in store for it’s future. He’s also got some interesting discussions about communities and concepts that you don’t want to miss.

Ryan Fugate

Ryan Fugate is a BuddyPress enthusiast and mobile WordPress fanatic. Previously working in social media marketing using WordPress as a secret weapon where Ryan built sites for many major brands. His current status: BuddyPress trac and forums, creating fun plugins, WordPress as a mobile framework and coffee. When he’s not breaking WordPress he rides his fixie around Los Angeles and frequently indulges in churro consumption at Disneyland.

Brian Messenlehner

Brian, a former Marine Corps software developer is the Co-Founder of, Co-Founder of, Co-Author of Building Web Apps with WordPress and runs the New Jersey WordPress meet up group. Brian loves using WordPress as an application framework for building cool websites, e-commerce solutions, social networks and mobile applications. When he’s not working on WordPress he’s teaching his kids WordPress. WordPress! WordPress! WordPress!

Second Round of WordPress Speakers

WordCamp Miami is happy to announce the second wave of approved and confirmed speakers for WordCamp Miami 2015.

Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen built his first website in 1997 and has used the web to further communication between people ever since. He’s a staff author at where he has published 50+ courses on WordPress and front-end development and also teaches web design and development at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. In his spare time he co-organizes the Vancouver WordPress Meetup Group, contributes to WordPress core, and wears out his shoes on a ballroom dance floor.

Jesse Petersen

Jesse Petersen is a theme and plugin developer and the founder of Petersen Media Group, an exclusive Genesis framework agency in Tampa, FL. He is the face of the Genesis framework at the e-learning site, Treehouse, with two courses released and one in production. Since 2010 when Genesis was released, Jesse has been on the StudioPress Recommended Developer List. Jesse is a veteran WordCamp speaker of several business topics and is launching a Genesis theme shop called Genesis He and his wife have been the foster parents of 22 (and counting) children since 2012 and live a very crazy life as a result.

Sze Liu

Sze Liu is the CEO and Founder of 852 Creative Marketing & Design. Originally from Hong Kong, Sze has always loved branding, marketing and technology and has been involved in the field throughout her career. She has managed online and offline marketing for start-ups and major corporations (Manpower, Inc. and Ryder System, Inc.). She also has experience in global business development, including projects based in China.

Andrea Rennick

Andrea started out as a volunteer in the forums, and now works for Copyblogger Media in customer support for all products.

She likes to learn and likes to help people. Often changing her hair color, Andrea makes quilts and entertain her three grandkids in her spare time.

Rami Abraham

Rami Abraham is a WordPress developer and ‘gif savant’ at WebDevStudios. He’s been building with WordPress since version 2.8, with a heavy focus in JavaScript and CSS. Prior to that, he worked in a few lead roles at web agencies, with a focus on JavaScript application development. He enjoys working with an unending variety of frameworks, SVG animation, and is part of the AffiliateWP support team after hours.

Tim Sisson

Tim loves WordPress and enjoys leveraging it to meet businesses needs. He leads the Customer Community Team at InMotion Hosting where they write content and act as subject matter experts for software like WordPress.

He’s an avid outdoorsman who loves the crisp mountain air of the Virginia mountains. When he’s not tinkering with WordPress he spends his time on adventures with his wife Lisa, three daughters Autumn, Stella, and Petra.

May 29-31st, 2015