WordPress 10th Anniversary Picture, James Tyrone and Carol Gann
WordCamp 2014 Ann O'Keeffe, Carol Gann and

WordCamp Orlando

Since discovering WordPress (an online blog, web design, and content management tool) in 2005, I have been a strong supporter. WordPress is an excellent tool I use and recommend for my clients. To stay current, I participate and sometimes present at a local user’s group.

To promote WordPress, I served on the organizational committee for WordCamp Orlando 2012. It was great fun creating the signage and the printed schedule, and securing tickets so some website design students from Winter Park Tech could attend. I participated in the advanced track program and had the opportunity to met Mark Jaquith a Lead Developer on the WordPress core and a freelance WordPress consultant with a focus on security, scaling, and custom plugin development. Carol heard and enjoyed Mark Jaquith speak on Speeding and Scaling WordPress using Nginx

From 2013 – 2015 I’ve been the WordCamp Orlando volunteer coodinator. It has been a wonderful experience getting to know other WordPress developers and enthusiast.  Orlando has a great WordPress MeetUp group that I have really enjoyed being a member. I’ve enjoyed membership from 2011 to the present date. 

I did a lightening speech at WordCamp 2012 on the WordPress visual editor. It was a wonderful experience and helped me grow in WordPress skills. In 2014 I was a WordCamp sponsor. The experience was great and I hope to sponsor again. 

I have enjoyed securing tickets for students of Winter Park Tech to attend WordCamp. If I’m able, I hope to to continue to offer student tickets. WordCamp is a wonderful learning enviroment, with friendly people. They provide job boards for people looking work and people looking for developers & designers. I’ve also seen internship opportunities for students.


You may be asking yourself why Winter Park Tech. It’s a local Public School offering carreer training and my Alma mater.