To Boldly Go

One last big thank you to everyone who came out to WordCamp Orange County 2016. Now that the dust has settled we wanted to leave you with one last post.

Below, you’ll find links to many of the speaker slides. We’ll add to this list over the next week or so as they come back in so you might want to check back. In addition, talks in the Nebula and the Dwarf Star have started posting to and we expect the rest to follow over the next few weeks.

On behalf of the organizers, I want to thank our speakers, sponsors, and volunteers. We hope to see you next year!

Speaker Spotlight: A holistic approach to web design with Alicia St. Rose

We’ve all heard something along the lines of this before from a potential client: “We want a simple website, 5 or 6 pages and 3 navigation tabs, a shopping cart, and a contact form.” But are you offering solutions to this client’s challenges online and offline? Probably not. Which, as Alicia St. Rose will teach you in this presentation, means this website is doomed to fail.

Alicia can’t wait to show you how website does not stand isolated from the many aspects integral to good business planning: marketing, company mission/message, target audience, social media, or mailing list. Like a holistic practitioner takes into account all the chakras, Alicia believes you should be addressing all your client’s business aspects to produce an online presence that is solid and effective. Simply building a site does not solve your client’s challenge, which are ultimately to get more exposure, sell more products, save money, reduce wasted man-hours, among many others. If you concentrate on offering solutions for your clients’ challenges, then you are more likely to see a web presence with measurable success and happier, enlightened clients!

Don’t miss Alicia’s session at 2:50 PM in the Dwarf Star on July 10, where she will inspire you to elevate from just a website builder to the higher plane of “Solutionary!”

Alicia St. Rose began her adventure with WordPress when a UX friend offhandedly suggested using the CMS for a mutual friend’s website. That was nearly six years ago and the adventure has turned into a torrid love affair. Now she is a freelance developer, exclusively powered by WordPress, and has yet to find a limitation in this magical piece of software.

She is owner, principal designer and developer at Intrepid Realist Design, a small agency that employs one. In addition to creating for WordPress, she offers WordPress coaching to WP users who are just starting to flutter their wings to those wanting just a brushup. She is co-organizer of the South Central Coast WordPress Adventure Group, has co-organized WordCamp Ventura County and spoken at several California WordCamps in the last two years.

Alicia currently lives in Santa Barbara, California with her two rambunctious cats, Oscar and Milo. She divides her time between that seaside town and Black Rock City, Nevada.

Oh, and her favorite color is red.

Speaker Spotlight: Contributing to WordPress with Andy Fragen

This presentation by Andy Fragen will give you brief overview of how to start contributing to WordPress, covering the contributor forums, GitHub, and Core.

If you’ve been wondering how to start contributing to WordPress, don’t miss Andy’s talk at 10:50 AM in the Dwarf Star on Sunday, July 10.

Andy is a longtime code hacker and surgeon. He grew up in Southern California, and loves hacking at WordPress.

Speaker Spotlight: REST API for the modern business with Jamal Jackson

Ever wanted to know more about the WordPress REST API? Jamal Jackson of Five Alarm Interactive’s WordCamp presentation will go over how the WP REST API introduces a whole new world of possibilities for small business owners to keep their business thriving and introduce the new business avenues present.

Check out this business and developer focused talk at 3:40 PM on July 9 in the Dwarf Star.

Jamal Jackson is a developer based in Atlanta, GA. He has around 6+ years experience in the web development space. He currently has one hybrid app in both the iOS and Google app stores, and has worked on two yet-to-be-released apps. In addition, he was formally an engineer at Apple for the iCloud team.

So You Want to Speak at WCOC16…

Speaker submissions are going to be closing very soon.

You don’t know what you want to talk about? No problem, we have a lot of sessions we’d love to see this year. Just take a look at these:


  • Good UI – How to recognize it and put it to use from a dashboard perspective
  • Accessibility in Theme Design – how to make what you’re building work for everyone
  • Modifying the Customizer – how to give your users more configurable options
  • Photoshop to WordPress – a step by step breakdown
  • Building a Political Website – what’s needed to run
  • Collaborating with Developers – Things a designer should know and do to make a developer happy


  • The JSON REST API – what it is and how to use it
  • Javascript – it’s been on everyone’s lips since the release of Calypso, let’s break it down
  • Decoupling WordPress – using WordPress with other backends
  • CLI – don’t be afraid of the command line
  • Git Basics – how to get started with git and why it’s important
  • WordPress Coding Standards – learn them and work with them, let’s all get on the same page; and how to start the debate to change them
  • Responsive Images – RICG integration and how to use it


  • Teamwork – working well with others
  • Role Definition – what should you know to be a designer? A developer? A project manager? How do you acquire that knowledge?
  • Documentation – what are the key documents and how do you read them? How do you create or modify them?
  • Writing a Scope – how to scope a successful project, with real examples!
  • Contracts – how to sell your skill right


  • The WordPress Community – unique ways to give back to the community
  • Kids and WordPress – they are our future

Apply today!

Call for Speakers

UPDATE: Speaker Submissions are now closed. A hearty thank you to all of you who have submitted!

Speaker submissions for this year’s WordCamp Orange County are now open. Are you a WordCamp veteran? Are you a first-time speaker? Show us what you got!

This year’s speaker submissions are a little different. The Cove (our new venue) has one larger space where we’ll be staging broad topics and one smaller space where we’ll be staging focused talks. Please keep this in mind when submitting.

Submit your talk using the form below.

Also, if you’re submitting a session please submit your A/V release along with it.

If you have several sessions to submit, please fill out both forms multiple times.

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