Aaron Hockley is a photographer, writer, and speaker who mixes his tech and creative energies. His photography often tells the stories of businesses: their events, products, and (most importantly) people. Involved with blogging since 2001, Aaron has explored various social media platforms over the past decade, and frequently writes and speaks to photographers and other creators about the intersection of creativity and technology. Aaron founded WordCamp Portland; he has spoken at BlogWorld & New Media Expo, nine WordCamps, and a variety of other photography and social media events. Aaron lives with his wife and two children in Vancouver, Washington, which despite popular belief is not part of Canadia.
Christine Rondeau has been developing websites since 2001. Her first Moveable Type blog was ported over to WordPress in 2004 and then her full website was using WordPress as a CMS shortly after. Since then she’s developed over a 100 sites based on WordPress. Most of these sites have a blog component, but more and more of them are websites that look nothing like WordPress sites.
Christine also teaches WordPress for front-end developers at Langara and BCIT in Vancouver BC.
Christine is a bicycle-riding environmentalist, a coffee shop groupie, a hat enthusiast, and an all-around geek, which should be no surprise because she lives in Seattle. A designer and a coder, she uses WordPress to give the little guy a leg-up in today’s competitive online environment. She’s happy to chat; when you see her, say hi!
Daniel Bachhuber wrangles code for Automattic’s WordPress.com VIP from the beautiful city of Portlandia. He spends his weekdays helping code poets push their code towards perfection and his weekends in search of fresh snow.
Eric is a web developer, writer, and outdoorsman from the Pacific Northwest. He builds WordPress themes and plugins under the name Jumping Duck Media. Eric is also a community moderator for the WordPress Stack Exchange and a contributor to WordPress core. When not hacking WP apart, Eric is either publishing code to GitHub, publishing books for friends, out recklessly losing himself in the woods.
Having spent more years than she would like to admit working as an engineer in several large corporations, followed by a 5 year stint as a massage therapist, Kelli Wise has once again embraced her inner geek. She now creates websites for small businesses, including lots of massage therapists, at her company Pint Sized Sites. She loves CSS and WordPress is and you’ll find her hanging around on the Headway Themes support forum answering questions as a tech support moderator.
Laura Kimball is a word warrior who slays metaphors and believes that if you want to be a successful blogger, you have to market yourself. She has the heart of a writer, the brain of a marketer, and is obsessed with building buzz and motivating communities online. Laura has a background in book publishing and is currently building the social media team at Scrappy Face, a small business consulting firm (http://scrappyface.com). She blogs about life, ambitions, and dreams at lamiki.com (http://lamiki.com) and can always be found on Twitter (@lamiki, http://twitter.com/lamiki).
Lucy Beer of WebTrainingWheels.com has been using WordPress since 2004 and working in online marketing for even longer. She spends her days teaching individuals and businesses how to make the most of WordPress for their specific purpose. Although not a full-blown developer, she actually likes coding (weird, huh?). She’s originally from Manchester, England although many years in Los Angeles have made her talk funny, acquire a taste for fro-yo and get annoyed by overly enthusiastic greeters in stores.
Mark Root-Wiley builds WordPress websites for nonprofits as MRW Web Design. He fluently speaks tech and English and promotes best practices, accessibility, and, in general, thoughtful website design. When he’s not glued to a computer, you’ll find him looking for a pickup soccer game near his home in Seattle.
Shane Pearlman is the Chief Executive Officer at Modern Tribe, the company behind The Events Calendar Framework as well as numerous high profile WordPress sites for companies like GigaOm, Zillow, Seagate & MTV. He has spoken at SXSW, GigaOm’s Future of Work, International Freelancer’s Day, Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, eBay and numerous barcamps & smaller events. Shane is a contributor on the topic of remote work & freelancing to Mashable, A List Apart, GigaOm, Elance, FreelanceSwitch & Copyblogger. He is an active participant in both the WordPress and RoR Redmine / Chili open source projects. Shane is a Freelance Evangelist, Project Manager, Speaker, Blogger, Surfer, Toddler Wrangler, Goat Herder, Real Estate Investor, Teacher, Intrepid Traveler & Voracious Reader.
Zack has been building websites for over 8 years, specializing in WordPress implementations since 2007. Zack was attracted to WordPress’ blend of exciting features in combination with a highly usable and engaging publishing environment. When Zack is not building websites for 10up clients, he gives back to the community by building plugins, teaching new developers about WordPress, and contributing code to other projects.