Organizers

JoyMarie Adamonis

Joy is a full-time wife and  mother to a child with “sensational” needs.
She  advocates for better education, food allergy awareness and
positive self esteem. To fill her little piece of spare time, she is a
local blogger, freelance writer, WordPress enthusiast and social media planner. She loves learning about the world of blogging and all that WordPress can do for the art of writing. She encourages those around her to write and tell their stories, even if they think no-one is
listening.

Keep the art of storytelling alive.

Follow Joy at

https://twitter.com/Joyousgirl19

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/joymarie-adamonis/2a/b05/aa4

http://mysensationalkid.com/

Kay Belardinelli

Kay Belardinelli is the UI designer at Batchbook CRM, moonlighting as a WordPress developer and as an advocate for domestic violence survivors.
Her aim is to make the world a simpler, saner place.

Jesse Friedman

Jesse Friedman is User Advocate at Automattic.

He’s also an author of a web designers idea book, a book on WordPress security, as well as “WordPress in a Weekend.”

Find Jesse at

http://bit.ly/JesseFriedman 

http://jes.se.com

Rachel Avery Conley

Rachel Avery Conley is a photographer, designer, and dabbler in all things WordPress. With creative training from Hofstra University & MassArt, she found herself working in administration at CSAIL at MIT for years. While she loved where she was working, she did not love what she was doing. In 2010, Rachel left MIT to open her own photography business, rac portraits, specializing in children & family portraiture. Recently, Rachel has added another business, the Photographer’s Blogger, a blogging service for imaging professionals working on WordPress platforms. For fun, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, toddler son, and two baby cats.

Contact her:

{the Photographer’s Blogger} http://blogforphotogs.com/

{twitter} https://twitter.com/rac_photoblog

{instagram} http://instagram.com/rac_photoblogger

Daniella Norwood

Daniella Norwood works with companies to create websites that attract customers – exactly the customers who need a given company’s services. In addition, Daniella and her team customize marketing strategies and manage online reputations. She’s obsessed with learning the goals of her clients and then finding ways to meet those goals. Her clients range from those in the financial fields to artists to community organizations.

Publications such as Forbes.com and the Providence Business News have highlighted her expertise.

She’s a fan of WordPress websites and gives back to the community by helping to organize the annual Rhode Island WordCamp and being active in the Providence WordPress MeetUp.

Daniella is the mother of two who finds playing with them a great way to stimulate her creative juices.

You can find her on:

http:// http://ellajdesigns.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ella-J-Designs/173714229482335

Google+: https://plus.google.com/108426754059868182490/posts

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ella-j-designs

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ellajdesigns

Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy is a designer, design thinker, and consultant with a background in business, and communications. For five years Mr. Murphy ran Shape Up RI, a statewide, online, wellness non-profit. He has consulted in business and branding and communications in healthcare including Lifespan, CVS, and HCSC; museums including Harvard Art Museums and RISD Museum; and financial organizations including State Street Bank and Wells Fargo as well as hundreds of other large and small clients.
Among other tools he uses WordPress development to help organizations and companies move products and processes forward.
Mr. Murphy graduated from RISD with a degree in design, from University of RI with an MBA.

Contact:
Email: colin@providencedesign.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colintmurphy
 

Lydia Rogers

Lydia Rogers helps organizations and businesses develop their websites and creates content for those websites. She has a Master’s Degree in Media Studies (New and Traditional Media) from Rhode Island College and a B.A. in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College.

Her software and computer skills include WordPress website development, HTML, CSS, and many of the Adobe software programs.

She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Contact her at:

Lydia@LydiaRogers.com

http://LydiaRogers.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LydiaRogers_1
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lydiarogers
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lydia.rogers.9028

Luke Gedeon

Luke Gedeon is a Web and Business Developer specializing in pre-launch businesses, and non-profits. He is currently building several thousand free websites for churches.

He is a WordCamp Organizer and Monthly Meetup Co-organizer, and a web and business developer at kdari working with non-profits and pre-launch businesses. Luke is equally at home with large media companies like TechCrunch, and early-stage startups like seoslides where he fluently speaks computer, human, and an obscure dialect of humor.

Luke Gedeon has been behind every WordCamp held in Providence.  He shares his thoughts on the experiences.

You were the very first Providence WordCamp organizer.  What motivated you to start a WordCamp here in RI?   

The monthly WordPress meet-ups had been going for a couple of years and we had a lot of people who were looking for classes on WordPress. I, and a few others, suggested that they go to the Boston or NYC WordCamp. They asked why we didn’t have one here? One person in particular, who was really good with publicity, really wanted one in Providence. So I agreed that if she would help find 100 other people to come, we would do it. A few months later we had an organization team together and shortly after that we had our first WordCamp with nearly 200 people!

What were the obstacles and how did you overcome them? 

The biggest obstacle the first year was finding a location. We contacted many local colleges and other organizations and met with quite a few. It was a full-team effort to find the right people and go talk to them.

What surprises (both good and challenging) awaited you? 

I honestly didn’t know what to expect most of the time so very little surprised me. I figured, “I guess that’s just the way it is.”

Why do you think so many people volunteer their time: to organize, speak, work the day of WordCamp? 

Many of us start using WordPress because it makes it possible to build a complete website all by ourselves. Then we continue to work all by ourselves until we realize all of the sudden that we need help with a particular project. It is at that point, if not earlier, that we start looking around for anyone who can help. WordCamp is an opportunity to meet locals who use WordPress and also meet some of the most active WordPress enthusiasts from around the world.

Speaking and organizing are two great ways to get to know more of the people who can help you most on your next project. It is also a great way to get name recognition and become know as an expert or leader in the community.

Another reason to volunteer is to help support the community that is building the next new feature in WordPress… that feature that you have been wanting for the last six months. WordCamps are where new features get designed and often built.

Where does the Rhode Island WordPress/WordCamp community fit in with the global picture? 

Sitting right between Boston and NYC, we have an opportunity to connect with two of the largest WordPress communities in the world. But for WordCamp, the most important community is the local one. Take the time to meet everyone in you local area. Those contacts will prove invaluable over the next year.

Why do you think WordPress is such a popular platform among website owners/bloggers/developers? 

Rapid setup. I am not going to say easy, because most platforms are “easy.” You can get started quickly, but the real magic is that you can keep learning and do ever more amazing things the more you learn. Most easy platforms have limited flexibility, and more powerful tools have a huge learning curve before you can even put “Hello World” on a page. WordPress does a great job of scaling to your learning level and has no “known” limits.

Would anyone want to come to WordCamp if they host their website on a different platform?  If they create themes/plugins/etc. for different platforms?  If they are strictly an html kind of person?

Some sessions are valuable to anyone who works on the web, and meeting people in the industry even if they use different tools can be beneficial. However, WordCamp is focused primarily on WordPress.

What is your favorite part of WordCamp?             

My favorite part is the Happiness Bar. It is a great opportunity to give and receive one-on-one help with anything WordPress related.

What is your level of comfort with creating and maintaining websites?     What do you do with WordPress?  

I am very skilled at backend WordPress development in theme, plugins, and core. On the front-end, I am familiar with js and I can match any design. I am still working on developing a design sense that can detect client tastes and that will communicate client priorities.

How much coding/web development/other will an attendee need to know to get something out of WordCamp? 

The more of the basics you can learn prior to WordCamp the more you will benefit from it, but really you can start from anywhere.

What would you say to someone who says: “I know nothing about websites and will be totally overwhelmed.” 

Every time there is an opening in your Saturday schedule, visit the happiness bar for one-on-one help.

What would you say to someone who says: “I know so much about websites and WordPress there’s nothing I could get out of WordCamp.”    

I really doubt it. The people who build WordPress are attending these camps on a regular basis. We use these events as a time to brainstorm ideas for future versions of WordPress and to work on code together.

Any advice for a first-time WordCamp attendee?    

Meet people, ask a lot of questions, take notes on who said what, get contact info for follow-up.

September 26th & 27th, 2014