Alex Vasquez co-organized WordCamp Los Angeles in the past two years and is also a frequent WordCamp Speaker. He runs his own Web Development shop in Los Angeles and is an active member in the Pasadena WordPress Meetup Group.
A native of Salem, OR, he found his place here in the Southland, promoting all things WordPress, and gaining the reputation for giving light hearted yet educational presentations. It was a no-brainer for us to invite him to speak, and we’re sure you will enjoy his session!
Alex, we are very excited to have you!
Rachel Baker is a Senior Strategic Engineer with 10up, a WordPress agency and WordPress.com VIP Partner. She is one of the driving forces behind the WordPress REST API project, and as such is shaping the future of WordPress. She frequently speaks at WordCamps about development-oriented topics, and we’re glad that we will be one of these occasions.
We asked her if she was interested in speaking back in March, and she immediately said yes! This is not only remarkable because she is the speaker with the longest way to travel, coming to us from Chicago, IL, but mostly because she had no idea what she would get herself into.
Rachel, we are very excited to have you!
Mike Adams has been with Automattic for over 8 years, starting just a year after it was founded. There, he currently works on the Simperium team, focussing on data synchronization and improving all things security related. He is a WordPress Core committer and member of the Security Team, regularly making WordPress sites more secure.
The last time Mike spoke at a WordPress event was at WordCamp San Francisco last year. It fills us with pride that the next time will be here in Ventura! Check out the Sessions page for an updated session description, but you can count on learning about WordPress Security at his session.
Mike, we are very excited to have you!
Mika Epstein was among the first speakers we reached out to, and was so excited about contributing to WordCamp Ventura County that she was willing to move a family obligation to be able to speak at our event!
If you have not met her, she alone would be a reason to come. Mika Epstein is the Mika Epstein of WordPress support. If you ever posted a question at the WordPress support forums, chances are that she has seen it, if not answered it herself. She is also part of the Plugin Review team, bringing sanity to the WordPress Plugin Repository.
Like Mike Schroder, she works at DreamHost, where she fills the role of WordPress Support Specialist and Manager, helping her co-workers understand the true magnificence of the software, and answers any kind of WordPress-related question.
Mika, we are very excited to have you!
It is with great pleasure that we announce Mike Schroder as our first speaker for WordCamp Ventura County.
He is an integral part of the WordPress community, contributing to WordPress core with features like Image manipulation in 3.5, or the Heartbeat API in 3.6. Most recently he was also Co-Lead for the 3.9 release, literally shaping the future of the software.
He’s a Los Angeles native, working from DreamHost’s downtown office in LA, and enjoys great coffee and sailing the waters. He’s also one of the nicest and most genuine people you’ll ever meet, very approachable, and always looking for an opportunity to help others.
Mike, we are very excited to have you!
With less than two months to WordCamp Ventura County, planning is in full swing. These events are a community collaboration, and sponsors play a critical role in making WordCamps a success.
This year, we’re looking for a few individuals or organizations to provide the assistance needed for this to be a successful camp. Unlike other Camps, we have a single $250 sponsorship tier—a package that includes name, logo, and description on this site, as well as acknowledgement at the event.
The Camp will be open to approximately 50 attendees, and we’ll have a free live stream (on this site) for those who can’t be there in person. Due to the small size of our camp, we can’t provide complementary tickets with sponsorships.
Want to help make WordCamp Ventura County’s first year a great one? Let us know through the form below.
After we secured the location and were moved to the main WordCamp schedule, it’s time to formally announce WordCamp Ventura County, and share some of our plans!
We’re calling it Ventura County because our local meetup group covers the entire county, moving around each month to make it easy for all people to attend our meetings. We also felt that a lot more people identified with Ventura County rather than “just” the city of Ventura. And finally it can also be seen as an homage to our sister WordCamp in Orange County, which has set a great example for WordPress events in Southern California.
Green Art People is the most unique conference venue you’ll ever visit. It’s a community art center located on the historic Westside of Ventura and is so small, that we will only be able to accommodate 50 people total! This event will be by far the smallest and most intimate WordCamp in the United States all year.
Due to the size of the venue, we will only have one track with seven (or eight) presentation slots. We are beyond excited about the list of hand picked speakers that we were able to land so far! It features leading WordPress Core committers and contributors, including release leads, feature leads, security experts, and all around WordPress mavens. Once we have a confirmation from all seven speakers, we will announce them here.
WordCamp Ventura County will take place on November 8, this year. We will not have a second conference day. Or a contributor day. But we will have the most magical WordCamp on the calendar! That time of year the average temperature is 70F, so feel free to bring your shorts and sandals and enjoy the beach one more time before Thanksgiving!