LoopConf speakers

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Aaron Jorbin

CTO of Happytables

Aaron Jorbin is a polyhistoric man of the web. Currently CTO of Happytables, Aaron is working on empowering restaurant operators to make smarter data-driven decision. He is also a WordPress Core Committer that focuses on improving developer happiness and making the internet usable and enjoyable by everyone. He tweets at @aaronjorbin and writes regularly at daily.jorb.in.

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Amanda Rush

WordPress Accessibility Team Guru

I am a long-time member of the wordPress Accessibility Team, I've been developing websites since 1998, I've worked for an international adaptive technology vendor, and I build accessible websites and accessible web applications for my clients with WordPress.

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Andrew Norcross

Founder & Lead Developer at Reaktiv Studios

Andrew, or Norcross, as most know him, is the founder and lead developer of Reaktiv Studios, an agency focused on solving complex problems with killer WordPress solutions. After quite a few years in the finance industry, Norcross switched to coding and hasn’t looked back. He’s got skin in both the service game— Reaktiv Studios is a WordPress VIP Featured Partner, helping top-tier clients with their WordPress development— and the product game, with Reaktiv’s flagship plugin, Design Palette Pro, continually being developed and supported. An organizer for WordCamp Tampa, Norcross loves to keep giving back to the WordPress community with free plugins, education talks at conferences, and core contribution to WordPress. Norcross lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, three kids, and smelly old basset hound.

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Andrew Taylor

Linux sys admin, open-source advocate. AWS afficionado. bio from Twitter

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Boone Gorges

WordPress Core Committer and BuddyPress Lead Developer

I'm a core committer for WordPress and a lead developer for BuddyPress. My consultancy, Hard G [https://hardg.com], specializes in WordPress and BuddyPress solutions for higher education and academic institutions.

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Brad Campeau-Laurion

Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Alley Interactive

Brad Campeau-Laurion drives process, delivery and strategy for Alley and its clients while also managing large-scale news media projects.

Brad lead Alley’s rebuild of the New York Post’s sites in 2013, one of the largest launches in WordPress history. He also lead the relaunch of POLITICO Europe after POLITICO's acquisition of Alley client European Voice. For Alley client Sportsnet.ca (Rogers Media), he directed the implementation of responsive design for mobile and deep integration with live sports information during the redesign and rearchitecture of their site. Most recently, Brad led the relaunch of TwinCities.com for Digital First Media.

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Ed Finkler

Lead Developer at Graph Story

Ed Finkler started making web sites before browsers had frames. He does front-end and server-side work in Python, PHP, and JavaScript. He is the Lead Developer and Head of Developer Culture at Graph Story.

He served as web lead and security researcher at The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University for 9 years. Along with Chris Hartjes, Ed is co-host of the Development Hell podcast.

Ed's current passion is raising mental health awareness in the tech community with his Open Sourcing Mental Illness speaking campaign.

Ed writes at funkatron.com.

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Eric Andrew Lewis

Web Developer at The New York Times

Eric is a web developer on the Interactive News desk at The New York Times, a WordPress core committer and an advocate of free software.

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Helen Hou-Sandí

WordPress Lead Developer at 10up

Helen is a lead developer for WordPress and the Director of Platform Experience at 10up, where she contributes to the WordPress open source software project full-time. As a lead developer, she focuses on longer-term core projects and supporting community contributors, and sometimes still writes and reviews patches. Having been a professional musician in a previous life, Helen believes in the value of the intersection of technique and artistry in all aspects of life, including software.

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John Jacoby

Open Web Engineer

Keynote speaker. 80's electro aficionado. ❤︎'s puppies and open source. BuddyPress. bbPress. WordPress. BackPress. Flox. PluginsLoaded.

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K.Adam White

Open Web Engineer at Bocoup

K. Adam White is an engineer at Bocoup, an Open Web technology company in Boston, Massachusetts, where he writes web applications, contributes to open-source projects, and evangelizes the web as an open platform for technology and collaboration. An artist and enthusiast photographer, K.Adam is also a WordPress core contributor, a co-organizer of the Boston WordPress community, and the author of a Node.js client for the WordPrest REST API.

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Konstantin Obenland

Code Wrangler at Automattic

Konstantin is a WordPress aficionado, and Core Developer based in Ventura, CA. You might remember him from projects like WordPress 4.3 or the new WordPress.org Plugin Directory. At Automattic he’s is part of a team that contributes to Core and WordPress.org full time. He enjoys bourbons, craft beers, and good food‚ sometimes so much that he blogs about it.

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Krissie VandeNoord

Web designer & developer

Krissie VandeNoord is a UX Engineer and WordPress developer with over 8 years of experience. Leveraging experiences gained both in and outside the WordPress community, she focuses on projects that use WordPress to optimize sales, workflow, and learning for companies such as John Deere and the Kansas City Ballet. Her latest endeavors include a ReactJS auction site for BNSF. She is currently exploring how to use those ideas in WP projects.

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Natalie MacLees

Founder & Principal of Purple Pen Productions

Natalie MacLees is a front-end web developer and UI designer and is founder + principal of the interactive agency, Purple Pen Productions. She is the author of jQuery for Designers, now in its second edition. She was the lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles 2014 and 2013 and organized the first Website Weekend LA, a 48-hour hackathon matching web professionals with nonprofits in need to websites. She's also the founder and chapter leader of the Los Angeles chapter of Girl Develop It, bringing affordable and accessible coding classes to the community. Along with Nathan Tyler, she created the Draw Attention WordPress plugin for creating interactive images. She makes her online home at nataliemac.com.

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Nathan Tyler

Principal and Lead Developer of Tyler Digital

Nathan runs an agency (Tyler Digital), maintains several plugins on wordpress.org, and has recently launched a web app (hireotto.com). He likes working with APIs and backend development, but has been studying up on more advanced javascript because Matt said so. When Nathan's not at the computer, he's probably playing soccer.

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Rey Bango

Developer Advocate at Microsoft

Rey is a lover of the web and an advocate for web standards. At Microsoft, he’s focused on helping developers build awesome cross-browser experiences and being a feedback conduit for the community. He’s privileged to be an original member of the jQuery Project Team.

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Ryan McCue

Senior WordPress Engineer at Human Made

I'm a lead developer on the WordPress REST API and a guest committer to WordPress core. I also develop the Requests HTTP library for PHP. In what's left of my time, I'm also a Senior Engineer at Human Made, a high-end WordPress agency.

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Sharon Steed

Freelance marketing writer and speaker

Sharon is a freelance marketing writer and speaker. She works with companies in all different industries on both identifying who their target is and creating content specifically tailored to that audience. A life-long stutterer, she decided to face her fear of talking by spending 2015 speaking at conferences globally on improving communication through empathy. She lives in Pittsburgh.

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Steve Grunwell

Full-stack, open source developer in Columbus, OH

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Syed Balkhi

Founder of WPBeginner & Awesome Motive

Syed Balkhi is an award winning young entrepreneur with several 7 figure online businesses. He was recognized as the top 100 entrepreneur under the age of 30 by United Nations. His work has been featured in Forbes, Inc, Washington Post, FoxBusiness, Entrepreneur, Wired, and many top publications.

Syed is the founder of Awesome Motive, a company behind popular brands including: WPBeginner, OptinMonster, Soliloquy, Envira Gallery, WPForms, MonsterInsights, and List25.

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Zack Tollman

Lead Engineer at Wired

Zack is the Lead Engineer at WIRED. While he's well versed in general web development, WordPress is his bread and butter. He enjoys working on WordPress projects, writing plugins, and helping others learn about and appreciate how incredible the WordPress software is. Additionally, he's interested in performance and security.