List of speakers for WordCamp Mumbai 2015
Akshay discovered WordPress in 2008 and has been in love with it since then. He started moonlighting on small client projects and custom plugin development. He subsequently tried to bootstrap a WordPress services firm just to discover that services is not something that he wants to do for a living.
By day, Akshay is a Human Resources professional and heads HR at the India office of Fab.com
Currently he occasionally freelances on interesting WordPresss projects and supports a couple of WordPress plugins authored by him. He aspires to build a successful WordPress product company some day.
Amit is a self-taught designer-developer, who runs a development firm by the name of 13 Llama Studio in Mumbai, who specialize in making WordPress do things that you have probably not heard of. Besides development, he likes to spend his time with music, photography or on a road trip.
Speaker Session: WordPress as the backbone of a mobile app
Bigul is from Kozhikode, Kerala. He started his career as PHP developer in 2005. In 2008 he came across WordPress and from 2009 onwards started to develop websites in WordPress for clients.
Since 2012 January he works as a QA Analyst in OnTheGo Systems (The makers of WPML, WCML, Views, Types, CRED and Layout).
In short WordPress is his bread and butter for last 6 years.
Speaker Session: Translate WordPress to Your Language
Bryce is a WooCommerce Ninja at WooThemes, who has spent the last several years travelling around South East Asia while developing WordPress plugins and recently handling WooCommerce support. He’s currently based in Bangkok, Thailand and blogs over on bryceadams.com, talking about nomad life.
Speaker Session: The Settings Experience – Why It Sucks
Faishal has been in the world of WordPress since past 4 years, and since then has had a great time. WordPress is his hobby, passion and a big part of his profession. He has been contributing to WordPress core along with the handful of plugins released on the official repository.
He is currently working as a Web Engineer at 10up playing full time with WordPress.
Speaker Session: Best Practices for WordPress Development
A free software fundamentalist and an avid GNU/Linux advocate, Gaurav started his WordPress journey in 2010. He ran a successful design agency from 2009 to 2014, and built more than a hundred websites using WordPress.
Currently, he works as a Senior Software Developer at Digital Vidya and learns things about digital marketing.
Speaker Session: Better WordPress development with Vagrant
Born and raised in Mumbai, Jatin Hariani is a developer and designer with 4 years of experience under his belt. From major web applications to simple corporate websites, WordPress has been a major building block in most of the projects he has worked on.
He tweets about WordPress, Web Development in general and a bunch or random things at @JatinHariani.
Speaker Session: Simple WordPress Troubleshooting
After living in the same 10km for the first 23 years of his life, Joel Bronkowski decided to take on a new adventure and help launch a non-profit in Cape Town, South Africa.
Towing the line most of his life between non profit and the business world Joel is now enjoying the entrepreneurial challenge of pioneering WooCommerce partnerships with global ecommerce services and the developer community.
He is currently working nomadically in 2015 following his wife around the world as she gets experience in the field of museum studies.
Karthik is Co-Founder and Chief Explorer of Hummingbird Web Solutions, which builds and supports products for Web developers and Web Designers. WordPress is a big part of what Hummingbird does – WPeka
He also teaches Yoga, enjoys solving variants of the Rubik’s Cube and loves Open Source.
Speaker Session: The Philosophy that drives WordPress
Konstantin is a WordPress developer, and Core contributor based in Southern California. After contributing to Twenty Twelve, he was the backup lead and main developer for Twenty Thirteen and Twenty Fourteen, the most recent default themes.
At Automattic he’s is part of a team that contributes back to WordPress full time. He enjoys craft beers and good food — sometimes so much that he blogs about it.
Hailing from Colombo, Sri Lanka, Mahangu first found WordPress when he stumbled upon 0.70 in the dark recesses of #wordpress on Freenode. Since then, he has provided support for every
major release of the software.
Though once a high school English teacher, his desire to make online publishing more democratic led him to Automattic, where he now works as a Happiness Engineer. He sincerely believes that stellar support will play a pivotal role in helping WordPress power the next 23% of the web!
Speaker Session: Teaching Happiness: What WordPress Support Can Learn From
Raj Mehta is an 18-year-old blogger and designer, who is going through the throes of formal education. He got into web design when he was 15 and has never looked back since.
He blogs at “Raj himself“ about his experiences. When not attending college or working, he spends his time playing the keyboard and hanging out with smart folks.
Speaker Session: Typography for WordPress
IdeaSmith is the digital doppelgänger of Ramya Pandyan (middle-class Mumbaikar, intrepid train-traveller). As IdeaSmith, she battles obscurity, slays boredom and keeps a lot of people entertained with her stories about Mumbai, men, books and life at large. She blogs, tweets, Insta’s, FB’s, +G’s and Goodreads.
Speaker Session: The Content Creator’s Life – Challenges, Motivations, Concerns
Roshnikumar is an open-source fundamentalist. He is the founder of Globizs Web Solutions Pvt Ltd
which has been developing websites on WordPress since 2006. They have developed more than 200 WordPress websites along with a few dozen websites for Government of Manipur.
Speaker Session: WordPress Security – OWASP TOP 10 Protection
Sam Hotchkiss has been working with WordPress for the last 10 years. Over that time he worked as a freelancer, built a successful agency, raised venture capital and started a product business, BruteProtect, which was acquired by Automattic in 2014.
Sam now works on the Jetpack team at Automattic and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wonderful wife and their three dogs.
Speaker Session: Goodbye to /wp-admin
Vishal Kothari has been working with WordPress for the last 3 years. He is the founder of Tyche Softwares, a company that develops WordPress plugins. Vishal has been working with PHP since last 14 years.
Speaker Session: WordPress Settings API – Settings, Sections & Fields